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2nd Ave Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Project

Creating a safer, more predictable way to travel

Updated June 7, 2016


Watch a short video about how bikes mean business in Seattle.

Jenny Kelly, owner of Sprout restaurant, shares how the 2nd Ave protected bike lane helps her business and adds to the city.

After the protected bike lane demonstration project was built on 2nd Ave in fall 2014, the rate of bike collisions dropped by 82% and the rate of serious bike collisions (involving an injury or fatality) dropped by 79%.

Based on this success, SDOT is extending the 2nd Ave protected bike lane into Belltown as part of the 2nd Ave Safety Project. The 2nd Ave Safety project includes traffic signal and pedestrian improvements that will increase safety and efficiency on 2nd Ave for people walking, biking, and driving. Click for details on the 2nd Ave Safety Project in Belltown.

Project Overview

The bike lane on 2nd Ave between Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square got a makeover in Fall 2014. 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.  

2nd Ave parking lane and bike lane before                           2nd Ave today

This project has helped 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 brings people not used to bicycling to our downtown streets.

The protected bike lane provides a space for all ages and abilities to bike. SDOT is collecting feedback and data on how the 2nd Ave protected bike lane 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.

Curious how to parkunload, use the new two-way protected bike lane. or how the traffic signals work? Read these postcards to learn more or check out our fun and educational video.

Monitoring the new bike facility and traffic operations is ongoing. We’re excited to report that the number of bicyclists tripled the first few days the protected bike lane was open. Preliminary observations showed it took drivers about one minute longer to travel the .71 miles on opening day. Learn more by reading this 9/16/14 media release.

Project Map


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The following goals are guiding the project:

  • Safety for all users
    • People biking – Support people of all ages and abilities riding bikes
    • People walking – Separate bicycles from pedestrians
    • People driving – Provide predictability within the street
  • Provide a high quality two-way downtown bike facility for all ages and abilities, including those using Pronto! Cycle Share
  • Give people more travel options

The project provides a number of benefits:

  • Improve experience and predictability for people riding bikes, walking and driving
  • Improve safety as people are no longer riding bikes in the “door zone”
  • Reduce conflicts of left turning vehicles and people biking and walking
  • Fewer people riding bikes on the sidewalk

Why a protected bike lane on 2nd Ave?
2nd Ave 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 2nd Ave. 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 2nd Ave
The graphic below demonstrates how traffic flow and parking work with the protected bike lane.


Parking Next to the Protected Bike Lane

  • On blocks where left turns exist: parking is permitted in the lane next to the protected bike lane except during peak hours on weekdays 6 – 9 AM and 3 – 7 PM.
  • On blocks where left turns do not exist: parking is permitted in the lane next to the protected bike lane except weekdays 3 – 7 PM.

Protected Bike Lane Extension and Upgrades
As part of the 2nd Ave Safety Project, SDOT is extending the 2nd Ave protected bike lane north from Pike St to Denny Way. Click for details on the 2nd Ave Safety Project in Belltown.

In addition, SDOT made upgrades to the existing protected bike lane on 2nd Ave including:

  • Changing out the pylons for planters in the bike lane buffer to beautify the corridor
  • Spanning the traffic signals across the travel lanes to make the signals obvious and consistentExtending the protected bike lane one block south to Washington St
  • Extending the protected bike lane one block south to Washington St

Schedule

2014 
July/August – Outreach to adjacent property owners; traffic data collection and analysis
August – Finalize design; begin signal and street maintenance
September – Install protected bike lane
October – Monitor traffic, use and user experience and adjust as needed to optimize operations

2016
Spring – Release traffic, use and user experience evaluation after one year of operation
Spring – Upgrades to existing protected bike lanes and construct 2nd Ave south extension to Washington St
Visit the 2nd Ave Safety Project – Belltown web page for details on the Belltown extension schedule

Project Contact

Dawn Schellenberg, SDOT Community Engagement Liaison at Dawn.Schellenberg@seattle.gov  or (206) 684 – 5189

Project Library

May 2016 2nd Ave Protected Bike Lane "Filling the Hole" Postcard

March 2016 2nd Ave Protected Bike Lane Upgrades Flyer

2nd Ave Safety Project 
February 2016 2nd Ave Safety Improvements – Pioneer Square Flyer

July 2015 Mid-Year Report

October 2014 Second Ave Protected Bike Lane Outreach Summary

October 2014 What’s What Second Avenue Protected Bike Lane Video

August 2014 Construction Notice

August 2014 How to Park Near a Protected Bike Lane

August 2014 How to Load and Unload Near a Protected Bike Lane

August 2014 How to Use a Protected Bike Lane

August 2014 Pavement Repair Notification

July 2014 Project Brochure

July 2014 Letter to Second Avenue Community Members

Resources

Seattle Bike Master Plan

SDOT’s Protected Bike Lane Page

The Green Lane Project – Helping cities build better bike lanes

Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business – A study of Toronto merchants and patrons

Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business – Case studies on how 21st century transportation networks help new urban economies boom

 

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