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2nd Ave bike lane extension will open southbound in early October, northbound a couple weeks later – UPDATED

The 2nd Ave bike lane will reach Denny Way next month. Work on the street has been ongoing for quite a while as the city prepared it for bike lanes and other improvements for all modes, such as badly needed … Continue reading

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After weeks of tough closures, 2nd Ave bike lane is now permanent + Gets bike counter Monday

After weeks of tough construction closures, the 2nd Ave bike lane — downtown’s sole sliver of low-stress bike lane — has mostly reopened. And with new raised driveways, planter boxes and traffic signals, the pilot project created in 2014 is … Continue reading

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2nd Ave ‘pilot’ bike lane getting permanent treatment, expect detours

When the 2nd Ave protected bike lane opened in October 2014, it was created using mostly paint and movable plastic posts because the city considered it a “pilot” project. Well, it’s been about a year and a half, and now … Continue reading

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2nd Ave bike lane will go one block further south + North extension set to open in 2017

You may have noticed crews out painting what appears to be the first extension of the 2nd Ave protected bike lane since it opened in October 2014. Your eyes have not deceived you. Don’t get too excited, though, because it’s … Continue reading

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2nd Ave getting upgrades + Extension to Denny possible this year

After nearly a year and a half as a pilot project, the 2nd Ave bike lane is getting some significant — and hopefully more comfortable and attractive — upgrades. Among the improvements are new planter boxes to help separate the … Continue reading

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New 2nd Ave traffic signals clear up confusion

When the city finally upgraded the old skinny paint-only door zone bike lane on 2nd Ave in 2014, it was an incredible increase in biking comfort downtown. But almost immediately after opening one thing became clear: The array of signals … Continue reading

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Commute Seattle will install bike counter display on 2nd Ave

Downtown Seattle will get its first live-updated bike counter display soon thanks to Commute Seattle. Located on 2nd Ave between Madison and Marion Streets, the counter will tick away daily and annual totals as people bike by. As we’ve seen … Continue reading

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One year after Kung was killed, join a vigil and call for Vision Zero Friday

Traffic injuries and deaths are preventable, and we have the cure. We’ve already planned Seattle’s safe streets upgrades corridor-by-corridor and neighborhood-by-neighborhood. The city’s traffic engineers have studied proven best practices from in town and around the world. The city is … Continue reading

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City and contractor rethinking sudden 2nd Ave bike lane closure

The moment fences went up blocking the 2nd Ave protected bike lane just south of Pike Street, I started getting tweets and emails from baffled people who, rather than having a protected bike lane were detoured mid-block into the general … Continue reading

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City gives opposite tickets to people obeying the 2nd Ave traffic signals

Most people follow the rules on 2nd Ave. Most people biking stop when the bike signal is red, and most people turning left obey the red arrow and wait their turn. Unfortunately, most isn’t good enough, and there are far … Continue reading

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City will remove one of the Sher Kung ghost bikes

As news spread that a young and popular lawyer had died biking to work downtown, mourners came to 2nd and University to pay their respects. Many left flowers, some left notes. Two people brought ghost bikes. One person even left … Continue reading

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Seattle makes list of top ten best new bikes lanes. Twice. Again.

Seattle’s batting average for national bike lane lists leads the league. Last year, Seattle made the Green Lane Project’s list of the top ten protected bike lanes for 2013 two times: Linden Ave was 5th and Cherry Street was 9th … Continue reading

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SDOT and PeopleForBikes make a video about 2nd Ave that’s … well, just watch it

There are a couple ways to encourage and teach people to use a new piece of bike infrastructure. In the first handful of days after the 2nd Ave protected bike lane opened, for example, volunteers and SDOT staff were out … Continue reading

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After 2 collisions at same 2nd Ave parking garage, city makes changes

After the second person in just one week was injured by a person turning across the 2nd Ave protected bike lane into a parking garage between Pike and Union, the city has made changes to improve visibility. Most early efforts … Continue reading

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Bike traffic on 2nd Ave triples after city builds protected bike lane

UPDATE: Here’s a graph from SDOT: It was clear from day one that bike use on 2nd Ave was higher than normal. But new data collected by SDOT staff shows just how much a safe bike lane can draw people. … Continue reading

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2nd Ave bike lane continues to wow, city plans a few tweaks

In its third day of operation, the 2nd Ave protected bike lane continues to wow people and transform the way people (and goods) get around downtown. The new bike lane — separated from car traffic by either a row of … Continue reading

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The new 2nd Ave bike lane revolutionizes biking downtown

Biking downtown will never be the same again. Monday morning, city workers completed work on a protected bike lane on 2nd Avenue connecting from Pike to Yesler, ringing in the beginning of a more family-friendly streetscape in the heart of … Continue reading

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Kung died just ten days before a safer 2nd Ave + Memorial ride Friday

The death of Sher Kung on 2nd Ave has shaken up a lot of people whether they ride a bike or not. After all, so many people bike into downtown at the same time of day that it could have … Continue reading

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Mother killed on 2nd Ave was attorney who helped bring down Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Just one wrong turn — one missed glance into bike lane on 2nd Ave — and a man driving a box truck struck and killed Sher Kung Friday. By witness accounts, the man driving the truck jumped into action and … Continue reading

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Truck strikes and kills woman biking on 2nd Ave

A woman biking died today after colliding with a large box truck at 2nd Ave and University Street in downtown Seattle. Exact details of how the collision happened are not yet clear, though police say the driver of the truck … Continue reading

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