Eastlake Avenue Protected Bike Lanes

May 11, 2020 

Creating a new bike connection and a safer street

What’s happening now?

We're approaching final design for Phase 1 of the protected bike lanes on Eastlake Ave between Stewart and Roy streets (see map below). We'll share the plans for final design as soon as this summer. Construction for Phase 1 will begin as soon as fall 2020, in alignment with King Couty Metro's Eastlake Layover Facility.

Phase 2 of the project, between Roy St and Fairview Ave N (see map below), is still in the early stages of design. We'll share more information on Phase 2 as it becomes available. 

We'll continue to inform and work closely with the community as we move the design process forward for both phases.

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Project Overview

We'll install new protected bike lanes (PBLs) on the east and west sides of Eastlake Ave E between Fairview Ave N and Stewart St. The Eastlake Avenue Protected Bike Lanes Project is one of several identified in the city-approved Seattle Bicycle Master Plan 2019-2024 Implementation Plan scheduled for completion in the next 5 years. It will provide a critical connection between the city center and north corridors and will enhance rider connections throughout the city.

What is a protected bike lane?

A protected bike lane provides space for bicyclists that is separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, and sidewalks. Protected bike lanes help:

  • Improve safety
  • Calm traffic
  • Increase ridership
  • Maintain transit priority

Project elements:

As part of this project, we will:

  • Install one-way PBLs on the east and west sides of Eastlake Ave E between Fairview Ave N and Stewart St
  • Improve sidewalks and paths for people walking in some places
  • Install bike signals or signage at the intersection of Eastlake Ave E and Roy St

Design

The approximately mile long PBLs will be designed and constructed in two phases:

Phase 1: Roy St to Stewart St

Phase 1 will be delivered in partnership with King County Metro's Eastlake Layover Facility in 2021.

Rendering of Eastlake Layover Facility design, looking south from intersection of Eastlake Ave E, Roy St, and Lakeview Blvd.
Eastlake Layover Facility design rendering, looking south from intersection of Eastlake Ave E, Roy St, and Lakeview Blvd. Design is subject to change.

Map showing changes in phase 1 of Eastlake Avenue Protected Bike Lanes Project.      Legend for Phase 1 map.    

Project map showing changes in Phase 1 of the Eastlake Avenue Protected Bike Lanes Project.

To accommodate the bike lane and bus layover space, on-street parking on the stretch of roadway between Roy and Stewart streets will be:

  • Removed between Roy and Mercer streets
  • Reduced between Mercer and Republican streets
  • Removed between Harrison and Thomas streets
  • Restricted to weekend only between Thomas and John streets

Click here to view a detailed map of the roadway changes. 

Phase 2: Fairview Ave N to Roy St

This phase is currently in early design. We don't yet know what the details of the protected bike lane, sidewalks, or parking impacts will look like. The project team will work closely with neighbors to ensure timely notice and minimize impacts. The construction timeline of this phase is tentative, pending completion of the Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement.

Cross section of proposed Phase 2 Eastlake Ave PBLs, looking north.
Cross section of proposed Phase 2 Eastlake Ave PBLs, looking north. Conceptual design subject to change.

Schedule

Project schedule showing design phase from 2019 through fall of 2020 and construction from end of 2020 to end of 2021.