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City extends 9th Ave protected bike lanes + How can the city fix the Mercer crossing?

We are two blocks closer to a complete connection between downtown and the Westlake Bikeway. SDOT installed Phase II of their three-phase rollout of protected bike lanes on 9th Ave N in South Lake Union this week. The bike lanes … Continue reading

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5th Ave has a new protected bike lane … for one block

The city recently completed and opened a one-block section of protected bike lane on 5th Ave just south of Mercer. Like the Mercer bike lane, the lane is glorious where it exists. It’s bright green and separated from the street, … Continue reading

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Mercer Street: King of the Stroad

As we reported yesterday, the Great Bike Route Wall of Uptown/Lower Queen Anne has finally cracked with the opening of the new protected bikeway on Mercer Street under Aurora. But the bike lanes are just a small part of a … Continue reading

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Mercer bike lanes open, the Bike Route Wall of Uptown finally cracks

For the first time in a generation or more, the bicycle-repelling wall of dangerous or uncrossable streets surrounding Uptown and Seattle Center has sprung a leak. The brand new, very green bike lanes on Mercer Street passing under Aurora Ave … Continue reading

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Dexter closed Wednesday night, will reopen in morning with different detour

It’s probably best to just avoid the city center’s busiest bike street tonight. Both the Mercer and Alaskan Way Viaduct Projects will be closing parts of Dexter Ave in South Lake Union starting 7 p.m. Wednesday evening and ending 6 a.m. … Continue reading

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City bans dangerous right turns across Dexter bike lane at Mercer

Ever since Broad Street closed for good and Mercer changed from one-way to two-way, people biking southbound on Dexter Ave have faced a new danger: Cars making right turns in front of them to access westbound Mercer. But the city … Continue reading

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Mercer walk/bike path switching to south side starting Thursday

The biking and walking shared pathway on Mercer Street under Aurora is switching sides Thursday as construction on the Mercer West project continues. Someday (fall 2015), there will finally be a separated and protected space for people to cross Aurora … Continue reading

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Temporary Mercer walk/bike path under Aurora finally connects Dexter to Lower Queen Anne

After decades of being isolated from the city’s bicycle network, Lower Queen Anne is on the verge of a bike revolution. And a new temporary walk/bike path on Mercer under Aurora gives a preview of what it will be like … Continue reading

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Mercer West and Arboretum meetings tonight

The Mercer West project involves widening the Mercer underpass at Aurora and turning both Mercer and Roy into two-way streets. Under the plan, Roy would likely become the preferred bicycle route, having bike lanes in each direction and hopefully a … Continue reading

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Incredible video: Person biking hit by car near SLU Park lands on his feet

Jeff Word was crossing Valley St at the crosswalk from Terry Ave N into South Lake Union Park the evening of May 18 when a driver ran a red light and struck him and his bicycle. Word reacted quickly and … Continue reading

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Sightline: A reluctant cyclist learning to love riding (despite SLU confusion)

Eric Hess is getting back on a bike for the first time in over a decade, and he has written two pieces about his experience for Sightline. As the weather warms, more and more Seattlites will be looking to hop … Continue reading

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Heavy Dexter construction starts April 11

Attention Dexter bikers, SDOT says the bad stuff is starting next week. Crews will begin asphalt removal, and the road will go down to two general traffic lanes without bike lanes. You may want to leave a little earlier than … Continue reading

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Mercer construction closes 9th Ave N sidewalks

People who have been using 9th Ave N in South Lake Union to get to Westlake Ave N will have to change routes. Due to Mercer project construction, both sidewalks on 9th Ave N between Broad and Mercer have been … Continue reading

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SDOT releases alternate bike route map for Mercer East construction

For those unfamiliar with this confusing area, which has been made even more confusing by all the construction, here is a map of recommended bike routes from SDOT.

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Open house to discuss Mercer West Sept 21

SDOT is holding an open house to discuss the Mercer West project. Included in the project is a two-way cycle path next to Mercer as it goes under Aurora, connecting Dexter to Lower Queen Anne (finally). Roy will also become … Continue reading

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What do bikers want from the Mercer West project?

Clearly, the Mercer West project is a pretty long way off (with construction scheduled to start in 2012), and there are several variables still undecided (like that tunnel thing) that could change this project. And, sure, almost all of this … Continue reading

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