A couple things about bikes:
* I live in Ballard and commute to Fremont by bike a couple times a week. The commute is pretty easy (flat, Burke Gillman Trail) but there are two sketchy bits: crossing Leary Way and crossing Shilshole Ave. The lack of a protected crossing for pedestrians and bikes on the 1/2 mile of Leary between 15th Ave and Market is a known problem that the City of Seattle and SDOT are working on in the form of a new signaled crossing at Dock Pl (along with turning 17th Ave into a greenway ala 58th St - cool!). Shilshole still remains a problem and it's not clear it will get any better until the Missing Link is finally (if ever) figured out.
* Which is not to say people aren't trying. Perhaps inspired by Seattle PARK(ing) day last Friday, someone hand painted a green bike box and crossing across Shilshole where the BGT terminates, along with a bike path along the sidewalk up to 17th Ave. Ironically, the Cintas delivery truck was completely blocking the home-made path when I went by on my way to work.
* Meanwhile, bike-vs-car tensions remain high. I've seen my fair share of both motorists and bicyclists blow through stop signs in Ballard, so no one is truly clean here. That said, I watched a fun interaction between a motorist and a cyclist on Friday. Motorist was at a stop-sign and pulled out in front of a cyclist who had the right-of-way. The cyclist probably could have avoided the car, but chose to collide/kick the car to show their disapproval. Much yelling ensued. What was interesting is that there were at least four of us on bikes watching the whole interaction go down. The 58th St greenway definitely gets some use by bicyclists ; )
* Today was Seattle Summer Parkways in Ballard, where 7 miles of residential streets were closed to vehicle traffic and opened up to pedestrians and bikes. Lots of fun for families on bikes, but maybe not so much fun for the volunteers manning intersections who had to explain to motorists why the road was closed. I did the full Ballard loop on my bike. Pretty sure I saw former-Mayor McGinn out cruising.