The Seattle PI has tracked down the five spots in Seattle where the most bicycle-car collisions have occurred in recent years. NE 45th Street in front of Dick’s took the top spot, which may surprise some.
But I fear that wide intersection full of drunk and/or hungry people turning in and out of the drive-in burger joint. In fact, I have witnessed an incident there myself. A car made a left in front of someone biking down the hill who did not have time to react and slammed into the side of the car.
Also noted as dangerous:
- 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Pacific Street in the University District
- 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Blakely Street, where the Burke-Gilman Trail crosses a busy arterial
- Bellevue Avenue and East Pine Street on Capitol Hill
- Eastlake Avenue East and Furhman Avenue East just south of the University Bridge
Here’s a map of the top five spots:
The city recently painted a green bike lane at Pine and Bellevue to remind drivers to look for people on bikes before making turns.
Meanwhile, Mayor McGinn announced that the first meeting of the city’s Road Safety Summit will be October 24.
SDOT is reviewing collision reports at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Pacific Street. At 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Blakely Street, the city installed new signs and road markings, Sheridan said.
SDOT recently installed a green bike lane through Pine and Bellevue to increase the visibility of bicyclists heading downhill. The problem was bicyclists heading downhill and getting struck by drivers turning south onto Bellevue Avenue, Sheridan said.
“That is a very tangible example of the high-collision bike program at work. We went out and reviewed and created a solution that now will help address this issue,” he said.
A green bike lane with signs was installed at Furhman and Eastlake, he said.
At the intersection in front of Dick’s, eastbound bicyclists are heading downhill and right into a busy driveway. Most of the collisions involve drivers turning into the parking lot who don’t see the cyclist approaching, said Reiner Blanco, supervisor of SDOT’s Traffic Operations Investigation and Implementation group.
“We all go to Dick’s and there is a quick turnover of people coming and going regularly, so volume is contributing to it,” he said. “We’re looking at potential improvement there to let it be known to drivers coming into Dick’s that they need to look out for cyclists.”
Improvements could mean new signs or road markings. SDOT hopes to have a solution in place by the end of the year, he said.