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November 21, 2013 at 6:25 AM

Downtown Seattle cycle track could be Ed Murray’s first big bike test

Corrected version

Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray did a B-grade Cory Booker impersonation Wednesday morning when he stopped in Capitol Hill to help mop the face of a crashed cyclist. The heroic story appeared in The Seattle Times 46 minutes later.

A downtown bike lane: Does this look safe? / KEN LAMBERT / SEATTLE TIMES

A downtown bike lane: Does this look safe? / KEN LAMBERT / SEATTLE TIMES

That’s nice timing for a mayor-to-be who comes into office with some skepticism about his enthusiasm for bikes. He helped create that impression during the mayoral campaign with muddled opinions on the city’s plan for closing the Burke-Gilman Trail’s “missing link.” (I wrote a column about this last May.) Murray was vague enough that Mayor Mike McGinn’s supporters portrayed him (inaccurately) as being against the planned Westlake Avenue North cycle track.

In his post-campaign analysis, Tom Fucoloro of Seattle Bike Blog (who endorsed McGinn) said Murray’s “anti-bike” reputation is wrong:

Anyone who voted for Murray because they think he will fight bike lanes is probably in for a disappointment. They are not just pet projects of a cycling mayor.

But Murray is in for an early test of his stated support for cycle tracks (bike lanes physically separated from traffic) thanks to the Seattle City Council. On Monday, when the council votes on the 2014 budget, it will include $1 million to speed up planning on a cross-downtown cycle track. That puts the project on a downhill slope toward a 2015 launch date, with the wind of the City Council at its back.

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Comments | Topics: bicycles, cycle tracks, cycling

October 28, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Mayor Mike McGinn’s revisionist history on the tunnel

Mayor Mike McGinn is a skilled debator. He speaks deliberately but forcefully, rarely stumbling.

Mayor Mike McGinn

Mayor Mike McGinn

So I cocked my head in confusion during KCTS 9’s mayoral debate last week when McGinn, in response to a question from KUOW’s Deborah Wang, seemed to be engaging in revisionist history.

Wang’s question:

“Four years ago you ran your campaign as an opponent of the tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. That was your signature campaign issue. Then just before the election, you announced that you would not stand in the way of the tunnel. But you did continue to fight it in your first year in office. So in retrospect was it a mistake to do that, or was it mistake to pledge you wouldn’t stand in the way of the tunnel?”

McGinn response:

“People can go roll video tape of this one as well if they’d like to see what my position was then. Which was, I did support the tunnel as the choice, but I also believe we shouldn’t have to pay cost overruns.”

Watch the video below. It’s cued up to play at the beginning of Wang’s question:

Since when did the Mayor “support the tunnel as the choice?” Did the Mayor simply misspeak?

No. Instead, it’s part of McGinn’s campaign strategy.

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