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Green Bike Lanes Come to Seattle
New Color Raises Motorists’ Awareness of Bicyclists

Seattle’s first green bike lanes have been installed at two locations Dexter Avenue N., just north of Denny Way and E. Greenlake Way North, just north of N. 50 th Street. Green bike lanes are put in existing bike lanes to raise motorist awareness of bicyclists at points where their paths cross. The cities of Chicago and New York, as well as the state of Vermont are also experimenting with green bike lanes as a way to reduce auto and bike incidents.


At Dexter, the green bike lane is on the northwest corner of the intersection where right-turning motorists must cross the path of bicyclists going straight.



At E. Greenlake Way N., the green lane is on the northwest corner of the intersection in a triangular area to the left of the right-turn lane where motorists might not expect to see bicyclists.



The material used in the bike lanes is a green construction material that is glued to the pavement. SDOT tested the product and found it to be a very durable, non-slippery surface. Thanks to Bridging the Gap, Seattle transportation levy, green bike lanes will be installed at about a dozen locations over the next three years and contribute to Seattle’s goal of increasing bicyclist’s safety and reducing the rate of crashes by one third between 2007 and 2017.

To learn more about what SDOT is doing to encourage bicycling and enhance safety, read the Bike Master Plan.

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