We reported earlier this week on changes coming to N 34th St in Fremont. This vital connector is finally getting repaved, and SDOT is using the opportunity to make some much-needed changes to the street design.
The most visible of those changes: A new bike box on 34th at Fremont Ave just north of the Fremont Bridge. SDOT’s George Frost provided us with the striping plans to help paint a better picture of how this bike box will work.
As you can see in the image above, the bike lane that formerly disappeared into the back of a row of parked cars is now preserved and leads into the bike box. Both of the lanes to the left of the bike lane will become left-turn-only, and the curb lane to the right of the bike lane will be for right-turning or through traffic. Here’s a more zoomed-out look:
The city has already installed bike boxes at 12th and Pine, 7th and Dearborn and sort of at 12th and Union/Madison. I am excited to see them getting utilized more commonly for road projects around the city because they can help solve a variety of tricky traffic maneuvers simply by staggering where people wait at signals, which increases visibility.
The SDOT Blog has more on the 34th Ave project:
The project to repave N 34th Street from Fremont Avenue N to Stone Way N also enhances the roadway considerably for bicyclists. As part of the work, which began this month and is expected to wrap up by Mid-August, crews will install:
- New green bike lanes highlighting areas where bicycles and cars cross paths
- New bike box at intersection of N 34th St and Fremont Ave N to provide a place for cyclists to wait for the signal in front of vehicles (where they can be seen)
- New bike loop detectors to tell the signal when a bicycle is waiting for the light to turn green
It all means biking will be better on N 34th Street! And it won’t be too shabby for cars, buses and pedestrians either…offering improvements such as sidewalk replacement near the Fremont Avenue N intersection; upgraded curb ramps to meet current standards for accessibility; and removal of unused railroad tracks in the roadway.