I am super late on this project, but SDOT has proposed installing a bike lane on Latona Ave N in Wallingford to connect the Burke-Gilman Trail to NE 45th St. SDOT staff will be at the Wallingford Community Council meeting tonight (May 4) from 7:15-7:45 p.m. at the Good Sheperd Center at 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, room 202.
The project will install an uphill bike lane on the east side of Latona, which is a one-way street. Currently, Latona is one very wide lane with bus service. There is street parking on the west side, but not the east.
The project will also install sharrows on Thackary, which is the downhill arterial counterpart to Latona.
One tricky part of this project is the intersection of Latona, NE 40th St and NE 40th St (no, that’s not a typo, there are two NE 40th Streets here). The intersection is a wide, multiple-way stop intersection with a funky, changing grade. SDOT’s plans include a bike cutout next to the median separating the south NE 40th St from the north NE 40th St. This should give bicycles a place in the stop sign turn order.
Once completed, this bike lane will hopefully provide a more obvious way to cross 40th St, which is the biggest challenge for any north-south street in this part of Wallingford. 40th is a busy two-lane road with few signals or good crossing options. This project will also meet up with the planned neighborhood greenway on 44th/43rd later this year.
The plans do not seem to make any changes to the crossing from the Burke to Latona across NE Pacific St. Cars drive quickly on Pacific, and the geography and curvature of the road can sometimes make it difficult to see oncoming vehicles. It would be great to see an improved crossing there and maybe a more logical waiting space for bicycles attempting to exit the trail. Perhaps this would be a good place to try out Seattle’s first “cross-bike.”