Second Avenue Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Project
Updated August 10, 2015
The bike lane on Second Avenue between Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square just got a makeover. Rather than relying on just a few inches of white paint, we are demonstrating a modern two-way protected bike lane in Downtown. Protected bike lanes add predictability. Using curbs, planters, posts, etc., they physically separate people riding bikes from people driving, and they are distinct from the sidewalk. To learn more about protected bike lanes, how to use them, and other similar projects in Seattle, visit our Protected Bike Lane page.
This could be a game changing project to help Seattle better understand how to build and operate great protected bike lanes. People can experience riding in the protected bike lane and learn what it is like to park and drive next to it. Pronto! Cycle Share arrives this fall, bringing people not used to bicycling to our downtown streets. The protected bike lane provides a space for all ages and abilities to bike. SDOT will collect feedback and data on how it is operating, which will guide us as we move through the design of the Center City Bike Network and the development of permanent facilities.
Check out the success of a similar bike facility in Chicago.
The following goals are guiding the project:
The project provides a number of benefits:
Why a protected bike lane on Second Avenue?
Second Avenue was chosen because it has the capacity for a two-way protected bike lane and because the current one-way bike lane is not performing as expected due to grade, proximity to parked cars, and turning conflicts. In addition, over the past four years, there have been 60 collisions involving bicycles on Second Avenue. Fifty percent of the collisions involved vehicles turning left at the crosswalk. Adding a signalized left turn for vehicles and restricting right turns on red will improve safety by reducing left turn conflicts.
Traffic Flow and Parking on Second Avenue
The graphic below demonstrates how traffic flow and parking will work with the protected bike lane.
What to Expect
Loading and Parking Zones
Installation of the Second Avenue protected bike lane will require some modifications to parking and load zones. SDOT is working with the Downtown Seattle Association, Alliance for Pioneer Square and Commute Seattle and engaging Second Avenue businesses, property owners and residents to better understand their operational needs and to identify alternative load zones.
Traffic flow and new protected bike lane on Pike Street
To get people using the protected bike lane on Second Avenue to destinations along Pike Street and Pike Place Market, the protected bike lane is being extended along Pike Street between Second and First Avenue. The graphic below demonstrates how traffic will flow.
Traffic flow and new protected bike lane on Yesler Way
To get people using the protected bike lane on Second Avenue to destinations along Yesler and Pioneer Square, the protected bike lane is being extended along Yesler Way between Second and James Street. Two on-street parking spaces on the north side will be removed; an all-way stop installed at Yesler and Occidental; and on-street parking restrictions removed for the remaining spaces between Occidental and James. The graphic below demonstrates how traffic will flow.
The estimated cost of the project is $1.2 to $1.5 million and is being paid for using Bicycle Master Plan Implementation funds. The estimate includes design, outreach, infrastructure, construction and contingency funds.
Dawn Schellenberg, SDOT Community Engagement Liaison at Dawn.Schellenberg@seattle.gov or (206) 684 – 5189
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