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Westlake Avenue N Cycle Track Project

Creating a safer, more predictable way to travel

Revised August 4, 2015

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One segment of this unique corridor

We are proud to share the cycle track alignment that best meets the project goal to increase safety for all users and objectives to increase the connectivity, economic vitality and accessibility of the corridor.

View the June 2 Design Advisory Committee presentation for the latest details or view the final plan.


Based on findings from SDOT’s parking management survey and the feedback we’ve received throughout the year, our parking management team began implementing parking rate and time limit changes at the end of March. View a map of the parking management changes. We will continue to monitor parking to determine if additional tweaks need to be made. Take a look at a mailer we sent to corridor residents with additional information.

Cycle Track Alignment

Since spring 2014, we have been working with a Mayor-appointed 13-member Design Advisory Committee (DAC), comprised of people representing businesses, residents, bicyclists, pedestrians, maritime industry and Lake Union Park users. The cycle track alignment incorporates input from community proposals, three public meetings, 11 Design Advisory Committee meetings, five community and parking roundtables, and dozens of community briefings, as well as extensive data gathering and technical analysis.

We are moving forward with an alignment that places the cycle track on the east side of the Westlake parking area adjacent to the sidewalk. It includes treatments based on research and context that best fit the needs of the corridor. The alignment minimizes the number of vehicles crossing the cycle track, offers a scenic and intuitive route for people riding bikes, is distinct from the sidewalk and preserves as many parking spaces as possible.


The cycle track alignment locates the cycle track on the east side of the Westlake parking area adjacent to the sidewalk

Check out Design Advisory Committee meeting materials for more details on the evolution of this alignment, including the multiple options we considered over the past year. It is an exciting time as we move forward into design, working to continue incorporating public feedback and create a more comfortable experience for all users. The project has met all of its key milestones to date and is on schedule for construction to begin fall 2015.

Project Description


People walk, bike and drive in a large undefined space

There is an existing and growing need for a cycle track in the Westlake corridor because it is a flat, scenic and direct connection between the Fremont Bridge and downtown Seattle/South Lake Union. However, bicyclists have limited options for where to ride.

On the east side, people walking, using wheelchairs, biking and driving all share an undefined space. People walking and biking use the sidewalk, the parking area and a service lane meant for drop-off, pick-up and deliveries. There is no dedicated space for bicycles. The Westlake Cycle Track Project builds a protected bicycle lane in the parking area and adds predictability for all users, creating a safer, more comfortable place for people driving, walking and biking.


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The following design goal and objectives are guiding the project:

Goal:
Safety for all users

  • People biking – support people riding bikes of all ages and abilities
  • People walking – separate bicycles from pedestrians
  • People driving – provide predictability within the parking area

Objectives:
Connectivity – Connect with Fremont and South Lake Union neighborhoods, the Fremont Bridge and surrounding trails and park

Economic vitality – Create a space that preserves parking, attracts customers and supports adjacent land and water uses

Accessibility – Provide a flat, low-stress bike path making this scenic corridor more accessible to residents, employees and visitors

Project Background

At the October 2013 project open house, the community expressed concern about conflicts and challenges between people walking, biking and driving. We know the number of people riding bikes in Seattle continues to grow making resolving this issue even more important. Each crash represents a personal and community tragedy and we need to do more to prevent them. The City’s goal is to reach zero traffic fatalities or serious injuries in Seattle by 2030. The Westlake Cycle Track project helps meet increasing demand, reduce conflicts and reach this goal.

Project Schedule

Project Funding

The Westlake Cycle Track project has an available budget of $3.6 million. Funding is provided by a $1.7 million Puget Sound Regional Council grant, local funds and bonds.

Project Library

Design Advisory Committee Documents 
Westlake Cycle Track – Notice of Action
Westlake Cycle Track – Channelization Plans

October 2014 Open house
Fact Sheet 
Exhibit Boards 
Community Proposals and SDOT Responses 
August 2014 Parking Study
Corridor Segments 
Presentation 
Comment Form
Comment Summary

May 2014 Open House
Fact Sheet  
Exhibit Boards
Corridor Segments 
Presentation
Comment Summary
Compiled Written Comments
Compiled Segment Map Comments

April 2014 Design Memos
Existing Conditions and Design Criteria Summary 
Existing Conditions and Design Criteria Memo 
Traffic Circulation Summary 
Traffic Circulation Memo 
Parking Utilization Summary 
Parking Utilization Memo 

October 2013 Open House
Fact Sheet 
Exhibit Boards 
Presentation 
Comment Summary

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Project Information Line: 206-909-8578
Project Email: WCT@Seattle.gov 
SDOT Communications Lead: Dawn Schellenberg 

Roundtables

Date/Time

Location

Description

Nov. 3, 2014
5:30-7 PM

Nautical Landing
2500 Westlake Ave N

Parking Management Roundtable #2
Presentation
Summary

Oct. 9, 2014
5:30-7 PM

AGC Building
1200 Westlake Ave N

Parking Management Roundtable #1
Presentation
Summary
August Parking Study

Aug. 14, 2014
5:30-7 PM

Nautical Landing
2500 Westlake Ave N

North-end Business Roundtable

Aug. 11, 2014
5:30-7 PM

Electric Boat Company
2046 Westlake Ave N

North-end Resident Roundtable

Aug. 5, 2014
5:30-7 PM

AGC Building
1200 Westlake Ave N

Sound-end Community Roundtable

Briefings

Date/Time

Location

Description

May 4, 2015
4:30-5:30 PM

Railroad Park
Westlake Ave N

Railroad Park stakeholder meeting

April 29, 2015
1-3 PM

City of Seattle
Seattle Municipal Tower

Corridor stakeholder meeting

April 28, 2015

City of Seattle
Seattle Municipal Tower

North-end stakeholder meeting

April 8, 2015
11-11:30 AM

Western Yacht Harbor
2412 Westlake Ave N

Corridor stakeholder meeting

April 8, 2015
9-10:30 AM

AGC Building
1200 Westlake Ave N

South-end stakeholder meeting

Feb. 2, 2015
1-2 PM

Nautical Landing
2500 Westlake Ave N
North-end stakeholder meeting

Jan. 26, 2015
11 AM-12 PM

North end of corridor Fuel truck operations meeting

Dec. 9, 2014
2-5 PM

China Harbor
2040 Westlake Ave N

Driveways 9-10 access needs meetings

Oct. 22, 2014
5:30-8 PM

Fremont Studios, 155 N 35th St Public Open House

Oct. 17, 2014
11 AM–1:30 PM

Nautical Landing
2500 Westlake Ave N

North-end loading needs meetings

Oct. 14, 2014
2:30–4 PM

Boathouse Deli
1818 Westlake Avenue N

Central area loading needs drop-in session

Sept. 29, 2014

City of Seattle
Seattle Municipal Tower

North-end stakeholder meeting

Sept. 22, 2014
5:30-6:30 PM

Railroad Park
Westlake Ave N

Railroad Park stakeholder meeting

Sept. 18, 2014
11 AM-12 PM

AGC Building
1200 Westlake Ave N

South-end stakeholder meeting

Aug. 8, 2014
11 AM-12 PM

South Lake Union

South Lake Union Block Party booth

July 14, 2014

Westlake Corridor

Westlake Stakeholders briefing

July 10, 2014
7-8 PM

Doric Temple, 619 N. 36th St Fremont Neighborhood Council Briefing

June 26, 2014
6-7 PM

China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N Westlake Stakeholders Group Briefing
May 28, 2014
4-6 PM
NBBJ offices, 223 Yale Ave South Lake Union Community Council – Planning & Policy Committee
May 21, 2014
5:30-8 PM
Fremont Studios, 155 N 35th St Public Open House

April 15, 2014
6:30-7:30 PM

Commercial Marine Commercial Marine Briefing

March 18, 2014
9:30-11:30 AM

Seattle City Hall, Room L-280

Seattle Freight Advisory Board

March 5, 2014
6:00-6-8 PM

Seattle City Hall, Room L-280

Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board

March 3, 2014
5-6:30 PM

History House of Greater Seattle
790 N 34th St

Lake Union District Council Briefing

Oct. 28, 2013
5-8 PM

B.F. Day Elementary School
3921 Linden Ave N

Public Open House

Oct. 23, 2013
9-10 AM

City of Seattle, Seattle Municipal Tower

Listening Session: Pedestrian groups

Oct. 22, 2013
5:30-6:30 PM

National Sign Building
1255 Westlake Ave N

Listening Session: Business/neighborhood groups

Oct. 22, 2013
3:30-4:30 PM

City of Seattle
Seattle Municipal Tower

Listening Session: Bicycle groups

Sept. 4, 2013
6-8 PM

Seattle City Hall, Room L-280 Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board

 

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