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Center City Bike Network

Making travel downtown smoother

May 3, 2017

What's happening now

We are studying and prioritizing locations for a protected bicycle lane network in downtown Seattle. We are coordinating with the One Center City effort on near-term and long-term strategies.

The Center City Bike Network supports a vibrant Seattle by designing a safer, more predictable traveling experience for people walking, biking and driving downtown.

Watch a short video about how better bike lanes benefit families in Seattle.

Brice Maryman bikes to work with his preschooler and felt much safer after SDOT built the 2nd Ave protected bike lane. He shares their experience biking together downtown.

As part of the Center City Bike Network, SDOT is extending the 2nd Ave protected bike lane from Pike St to Denny Way. Click here for details on the 2nd Ave Safety Project. Also, learn more about Seattle Bike Friendly Business Network a resource for businesses of all sizes. Qualifying businesses can sign up to be featured on a city-wide map and receive a window cling for promotion and customers who bike receive special deals and amenities when they visit them.

Project Description

The Seattle Department of Transportation is studying and prioritizing locations for a protected bicycle lane network in downtown Seattle. This work builds on outreach and data collected as part of Seattle's 2014 Bicycle Master Plan.

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Why Protected Bike Lanes?

U.S. cities are increasingly embracing protected bike lanes that separate people on bikes from people in cars by using physical barriers such as posts, parked cars or simple landscaping.

Seattle's downtown network of protected bike lanes aims to:

  • Improve safety and predictability by separating all modes of travel
  • Expand connectivity throughout downtown and the rest of Seattle as our city continues to grow
  • Boost business by offering more travel options for getting to them
  • Promote physical activity and increase ridership
  • Provide affordable travel options

Design that Builds on Best Practices

Like all good transportation systems, protected bike lanes require smart investments and careful planning. SDOT will use a combination of technical analysis, ongoing public input and coordination with projects such as the Center City Connector streetcar and Waterfront Seattle to design and phase-in cost-effective complete streets that are a win-win for everyone.

Outreach Process

Below is our outreach process for implementing bicycle projects (Bicycle Master Plan, page 94). This project primarily focuses on step 2, helping us prioritize the network and move through a portion of its design.

As a part of the outreach for the project, SDOT has developed a Sounding Board made up of community members representing businesses, freight, people who bike, private development and residents. Learn more about the Sounding Board here.

Project Funding

The project is funded through the voter-approved Bridging the Gap Levy and other local funds and grants.

Anticipated Timeline

Timeline - click for larger

Project Library

Sounding Board documents

Frequently Asked Questions

Oct 2015 4th and 5th Avenues Technical Analysis Presentation

July 2015 Open House
Display boards
Other Center City Transportation Initiatives
Vision Zero boards

November 2015 – Bike Rodeo Summary

January 2016 - Fact Sheet (Chinese Translation)

January 2014 - Downtown Seattle Association Transportation Committee presentation  

Project Outreach Calendar




January 19, 2016, 8-9 AM

Belltown Community Center 415 Bell St

Belltown Business Association meeting

December 16, 2015, 12:30-2 PM

Sprout 512 2nd Ave

2nd Ave South Extension Walkshop

December 10, 2015, 12:30-2:30 PM

Weyerhaeuser Headquarters 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S, Federal Way

Commute Seattle Transportation Fair

December 2, 2015, 3:30-5 PM

Clise Office 1700 7th Ave

7th Ave Stakeholder tour and discussion

October 29, 2015, 4-6:30 PM

McGraw Square Westlake Ave N & Stewart St

Commute Seattle Light Up Your Ride

October 15, 2015, 12-1:30 PM

Commute Seattle office 1809 7th Ave

Lunch & learn about technical analysis on 4th and 5th Ave

September 26, 2015, 10-12 PM

Chong Wa Playfield S Weller St between 7th and 8th Ave S

Chinatown-International District Bike Rodeo

September 24, 2015, 11:30-1:30 PM

Expedia Headquarters 333 108th Ave, Bellevue

Commute Seattle Transportation Fair

September 22, 2015, 11:30-1:30 PM

West 8th Building 2001 8th Ave

Commute Seattle Transportation Fair

September 17, 2015, 11:30-1:30 PM

1201 3rd Ave

Commute Seattle Transportation Fair

September 16, 2015, 11:30-1:30 PM

Met Park 1730 Minor Ave

Commute Seattle Transportation Fair

September 1, 2015, 11:30-1:30 PM

US Bank Center 1420 5th Ave

Commute Seattle Transportation Fair

August 21, 2015, 12-1 PM

Sound Transit 401 S Jackson St

Sound Transit brown bag lunch

July 21, 2015, 5-7 PM

Town Hall Seattle 1118 8th Ave

Public open house #1

July 1, 2015, 6-8 PM

Seattle City Hall 600 4th Ave

Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board

June 30, 2015, 12-1 PM

Downtown Seattle Association, 1809 7th Ave #900

Downtown Seattle Association Transportation Committee

June 16, 2015, 9:30-11:30 AM

Seattle City Hall 600 4th Ave

Freight Advisory Board

June 2, 2015, 8:30-9:30 AM

Downtown Seattle Association, 1809 7th Ave #900

Downtown District Council

May 8, 2015, 7-9 AM

McGraw Square, Downtown

Bikes and Bagels

January 2014 

Downtown Seattle Association 1809 7th Ave #900

Downtown Seattle Association Transportation Committee

Get Involved

Better bike infrastructure can benefit everyone especially when various perspectives are involved in the planning. SDOT is seeking input and guidance from people who live, travel and work downtown and in adjacent neighborhoods.

Outreach includes open houses, briefings, individual meetings, regular email updates and a Sounding Board made up of Center City stakeholders.

Click here to sign up for email updates.

Project Contacts

Project Email:
SDOT Project Manager: Sandra “Sam” Woods
SDOT Communications Lead: Dawn Schellenberg


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