Responses to the open house about the proposed changes to Admiral Way have ranged from the typical driver concerns about how it will slow them down (which is the whole point on this 30 mph road) to concerns that the bike lanes might be dangerous for bikers as they are currently designed.
Most biker response so far has been positive, and people who bike the route often complain about the speeding cars and generally unsafe conditions for bikes on the stretch. After all, a biker was seriously injured a few months ago in a very scary wreck at the bottom of Admiral.
But Seattle Likes Bikes voiced some concerns about the points where the buffered bike lanes end. Near the top of the hill, the bike lanes end right before the City View Viewpoint where cyclists could be vulnerable to a faster moving vehicle that is trying to make a right into the viewpoint.
Seattle Likes Bikes is also afraid that the sharrows at the bottom of the hill, after the bike lane has dumped bikers into a right turn only lane, might mislead bikers into thinking they cannot stay on Admiral and continue under the bridge. They may also lead bikers who intended to go under the bridge into the wrong lane, forcing them to change lanes in traffic in order to continue on Admiral.
I have not biked in this spot before, but I plan to get over there to check it out. Any thoughts on these concerns? To be clear, more bike lanes and complete streets are wonderful, but we have to get them right when we have the chance. The plans are not final, so if changes are needed, now is the time to request them.