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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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City wants to hear your thoughts on paid parking

August 10th, 2011 by master

At the beginning of the year, the Seattle Department of Transportation adjusted parking rates around the city. At the time, Charles Bookman, SDOT’s director of Traffic Management said, “These modifications are a reflection of the mayor’s and City Council’s commitment to data-driven policies to make it more likely for motorists to find an open spot on the street.”

Today, SDOT is working on a project called “performance-based parking pricing” which “outlines different strategies to make paid parking in downtown and neighborhood business districts more available,” the SDOT blog states. They are conducting an online survey about paid parking which takes about ten minutes to complete. You can find the survey here.

In case you’re wondering about parking prices, limits and restrictions, SDOT has a parking map that lists every paid, permit, carpool, time limited, no parking and unrestricted zone, as well as parking garages and lots. You can zoom in by address, intersection, major landmark, or neighborhood.

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Resurfacing this week along 7th Ave NE

August 8th, 2011 by master

The Seattle Department of Transportation sent us the following information:

Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation plan to resurface Seventh Avenue NE from NE 42nd to NE 45th in the University District next week. They will grind off the old surface on August 9 and 10, and lay new asphalt on Saturday, August 13.

The crews will work on August 9 and 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., leaving one lane open for traffic. On August 13 they plan to start at 7 a.m., and have one lane open by 3:30 p.m. Metro Transit buses will be allowed through and sidewalks will remain open.

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