A lot has happened between Sen. Ed Murray and cycling advocates since Ben reported on his fundraiser with bicycle infrastructure opponents:
- In an interview with the Times ($), he revealed that after looking into the subject he supports the Westlake cycletrack.
- In the same interview, Murray also questioned the safety of the Burke-Gilman Trail “Missing Link” solution, favoring more study with emphasis on a cycle track on Leary and Market instead.
- Seattle Bike Blog absolutely eviscerated his apparent position on the BGT.
- Sen. Murray released a “clarification” (Times ($), PubliCola, SBB) poking holes in the Leary/Market idea, calling the BGT a “treasure,” and saying that the ongoing EIS is the “second look” he meant.
Whether this is a case of verbal clumsiness, a legislator’s lack of depth on city-level issues, or pandering run amok is something only Ed Murray knows. In any case it’s nice to have both Mayoral candidates now firmly on the record in support of these projects.