Seattle Cycle Tracks—Comfortable Protected Bike Lanes
Seattle is building a network that puts all residents within ¼ mile of a bike facility. We want to make riding a bike a comfortable part of daily life for everyone. Cycle tracks, or protected bike lanes, are one piece of the network. Protected bike lanes help eliminate perceived risk and fear of collisions; reduce the risk of dooring crashes; and add a level of predictability making streets safer for everyone.
A protected bike lane combines the user experience of a separated path with a conventional bike lane. A protected bike lane is physically separated (by grade or barrier) from motor traffic and distinct from the sidewalk. They have different forms, but all share common elements—they provide space that is primarily used for bicycles and are separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, and sidewalks. Cycle tracks have different forms, but all share common elements—they provide space that is primarily used for bicycles and are separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, and sidewalks.
Instructions on How to Use Protected Bike Lanes
Currently, Seattle is constructing two-way protected bike lanes on one side of the street. This may vary as new facilities are added. Whether you’re riding a bike, driving, or walking, here’s how to use them:
Riding a bike
Using a wheelchair
Please note: Motorized scooters may not use cycle tracks.
Be Super Safe
The City of Seattle’s road safety campaign, Be Super Safe, is an ongoing effort to reach zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. When bicycling we ask that you Be Super Safe and follow the rules of the road.
Local, National and International Bicycle Design Guidelines
The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan guides the development of a citywide bicycling network, programs to encourage more bike riding, and activities and tools to measure our progress. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide is also a primary source for Seattle’s new bike designs. This document was created out of an extensive worldwide literature search from design guidelines and real-life experience; as well as the input of a panel of urban bikeway planning professionals from NACTO member cities, traffic engineers, planners, and academics.