Today, the Westlake Stakeholders Group withdrew their appeal of the "determination of non-significance" to the environmental review of the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Update. In addition, Mayor Ed Murray announced the creation of a special "Westlake Cycle Track Design Advisory Committee."
The deputy hearings examiner has granted Cascade's motion to intervene in the Westlake Stakeholder Group's appeal of the update to Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan. So what does that mean for Seattle's bicycling community?
Lots of people agree --- Seattle needs a safe route for bicyclists of all ages and abilities along Westlake, connecting Fremont to South Lake Union. After years of hard work, we're so close to building a protected bike lane in the Westlake corridor. We've got the funding, the budgeting and the planning all lined up. But now the same attorney who tied up the Burke-Gilman Trail’s Missing Link in the courts for a decade is now trying to do the same to the Westlake Protected Bike Lane. Luckily, we've got a plan to stop them.