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 Avenue Mobility Improvements. 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.

Center City Bike Boards map

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 (from the Bicycle Master Plan). 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.Seattle Bike Master Plan

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