Remember the scary tale by Kit Newman, who says he was nearly struck by a truck on S Alaskan Way near Atlantic? Well, West Seattle bike commuter Tom Furtwangler (from Bikejuju) made a video clearly outlining the problem:
As you can see, the problem of trucks driving on the wrong side of the roadway here is significant. The truck drivers must see little danger in it when oncoming motor vehicle traffic is blocked by the passing train.
However, people biking are not impeded by the train, and many of them will choose to ride in roadway instead of the skinny, poorly-paved bicycle and pedestrian path. This situation is exactly what Newman described in his story, and you can see from the video that there simply is not room for a truck and a person on a bike to use that lane at the same time.
Something needs to be done to make this block safer. It is a major bicycle corridor and should be treated as such, especially ahead of the upcoming Alaskan Way Viaduct closure when many more people from West Seattle are expected to try biking as a way to get around the expected traffic backup.