7th Ave Mobility Improvements


The 7th Ave mobility improvements are complete! The protected bike lane on 7th Ave from Virginia St to Pike St opened in May 2018. With this recent extension, the protected bike lane connects South Lake Union to Capitol Hill through downtown on a route that's comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.

This project also added curb bulbs at intersections along 7th Ave to shorten pedestrian crossings, and upgraded traffic signals and converted the contraflow lane between Olive Way and Pine St from northbound to southbound to improve circulation.

Developer Christian Gunter explains why protected bike lanes and other transportation infrastructure are important for a growing city.

7th Ave and Olive Way intersection before project

7th Ave and Olive Way Before    

7th Ave and Olive Way after

7th Ave and Olive Way After    

7th Ave and Westlake Ave intersection before

7th Ave and Westlake Ave Before

7th Ave and Westlake Ave intersection after

7th Ave and Westlake Ave After

Why 7th Ave?

The project began as part of the Center City Bike Network project to study downtown streets and determine which would be the best fit for protected bike lanes.

Vision Zero Logo 7th Ave was selected because it extends the existing 7th Ave protected bike lane and serves as an intuitive connection between South Lake Union and Capitol Hill. The route also has relatively low vehicle traffic volumes compared with other downtown streets and doesn’t serve transit riders. In addition, the conversion of 1 block from 2-way to 1-way provides an opportunity to improve traffic flow.

Extending the 7th Ave protected bike lane is part of the City’s Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

Project area

The future protected bike lane will be on 7th Ave between Virginia and Pike


7th Ave Mobility Improvements is funded by a combination of local and federal matching funds.

Project outreach

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SDOT Community Outreach Lead: Ching Chan, 7thAve@seattle.gov, (206) 615-0786

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Project Library

7th Ave Mobility Improvements Start of Construction Notification - December 2017

7th Ave Mobility Improvements Fact Sheet - Fall 2017

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Review

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) determined that the 7th Ave Protected Bicycle Lane Project will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. As a result, SDOT issued a Determination of Non-significance on November 28, 2016. This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist.


Seattle's Vision Zero Plan
Seattle Bike Master Plan
SDOT's Protected Bike Lane Page
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


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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