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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT reports significant improvements for bicycling in Seattle

2/13/2009  12:00:00 PM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

SDOT reports significant improvements for bicycling in Seattle

SEATTLE-The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has made significant progress towards the goal of making Seattle the most bike-friendly city in the nation, outlined in the "Bicycle Master Plan Progress Report" posted today on SDOT’s website. During the past two years, SDOT has extended the network of bicycle routes, lanes and trails, and improved bicycle safety.

Nearly two miles of new multi-purpose trail have been completed during the last two years. SDOT added a section to the Burke-Gilman Trail along Shilshole Bay to Golden Gardens Park, and designed the “Missing Link” section of the trail in Ballard. Two sections were added to the Duwamish Trail (one built by the Port of Seattle), and the Interurban Bikeway was completed.

New features added to Seattle streets include "green bike lanes" at locations where bikes and cars are most likely to be in conflict, and "sharrows," pavement markings that remind motorists to look for bicyclists.

SDOT also designed and installed new bicycle route signs, performed trail maintenance, repaired roadway pavement, improved trail crossings, installed hundreds of bike racks, distributed thousands of bike maps, and funded the Bike Smart education program.

To read the Bicycle Master Plan Progress Report on SDOT’s Website, please go to

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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