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Pike-Pine Mobility Improvements

Last updated: September 21, 2017

Bikers

What's happening now?

We're installing new bike facilities on Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave as soon as September 22-25. Work will begin on Friday evening and wrap up early Monday morning. Prep work will occur during the week of September 18. This schedule is weather permitting and may change.

What to expect during installation:

  • Week before installation
    • Prepping new signals and parking changes
    • Marking locations of new protected bike lanes and posts
  • Weekend installation
    • Grinding off old pavement markings
    • Striping lanes and adding posts
    • Directing traffic with flaggers and police
    • Keeping access to driveways and alleys maintained
    • Noise variance permit: Residents can expect construction noises from 9 PM, Friday, September 22, to 5 AM, Monday, September 25. Noises can include grinding, generators, blowers, and trucks
  • Late October
    • Install planter boxes with established plants
    • Maintain plants (ongoing)

Project overview

Protected bike lanes and signal upgrades in downtown Seattle can improve safety for everyone and connect pieces of a center city bike network.

We’ve made a commitment to build out a network spine by 2020 to make biking a real choice and calm traffic as more people compete for limited street space.

Our proposal includes new bike lane markings, plastic posts, signs, and bike signals on Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave. This initial installation would be updated as designs emerge from the Pike Pine Renaissance project.

In general, the streets will be organized so people biking are on the left-hand side, separated from people driving and transit. Traffic signals will be upgraded with bike signals and some left-hand turns restricted to reduce conflicts at key intersections.

On-street loading zones will be maintained on most blocks. Access to alleys, off-street parking garages, and loading bays will be maintained.

Project map – Center City Bike Network Options

Project map
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Improving safety for all

Our #1 goal is to make streets safer for everyone. On Pine St, 1 in 4 crashes involve people walking or biking. We can make strides to reduce these numbers by better organizing our streets.

Transportation options for the center city

Protected bike lanes on 2nd Ave quadrupled the number of people biking there. Employers located near paths and protected lanes have higher bike to work numbers. Making biking a real choice means building out a network in our region’s densest jobs center.

Transit priority

Separate bus lanes, bus zones, and bus accommodations at signals will be made where possible to keep people moving. We’re coordinating with our partner transit agencies to increase transit efficiency downtown.

Pedestrians crossing the street

Project design

Our proposal includes adding new bike facilities, signal upgrades, and transit accommodations on Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave in downtown Seattle. The project area connects to the wider bike network in the center city. This is an initial design using interim materials that we expect to be updated and evolve over the next few years.

Initial design elements:

  • New paint-and-post protected bike lanes with planter boxes on most blocks. And on blocks without protected lanes, we’ll install a mix of new buffered bike lanes and new sharrow pavement markings – this includes Pike St between 6th Ave and 8th Ave.
  • No lane or pavement markings on the Westlake Park pavers on Pine St between 4th Ave and 5th Ave to maintain their iconic appearance.
  • All bike facilities will be on the left-hand side of the street to reduce conflicts with transit and general traffic.
  • On Pike St, in general, there will be one transit lane and one general purpose lane to keep traffic moving.
  • On Pine St, in general, there will be two general purpose lanes with transit accommodations.
  • Bus zones along the corridor will be maintained.
  • Signal upgrades at 6th Ave & Pike St and 5th Ave & Pine St will create new left-turn phases for people driving and add a bike signal phase to reduce conflicts between people biking straight and people in cars turning left.
  • No left turns – except for people biking and transit – from Pike St onto 4th Ave and 3rd Ave, and from Pine St onto 3rd Ave.
  • On-street loading zones will be maintained on most blocks. Access to alleys, off-street parking garages, and loading bays will be maintained.

Design elements map

Design elements map
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Corridor design work is at an early stage. Further design work is still needed at intersections with left-hand turns that cross the bike facilities, as well as alleys, parking garages, hotels, loading dock access points, and loading zones.

Sample cross sections

These sample cross sections are looking east, not to scale, and don’t include on-street parking areas.

Sample cross section on Pine
Sample cross section on Pike

What are protected bike lanes?

A protected bike lane is an exclusive bike facility that combines the user experience of a separated path with the on-street infrastructure of a conventional bike lane. A protected bike lane is physically separated from motor traffic and distinct from the sidewalk.

These lanes have different forms but all share common elements—they provide space that is intended to be exclusively or primarily used for bicycles, and are separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, and sidewalks. Learn more at our protected bike lane page.

Funding

The city stopped operating Pronto Cycle Share earlier this year. Some of that funding was reallocated to this project and other transportation safety efforts citywide.

Schedule

Installation will begin as soon as September 22-25. Work will begin on Friday evening and wrap up early Monday morning. Prep work will occur during the week of September 18. This schedule is weather permitting and may change.

Installation of planter boxes with established plants is anticipated to occur in late October. Planter boxes will be maintained on an ongoing basis.

Future work on the Pike-Pine corridor east of the project area – from 8th Ave to Broadway – is coming soon. We plan to begin outreach this fall to discuss how to extend the center city bike network farther east on Capitol Hill.

Get involved

We’ve started talking with Pike-Pine corridor stakeholders. Reach out today to get on our contact list, schedule a meeting to discuss your building or business needs, and ask questions. We’re committed to keeping you informed in a variety of ways, including:

  • Briefings and meetings along the Pike-Pine corridor
  • Project mailings
  • Updating this webpage
  • Dropping off fliers at businesses and residential buildings
  • Posting signs at the construction work zone
  • Responding promptly to email inquiries: PikePineMobility@seattle.gov

Materials

Contact

Reach out today to get on our contact list, schedule a meeting to discuss your building or business needs, and ask questions.

Dan Anderson
Communications & Outreach Lead
PikePineMobility@seattle.gov
(206) 684-8105


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Resources

Seattle Vision Zero Plan
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

One Center City’s Proposed Near-Term Projects

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