While taking the kid to preschool this morning, we passed this crew working on a utility of some kind underneath the 2nd Ave bike lane at Pine St. The crew had lined up cones directing riders into a temporary bike lane they created in the adjacent lane. It’s a simple and effective solution, especially for situations where the bike lane is only closed while workers are present who can adjust any cones that get displaced. For closures left overnight, a sturdier barrier would be needed.
Why is this not the standard for every bike lane and sidewalk closure in Seattle?
Seattle supposedly changed the rules seven years ago to all but require temporary walking paths when closing sidewalks, but the rule is rarely followed. Seattle’s leaders have to do something to force all construction projects to follow this rule. Does it need a big fine attached to it? Are they waiting for somebody to get injured or killed and then sue the city for failing to enforce their rule?
Like, there are four lanes on this street. That is twice as many lanes as are needed to keep the street open. Why are temporary sidewalks still not standard for Seattle street construction? Here's a story from 2015 about how @seattledot was fixing this: https://t.co/9A9pqA0eMp
— Seattle Bike Blog (@seabikeblog) November 12, 2022