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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: New Traffic Signal for the Interurban Bike Route

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10/6/2010  12:30:00 PM
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New Traffic Signal for the Interurban Bike Route
Supports biking and walking, completes Bike Master Plan identified signal work

SEATTLE — To better serve riders on the Interurban North signed bicycle route, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) today activated a new traffic signal at the intersection of Fremont Avenue N and N 105th Street. The improved four-lane arterial crossing, which also helps pedestrians move across a busy roadway, completes signal upgrades for the bike route identified in the Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) and ends the need to detour to a signal two blocks west.

The new traffic signal is a significant enhancement to the Interurban North signed bicycle route that connects downtown Seattle to Everett via Fremont Ave N before transitioning to the Interurban Trail. Similar signals already exist along the route at N 80th and N 85th streets. Bicyclists and pedestrians will be permitted to continue straight along the route, while motorists on Fremont Ave N will be directed to turn right or left from the signal, restricting the straight through movement.

This work is part of Bicycle Master Plan implementation and is funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap transportation levy. By making walking and biking along this corridor easier, it supports Mayor McGinn’s Walk Bike Ride initiative and its goal of enhancing transportation choices citywide. SDOT will further upgrade the intersection for pedestrians by constructing pedestrian landings and curb ramps in 2011.

Other than the section of trail between N 110th and N 128th streets, the Interurban Trail in Seattle utilizes residential streets. It is identified in the BMP as a designated bicycle boulevard, a route that prioritizes bicycle travel by using a variety of design elements such as improved intersection crossings.



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