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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

More on the Bike Program Changes

posted by on January 31 at 15:00 PM

The Bike Seattle blog has a detailed explanation of popular city bike coordinator Peter Lagerwey’s recent demotion, which I’ve written about before. Check it out. Lagerwey’s demotion, which was accompanied by the reassignment of fellow bike advocate Pauh Wang to the city’s sign shop (way down on Airport Way; a huge fuck-you from Mayor Nickels and transportation department head Grace Crunican), is causing nationwide ripples, with bike advocates from here to D.C. wondering what the hell SDOT was thinking. Lagerwey’s replacement, Megan Hoyt, is an engineer and expert on pedestrian issues with no previous experience in advocating for bikers’ interests.

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Nobody cares, actually. Doesn't mean anything.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 31, 2007 3:31 PM

Meanwhile, here's the bike coordinator for the flat, warm, road debris-free city of Los Angeles, where almost no one rides a bike (yet).,0,1097586.story?page=1&coll=la-home-headlines

Posted by Grant Cogswell | January 31, 2007 3:40 PM

Sounds like more of Mayor McCheese's micro-managing my-way-or-the-highway (tunnel?) bullshit. He's done hardly a thing for cyclists in 5 years.

Posted by DOUG. | January 31, 2007 4:06 PM

Didn't we just vote in a bunch of money for bicycle transportation facilitation? I thought it was too much but I did vote for it. Sounds like someone is going against the mandate.

Posted by mirror | January 31, 2007 4:08 PM

It means something to me! I'm paying that damn property tax for road maintenance, you know, the one that was sold as "More bicycle lanes!"

Posted by golob | January 31, 2007 4:10 PM

OOOPs. Reading your linked article from Bikeseattle I see that this personnel infighting is a little more complex than you make it appear in your 2nd post on this issue. The bikeseattle makes it sound like maybe there was more of a mandate to support the master plan currently on the table and throw anyone overboard who would create more process.

But truth: I wish I hadn't commented in the first place.

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