SDOT is proposing changes to Greenwood Ave between 85th and 105th that will attempt to reduce speeding and increase safety for everyone. No parking will be removed.
Similar to other recent road projects, the current four-lane design will be changed into one lane in each direction with a turn lane. Bike lanes will be added in both directions.
Four-lane streets are not safe for pedestrian crossings, and average vehicle speeds are often in excess of the posted limits. From the SDOT release:
The improvements are designed to reduce speeds, improve safety and benefit everyone who uses the street, including commuters, truck drivers, bus passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists. SDOT is proposing the following:
• A center left turn lane and one travel lane in each direction
• Improved pedestrian crossings
• Bicycle lanes on both sides of the street
• Existing on-street parking will remain
As average speeds are in excess of posted limits, this proposal will help address the speeding problem on Greenwood Ave N. It will also make the roadway more accommodating for vulnerable users like pedestrians and bicyclists.
SDOT is interested in hearing from the public about these recommended changes. Comments can be submitted by e-mail to [email protected] or by calling 206-684-7583. The comment deadline is August 17.
Be sure to comment. SDOT does listen to comments, like they did when they decided to postpone changes to ten blocks of Roosevelt.
UPDATE: I forgot to add the time and place of the open house. It’s Tuesday, August 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, located at 8016 Greenwood Ave N.
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I strongly disagree with the city plan to road diet Greenwood Avenue. This plan will create a false sense of security for cyclists. I suggest the alternative of Fremont Avenue, a quiet residential street with trail access at 110th street. Can we have a pedestrian signal at Fremont Avenue North and North 105th Street?
Sorry for the late response about the signal at 105th. It’s coming: http://seattlebikeblog.com/2010/07/17/new-traffic-signal-at-fremont-ave-and-105th-will-help-cyclists/
In responce to the above comment, I live on greenwood and there is no security for bicyclists or pedestrians. Have you walked or rode your bike between 95th and 103rd? There are no sidewalks! Just cars going way to fast. I would rather have a false sense of security than none at all.