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New Protected Bike Lane on Roosevelt is in the Works

January 26th, 2015 by master

Interim PBL in action south of 45th on Roosevelt Way NE

Changes are coming to Roosevelt Way NE. To bicycle riders, this comes as a relief, although to some motorist, there will definitely have to be some adjusting!

Hopefully, after letting go of lost parking spots, motorist will be able to appreciate this change that addresses major safety issues for bicyclists everyday. According to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDoT) there has been 21 collisions involving people riding bikes over the past four years.

Right now, there is an interim Protected Bike Lane on Roosevelt Way between NE 45th Street and the north end of the University Bridge. If you are concerned, perplexed or interested in what this PBL might mean for your commute, here is some information you might find helpful.

What You Need To Know:

SDOT is repaving Roosevelt Way NE between Fuhrman Ave NE and NE 65th Street and adding safety improvements this fall 2015 to spring 2016.   In addition, they are adding a one-way protected bike lane (PBL) on the west side of Roosevelt Way NE, transit reliability improvements and pedestrian improvements.

What is a Protected Bike Lane (PBL)?

PBL’s physically separate people riding bikes from people driving and are distinct from the sidewalk, adding predictability for all travelers.

Images Courtesy of SDoT website

Why Do we Need or Want a PBL?

According SDoT, the goal of a PBL is to create a safer environment for bicyclists and pedestrians:

  • Safety for all travelers
    • People biking – separate bicyclists from travel lanes and parking maneuvers
    • People walking – separate bicycles from pedestrians
    • People driving – provide predictability within the street

They also add that their goal is to:

  • Improve safety, as people are no longer riding bikes in the “door zone”
  • Add connections to a citywide bicycle network and multimodal system at:
    • NE 47th Street, which connects people to the University Neighborhood Greenway
    • Ravenna Boulevard where SDOT is upgrading the buffered bike lane to a protected bike lane this year
    • NE 65th Street, where the new Link Light Rail Station is under construction
  • Improve transit reliability by adding in-lane bus stops (transit islands)
  • Create more space for people waiting for the bus by adding transit islands
Check out this Handy Animation from SDoT on how to park by a PBL:

Courtesy of SDoT

If you have some experiences with this new Bike Lane, we would love to hear about them in the comments below!

Happy and Safe Travels Out There!

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Weaving Works: Lost and Found In the Roosevelt Neighborhood

September 16th, 2014 by master

Since 1974, Weaving Works has been a resource for Seattle fiber artists, crafters and the yarn-curious. Residing for years in the University District, Weaving Works has now relocated to the Roosevelt business district.

In their second month at the new location 6514 Roosevelt Way NE, they still get the occasional frantic caller standing in their old location wondering where they are.

“No worries though” — Jennifer and other employees assure them — “we are still around, still owned by Marcy Johnson, still have the same amazing inventory, still offer classes and most importantly, yes, we still have looms!

Today they are extra excited as they just launched their Fall Class Schedule.

Have you always wanted to try Appalachian Basket Weaving or other Exotic Fiber Arts? Or, are you looking to learn how to knit, crochet or weave? Not only do they have a very knowledgable staff, Weaving Works also has a great reputation for excellent classes.

The new space is bright and cheery. Albeit, a little smaller, the layout and organization of their yarns, wool and supplies was methodical and I had no trouble locating what I needed for my current knitting project.

I do miss the bazillion knitted samples that the old space had, though, I’m sure in time samples of cute baby hats, whimsical shawls, and delicate lace sweaters will cover the walls and tempt me to try a project just outside of my comfort zone.

Being that I personally live right smack in the middle of where they used to be and where they are now, it’s no sweat off my back to take a walk to get a skein or two. Unfortunately, their new location is sans a parking lot, of which customers might miss, but if you really need a parking lot, there is the whole foods complex just about a block-and-a-half south where you could probably secure a spot.

Roosevelt is definitely taking off with a lot of new businesses. When you grab some yarn for your winter fiber projects you can hop next door to Atlantic Crossing or one of the many other restaurants and pups in the area. Jennifer and her co-worker said the great food in their new ‘hood is a plus!

For More Information About Weaving Works Go To Their Website Or Visit Their FaceBook Page.

Phone (206) 524-1221/1-888-524-1221


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Weekend road work on Roosevelt Way and University Bridge

October 22nd, 2010 by master

SDOT will close part of Roosevelt Way on Saturday (10/23) from 7am to 3pm to do paving work. The street will be closed between NE Campus Parkway to the NE 40th Street on-ramp to the University Bridge. Traffic will be detoured at NE 42nd Street to Seventh Avenue NE, and back to the University Bridge. Traffic headed toward the UW campus will be able to turn onto NE Campus Parkway. The bike lane will be closed. Sidewalks will remain open.

SDOT crews will also be doing maintenance work on the University Bridge this Saturday and Sunday (10/23 and 10/24) from 9am to 3pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. Bike lanes and sidewalks will remain open.

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