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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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