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Trails, greenways, and bike routes: Part V: Downtown east to west streets

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Part V is part of a continuing series to acquaint bicyclists with popular bicycling routes in Seattle. Listed below with brief descriptions are some recommended east-west streets popular for commuting.

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Broad: Sharrows from Elliott Ave to 1st

Bell: One-way toward downtown with sharrows from 6th down to 2nd.

Blanchard: One-way away from downtown with sharrows from 1st to Western Ave

Virginia: One-way away from downtown to 8th Ave with sharrows from 2nd to Fairview Ave where the recommended bike route veers left onto Fairview with sharrows ending at Denny.

Stewart: One-way toward downtown with sharrows all the way to 1st; not continuing down the cobblestone hill into Pike Place Market.

Pine: One-way toward downtown is also cobblestoned between 1st and Pike Place Market. This is not a suggested bike route between 9th Ave and the Seattle Waterfront and have no bike lanes or sharrows. However, beginning at 9th where Pine becomes two-way there are sharrows with an uphill bike lane. Just past the I-5 on-ramp sharrows give way to bike lanes which continue intermittent to Broadway.

Pike: One-way away from downtown beginning with Pike Place Market. Bicyclists should be aware that the street is cobblestoned coming out of the market. At 9th Ave, Pike becomes two-way. Again this is not a recommended bike route though used by many.

Seneca: Sharrows from 1st to 7th near I-5.

Yesler: The Elliott Bay Trail* ends at Yesler with a detour temporarily due to the on-going viaduct replacement project. See recommended website for more details. Sharrows on Yesler become bike lanes at 4th Ave on uphill side all the way to 31st Ave. E

Jackson: Jackson is marked with sharrows from 12 Ave. E crossing Rainier Ave S and continuing to 16th Ave E. At 17th sharrows change to bike lanes which continue to Frink Park near Lake Washington. *

*Elliott Bay Trail detour directs both walkers and bicyclists to turn right onto Jackson where it leads across the Viaduct/Alaskan Way construction zone.

Here are some useful websites to use as a resource for navigating through the viaduct/tunnel project:
SDOT construction map
Viaduct schedule
Travelers' map
Downloadable pdf map

See Cascade Bicycle Club's Bikewise map for crashes, hazards, and thefts,



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