How can Seattle improve its Complete Streets policy?

What does “Complete Streets” mean to you? If you’re a transportation geek or road design lawyer (guilty as charged to both of these), a city engineer, city planner, transportation advocate, or just a concerned citizen, you’ve probably heard of Complete Streets. But most people are not well informed about the origin of Complete Streets, its…

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The City of Seattle & King County shouldn’t blame the pedestrian.

In the previous post, we provided a glimpse of what the Seattle City Attorney argues to deflect responsibility about its design of the pedestrian crosswalk of the protected bike lane (PBL)at the University District transit island. This island is directly in front of the UW Roosevelt Medical building, where countless patients, employees, and visitors use…

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When is a pedestrian jaywalking?

Does walking at a marked crosswalk require precision from the pedestrian? Seattle’s answer might surprise you… Below is a snippet of the City of Seattle’s Motion for Summary Judgment, arguing that its design of the protected bike lane, transit island, and pedestrian crosswalk (only a few yards north of the main crosswalk) had nothing to…

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#BikeOnlyInsurance: Get insured before you get injured in a hit & run.

Did you know that bike-only insurance is available to all people who ride bikes in Washington State, even if you do not have a motor vehicle? Yes! It’s true. If someone hit you while you were riding your bike, you could still get coverage for medical bills and/or property damage with standalone bike insurance. This…

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Can you spot “reasonably safe roads”?

Reasonably Safe Travels — Part 1 Did you know that our cities, towns, counties, and state owe all travelers reasonably safe roads? Why does this matter? It matters! Read on, if you want to learn this powerful rule that is intended to ensure safer roads in Washington State. When you are injured on the road…

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Can you drive? About 20% in WA can’t…

In the past year, I experienced losing vision in both of my eyes temporarily for months for acute retinal detachments.  I continue to experience issues due to my low vision. Walking or running are still some of my favorite activities, but I’ve injured myself a number of times (broken wrist, broken arm, orbital socket, etc.) due to crummy…

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KOMO News: hazardous Seattle roads leads to serious bicyclist injuries

Image of KOMO News story about injured bicyclists suing Seattle for unsafe road. S. Jackson

Even the most seasoned bicyclists have sustained major injuries from crashes on badly designed roads in Seattle. KOMO News anchor Molly Shen delves into the issue that gave rise to Fleming Law clients’ lawsuit against the City of Seattle. Check back often for updates about this case and other cases of unsafe road planning/design/construction/maintenance.

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SDOT needs to make S. Jackson safer for bicyclists

SDOT attempts to show the safest way "through" tracks for people on bikes.

In Seattle, do we need to resign ourselves to bike injuries? We have the right to ask for reasonably safe roads. This is the law. But why do we so rarely get this from our cities, towns, and the state? How many more injuries and catastrophic crashes for people on bikes are needed before SDOT…

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Are eBikes the answer to ⬆️ gas prices?

Seattle ebike insurance question

Ebikes are a budget friendly alternative to fuel powered vehicles. They are also climate friendly, as ebikes allow you to bike more without fear of hills. No surprise, then, that ebikes are surging in popularity and are almost as commonplace as regular bikes in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. For recreational use, so many people…

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Lime hit & run – confidential settlement

Teenage boys hijacked a Lime Pod and crashed into Jonathan Gunning’s car at a stop light on Elliott Ave. After a protracted battle with Lime’s insurer, Catherine Fleming obtained a confidential settlement on behalf of Mr. Gunning for his car crash injuries, lost wages, and general damages.

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