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Westlake Avenue N Cycle Track Project

Making travel along the corridor predictable and safer for all users

Revised November 20, 2014

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One segment of this unique corridor

More than 450 people joined us for our third project open house on Oct. 22!

At the open house, SDOT shared the Westlake Cycle Track alignment with the community and heard feedback on parking management strategies and design details such as crossings and preferences for public art.

Interested in community proposals submitted to SDOT and the elements included? Read our summary.

View all the open house materials below.

Project Description

The Westlake Avenue N corridor between Fremont and South Lake Union neighborhoods connects to the Fremont Bridge, Ship Canal Trail and Lake Union Park. This unique 1.2-mile corridor is a major truck street with transit and is home to marine-related businesses, moorage areas, floating homes and more. The west side is a four lane street with one sidewalk. 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. This project will add predictability and create a safer, more comfortable place for drivers, walkers and bicyclists.

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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 – Creating 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


People walk, bike and drive in a large undefined space with lots of public parking

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.

The cycle track will be built on the east side of the corridor, in the parking area. This adds complexity. We want to maintain as much public parking as possible for the businesses that have come to rely on it. Attendees of public meetings and a committee of stakeholders appointed by Mayor Murray are helping project staff figure out the best location for the cycle track and to identify creative solutions to maximize use of existing parking.

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 

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

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

SDOT Offices

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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