Pike-Pine Mobility Improvements

What's happening now?

New bike facilities were installed on Pine St between 3rd Ave and 6th Ave, and on Pike St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave in September. Planter boxes with established plants were installed in late October.

Next steps:

  • Later this year/early 2018
    • Install new bike facilities on Pine St between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave and between 6th Ave and 8th Ave

Project overview

Protected bike lanes and signal upgrades in downtown Seattle can improve safety for everyone and connect pieces of a center city bike network.

We’ve made a commitment to build out a network spine by 2020 to make biking a real choice and calm traffic as more people compete for limited street space.

This project includes new bike lane markings, plastic posts, planter boxes, signs, and bike signals on Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave. This initial installation will be updated as designs emerge from the Pike Pine Renaissance project.

In general, this project improves street organization on Pike St and Pine St as people biking are now on the left-hand side, separated from people driving and transit. Some traffic signals have been upgraded with bike signals and some left-hand turns have been restricted to reduce conflicts at key intersections.

On-street loading zones are maintained on most blocks. Access to alleys, off-street parking garages, and loading bays are maintained.

Project map – Center City Bike Network Options

Network options map
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Improving safety for all

Our #1 goal is to make streets safer for everyone. On Pine St, 1 in 4 crashes involve people walking or biking. We can make strides to reduce these numbers by better organizing our streets.

Transportation options for the center city

Protected bike lanes on 2nd Ave quadrupled the number of people biking there. Employers located near paths and protected lanes have higher bike to work numbers. Making biking a real choice means building out a network in our region’s densest jobs center.

Transit priority

Separate bus lanes, bus zones, and bus accommodations at signals will be made where possible to keep people moving. We’re coordinating with our partner transit agencies to increase transit efficiency downtown.

Pedestrians

Project design

Our project design includes bike facilities, signal upgrades, and transit accommodations on Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave in downtown Seattle. The project area connects to the wider bike network in the center city. This is an initial design using interim materials that we expect to be updated and evolve over the next few years.

Initial design elements:

  • New paint-and-post protected bike lanes with planter boxes on most blocks. And on blocks without protected lanes, we've install a mix of new buffered bike lanes and new sharrow pavement markings – this includes Pike St between 6th Ave and 8th Ave.
  • No lane or pavement markings on the Westlake Park pavers on Pine St between 4th Ave and 5th Ave to maintain their iconic appearance.
  • All bike facilities are on the left-hand side of the street to reduce conflicts with transit and general traffic.
  • On Pike St, in general, there is now one transit lane and one general purpose lane to keep traffic moving.
  • On Pine St, in general, there are now two general purpose lanes with transit accommodations.
  • Bus zones along the corridor will continue to be maintained.
  • Signal upgrades at 6th Ave & Pike St and 5th Ave & Pine St create new left-turn phases for people driving and a new bike signal phase will reduce conflicts between people biking straight and people in cars turning left.
  • No left turns – except for people biking and transit – from Pike St onto 4th Ave and 3rd Ave, and from Pine St onto 3rd Ave.
  • On-street loading zones will continue be maintained on most blocks. Access to alleys, off-street parking garages, and loading bays will continue to be maintained.

Design elements map

Design elements map
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*Note: this map represents the project design. During September 2017 installation, new bike facilities were installed on Pine St between 3rd Ave and 6th Ave, and on Pike St between 2nd and 8th Ave.

What are protected bike lanes?

A protected bike lane is an exclusive bike facility that combines the user experience of a separated path with the on-street infrastructure of a conventional bike lane. A protected bike lane is physically separated from motor traffic and distinct from the sidewalk.

These lanes have different forms but all share common elements—they provide space that is intended to be exclusively or primarily used for bicycles, and are separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, and sidewalks. Learn more at our protected bike lane page.

Funding

The city stopped operating Pronto Cycle Share earlier this year. Some of that funding was reallocated to this project and other transportation safety efforts citywide.

Schedule

New bike facilities were installed on Pine St and Pike St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave in September of this year.

Planter boxes with established plants were installed in late October. Planter boxes will be maintained on an ongoing basis.

Future work on the Pike-Pine corridor east of the project area – from 8th Ave to Broadway – is coming soon. We plan to begin outreach this fall to discuss how to extend the center city bike network farther east on Capitol Hill.

timeline graphic for project

Get involved

Reach out today to get on our contact list or ask questions. We're committed to keeping you informed in a variety of ways, including:

  • Briefings and meetings along the Pike-Pine corridor
  • Project mailings
  • Updating this webpage
  • Dropping off fliers at businesses and residential buildings
  • Posting signs in the project area
  • Responding promptly to email inquiries: PikePineMobility@seattle.gov 

Materials

Resources

The Green Lane Project – Helping cities build better bike lanes
Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business – A study of Toronto merchants and patrons
Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business – Case studies on how 21st century transportation networks help new urban economies boom

One Center City’s Proposed Near-Term Projects