U District Station open house will discuss bike access

Concept image from Sound Transit

Concept image from Sound Transit

Tunneling for the Northgate Link extension is on schedule for completion this year, meaning station construction work will begin shortly after. So now is the time to make sure bike parking and safe bike route connections are not only included in the final design work, but are high quality.

Sound Transit is hosting an open house for U District Station — formerly “Brooklyn Station” — today (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Neptune Theater. You will get a chance to see the 90 percent design, which will include more granular details than previously seen.

What types of bike parking will be included? How will people with bikes access the trains? How will the streets around the station (especially Brooklyn) connect to major bike routes?

Go to the open house and be sure to give feedback. Details from Sound Transit:

Stop by the Bicycle Program table and learn about bike parking planned for the station and bringing your bicycle on-board trains and buses, and talk to SDOT staff about bicycle infrastructure planned for the streets around the station.

U District Station 90% Design Open House
Thursday, January 14, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Presentation begins at 6:30
Neptune Theater
1303 NE 45th Street, Seattle

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6 Responses to U District Station open house will discuss bike access

  1. Gary says:

    Since the current Sound Transit stations refuse to let bicycles on the escalators, and since the elevators are generally small and slow, I see a good use for those runnels that you mentioned in a previous article.

    I usually carry my bicycle up and down the stairs if it isn’t way overloaded with stuff, so I would greatly appreciate being able to roll it in both directions.

    • Josh says:

      Runnels that work seem like a no-brainer at any transit station; it continues to amaze me how poorly stations address access to the station for any non-mainstream users.

  2. Josh says:

    Won’t be at the meeting but definitely looking forward to seeing their 90% presentation when they put it online.

    Hoping their illustrators have gotten more up to speed on pedestrian and bicycle safety, the 60% design presentation featured repeated illustrations of drivers threatening peoples’ lives — passing much too close when overtaking bicycles, driving through occupied crosswalks — suggesting a train station designed for people to drive around, not for people to walk or bike safely to and from the train.

    I realize that’s just the illustrator, not necessarily the design intent, but it certainly didn’t speak well for the organization as a whole that a presentation endorsing reckless driving made it through review.

  3. Jean Amicj says:

    All stations need HUGE T signage. Downtown stations are invisible.
    Hope tunnels very gradual slope. I’m a grandma who doesn’t appreciate having to lift bike. Done it at Montlake for years and crummy set up. Sure wish we citizens would get a plaza over U District station instead of office tower. Great opportunity for air and sunlight space getting passed up.

    • Becka says:

      Office tower/apartments seem like a better use of this valuable land to me. The plazas at Westlake Station, Pioneer Square Station, and ID Station are not well used and seem to encourage homeless loitering. I would prefer a tower with useful retail at the bottom (best case, a coffee shop or deli).

  4. Jean says:

    Meant runnels in earlier comment

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