Westlake Avenue North Cycle Track
Revised March 4, 2014
The Westlake Cycle Track is a project to design and build a cycle track along Westlake Avenue North between Lake Union Park and the existing Ship Canal Trail in front of Diamond Marina (south of the Aurora Bridge overpass). A cycle track, or protected bike lane, is physically separated from people driving and walking.
SDOT’s primary goal is to improve safety for all travel modes.
Designing and constructing a cycle track on Westlake Avenue North has three key benefits:
During the 2007 Seattle Bicycle Master Plan outreach process, Westlake was one of the most requested facilities for bicycle infrastructure improvements. The proposed 2013 Bicycle Master Plan also designates a cycle track for Westlake Avenue North.
Bike ridership in this corridor is increasing partly due to growth in the South Lake Union and Westlake areas and partly because of the desire for a direct, level bike route protected from faster moving vehicles.
Many travel modes share limited space in the Westlake corridor, including residential, business, recreational, tourism and freight traffic. Westlake is a designated Major Truck Street – a type of street that accommodates significant freight movement through the City. Westlake is also a highly traveled commuter route. The Westlake Cycle Track will strive to balance these competing needs while meeting the key goal of improving safety.
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One typical section of the Westlake Ave North right-of-way, looking north – The configuration in the parking lot varies considerably along the length.
Bicyclists currently have three route options when traveling through the Westlake corridor:
The project has three key phases:
Phase 1 began by reviewing existing conditions and appropriate design criteria, as well as traffic and parking studies. Detailed reports on these aspects of the project will be distributed when complete. We will collect data from nearby businesses and residents on how they use the corridor shortly, and a Design Advisory Committee is currently being formed.
During late spring and early summer 2014, we will analyze possible alignments with the help of the Design Advisory Committee. We’ll hold a design open house in May to seek additional input from the broader community.
In summer 2014, we expect to hold an open house to share the resulting basic design. SDOT will recommend a preferred design before Phase 2 begins.
Involving the public in the project will help ensure a full understanding of current corridor use and future needs. We will seek public input in a variety of ways:
The first open house was held on October 28, 2013 to introduce the project and help define key issues. Meeting materials are below:
We’re planning a second open house for May 2014 to introduce several potential alignments and invite feedback. A final open house will present the recommended alignment along with preliminary design details.
Public presentations are an important opportunity for learning about the project. Feel free to email WCT@Seattle.gov or call 206-909-8578 to request a project representative come to your organization, business or group for a project briefing. Here is our list of presentations.
A survey of Westlake businesses and residents within the project area is underway to collect information about parking and delivery utilization of the corridor. We sent invitations to participate by the following postcard on March 6th.
The Design Advisory Committee will bring the local knowledge and perspectives needed to ensure the project meets all objectives. The Committee will include 13 individuals representing a variety of perspectives including:
Public comments may be offered by email or by phone (206-909-8578) at any time.Click here for frequently asked questions.
The budget for the Westlake Avenue North Cycle Track Project is currently estimated at $3.6 million. Funding comes in part from the Federal Highway Administration through the Puget Sound Regional Council(PSRC). The PSRC awards Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds in a competitive process for non-motorized projects across the region. The project is also funded by surplus funds from the Spokane Viaduct Project as well as the bonds for the Cheshiahud Loop.
If you have comments or questions about the Westlake Avenue North Cycle Track Project please contact us:
Project Hotline: 206-909-8578