The most popular road design option for the Broadway extension of the First Hill Streetcar includes an extension of the planned two-way protected bike lane (cycle track) all the way to Aloha, according to SDOT. If constructed, there would be a world-class cycle track running the entire length of Broadway, from Yesler Terrace to Aloha.
The options for extending the under-construction streetcar line were presented at a December open house. Capitol Hill Seattle reports that there is also strong support for extending the streetcar line all the way to Prospect, connecting with Volunteer Park.
The terminus options are where the bike lane options get a little fuzzy. Every option considered would include standard bike lanes in each direction on 10th Ave north of Broadway. At E Roy Street, the two-way cycle track would start. Here’s a map:
10th Ave has it’s own dangers as a bike route, and, as we have argued in the past, it is an excellent opportunity for a safe route through North Capitol Hill. With the 520 Trail connecting to Roanoke Park, 10th would be the most logical (and, considering the extensive paving needs to make nearby Federal Ave safe, likely the cheapest) option for people trying to get from this regional trail to Broadway.
It is only 1.2 miles from Roy to Roanoke, but traveling north on this stretch currently requires a dangerous, fast downhill in a shared lane (just this week, a woman was knocked unconscious while biking down the hill on a wet and blustery evening). Extending the Broadway cycle track all the way to Roanoke is likely the best option for creating a family-friendly biking route along this key corridor.
Of course, building the cycle track all the way to Roanoke is likely outside the scope of the streetcar extension project. However, it would be wise to design the streetcar and bike facilities to connect to such a facility in the future. After all, streetcar tracks can’t easily be moved once they’re installed. I’ve reached out to the streetcar team to see if there is some reason why a 10th Ave cycle track is not possible. I’ll update when I learn more.
In the meantime, you should take their survey about the extension plans.