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Ed Murray, Mayor
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SUBJECT: City Delivers Bicycle Master Plan Implementation Plan

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10/17/2014  5:00:00 PM
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City Delivers Bicycle Master Plan Implementation Plan
Sets aggressive five-year plan for building bike improvements citywide

SEATTLE—Setting vigorous project and program goals for enhancing cycling citywide, today the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) delivered to the Seattle City Council the Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) Implementation Plan. Covering work to be completed from 2015 to 2019, the five-year plan includes building nearly 33 miles of protected bike lanes and more than 52 miles of neighborhood greenways across Seattle.

“This five-year implementation plan emphasizes aggressive action to make cycling easier and safer throughout Seattle,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “As the new protected bike lane on Second Avenue shows, these types of bike projects can have a transformative effect on our growing city.”

Adopted in April 2014, the new Bicycle Master Plan envisions that, “riding a bicycle is a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities.” SDOT’s implementation plan describes an ambitious set of projects and programs that will help create a connected network, improving safety for all roadway users and encouraging more people to enjoy the city on two wheels. The projects in the implementation plan were identified using the recommendations and priorities in the BMP, which emphasize safety, connectivity, equity, ridership and livability.

Among the projects planned for 2015, at a cost of $18.2 million, are:

  • Creating approximately seven miles of protected bike lanes, to include a facility on Roosevelt Way NE (NE 45th Street to the University Bridge) to improve safety;
  • Building more than 12 miles of neighborhood greenways in Ballard, West Seattle, the Central Area and Southeast Seattle;
  • Beginning construction on the Westlake Cycle Track to create a safer, more comfortable and more predictable corridor for drivers, walkers and bicyclists;
  • Installing 225 bike racks and 15 on-street bike corrals; and
  • Creating 25 miles of bike route wayfinding signs throughout the city.

“I thank SDOT staff for their hard work in putting together this implementation plan and look forward to reviewing it,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, chair of the Transportation Committee. “I encourage the public to share their thoughts on the plan with the City Council by emailing us at council@seattle.gov.”

The projects will be funded using several sources, including Bridging the Gap supported BMP implementation and corridor projects, and state and federal grants. The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board provided valuable feedback during the development of the implementation plan and SDOT will be providing regular progress reports to the board and to the Seattle City Council. 

“The Bike Master Plan provides us the blueprint and now it’s time to implement,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “By quickly and efficiently delivering these projects, we can make riding a bike in Seattle a better choice for everyone.”  

Additional information about the projects, to include maps of project locations, can be found here:  http://tiny.cc/lffwnx

 

 

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