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2013: Seattle Bicycling in Review

Panel discusses how to improve bicycle safety at the 2013 Bike Expo.
Panel discusses how to improve bicycle safety at the 2013 Bike Expo.
Millie Magner

Seattle has made great strides in bicycling over the past year, "2013 was an incredible year for bicycling in Seattle according to Cascade Bicycle Club Policy Director, Thomas Goldstein. As the New Year unfolds, this article presents an inventory of accomplishments 2013.

A lone bike commuter rides down Seattle's Eastlake Ave. E
Millie Magner

Beginning with his inaugural address, Governor Jay Inslee, identified bicycling as an important part of state infrastructure. In looking forward, the then newly elected governor said about transportation, “To honestly address our infrastructure, we have to recognize that creativity is as important as concrete … a transportation package that includes roads, trains, light rail, buses, bike routes and other modes of transportation.”

Here are some accomplishments of 2013:

Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan: Then Mayor Mike McGinn presented his final recommendations for the BMP to the Seattle City Council in mid December.

When asked about the past year’s accomplishments, Anne-Marije Rook, Communications Director of Cascade Bicycle Club, listed the Bicycle Master Plan as No. 1 saying, “... the proposed infrastructure targets people of all ages and abilities; and the plan embraces protected bike lanes on important corridors where the need and demand for safe roads are high.”

Broadway Protected Bike Lane:

Secondly, Rook listed the “ initial segment of the Broadway Protected Bike Lane, Seattle's first protected bike lane on a major urban street, that also includes streetcar infrastructure.”

Missing Link improvements begun:

In December of 2012, the Mayor and SDOT announced roadway improvements to enhance safety.

In December SDOT announced that there will be a two-way bike lane on NW 45th St. beginning at 11th Ave NW and running westward to

The improvements to NW 45th St. were also on Cascade Bicycle Club’s list according to Rook. Long overdue according to Rook, “this [improvement] is a huge step toward safer connections in and around Ballard, and we were very excited about this news.”

The 520 Bridge Replacement will include bicycle/pedestrian path on the north side.

Bike Counters: The City now has a year of data from the Fremont Bike Counter.

A counter was installed on Spokane St. in June. Over six months of data is now available for this popular corridor to and from West Seattle.

26th Ave SW Greenway counters have recently been installed with the anticipation of more.

Neighborhood Greenways:

Six neighborhood greenways have been completed with two in design phase and 4 in planning.

Protected bike lanes or cycle tracks:

The Linden Avenue re-design and installation was voted as No. 5 nationally by People for Bikes.

Northeast 65th Street: April 5, 2013, the city opened a new protected right-of-way for bicycles between the Burke-Gilman Trail and Magnuson Park.

Bike Share:

Seattle City Council adopted resolution 31468 in September authorizing Puget Sound Bike Share to begin operation. CBC's Goldstein believes, "Bike Share will change Seattle forever."

NE 75th: NE 75th Street Road Safety Corridor Project was implemented last fall after SDOT worked with the community to improve the safety of the roadway, especially the stretch along Eckstein Middle School.

Coming next: Continued review of 2013 and hopes for 2014

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