It’s Time to UnGapTheMap

An icon of a person riding a bike on top of colorful overlapping circles. Text reads "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.

 

Join neighborhood advocacy to close gaps in our bike map!

 

  1. 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? Share your story to add to our people-first campaign.
  3. Email your elected leaders ([email protected], [email protected]), and tell them to #UnGaptheMap and build a safe bike route to help you get where you need to go.
  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]

 

It’s time to #UnGaptheMap.

 

Why UnGaptheMap?

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.

 

Where We Are

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Where We’re Going

We have a vision of a bike network that connects every neighborhood in Seattle with comfortable, convenient routes. In this map below, 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.

 

 

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!

 

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

How Can I Help?

  1. 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? Share your story to add to our people-first campaign.
  3. Email your elected leaders ([email protected], [email protected]), and tell them to #UnGaptheMap and build a safe bike route to help you get where you need to go.
  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]