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Broadway's Protected Bike Lane

Updated April 16, 2014

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Check out this great video from the Seattle Bike Blog that highlights the portion of the protected bike lane on Broadway that is already open, and how to use it.

Why a protected bike lane on Broadway? There’s so much to do and see on and around Broadway – unique eateries and retail shops, Cal Anderson Park, a major university and community college, and much more. In Fall 2014, the First Hill Streetcar will be up and running, and in 2016, Sound Transit’s Capitol Hill light rail station will be open. A protected bike lane helps people on bikes access all these great places safely and conveniently.


Through the First Hill Streetcar design process, the City and community worked together to develop a truly complete street that supports safe access and mobility for people walking, biking, using transit and driving. Check out the First Hill Streetcar page for more information on the design process.

In October 2013, SDOT opened a section of the protected bike lanes, from Denny Way to East Union Street. This segment is about one-third of what will eventually be a mile long bike lane running along the east side of Broadway from Denny Way to Yesler Way. It will connect with new bike lanes and markings coming to Yesler Way, 14th Avenue, and Jackson Street.

Safety features

Safety features include intersection treatments like bicycle signals, green pavement markings, and traffic signs. Green pavement markings are installed at driveways where vehicles and bicyclists cross paths. Signs at driveways and intersections direct motorists to yield to people on bikes. To help people riding bikes make safer turns, ‘two-stage left turn boxes’ have been installed at intersections. Check out this video to see how they work. All of these features help reduce conflict and improve safety for all road users.

Questions about the project?

Contact, or call the project hotline at (206) 257-2121

Learn more about protected bike lanes – what they are, how to use them and where else we have them in the city.


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