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Westlake Avenue N Cycle Track Project

Creating a safer, more predictable way to travel

July 25, 2016

Phase 3 of protected bike lane construction is nearly complete! Work continues in Phase 4 between the Galer pedestrian bridge and Westlake Marina.

Work completed July 18-22:

Newly paved bike lane south of the
Galer St pedestrian bridge

Demolition and grading work
in Phase 4

Newly paved bike lane in front of
Marina Mart

Driveway at the Lake Union Building
parking garage

Upcoming work:

Phase 1 (Crockett St to Wheeler St)

  • In the coming weeks, crews will paint numbers on the parking stalls between Crockett St and McGraw St. During this work, crews will temporarily restrict parking in this area.

Phase 2 (Railroad Park to Diamond Marina)

  • Continued brick work at Railroad Park is scheduled for the coming weeks.
  • Speed humps are scheduled to be installed in the parking area in the coming weeks. There will be brief, intermittent restrictions in the drive aisle during this work.

Phase 3 (Lake Union Park to Galer St)

  • Crews will stripe the protected bike lane to Galer St soon

Phase 4 (Galer St to Crockett St)

  • Beginning early this week, parking will be restricted on the east side of the parking area between the Lake Union Building and China Harbor for surveying, locating utilities, storm drainage work, and street light installation
  • Bike and pedestrian detours around the work zone will be posted

Signal at 8th Ave N

  • Signal work includes intermittent lane closures (one lane at a time) during off-peak hours on Westlake Ave N near 8th Ave N through this week

All phases

  • Typical work hours from 7 AM - 4 PM, Monday to Friday
  • Expect increased truck traffic and some noise and dust from large equipment active within the work zone
  • Crews will continue to place temporary No Park signs as construction continues
    • Vehicles parked in restricted areas risk being towed
  • The protected bike lane is fully open in the north end of the corridor and partially open in the south end of the corridor
    • Bicyclists are encouraged to ride in the newly completed sections of the protected bike lane rather than in the parking area

Construction plan

Click to view largerWestlake Cycle Track construction activities began in early January and are scheduled to continue through summer 2016. View the map at right to see planned construction phases. Each phase is expected to last approximately eight weeks.

Expected construction activities:

  • Tree removal, primarily on the east side of the parking area
  • Saw cutting
  • Pavement breaking and removal
  • Forming and pouring the cycle track
  • Equipment and materials will be placed in an established work zone
  • Parking will generally only be restricted in the active work zone
  • Increased noise and dust from large equipment working within the construction zone
  • Typical work hours are from 7 AM to 4 PM, Monday to Friday; some activities may require work outside of these hours

Construction crews will be working on the east side of the Westlake parking area adjacent to the sidewalk. Work will progress in phases along the corridor.

To keep you informed throughout construction, we are sending regular construction email updates, delivering flyers to the project area, and contacting adjacent businesses and residences when work is occurring in their area.



Cycle Track Alignment

Since spring 2014, we have been working with a Mayor-appointed 13-member Design Advisory Committee (DAC), comprised of people representing businesses, residents, bicyclists, pedestrians, maritime industry and Lake Union Park users. The cycle track alignment incorporates input from community proposals, three public meetings, 11 Design Advisory Committee meetings, five community and parking roundtables, and dozens of community briefings, as well as extensive data gathering and technical analysis.

We are moving forward with an alignment that places the cycle track on the east side of the Westlake parking area adjacent to the sidewalk. It includes treatments based on research and context that best fit the needs of the corridor. The alignment minimizes the number of vehicles crossing the cycle track, offers a scenic and intuitive route for people riding bikes, is distinct from the sidewalk and preserves as many parking spaces as possible.

The cycle track alignment locates the cycle track on the east side of the Westlake parking area adjacent to the sidewalk

Check out Design Advisory Committee meeting materials for more details on the evolution of this alignment, including the multiple options we considered over the past year. It is an exciting time as we move forward into design, working to continue incorporating public feedback and create a more comfortable experience for all users. The project has met all of its key milestones to date and is on schedule for construction to begin fall 2015.

Project Description

People walk, bike and drive in a large undefined space

There is an existing and growing need for a cycle track in the Westlake corridor because it is a flat, scenic and direct connection between the Fremont Bridge and downtown Seattle/South Lake Union. However, bicyclists have limited options for where to ride.

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. The Westlake Cycle Track Project builds a protected bicycle lane in the parking area and adds predictability for all users, creating a safer, more comfortable place for people driving, walking and biking.

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The following design goal and objectives are guiding the project:

Safety for all users

  • People biking – support people riding bikes of all ages and abilities
  • People walking – separate bicycles from pedestrians
  • People driving – provide predictability within the parking area

Connectivity – Connect with Fremont and South Lake Union neighborhoods, the Fremont Bridge and surrounding trails and park

Economic vitality – Create a space that preserves parking, 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

Project Background

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.

Project Schedule

Project Funding

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.

Parking Management

Based on findings from SDOT's parking management survey and the feedback we've received throughout the year, our parking management team began implementing parking rate and time limit changes at the end of March, 2015. View a map of the parking management changes. We will continue to monitor parking to determine if additional tweaks need to be made. Take a look at a mailer we sent to corridor residents with additional information.

Additionally, SDOT issued a decision regarding the boundary of Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) 25. All residences with Westlake Ave N addresses on the west side of Westlake Ave N that are north of Crockett St will remain in RPZ 25 and continue to be eligible for Zone 25 permits.

Project Library

Design Advisory Committee Documents 
Westlake Cycle Track – Notice of Action
Westlake Cycle Track – Channelization Plans
Westlake Cycle Track - Plan Detail

November 2015 Construction Drop-in Session
Fact Sheet
Exhibit Boards

October 2014 Open House
Fact Sheet 
Exhibit Boards 
Community Proposals and SDOT Responses 
August 2014 Parking Study
Corridor Segments 
Comment Form
Comment Summary

May 2014 Open House
Fact Sheet  
Exhibit Boards
Corridor Segments 
Comment Summary
Compiled Written Comments
Compiled Segment Map Comments

April 2014 Design Memos
Existing Conditions and Design Criteria Summary 
Existing Conditions and Design Criteria Memo 
Traffic Circulation Summary 
Traffic Circulation Memo 
Parking Utilization Summary 
Parking Utilization Memo 

October 2013 Open House
Fact Sheet 
Exhibit Boards 
Comment Summary

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Project Information Line: 206-909-8578
Project Email: 
SDOT Communications Lead: Emily Reardon 





Nov. 3, 2014
5:30-7 PM

Nautical Landing
2500 Westlake Ave N

Parking Management Roundtable #2

Oct. 9, 2014
5:30-7 PM

AGC Building
1200 Westlake Ave N

Parking Management Roundtable #1
August Parking Study

Aug. 14, 2014
5:30-7 PM

Nautical Landing
2500 Westlake Ave N

North-end Business Roundtable

Aug. 11, 2014
5:30-7 PM

Electric Boat Company
2046 Westlake Ave N

North-end Resident Roundtable

Aug. 5, 2014
5:30-7 PM

AGC Building
1200 Westlake Ave N

Sound-end Community Roundtable





Nov. 19, 2015
4-7 PM

AGC Building
1200 Westlake Ave N

Construction Drop-in Session

May 4, 2015
4:30-5:30 PM

Railroad Park
Westlake Ave N

Railroad Park stakeholder meeting

April 29, 2015
1-3 PM

City of Seattle
Seattle Municipal Tower

Corridor stakeholder meeting

April 28, 2015

City of Seattle
Seattle Municipal Tower

North-end stakeholder meeting

April 8, 2015
11-11:30 AM

Western Yacht Harbor
2412 Westlake Ave N

Corridor stakeholder meeting

April 8, 2015
9-10:30 AM

AGC Building
1200 Westlake Ave N

South-end stakeholder meeting

Feb. 2, 2015
1-2 PM

Nautical Landing
2500 Westlake Ave N
North-end stakeholder meeting

Jan. 26, 2015
11 AM-12 PM

North end of corridor Fuel truck operations meeting

Dec. 9, 2014
2-5 PM

China Harbor
2040 Westlake Ave N

Driveways 9-10 access needs meetings

Oct. 22, 2014
5:30-8 PM

Fremont Studios, 155 N 35th St Public Open House

Oct. 17, 2014
11 AM–1:30 PM

Nautical Landing
2500 Westlake Ave N

North-end loading needs meetings

Oct. 14, 2014
2:30–4 PM

Boathouse Deli
1818 Westlake Avenue N

Central area loading needs drop-in session

Sept. 29, 2014

City of Seattle
Seattle Municipal Tower

North-end stakeholder meeting

Sept. 22, 2014
5:30-6:30 PM

Railroad Park
Westlake Ave N

Railroad Park stakeholder meeting

Sept. 18, 2014
11 AM-12 PM

AGC Building
1200 Westlake Ave N

South-end stakeholder meeting

Aug. 8, 2014
11 AM-12 PM

South Lake Union

South Lake Union Block Party booth

July 14, 2014

Westlake Corridor

Westlake Stakeholders briefing

July 10, 2014
7-8 PM

Doric Temple, 619 N. 36th St Fremont Neighborhood Council Briefing

June 26, 2014
6-7 PM

China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N Westlake Stakeholders Group Briefing
May 28, 2014
4-6 PM
NBBJ offices, 223 Yale Ave South Lake Union Community Council – Planning & Policy Committee
May 21, 2014
5:30-8 PM
Fremont Studios, 155 N 35th St Public Open House

April 15, 2014
6:30-7:30 PM

Commercial Marine Commercial Marine Briefing

March 18, 2014
9:30-11:30 AM

Seattle City Hall, Room L-280

Seattle Freight Advisory Board

March 5, 2014
6:00-6-8 PM

Seattle City Hall, Room L-280

Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board

March 3, 2014
5-6:30 PM

History House of Greater Seattle
790 N 34th St

Lake Union District Council Briefing

Oct. 28, 2013
5-8 PM

B.F. Day Elementary School
3921 Linden Ave N

Public Open House

Oct. 23, 2013
9-10 AM

City of Seattle, Seattle Municipal Tower

Listening Session: Pedestrian groups

Oct. 22, 2013
5:30-6:30 PM

National Sign Building
1255 Westlake Ave N

Listening Session: Business/neighborhood groups

Oct. 22, 2013
3:30-4:30 PM

City of Seattle
Seattle Municipal Tower

Listening Session: Bicycle groups

Sept. 4, 2013
6-8 PM

Seattle City Hall, Room L-280 Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board


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