We’re trying a new feature here at Seattle Bike Blog. I have been going to the monthly Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board meetings for a while now. Usually, I just take notes and use them to gather material for future stories. But this month, I’m posting some interesting bits of info so you all know what’s going on. Some things I may expand later, but this will give you a taste of the kind of stuff the Board discusses.
Also, note that there is no July meeting since the first Wednesday is July 4.
Ballard Bridge Update
The city is beginning a study to try to assess what opportunities exist for widening the sidewalks on the Ballard Bridge. The study, which is at least five months from completion, will look at three things:
- Is there some way to widen the sidewalk within the existing space? For example, can we shave off those concrete pillars that jut into the sidewalk?
- Is it possible to widen the sidewalks? This will require a study to see if the structure can support such an expansion.
- If the structure can support a widened sidewalk, the study will assess what sort of environmental studies, etc would be required.
The 2007 Bicycle Master Plan called for some kind of new biking and walking bridge to the west of the current Ballard Bridge. This plan has not been designed or significantly studied, but it would certainly be expensive (and awesome). A proposed walking and biking bridge over I-5 in Northgate is estimated to be $20 million, so it’s probably safe to assume this would be at least that much. So it would be good to know if there are any other options for the Ballard Bridge, which is among the worst bicycle facilities in the city and one of the top large project priorities for the bicycle network.
In other Ballard news, the walkway at the Ballard Locks was damaged by a collision Sunday. So be prepared for issues if you use the Locks to cross the ship canal.
Other spot improvements
The city is also making a couple other small improvements soon. They will move the Cherry St bike lane in the Central District to the correct side of the street between 23rd Ave and 18th Ave. Currently, the bike lane goes downhill in the door zone (bad) and people headed up the steep hill have only sharrows. The city admits they made a mistake when installing it a few years ago and will switch it to a bike lane uphill, sharrows downhill (there is not enough room to have bike lanes in each direction without removing parking).
The city will add a new bike lane and bike box on SW Andover St between Delridge Way SW and the future 26th Ave SE neighborhood greenway (near the place with a HUGE American flag).
And the city has more good news for West Seattle commuters: They will install a green bike lane and a “crossbikes” on E Marginal Way between S Hinds St and S Hanford St to help make people biking on this industrial connector more visible.
The city has also been repairing the roadway on 34th Ave/Madrona Drive to get it ready for a new bike facility to connect the Madrona neighborhood center to Lake Washington Boulevard. Awesome.