Westlake Avenue N Cycle Track Project
Making travel along the corridor predictable and safer for all users
Revised August 26, 2014
The Westlake Avenue N corridor between Fremont and South Lake Union neighborhoods connects to the Fremont Bridge, Ship Canal Trail and Lake Union Park. This unique 1.2-mile corridor is a major truck street with transit and is home to marine-related businesses, moorage areas, floating homes and more. The west side is a four lane street with one sidewalk. On the east side, people walking, using wheelchairs, biking and driving all share an undefined space. People walking and biking use the sidewalk, the parking area and a service lane meant for drop-off, pick-up and deliveries. There is no dedicated space for bicycles. This project will add predictability and create a safer, more comfortable place for drivers, walkers and bicyclists.
The following design goal and objectives are guiding the project:
Economic vitality – Creating a space that attracts customers and supports adjacent land and water uses
Accessibility – Provide a flat, low-stress bike path making this scenic corridor more accessible to residents, employees and visitors
At the October 2013 project open house, the community expressed concern about conflicts and challenges between people walking, biking and driving. We know the number of people riding bikes in Seattle continues to grow making resolving this issue even more important. Each crash represents a personal and community tragedy and we need to do more to prevent them. The City’s goal is to reach zero traffic fatalities or serious injuries in Seattle by 2030. The Westlake Cycle Track project helps meet increasing demand, reduce conflicts and reach this goal.
The cycle track will be built on the east side of the corridor, in the parking area. This adds complexity. We want to maintain as much public parking as possible for the businesses that have come to rely on it. Attendees of public meetings and a committee of stakeholders appointed by Mayor Murray are helping project staff figure out the best location for the cycle track and to identify creative solutions to maximize use of existing parking.
The Westlake Cycle Track project has an available budget of $3.6 million. Funding is provided by a $1.7 million Puget Sound Regional Council grant, local funds and bonds.
April 2014 Design Memos
Project Email: WCT@Seattle.gov
SDOT Communications Lead: Dawn Schellenberg