Changes coming to the south end of the Ballard Bridge

First of all we’d like to thank the people who took time to provide us with input on bicycle and truck improvements we were considering for the south end of the Ballard Bridge. We received 37 comments–a record for our young blog. After considering the comments and meeting with a small group of bicycle and freight stakeholders, we are no longer planning to use the design originally proposed. Instead, SDOT is taking the following steps:

  • Review sign placement for the southbound traffic to give motorists more advance notice that bicycles will be entering the road.
  • Trim trees in the area to improve visibility for traffic and bicyclists.
  • Paint the curb cut where bicyclists enter the road to help alert drivers.
  • Evaluate speeds of southbound traffic on 15th Avenue W. Depending on the results of the speed study additional measures may be taken including installing a radar speed sign, or lowering the speed limit.
For more details read a letter from SDOT Director Grace Crunican on the subject. If you would like to read the comments we received check here.

Comments

  1. says

    To clarify, as needed SDOT is planning on trijjing vegetatiob close the bridge and at other nearby locations that bicyclists and pedestrians use to make sure access is clear and no signs are blocked.;

    • SDOT Blog says

      To clarify, as needed SDOT is planning on trimming vegetation close the bridge and at other nearby locations that bicyclists and pedestrians use to make sure access is clear and no signs are blocked.

  2. Michael says

    Thanks! That’s awesome that you have been open to commenters and adjusted the plans accordingly. One point of clarification: Will you be moving the curb opening further south anymore? It feels deadly where it is now, and as one of the commenters said before, maybe the original proposal moved it a little too far south into the cross path of right-turning vehicles. But abandoning moving the opening completely? Maybe it’s an issue of lesser of two evils.

    thanks again

    • SDOT Blog says

      Thanks for checking back.
      Based on what we heard from stakeholders and the public, the department decided to leave the cut in its current location and only make small improvements. This decision was endorsed by the Seattle Bike Advisory Board and the Cascade Bicycle Club.
      Our traffic records show there have been zero fatalities and zero bike collisions at this curb cut over the past ten years. Bicyclists pause and wait for a break in traffic to enter the roadway and bike stakeholders believe this is an important element for preventing car/bike collisions.

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