It’s Time to UnGapTheMap

It’s time to #UnGaptheMap.

Seattle needs a connected network of safe & convenient streets to bike on — protected from traffic and comfortable enough for most riders, of all ages, languages, ethnicities, genders, races and abilities (#ALEGRA), to feel safe on — not just disconnected pieces here and there.

A video still of two women on bikes waiting to cross a busy street.

Where the Greenway Ends — Although this video was filmed by @NoSpandexReq in 2016, this gap still exists today.

Seattle has a lot of great bike routes, but too often, lanes and trails end and leave people stranded in scary intersections with no clear route forward. A journey by bike is as scary as it’s most dangerous section, and too many people find biking to where they want to go daunting or uncomfortable.

Connecting our network will make an oversized impact on the number of people biking to get around, and increase the usability of the routes we already have. In 2019, when the 2nd Ave protected bike lanes were extended and connected to other routes, bike ridership on 2nd Ave jumped 30%. Citywide, 60% of Seattleites say they want to bike more; and the lack of safe streets is the #1 reason they don’t. 

We need to UnGaptheMap and connect our network so that people can get from neighborhood to neighborhood safely and conveniently.

"Bicycling is my primary mode of transportation. I have been six years without a car." - Carmen Parisi

"As a 71 year old woman bicyclist, I cannot ride on streets with [cars]. Even painted bike lanes without separation barriers alongside vehicle traffic are not an option because it is way too dangerous." - Kristi Rennebohm Franz

"I often see sidewalk riding because there is no other safe way for any but the bravest and fastest of riders" - Tim Fliss, with his daughter.

We’ve made incredible progress already with connections into and through downtown with the Basic Bike Network — a figure-eight of bike routes comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. After years of advances, promises, delays, and wins, in 2019 we gathered for a celebratory ride of three critical connections. Let’s keep the momentum going!

In 2020, we’ve already seen a 21%-35% increase in the number of people riding bikes. After bike routes across the city have been delayed for years because of politics, we have an opportunity to make real, lasting change to the way that people choose to get around Seattle. We simply can’t wait any longer to make our city safer, more accessible, and more sustainable.

A map of Seattle with green lines showing safe routes for biking.

Where we are: Seattle has made incredible progress on building a bike network. This map shows routes that are safe for people of all ages and abilities, including trails, protected bike lanes, and neighborhood greenways. But many routes are disconnected and gaps remain. Click for interactive map.

Where we’re going: Purple lines show routes SDOT has committed to in its most recent implementation plan to be built by 2024. Orange lines show a crowd-sourced map of both small gaps in the connected network and missing neighborhood connections. Click for interactive map.

A group of people in rain coats and ponchos smile as they ride past in a green painted bike lane.

What’s Being Done

We envision a city where comfortable, convenient bike routes connect every neighborhood in Seattle. This vision is possible. Our grassroots network of hyper-local volunteer groups are currently advocating for neighborhood routes and connections across the city that will help us bike safely along Beacon Hill, access the new north end Link light rail stations, or get through SODO. And we need you!

How Can I Help?

  1. Adopt a Gap Join your neighborhood group to connect with other advocates working to make these safe routes a reality!
  2. Share your story! Do you ride a bike to get around, or do you want to? Is there a specific route that would make a big difference in your life if it felt safer, were easier to navigate, or had other improvements? We want to hear about it!
  3. Email your elected leaders ([email protected], [email protected]), and elect a new mayor that will prioritise walking, rolling, biking, and transit.
  4. Join our wayfinding project to help people navigate through small gaps to the closest safe bike route to get them to their destination safely – email [email protected]