The construction season is upon us. Major projects that enhance the walk-bike-ride experience are complete or will be completed by end of summer. This issue of the Walk-Bike-Rider highlights improvements for walking, biking and riding.
Walking and biking in Wallingford just got safer and easier. Bicyclists, pedestrians and neighbors in Wallingford are celebrating the installation of Seattle's first Neighborhood Greenway along N 43rd and N 44th streets between Stone Way N and Latona Avenue NE. The community and SDOT worked together to find solutions for making the corridor friendlier for all travelers. The new Greenway connects parks, schools, a community center and offers an alternative route to busy N 45th Street. Over eight miles of Greenways are on the docket for construction this year in Ballard, Beacon Hill, Delridge, Ravenna/Bryant and of course Wallingford.
West Thomas Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge will be completed in July. This new bridge is a dedicated pedestrian and bicycle structure over Elliott Avenue W and is the first phase of the Lake to Bay Loop project, which will provide direct access for cyclists and walkers between the lower Queen Anne area, including Seattle Center, and Myrtle Edwards Park. Read more about the Lake to Bay Loop project and see the map below:
Paving N.E. Ravenna Boulevard Improves Greenlake Access. Between E. Green Lake Dr. N. and 15th Ave. N.E. SDOT is repaving making the street making it easier to ride bikes. You already may have noticed the improved pedestrian curb ramps and a new curb bulb at E. Greenlake Drive N. and N.E. 71st St. making walkers more visible and the area accessible to people of all abilities. Cyclists now have a bike path that is more clearly delineated by diagonal hash lines and new striping--known as a "buffered" bike lane.
Keeping cyclists moving during First Hill Streetcar construction. New bike sharrow corridors on S. Weller Street between 10th and 20th Avenue S. are part of the detour route for bikes that accommodate streetcar construction on S. Jackson Street.
Long awaited Linden Avenue N Complete Street Project has begun. See the latest information here. If you like to walk or bike Linden Avenue N between N 128th and N 145th streets you'll REALLY like it once this project is complete, up to one year from now. In the meantime, use caution and go slowly!
Project construction is currently underway along the segment bound by North 135th and North 141st streets. Sidewalks may be closed at times, so be sure to follow detour signs. Areas under construction will change during the course of construction and will be opened back up when work is completed. Enduring construction definitely will be worth the wait! When SDOT is done there will be:
- Continuous sidewalks with ramps and curbs
- Cycle tracks that separate bicycle traffic from motorists and pedestrians
- A pedestrian crossing near the Community Center
- Improved street lighting, landscaping and drainage
- A connection to the Interurban Trail
In a later issue of the Walk Bike Rider, we'll give you more tips and ideas about travel opportunities as well as information about future connections to the new section of the Interurban Trail.
Lake City Street Improvements on NE 33rd Street from 125th to 130th Avenue NE : Narrowing this street has calmed vehicle traffic, enhanced pedestrian and bicycle safety, and connected the Little Brook Green Space with the green space at the south end of 33rd Avenue NE just south of NE 120th Street. Also improving the pedestrian environment are:
- Boulders and landscapes to buffer pedestrians from traffic
- Improved drainage and lighting
- Marked mid-block pedestrian crossings
- Planted center medians that create green gateways, and
- Curb bulbs with plantings, benches and public art.