To use a summer blockbuster analogy, cycle tracks—essentially bike lanes that are protected from general traffic—are the next big thing dropping on Seattle’s streets.
NE 65th Street is the trailer, and it was just officially released.
SODT reports that the short cycle track connecting the Burke-Gilman Trail to Magnuson Park is now open. The project will not only make it safer and easier to access the trail and park, but it will also improve safety for all trail users as they cross NE 65th.
But almost more importantly, it is a chance to see the two-way cycle track design in action as the city gears up to install more ambitious stretches elsewhere, including downtown.
I have not tried the new lanes out. Have you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
The Seattle Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the opening of the Northeast 65th Street cycle track. The cycle track has been designed to provide a family-friendly connection between the Burke Gilman Trail and Magnuson Park that serves people of all ages and abilities who ride bicycles.
This two-way cycle track provides dedicated lanes for people on bikes, separated from traffic by a sturdy barrier. Crossing Sand Point Way is now easier – people walking and biking can now enjoy larger waiting areas, larger and better aligned curb ramps, repositioned push buttons, remarked crosswalks, and painted crossbikes.*
Northeast 65th Street is now easier to cross as well, thanks to a curb bulb at the southeast corner of NE 65th Street and Sand Point Way. While the cycle track is now open, you will continue to see improvements over the next several weeks as SDOT puts a few finishing touches on the project.
For more information about the project, please visit our project web page.
To learn more about the benefits of cycle tracks, and how to use them, please visit our cycle track web page.
*Crossbikes are similar to crosswalks; they alert drivers of the higher likelihood of people crossing at this location and provide people on bikes with their own area of the street – so they’re less likely to share the crosswalk space with pedestrians.