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Archives for April 2013
The Seattle Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the opening of the Northeast 65th Street cycle track. The cycle track has been designed to provide a family-friendly connection between the Burke Gilman Trail and Magnuson Park that serves people of all ages and abilities who ride bicycles.
This two-way cycle track provides dedicated lanes for people on bikes, separated from traffic by a sturdy barrier. Crossing Sand Point Way is now easier – people walking and biking can now enjoy larger waiting areas, larger and better aligned curb ramps, repositioned push buttons, remarked crosswalks, and painted crossbikes.*
Northeast 65th Street is now easier to cross as well, thanks to a curb bulb at the southeast corner of NE 65th Street and Sand Point Way. While the cycle track is now open, you will continue to see improvements over the next several weeks as SDOT puts a few finishing touches on the project.
For more information about the project, please visit our project web page.
To learn more about the benefits of cycle tracks, and how to use them, please visit our cycle track web page.
*Crossbikes are similar to crosswalks; they alert drivers of the higher likelihood of people crossing at this location and provide people on bikes with their own area of the street – so they’re less likely to share the crosswalk space with pedestrians.
This week, crews continued to focus on underground utility work on Valley Street and Broad Street and expanded construction activities on Westlake Avenue N north of Mercer Street.Activities this week included: [Read more…]
Perhaps you’ve heard of the term “neighborhood greenway”…maybe you have not. This is a new concept here in Seattle. A neighborhood greenway offers a safer and more comfortable place to walk and ride a bike. Making small changes to sidewalks and residential streets and making busy intersections easier to cross supports healthy, active travel.
Many things make Seattle neighborhoods great. Each one has a unique history, attracts a variety of small local businesses, have great parks and schools. And tying these pieces together is our transportation system. The type of street and how it is used effects the way it feels. In general there are two types. The bigger, busier streets are known as arterials that move large amounts of cars, trucks, buses and sometimes have bike lanes. The smaller, calmer streets are residential. In Seattle it is not unusual for them to be pretty narrow, maybe only 25 feet wide. These streets usually have parking on both sides of the street and may or may not have curbs or sidewalks. Car speeds are generally slower due to the narrow width and collision rates are low. Residential streets are perfect for neighborhood greenways.
Neighborhood greenways provide people of all ages and abilities with attractive places to walk, ride a bike, skate and run. The amenities added can be especially beneficial for families, children and seniors who might find these routes more comfortable than busier nearby streets. Local access to homes along neighborhood greenways is always preserved and there are usually minimal, if any changes to on-street parking. Changes can include sidewalk improvements, pavement repairs, bicycle parking, speed humps, stop signs and crossing improvements that may include ADA ramps, crosswalk striping, rapid flash beacons or signals. Locations for greenways are selected through a combination of data and feedback from the community. In fact, many residents are so enthused they’ve started Seattle Neighborhood Greenways to help bring them to their neighborhood. The goal is to have a connected network throughout Seattle.
In 2012, the city completed a greenway in Wallingford. We asked a few people along the route what they thought of it so far. Here are a couple of quotes.
“We love living near the greenway and use it almost daily! My children are little and ride upon my bike, but I look forward to the day they’ll fly solo and we can form a little bike train along our favorite street.” -Madeleine, Wallingford Resident
“I have noticed that dogwalkers seem to favor the greenway as part of their morning or afternoon loops.” – Adrian, Wallingford Resident
“I like the idea of it because it makes you feel safer.” – Amy (11 years old), Wallingford Resident
The next neighborhoods to get greenways are Ballard, Beacon Hill and Delridge. On April 11, SDOT is hosting an open house at the Ballard High School Lunchroom to share latest details and answer questions about the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway. The meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there and hope you enjoy traveling the “green way.”
At long last, greeted by an impressive water display from the Seattle Fire Department’s fireboat, Bertha, the world’s largest-diameter tunneling machine, has arrived in Elliott Bay.
Seattle’s waterfront was well prepared for her entrance: the Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57 lit up in the colors of the Japanese flag to welcome Bertha, Seattle Aquarium featured a welcome on their outdoor marquee, and the Washington State Ferries marked the event with banners at Colman Dock. Some of the restaurants are offering specialty cocktails and dishes in honor of Bertha’s coming to town (see more here).
Now, the Jumbo Fairpartner carrying the behemoth machine is waiting in the bay. Crews are making preparations on ship and on shore, but need to work around other marine traffic before docking at Terminal 46.
Bertha is expected to start digging in the summer of 2013.
For more information on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement program, visit www.alaskanwayviaduct.org.
Have you noticed the pedestrian countdown signals that have been installed at more than 184 intersections around the city? These signals are part of the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation initiative that has been working to make needed improvements and upgrades to Seattle’s aging infrastructure.
Since 2007 and thanks to BTG, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been working hard to make signal improvements, evaluate and install new signals and install the pedestrian countdown signals at intersections across the city. Over the past six years, more than 386 locations have been evaluated for new signals with 25 new signals installed; more than 30 left turn signals have been improved and all of SDOT’s traffic signals receive preventative maintenance work annually. This is all in addition to the 184 intersections that have received the new pedestrian countdown signals.
Keeping Seattle’s signals working and functioning properly helps keep traffic flowing safely and efficiently. For more information on BTG and its programs please visit the web page.
In Seattle’s hippest and hottest neighborhoods, finding a parking spot can be a challenge. But as of today, it will get a little easier. SDOT rolled out a pilot project to provide on-street Jet Pack parking in neighborhoods where competition for curb space is fierce.
Mike Estey, manager of SDOT’s Parking Operations program, unveiled the new parking rack this morning. “Providing Jet Pack parking is part of the City’s efforts to serve many travel modes, and to balance the needs of all parking space users. Also, Jet Packs are cool.”
SDOT will monitor the occupancy of the jet pack parking spaces. If the spaces are highly-used, the department will look for opportunities to expand the pilot to other neighborhoods. Posted rates and hours of operations apply.