Illicit Intervention Creates Protected Bike Lane in Seattle

In what is certainly one of the most polite forms of civil disobedience we've ever encountered, a small group of guerrilla urbanists installed bike lane protectors along a Seattle street one recent night. They kindly made them easy to remove.

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April 7, 2013, 9:00 AM PDT

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


"An extremely polite group of anonymous guerrilla road safety activists armed with $350 worth of reflective plastic pylons turned the painted Cherry Street bike lane under I-5 into a protected bike lane Monday morning," reports Tom Fucoloro.

"The group—calling themselves the Reasonably Polite Seattleites—wanted to make a statement about how easy and affordable it would be for the city to use the method to make bike lanes safer all over the city. To stress how polite they are, they attached them using an adhesive pad for easy removal, according to an email sent to SDOT and Seattle Bike Blog."

"The city has removed them, but responded with an equally polite email thanking them for making the statement," notes Fucoloro. "apologizing that they had to remove them and even offering to give the pylons back."

You can read the excessively kind correspondence in Fucoloro's article.

We're reasonably sure this isn't a belated April Fool's joke.

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