We lately opened the Bell St Protected Bike Lane and we’re excited to share that building will begin as quickly as mid-September to construct a new protected bike lane on 4th Ave between Pine St and Madison St as a part of the downtown Center City Bike Network. Each tasks are funded by the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle.
“We are dealing with a variety of challenges in our Metropolis: from the COVID-19 pandemic to ongoing price range shortfalls to the rising wants of the West Seattle Bridge. As we construct a Metropolis that stands prepared to return again stronger than ever, we should proceed investing in our values. Along with creating 26 miles of Keep Wholesome Streets through the pandemic, now we have prioritized transferring ahead with the 4th Avenue protected bike lane to provide our residents secure, wholesome transportation choices all through our Metropolis.”
Mayor Jenny Durkan
That is one other step towards Seattle’s linked Center City Bike Network.
The Middle Metropolis Bike Community is a longstanding precedence to make heart metropolis streets safer for everybody, whether or not they’re biking, strolling, rolling, driving, or utilizing transit.
The Middle Metropolis Bike Community:
- Promotes biking as a dependable transportation alternative in our densest jobs heart
- Improves public well being and fairness
- Maintains transit precedence
- Helps us attain our Vision Zero aim to finish visitors deaths and severe accidents by 2030
“Seattle is dealing with a worldwide pandemic, a closed West Seattle Bridge, and one of many worst financial recessions in its historical past. As workers and guests return to downtown, we should deploy an array of options to make sure that downtown stays accessible to individuals and items. In 2018, DSA labored with the Metropolis of Seattle, King County Metro, and Sound Transit to determine near-term transportation and public realm tasks totaling $30 million. The 4th Ave bike lane was included on this plan and delivers on the promise to maintain downtown transferring.”
Jacqueline Gruber, Downtown Seattle Affiliation
That is the primary section of the protected bike lane on 4th Ave and can join between Pine and Madison streets. Future phases will prolong north to Vine St, and south to hook up with the 2nd Ave Protected Bike Lane by way of Dilling Method.
In the end, we envision a motorbike community with a direct connection down 4th Ave to S Fundamental St. We’ll proceed to judge operations to grasp how and when this could be possible. Now, to mitigate the impression of the bike lane on bus journey occasions, whereas facilitating near-term connections for individuals biking to and from West Seattle, we’re routing the south finish of the protected bike lane by Dilling Approach to Yesler for a connection to 2nd Ave.
“All ages and talents bike infrastructure provides workers a nice option to get to work in our downtown space and continues to construct a bike community that serves everybody and prioritizes security. That is the most recent step in our efforts to attach individuals to the place they should go in Downtown Seattle.”
Sam Zimbabwe, Director of the Seattle Division of Transportation
Final yr, Seattle had a report variety of individuals driving bikes. Our everlasting bike counters confirmed that bike ridership elevated 18% in comparison with 2018! The expanded Middle Metropolis Bike Community and investments made by the Levy to Transfer Seattle make biking safer and simpler for these riders, and hopefully extra attractive for brand spanking new riders.
E-bike use can be on the rise.
In a recent blog on Cascade Bicycle Club’s website, creator Paul Tolmé famous that the closure of the bridge has “prompted a ‘dramatic enhance’ in gross sales at Seattle E-bike, the closest downtown electrical bike store to the West Seattle Bridge. ‘West Seattle residents have develop into about 50 p.c of our gross sales, up from about 15 p.c previously,’ says Brian Nordwall, proprietor of Seattle E-bike.”
Final yr we constructed protected bike lanes on eighth and ninth avenues in Denny Triangle and Pike St to Broadway on Capitol Hill, and a connection by the Chinatown/Worldwide District.
“We’re very excited with the announcement of the approaching building on the primary section of the 4th Avenue bike lane. This venture shall be one other essential hyperlink within the Central Metropolis Bike Community and one other step in fulfilling guarantees made to the residents of Seattle. As we transfer into restoration, this venture will present a brand new secure transportation possibility for the hundreds of people that dwell and work in our downtown, whereas supporting our metropolis’s local weather change and Imaginative and prescient Zero objectives.”
Patrick Taylor, Co-chair of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board and participant on the Levy to Transfer Seattle Oversight Committee
Protected bike lanes are proven to increase safety not only for people biking, but for people walking too.
On 4th Ave, we’re making adjustments to the visitors indicators at intersections so individuals biking and strolling can have separate sign phases from automobiles. This signifies that drivers can make left turns whereas individuals strolling and biking are stopped, which reduces collisions and makes for a extra comfy, predictable expertise for everybody.
“Because the main supplier of versatile workspace, we all know that employers and workers in every single place are in search of elevated flexibility in relation to the place, when and the way they get to work. Bodily workplace house is important for fostering creativity, tradition and teamwork, but many workers are fearful about how they may get to the workplace. Further protected bike lanes within the downtown core can play a key function in offering the versatile commuting options that workers now require, whereas serving to to make sure that everybody returns to the workplace safely.”
Robin Cardoso, WeWork’s Northwest Space Director
COVID-19 has modified the best way we get round, and we’re responding to the group’s new transportation wants. WeWork has coworking areas positioned subsequent to the brand new protected bike lane.
As we put together for our new regular, Seattle has the chance to construct lasting, constructive change towards a extra livable, safer metropolis for all. Along with investing within the Middle Metropolis Bike Community, we’re additionally making 20 miles of Stay Healthy Streets everlasting, so individuals can plan on with the ability to stroll safely, with sufficient house, by lots of their neighborhood streets.
Making biking simpler and safer, whereas sustaining transit lodging, is one other method we prioritize fairness. Sixteen p.c of Seattle households don’t have a motorcar for his or her use, and nationwide, the lowest-income households bike for transportation most.
Higher, safer bike lanes make biking a extra viable transportation choice to and from downtown. We additionally acknowledge that not everybody is ready to bike, so a excessive precedence of the Middle Metropolis Bike Community and this venture is to keep up transit lodging.
Particularly now, individuals who dwell, work, and go to Seattle want secure, wholesome, and inexpensive choices to get round. The brand new protected bike lanes on 4th Ave are one piece of the puzzle to assist individuals journey safely whereas Seattle works to reopen and past.
For more information, go to: www.seattle.gov/transportation/4thAve