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Second Avenue Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Project
Creating a safer, more predictable way to travel

Updated October 28, 2014

The first Downtown protected bike is now open on Second Avenue. Curious how to park, unload, 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 bicyclist 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 media release.

Project Overview

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.


Second Avenue parking lane and bike lane before


Second Avenue today

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.

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 in time for the opening of 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 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.


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What to Expect

  • On blocks where left turns exist: parking will be 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 will be permitted in the lane next to the protected bike lane except weekdays 3 – 7 PM.
  • Transit operations remain the same
  • Two through lanes remain at all times

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.


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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.


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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

2015

September - Release traffic, use and user experience evaluation after one year of operation

Funding

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.

Project Contact

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

Project Library

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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