The Interurban North bike route has been getting quite the makeover in recent years. In 2011, a section of Dexter Ave was redesigned with wide bike lanes and bus islands. Just this month, the city finished work on the Linden Ave protected bike lanes near Bitter Lake (stay tuned for more on that).
Now, the city is conducting outreach about plans to turn more than 30 blocks of Fremont Ave in Greenwood into a proper neighborhood greenway.
Complete with speed bumps, improved signage and long-sought stop signs for cross-traffic at the traffic circles, the project would effectively connect from the King County border through the Shoreline section of the Interurban Trail all the way to N 77th St using almost exclusively low-stress biking and walking facilities.
Join us for a 2nd Open House
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street
Stay for the NW District Council Meeting afterwards.
Fremont Ave N improvements are being made between N 77th and N 110th streets. Fremont Avenue N connects to the soon-to-open cycle track on Linden Avenue N, local destinations and transit. Over the past five years, features making it safer and more comfortable to walk and bike have been added including traffic signals at N 80th, N 85th and N 105th streets and a new sidewalk between N 86 and N 90th streets in front of the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club and Greenwood Park. To complete the safety improvements, SDOT is planning the following:
- Install 20 mph speed limit and wayfinding signs
- Construct 13 speed humps help maintain low speeds
- Add new stop signs to streets that cross Fremont Avenue N to control traffic crossing the greenway
- Add bicycle pavement markings
- Make pavement and sidewalk spot repairs
- Read the exhibit boards used at the June Open House meetings for background on street characteristics and traffic data.
With Amazon planning to partner with the city to build protected bike lanes on 7th Ave between Dexter Ave and downtown, the biggest Seattle missing link in the Interurban North route will be the 40 blocks between the Fremont Bridge and N 77th St. Due to geographic issues, this segment’s best chance at being completed likely lies with cycle tracks on the arterials: Greenwood Ave, Phinney Ave, a short section of 50th St and Fremont Ave.
The good news is that these lanes are all suggested in the most current draft of the Bicycle Master Plan (more details on that draft coming soon).
More details on the proposed changes: