Just four years after Seattle published its $300,000 Bicycle Master Plan, city officials are considering spending an additional $400,000 to revise it.
The 2007 bike plan, a 174-page document produced for then-Mayor Greg Nickels, was supposed to be a 10-year blueprint to help Seattle build a $240 million cycling network as good or better than Portland's.
Now the plan apparently is reaching obsolescence.
Urban bicycle networks are changing quickly: the development of safe walking and cycling routes called "greenways" on the side streets of Portland; a growing commuter-trail network in Minneapolis; parts of streets becoming protected "cycle tracks" in New York City.
"It's really interesting to see the public getting out ahead of us on this, clamoring for greenways,
" said Craig Benjamin, policy and government-affairs manager for Cascade Bicycle Club.