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City Council may vote on 520 Bridge resolution demanding better biking and walking environment

1C-montlake-lidThe City Council today will vote on a resolution that recommends many changes to the biking and walking environment in the 520 Bridge replacement project, including study of a Portage Bay Bridge trail, a biking and walking bridge over I-5 near Roanoke, and improvements to biking and walking access around the Montlake Bridge.

Central Seattle Greenways, which has been among a coalition of community groups working toward better biking and walking neighborhood connections, posted the following about the resolution (and suggest you email City Councilmembers about your support):

This Tuesday (January 22nd) at 2:30 PM in the Council Chamber, the 520 Committee of the Seattle City Council will hopefully pass a resolution that finally gives WSDOT and city staff the authority to begin to fix the pedestrian and bicycle design flaws in the current plans. Most importantly, the resolution calls for


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  1. Fixing the Montlake mess and creating a hub of family friendly connections. It is necessary to completely rethink the design of the Montlake area to make it safe for people of all ages and abilities. The standard for success must be that Montlake children are able to walk and bike around their neighborhood to school, to friends’ houses, to the library, and for the sheer joy of being able to explore your neighborhood as a kid. It is likely that new design would also make the project cheaper while providing more value for nearby residents and the city.
  2. Continuing the SR 520 Trail to Capitol Hill. The design moving forward must examine how a trail can be incorporated into the Portage Bay Bridge design. The utilitarian needs for quality bicycle and pedestrian access to Capitol Hill and beyond should be paramount. There are still a few residents in the immediate proximity of the bridge who desire it to be as narrow as possible even at the expense of the trail, but the vast majority of Seattle residents would like to see the bridge have as little a visual impact as possible, while still providing connections for everyone whether they drive, take transit, walk, or bike.
  3. Designating a 520 champion. This is a common sense idea that originates from the Seattle Design Commission which allows one person at the city to keep track of the complicated design process. Currently such a unified response is lacking.

This resolution, if passed, would be a huge step forward. Please don’t leave this to chance! Please show up at 2:20 to give a short (2 minutes or less) public comment in support of the resolution, or jot your city councilmembers a quick email letting them know they have your support:

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By supporting these common sense improvements to the current design, you join the ranks of many other Seattlites seeking a fair deal out of the new SR 520. Let’s recap who supports making the design better for people who walk and bike:

Thank you for your help in making sure that the new SR 520 reconnects our neighborhoods, our kids to their schools, and creates a Seattle that we can all enjoy getting around regardless of our means of transportation!

Here’s the resolution text:

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5 responses to “City Council may vote on 520 Bridge resolution demanding better biking and walking environment”

  1. Huge high-fives to the powerful and highly successful partnership of Cascade Bike Club advocacy staff and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways groups in Montlake, Madison, and Central Seattle to quickly get this Resolution in front of City Council and turn “the Montlake Mess” into an opportunity for safe connections for people who walk and bike.

  2. Andres

    Does anyone have an update on this vote?

    1. Tom Fucoloro

      They did not end up voting on it yet

      1. Andres

        Thanks. I’ll go ahead and let our councilmembers know that they have my support, then.

  3. […] As we reported previously, the state is looking to the City Council for guidance on certain design considerations on the west end of the 520 project. So far, the state’s design does not adequately take into account the biking and walking environment. For example, the first draft of the design would make Montlake more dangerous and uncomfortable for biking and especially walking, as Central Seattle Greenways has noted. It also does not include a very popular biking and walking trail between Montlake and Roanoke. […]

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