Draft Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Released
SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced today that the draft Seattle Bicycle Master Plan is now available online for public comment. It includes the City’s vision of making “riding a bicycle a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities.” The improvements and actions identified in the plan will not only make bicycling a viable form of transportation for Seattle residents, workers and visitors, but also help the City achieve its goals relating to climate change, economic vitality and community livability.
“This plan will make riding a bike easier and safer for a broad group of people,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “A combination of cycle tracks, trails and neighborhood greenways will encourage healthy active travel for everyone from our children to our grandparents.”
Using public input, the draft plan was developed over the past year and reviewed by the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. Two phases of outreach have been conducted to date, including an online survey and mapping tool, and a series of public meetings in November 2012. The draft includes an updated policy framework; a network plan map (showing the location and type of new bicycle facilities throughout the city); a bicycle facilities visual glossary; recommendations for end-of-trip facilities and programs; and a prioritization framework for how new projects will be evaluated.
“Council intends for the new Bicycle Master Plan to make Seattle the leading city when it comes to providing a safe, connected bicycle network that works for all riders, ages 8-80,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.
There are a number of opportunities to learn about the plan and to provide comments, including three SDOT hosted open houses. They will occur from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (presentation scheduled at 6:30 p.m.) at the following locations:
Additionally, an online “Lunch and Learn” is scheduled for June 6 from noon until 1 p.m. and comment sheets along with the plan are available at www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm. Comments will be accepted until July 26, 2013.