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Tell the city: We need a direct and safe waterfront bike path!

Did you know Seattle’s new signature waterfront trail doesn’t connect to the existing Elliot Bay Trail? There is a ½ mile gap that needs to be filled. Unfortunately, the city’s draft proposal forces people using the trail to unnecessarily cross Alaskan Way. . . twice.  

 

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Tell the city to create a direct and safe path by sending a message now or by attending the SDOT online open house Tuesday, May 10, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

 

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The Seattle waterfront is an iconic space that is heavily used by people walking, rolling, and biking. Once the waterfront bike trail is completed in 2024, this will only increase.

A half mile gap remains between this iconic trail, running along the whole of the waterfront and connecting all the way south to Alki Beach, and the Elliot Bay Trail, with connections up to Ballard, the Burke Gilman Trail, and points north. The Alaskan Way bike lane will connect that half-mile gap between Virginia St. and the Olympic Sculpture Park. This route is already heavily used, and will be even more popular with a safe and comfortable bike lane. Unfortunately, SDOT is bending over backwards to accommodate the cruise ships at Pier 66.

 

SDOT’s Project Map showing a two-way protected bike lane crossing the street to become a narrow shared-use path, then crossing back across the street 5 blocks later.

SDOT’s Project Map showing a two-way protected bike lane crossing the street to become a narrow shared-use path, then crossing back across the street 5 blocks later.

 

This design is inconvenient and confusing. A lot of people likely won’t use it and will end up in the street or on the sidewalk, causing additional chaos and danger for both pedestrians and people on bikes — especially with the tens of thousands of tourists who use our waterfront trail each year. Read more in this article from the Urbanist

Pier 66 has heavy use for just 2 months in the summer, and tapering off in the shoulder seasons. Ask SDOT to work with the Port to find a solution that allows them to have safe loading and unloading, while maintaining a direct and efficient bike route.

Now is the time to make our voices heard!

Tell the city to create a direct and safe path by sending a message now or by attending the SDOT online open house Tuesday, May 10, 4:30 – 5:30 pm to learn more about the Alaskan Way bike lane project.

 

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Action Alert: Demand Protection for Eastlake Ave Bike Lanes!

Protected bike lanes on Eastlake Ave connecting the University District and South Lake Union are long awaited and eagerly anticipated.

But current designs show protection ending two blocks south of the University Bridge, leaving people unprotected through the most dangerous section of this entire corridor.Act now to demand a complete, protected bike connection through this vital corridor! Comment period closes Monday, Nov 22, 2021.

A photo of Eastlake Ave shows a wide expanse of pavement with three people biking next to some parked cars.

A Dangerous Gap in Protection

The current design, which includes a gap in the protection for people riding bikes between Fuhrman Ave E and Harvard Ave E, just south of the University Bridge, is unacceptable. This unprotected area is especially concerning due to the volume of high-speed vehicle traffic to and from Harvard Ave and the I-5 highway on-ramp.

Already A Heavily Used Route, Even With Current Dangerous Conditions

This bike route fills an essential missing segment for people traveling between the University District and South Lake Union, two of Seattle’s neighborhoods with the lowest rates of car ownership. And the route is already extremely popular: Despite current dangers, during peak hours, there are over 120 people on bicycles per hour riding along Eastlake Ave. The University Bridge has the second highest volume of people on bicycles in the city.

A map of car crashes shows Eastlake Ave with numbers at various intersections: 18, 89, 16.Yet it is an exceptionally dangerous route for people travelling by bike. From 2012-2017, there were 39 reported bicycle collisions along Eastlake Ave — and those are just those that were reported. The map above shows car crash data in the section where protection for people on bikes drops. Click here to see the full map. A comfortable, fully protected route along this corridor has the potential to increase the number of people riding bikes to where they need to go exponentially.

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Bike routes are only as comfortable as their scariest section, and we can’t keep building bike routes that stop and start, dropping the protection for people riding bikes in the most dangerous sections. This design means the route won’t be comfortable for many including families, kids, elders, disable people, and new riders. 60% of Seattleites say they want to bike more, and safety is the number one reason they don’t. Fully protected bike lanes are critical for maintaining safety throughout the entire corridor, creating better bike network connections, and increasing ridership. Click here to learn more about our citywide campaign to #UnGapTheMap!

A crowd of people in colorful raingear biking down a green protected bike lane.

Seattle’s Climate Action Plan calls for an 83% reduction in road transportation emissions to reach our 2030 climate goals. Every effort should be made to increase the utility, safety, connectivity, and attractiveness of the city’s bike network to make bicycling a viable option for more people, for more trips. We appreciate the work that has been done to this point to plan for bike lane protection along the Eastlake corridor, and it is why we are pushing so strongly for the final block of this project to receive the same attention.

Send an email to elected officials now to demand a complete, protected bike connection through this vital corridor! Comment period closes Monday, Nov 22, 2021.

Click here to learn more about our campaign to #UnGapTheMap!

Thank you for your continued advocacy!

Clara Cantor
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Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
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