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I completely and totally fail to see what short OR long-term good any critical-mass type rides ever accomplish, other than inflame the tempers of those who are inconvenienced by the riders getting in everybody's way. Seriously, how are "road-clogging" rides any way to get a municipal government to do you any favors?
I don't live in Seattle so maybe I don't read the gov reports the same way, but the link looks to me like it's a finding by the DOT that there is no adverse impact from the plan and therefore no need to do a full environmental impact study. I don't see anything in the linked page or the determination .pdf about not following the plan or anything like that, just that it won't be bad for the environment, which I would expect. If I'm missing something, sorry.
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You rolleyes the term "road-clogging," yet you said, "bike jamming the roads." What's the difference there?
I have a great idea... lets piss off everybody on the road instead of acting like mature adults. Maybe you and all of your buddies should write, call, email, etc. your city and state officials and give them reasons why they should continue with the plan; show support like an adult.
SEPA Checklist and Determination of Nonsignificance
Also check out www.seattlelikesbikes.org for more information about this ride!
Seems SEPA follows the general pattern of environmental review established initially by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Many departments have a formal screening process to document that they looked at the potential for environmental impacts. This is part of such a process. Where potential for significant environmental impacts exist, the cognizant agency would be responsible for preparing a full blown assessment of probable impacts for a range of possible actions, including taking no action.
I would tend to think that a reasonable expectation would be that the city comply with applicable laws concerning environmental review. The page referenced and the determination of nonsignificance appear to reflect compliance. Thus the original poster seems quite off base.