MLK Protected Bike Lane

Updated: October 15, 2019

Creating a new bike connection and a safer street

What’s happening now?

We're planning to build a protected bike lane on MLK between the Judkins Park and Mt Baker light rail stations (S Judkins St to Rainier Ave S). We're currently in the "planning" phase where we're collecting data about the street on collision patterns, lane widths, driveways, etc. We expect to develop an ealy design concept by spring 2020 and plan to build the protected bike lane by 2023. 

This will be an important connection to both light rail stations as well as the I-90 Trail, Franklin High School, and the Metro Transit Center. 

Project Overview

As part of the latest Bike Master Plan Implementation Plan, Martin Luther King Jr Way S was identified as an important Southeast Seattle bike connection. We're first focusing on the section between the Judkins Park and Mt Baker light rail stations (S Judkins St to Rainier Ave S). That section is in the "planning" phase where we're collecting data about the street on collision patterns, lane widths, driveways, etc. We expect to develop an ealy design concept by spring 2020 and plan to build the protected bike lane by 2023. 

Benefits

  • Connect people to transit and schools: This will be an important connection to both light rail stations as well as the I-90 trail, Franklin High School, and the Metro Transit Center. The I-90 trail is a regional connection that will improve access to downtown and the region's growing trail network from Southeast Seattle.  

  • Improve safety for people who walk, bike, and drive on MLK: This section of MLK Way has high rates of speeding, head-on collisions, and off-the-road collisions compared to other parts of the city. Redesigning the street will help to reduce speeding and make the street safer, more predictable, and more comfortable for everyone.  

What about the rest of Martin Luther King Jr Way S? 

We're also studying the feasibility of a protected bike lane on MLK between Rainier Ave S and S Henderson St.

Project area

We're first focusing on the section of Martin Luther King Jr Way S between the Judkins Park and Mt Baker light rail stations (S Judkins St to Rainier Ave S). 

Community Outreach

We want this design to work for not just people who bike, but people who live and work in the area. SDOT is partnering with the Department of Neighborhoods to engage neighbors. Please feel free to get in touch with us to ask questions or set up a meeting: MLKWay@Seattle.gov or 206-727-8697. 

This project is just getting started, but this table shows the outreach plan so far. 

DateDescription
Summer 2019 MLK was identified as an important Southeast Seattle bike connection as part of the latest Bike Master Plan Implementation Plan   
Early 2020 Door-to-door and individual meetings with project neighbors and interested stakeholders
Spring 2020 Drop-in session and other outreach to engage neighbors in the early design 
Ongoing Email and web updates

Related Projects

We're coordinating closely with other projects in the area including:

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