The bicycle boulevard planned for Wallingford will include modifications to the Aurora pedestrian overpass at 41st Street and an enhanced crossing at Stone Way, according to Sam Woods at SDOT.
Woods said plans will likely include installing a runnel on the existing pedestrian overpass at Aurora and 41st. A runnel is basically a track on a staircase that allows you to roll your bicycle up with you as you walk. This will make using the overpass much easier, since currently you have to carry a bike up the stairs.
Woods also said there would be some kind of crossing improvement for Stone Way. The details of the plan will be worked out this year.
I also feel the need to point out that the Q13 video above is pretty good. This is notable mostly because so many bike-related reports coming from print and TV lately have been through something of an anti-bike lens. It’s good to see a video like this that really takes time to figure out what the project will be like and where it’s coming from. Bike boulevards will (cross your fingers) be great ways to enhance bike use and safety without getting drivers too fired up. After all, they take bike traffic off major through streets, which is what many drivers want to happen. I’m not saying we should only pursue projects that are non-controversial (and we’ll see if this one proves to be that), but it is nice to eat lunch without getting in a food fight sometimes.
Also, if you have the chance, try riding on both 43rd and 44th through Wallingford. Any thoughts you have comparing the two as boulevard options would be useful. My initial worry about a 43rd alignment is that it might be too far down the hill from 45th to be a convenient alternative for a lot of people. But maybe that is not really the goal of this project, which could be more about movement within north Wallingford, not through it. Can it do both?