2nd Ave Mobility Improvements


The 2nd Ave protected bike lane from Denny Way to Pike St opened in February 2018. With this recent extension, the protected bike lane connects Belltown to Pioneer Square through downtown on a route that’s comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.

The project also added 3 new signals at Cedar, Clay, and Vine streets. The signals add predictability for people driving, biking, and walking.

Before the bike lane extension
2nd Ave and Pike St Before

Before the bike lane extension
2nd Ave and Pike St After

This project is part of the Seattle Vision Zero Plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. The improvements also contribute to SDOT's goal to provide people who live, work, and play in Seattle with multiple travel options depending on their needs.

Vision Zero

How To Use Protected Bike Lanes

  • Follow pedestrian signals
  • Look both ways when crossing bike lanes
  • Follow bike signals
  • Yield to people walking in crosswalks
  • Follow traffic signals
  • Park next to bike lane
  • Look out for other travelers when making turns


The Levy to Move Seattle

The City procured a $5 million federal grant for the project. This project is also funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015.


We worked closely with the community throughout design and construction for the project, including presentations to community organizations, businesses, and property owners in the project area; visited neighbors through door-to-door outreach and pre-construction surveys; and coordinated directly with the public through weekly email updates and regular construction notices during construction.

February 2017 – February 2018 Project listserv and website Weekly construction updates to listserv and project website
October 25, 2017 Block 41, Belltown Project Belltown’s Belltown Hall Candidate Forum
September 29, 2017 First & Vine Apartments Department of Neighborhoods Community Conversations Drop-in Session
May 12, 2017 South Lake Union Park Commute Seattle Bikes and Bagels Commuter Celebration
March 8, 2017 Belltown Community Center One Center City meeting with Belltown Business Association, Belltown Community Council, and Project Belltown
February 23, 2017 2911 2nd Ave Gallery Condominiums Homeowners Association Briefing
December 2016 - January 2017 2nd Ave project area Door-to-door preconstruction surveys
September 16, 2016 2nd Ave and Bell St Parking Day
Design Outreach Activities
February – Summer 2016 2nd Ave project area Stakeholder meetings about design (Residents, Businesses, Social Services)
June 14, 2016, 5-6 PM Walk from 2nd and Bell to 2nd and Broad Design walk and talk
June 2016 2nd Ave project area Door-to-door flyering
May 13, 2016, 7-9 AM McGraw Square, 5th Ave & Stewart St Bikes and Bagels
May 11, 2016, 6:30-8 PM Belltown Community Center, 415 Bell St Belltown Community Council
May 4, 2016, 6-8 PM Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board
May 2, 2016, 7:30-9 AM Wells Fargo Plaza 2nd Ave Bike Counter Launch
April 21, 2016, 11:30-1:30 PM Russell Investments Center, 2nd and Union Commute Seattle Transportation Fair
April 19, 2016, 6-7 PM Hard Rock Café, 116 Pike St Downtown Resident's Council
April 19, 2016, 7:30-10 AM Belltown Community Center, 415 Bell St Belltown Business Association
March 26, 2016, 6-7 PM Hard Rock Café, 116 Pike St Downtown Resident's Council
March 22 - 25, 2016 2nd Ave (Pike St – Denny Way) Door-to-door outreach
March 23, 2016, 7-8 PM Uptown Espresso, 4th Ave & Wall St Belltown Community Council – Transportation Committee
March 21, 2016, 4-4:30 PM Downtown Seattle Association Offices – 1809 7th Ave #900 Downtown Resident's Council – Steering Committee
March 9, 2016, 6-8 PM Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board
March 2, 2016, 5:30-8 PM Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board


2nd Ave Mobility Improvements

October 2017 Construction Notice
September 2017 Construction Notice

August 2017 Construction Notice
March 2017 Construction Notice

Fall 2016 2nd Ave Mobility Improvements Fact Sheet
June 2016 "Walk and Talk" Summary
June 2016 "Walk and Talk" meeting materials
May 2016 2nd Ave Protected Bike Lane "Filling the Hole" Postcard
March 2016 Project Mailer

2nd Ave Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Project

February 2016 Pioneer Square Flyer
July 2015 Mid-Year Report
October 2014 What's What 2nd Ave Protected Bike Lane Video
August 2014 How to Park Near a Protected Bike Lane
August 2014 How to Load and Unload Near a Protected Bike Lane
August 2014 How to Use a Protected Bike Lane
August 2014 Pavement Repair Notification
2nd Ave Protected Bike Lane Draft Report


Seattle Vision Zero Plan
Seattle Bike Master Plan
SDOT's Protected Bike Lane Page
The Green Lane Project – Helping cities build better bike lanes
Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business – Case studies on how 21st century transportation networks help new urban economies boom

Updated: 2/28/2018


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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