SDOT wrote a blog post summing up their bike-related efforts this year. Needless to say, this year was great and tough at the same time. Our city installed miles of very good bike infrastructure, while simultaneously calming traffic speeds and making streets safer for everybody. Meanwhile, backlash against bike-related projects (no matter how irrational and unresearched) have put SDOT in a constantly delicate political position.
I have not always agreed with SDOT’s decisions, and I do not love every new project. But they have accomplished a hell of a lot of good for Seattle bikers this year. Many of the projects were low-hanging fruit (but still very needed). Other projects did some good, but did not go far enough. Other projects pushed the agency’s political limits and fought against some powerful freight and business opposition. Some projects set great precedent. Others set bad precedent.
I will have a more in-depth year-end roundup of my own next week. For now, here is how SDOT sees the year in review for bikes:
Throughout the year, the SDOT Blog has posted numerous reports on the newest bike facilities to hit the streets in Seattle. This year we installed more than 20 miles of new bike facilities as we continue to implement the Bicycle Master Plan’s vision of a 450-mile on- and off-street bicycle network. Our planners and engineers tackled many difficult projects this year in an effort to expand our bicycling system. The map above shows our 2010 projects in red and existing bicycle facilities in grey. As you can plainly see, the network is really coming together.
We’ve already highlighted many projects like the buffered bike lane on N 130th Street, the S Columbian Way Project, the Greenwood and Nickerson rechannelization projects, the two-way couplet on Roosevelt Way and 11th Avenue NE, the innovative new facilities on 7th Avenue, the Ship Canal Trail, and the 3rd Avenue S link. However, some projects have slipped through the cracks. Check out the photos below to see our work then grab your bike to see them for yourself!This new bike lane makes the climb up Cherry St a little more comfortable for cyclists – especially on the smooth new pavementSDOT worked with local businesses to make major changes to the on-street parking configuration to accommodate this new bike laneNew facilities on Jefferson St connect to existing facilities at Broadway, 12th Ave E, and 19th Ave E
Crews shifted the street centerline to make room for this new bike lane on S Spokane St
Nice photo roundup!
My favorite improvement is NB just north of the University Bridge. Although I wish SDOT would cut back that “curb island” a couple feet so that the bike lane can proceed uninterrupted.
As a West Seattle-Downtown commuter I think one of the biggest engineering challenges for the city is Alaskan Way S / E Marginal Way S (the street parallel and just west of HWY-99). The southbound bike lane is rough and, after a rainfall, full of 4″-6″ deep puddles extending 15′-20′ from the curb.
Also, the intersection @ S Atlantic St is extremely dangerous. It has no lights and the truck drivers don’t look or care for anyone sharing the road with them (I truly wish there was a police presence there in the mornings).
It seems that us southies get discounted frequently in many matters (just look at the discrepancies in the quality of our public schools) and it would be nice to feel safe on the road.