The repaved and redesigned Dexter Ave N has been open for a couple weeks now, and so far I have only heard praise for the road’s design. The wide bike lanes with several feet of buffer space make biking remarkably low-stress. It just feels safe.
The bus islands appear to be working well for people biking and for transit reliability. Those who rode Dexter northbound regularly know how miserable it is to leapfrog a bus all the way up the hill, passing it when it made a stop, then inhaling bus exhaust every time it passed again. This back-and-forth was annoying for bus drivers and passengers, too. But not anymore.
I would love to get an opinion from an ADA expert on how they affect transit accessibility, since the crossing from sidewalk to bus island goes down to street level, then back up. I have not heard any complaints yet, but it’s a perspective that should be considered as we review the success of the design.
As a way of comparing a next generation facility to older (and particularly bad one), I took video on Dexter and on 2nd Ave downtown. There has been talk recently of installing cycle tracks downtown, something that could happen much sooner if voter pass Prop 1. This is long overdue. For a comparison, play these videos at the same time (yes, I realize the traffic volumes are not comparable, but use your imagination…)