15 Replies to “Sunday Open Thread: Seattle District 6 MASS Forum”

  1. Wills’ $40M bridge to nowhere is a good ploy to kill the BGT through further studies, increased cost and delay.

    She also wants to continue letting white homeowners dictate where those who can’t afford million dollar homes should live. Gross.

    That she got the Sierra Club endorsement is a joke.

    1. Yes, what a joke. She’s pandering to the maritime industry who have deep pockets and pollute the canal. She seems to think everyone forgot about Strippergate.

      Sergio is also off my list. He’s against bikes because his mother in Miami can’t ride up a hill and in the rain. Hey Sergio, your family can enjoy the BGT because it’s for everyone not just bikes.

      BTW, I often see an old guy who rolls his wheelchair up 34th street. I admire his tenacity.

    2. The Sierra Club hasn’t been any kind of serious environmental organization since they failed to support I-732 in 2016. The fact that they endorsed Wills is not surprising.

  2. So nobody gets a rating?

    I know I won’t be voting for any candidate that’s against completing the BGT on South Shilshole.

  3. Things one wonders about while biking up Pine: why do head signs for the 10 read ‘Downtown Seattle’ while the 47 and 49 simply read ‘Downtown‘?

    1. They’ve been inconsistent for decades. The old trolleybuses always said Downtown Seattle while some other routes said Downtown. The 10 may be just unchanged or it may use older buses. It sounds typical of the 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, and 14, which I think still say Downtown Seattle although I haven’t looked closely. The articulated 7 and 49 have long been different from the single buses, so it may be the 47 that’s the odd one out. That may be because it’s the most recent trolleybus number (it was split from the 14 around 2012), so it may have gotten all new signs.

  4. A couple of weeks ago a commenter wrote about auto congestion on Beacon Hill on a Saturday afternoon being caused by the newly installed bike lanes on Alaska Street and Columbian Way. I’ve been observing the results of the new bike lanes for a couple of weeks and I have a few observations to make.
    First, most of the time, traffic is moving quickly through the area, but I have seen some back-ups during the PM rush hour. The light at Beacon Avenue has been re-timed to allow only 15 seconds for east/west traffic to pass through the intersection. This seems to be the main cause of auto delays. This would also slow down eastbound Route 50.
    Second, there’s a lot of traffic that turns onto southbound Beacon Avenue from eastbound Columbian Way. The new channelization seems to be restricting the number of cars that are able to turn right on the red light. There used to be 2 clear auto lanes at that point and all right turning traffic moved into the right lane and the through traffic along with left turning cars stayed in the left lane. Now, all 3 options are staying in one lane even though there is a short interval where the protected bike lane ends and a right turn lane is mixed with the bike lane. One unfortunate consequence is that a lot of cars are opting to divert onto the residential streets instead of queueing up to make the right turn at Beacon Avenue.
    Third, the new bike lanes seem to be popular with cyclists. I can’t offer any specific numbers, but I’m observing more bike riders than before.

    The best solution would be to re-time the east/west signal to allow more cars to clear the intersection during the PM rush hour and reduce the number of cars travelling through the residential streets.

    1. More and more drivers these days just blindly do what their phone tells them to, and phone apps will absolutely route drivers down side streets, if the algorithm thinks it will save the driver 5 seconds. I have experienced multiple times being a passenger of Uber or Lyft car, watching the driver’s phone directing him onto side streets to avoid one stoplight, with two cars ahead in line.

      Ultimately, the only way to prevent this is to add physical obstructions so that the side streets don’t go through (at least for cars, we absolutely do want side streets to go through for bikes and pedestrians).

      So, in reality, the cut-through traffic probably has very little to do with traffic congestion, and everything to do with drivers who blindly follow their phones and the navigation algorithms used by the giant mapping companies.

      1. People who are unfamiliar with a place (e.g., tourists) with phone apps will certainly blindly follow such instructions even when they make no sense because they can’t be updated in real time (you make the light or you don’t; there’s a bike in the bike lane or there isn’t). There’s no way to legislate around the way the apps operate unless we literally start blocking streets (which they do in Vancouver).

  5. I wonder if Mike O’Brien thinks to himself that he could smoke any of these folks if he ran again (Strauss said he jumped in only after MOB dropped out). I suppose the Safe Seattle crowd would be frothing at the mouth to get him out, but he won reelection by 20 points last time. Fathi and Wells have received Chamber of Commerce help- which cuts a few different ways. It would have been interesting how the ST3 stop would have played.

  6. The Stevens Way buses will be rerouted to 45th and 15th for a month starting July 30, due to construction on Stevens Way, according to a sign at the bus stops. So those going to UW Station will have to transfer to one of the Pacific Street buses.

  7. Really curious to see your candidate ratings for D6 and D7. I’ve predicted most of your ratings accurately so far, but there are several I’m really not sure where you’re likely to land in both these races. (Fathi and George especially, but others too.)

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