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Seattle’s first urban cycle track, brought to you by the Linden Avenue North Complete Street Project, is now among America’s Top 10 Protected Bike Lanes for 2013! The national Green Lane Project, launched by PeopleForBikes two years ago, issued the ranking which places the new Linden bike facility at #5 in the nation. PeopleForBikes even used a Linden photo to lead its ranking announcement article, which multiple media picked up.
The Linden facility runs along the east side of the roadway, between n 128th and N 145th streets - connecting the Interurban Trail from North Seattle to Shoreline. The much celebrated track was complete d this past summer, including separate red/yellow/green bicycle signals at N 130th Street and at the crosswalk just south of N 135th Street, as well as green-colored thermal plastic markings and key safety signage to raise awareness of cyclists crossing at driveways and intersections. The design was modeled after protected bike lanes in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Top 10 ranking looks at both how a protected bike lane is designed and why. In the PeopleForBikes write up, it states there is no better example of an “…artful combination of posts, low concrete curbs, drainage ditches, dedicated traffic signals and plentiful painted markings…” than Linden Avenue
Little Linden is no stranger to such ackowledgements. The project also won a Puget Sound Regional Council Vision 2040 Award earlier this year, showing multiple travel modes can successfully share a space and do it in a way that builds and supports community.[More]
One of the pieces of the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation initiative is the evaluation and installation of new signals and maintaining the equipment that keeps those signals functioning properly. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) had several goals related to signal up keep in 2013 and those goals have been met.
For 2013, SDOT said it would install three new left-turn signals, two new signals and complete eight major maintenance projects. SDOT also committed to evaluating 25 intersections for left turn improvements and evaluate 40 intersections for possible new signals. As of today all of this work has been completed for the year and crews are continuing preventative maintenance work on the 1,070 signals across the city. They expect to wrap up that work in mid-December.
New left turn signals have been installed at: Beacon Avenue S and S Spokane Street, 4th Avenue S and S Dawson Street, and at 20th Avenue W and W Dravus Street. Two new traffic signals have been installed at: Queen Anne Avenue N and Highland Drive and at First Avenue S and S Walker Street.
New signals and the requests for evaluation of a particular location are not cheap and every request, whether implemented or not , must go through a lengthy process of on-site monitoring, data analysis, evaluation, review, more number crunching before final approvals. The actual installation phase entails another equally lengthy process and none of this could happen without the funding from the BTG.
While a lot of the work that is completed by BTG is highly visible (paving, new sidewalks, bridge replacement, restriping work); it is the less visible work that helps keep traffic (all modes!) moving and safe. If you would like more information on BTG please visit the website.[More]
As the year begins to draw to a close we wanted to provide an update on several pedestrian improvement items that have been funded through the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation initiative that was passed by Seattle voters in 2006. The BTG program provides key funding allowing the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to make needed crossing improvements, remark crosswalks, deploy the speed watch trailer and install pedestrian countdown signals across the city.
We last updated you on the progress made in 2013 back in early August. The good news as of today is SDOT has completed work on the following pedestrian safety improvements: 26 intersections have received new pedestrian countdown signals; 600 crosswalks have been remarked; and the speed watch trailer was deployed 51 times throughout Seattle neighborhoods. Work is nearing completion on the 42 crossing improvements that SDOT said it would do this year. The remaining two crossing improvement projects are currently under construction.
Since BTG began in 2007, more than 4,100 crosswalks have been remarked, 93 crossings have been improved, 184 intersections have received the new pedestrian countdown signals and the speed watch trailer has been utilized more than 370 times. All of this work helps make Seattle easier and safer to navigate. These projects make all roadway users more aware.
For more information about BTG, its goals and accomplishments, please visit the web site.[More]
Seattle is a great place to ride a bike and unlike many locations across the county we can pretty much ride our bikes year-round. The rain doesn’t stop a lot of hearty Seattleites from riding to work or for play – they just allow more time, use added caution, and throw on an extra layer or two. Thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation initiative passed by voters in 2006, biking is becoming safer, easier and more accessible throughout the City.
2013 has been a great year for BTG cycling projects across the city and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews are working to wrap up their work, making it easier to ride a bike in Seattle. So far this year, SDOT crews have completed work on installing seven miles and restriping 70 miles of bike lanes and sharrows; inspected 40 miles of trail across the city; and made improvements to ten key locations (such as the Burke Gilman Trail near the University of Washington). Crews are currently working to finish installing more than seven miles of neighborhood greenways, 25 miles of bicycle route signage, and 400 bicycle parking spaces across the city. All this work will be buttoned up by the end of the year.
Over the first seven years of the BTG program, SDOT has made key investments to make bicycling a transportation alternative for Seattle residents whether they are navigating to work, home, school or for pleasure. SDOT is working hard to keep the promises made as part of the BTG program and is working to keep Seattle moving.
For more information on BTG and work it is doing please visit the web site.[More]
The Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation initiative was passed by Seattle voters in 2006. BTG committed not only to construct city-funded transportation projects, but also to leverage other funds and support a variety of regional and federal partnership opportunities.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and BTG have delivered on that promise. Over the first six and half years of the BTG program, more than $167 million has been raised from outside partners. Grants leveraging BTG funds make up over two-thirds of the grants awarded to SDOT. Since passage of BTG, the average annual amount of grants awarded to SDOT has increased more than 50 percent.
To date, approximately $340 million in BTG funds have been spent, while stimulating a gain of $167 million in grants. This is well above the commitment of 20 percent in grant funding. BTG has helped SDOT keep its commitment and solidify a very successful grant program that is based on solid projects – projects that are ready to go and qualify for available local matching dollars.
These awards have enabled completion of projects SDOT manages: roads and bridges, public transit, bikeways and sidewalks, safety programs and school zones, major projects, historic preservation and basic pavement maintenance.
For additional information on BTG, please visit the web page.[More]
Next Wednesday evening join SDOT staff to learn more about pedestrian safety improvements coming to the North Beacon Hill area! A public open house begins at 6 p.m. at Beacon Hill International School.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Presentation at 6:15 p.m.
Beacon Hill International School
2025 14th Avenue S
Accessible by Metro Routes 36 and 60
- a new sidewalk on Beacon Avenue S
- intersection realignment at Beacon Avenue S and 14th Avenue S
- curb bulbs at 14th Avenue S and S College Street
- a new ramp on the Holgate Street bridge leading to SODO.
Many of these improvements were recommended in plans including the Southeast Transportation Study (SETS), Beacon B.I.K.E.S. Circulation Plan, and applications through Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.
See you next Wednesday with details![More]
Fall has arrived in the Northwest, although it has been somewhat atypical with lots of sunshine, fog and the lack of rain. One thing is clear, the days are getting shorter and darker as Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews work to wrap up their work for the year.
Thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation initiative, crews have been busy with lots of construction that will continue deep into the fall. SDOT crews are working to finish up more than 12 lane miles of paving; construct 7 blocks of new sidewalk; install 130 new curb ramps; repair 25 blocks of sidewalk; install 7 miles of greenways; replace 1,575 new street name signs; plant 600 trees; install 25 pedestrian countdown signals; implement 42 crossing improvements; and complete 190 bridge maintenance requests. As SDOT strives to complete their work plans for 2013, the department is already starting to look ahead and plan for 2014.The end of summer saw SDOT complete its work on nine Safe Routes to School projects, the remarking of 533 new crosswalks, the installation of 2400 new regulatory signs, five new stairways rehabilitated and the selection of 12 neighborhood projects for construction.
While it has been a very busy year for BTG and SDOT crews, daylight savings ends this weekend. As the days get shorter and darker, please remember there is still a lot of work to be wrapped up before the end of 2013 so please slow down and watch for SDOT doing this work to make Seattle a little easier to get around.
For more information on the BTG program please visit the web page.[More]
Interested in hearing more about the amazing work done by the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Capital and Revenue Development Division? Or learning more about the great work of the Safe Routes to School Program? Or maybe you are just interested in getting an update on the work the Bridging the Gap Levy (BTG) program has completed so far this year. If you want to learn about any of these items you are in luck!
The BTG Levy Oversight Committee has a meeting scheduled for October 29, 6 – 8 p.m., Seattle City Hall Boards and Commissions Room (L-230). The committee is a dedicated group of 15 community members who meet quarterly to review and track the progress of the BTG transportation initiative that was passed by Seattle voters in 2006. They are charged with ensuring SDOT is delivering on the promises made to voters.
Committee members come from all across the city and from all walks of life. They take their oversight and accountability role seriously and they work closely with SDOT to ensure that BTG not only meeting its goals, but that it is being integrated into the overall goals of the department and the City.
The committee members include:
- Ann Martin, Co-chair
- Kristen Lohse, Co-chair
- Ref Lindmark
- Betty Seith-Croll
- Renee Staton
- John Coney
- Jeremy Valenta
- Barbara Wright
- Chisula Chambers
- Jessica Szelag, Bicycle Advisory Board member
- Lydia Heard, Pedestrian Advisory Board member
- David Mendoza, Freight Advisory Board member
- Beth Goldberg, City Budget Director
- Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Transportation Committee Chair
All committee meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend and share their views on BTG during public comment. If you are interested in how your tax dollars are allocated, why not mark your calendar and join us next Tuesday for the last meeting of 2013.
For more information, please visit BTG Levy Oversight Committee website.
Seattle has a goal of reaching zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. We also have a vision of making Seattle the most walkable city in the nation; and of making riding a bicycle a comfortable and integral part of daily life for people of all ages and abilities. We have two new projects that fit this bill. They calm traffic, make it safer for people walking, biking and driving and fill gaps in our citywide bicycle network. The projects grew out of community requests and actions recommended in the 2012 Road Safety Summit Action Plan; the Pedestrian Master Plan and the Bicycle Master Plan. Continue reading to learn more.
SDOT recently striped half a mile of bike lanes and sharrows on Roosevelt Way NE between NE 75th and 85th streets. To the north and south, Roosevelt was reconfigured in 2010 to provide bicycle lanes. This project completes a missing link connecting the University District with Northgate and the future Link Light Rail Stations. It also required consolidating half of the on-street parking in the area. Parking continues to be available on the east side. We also heard that pedestrian improvements to Maple Leaf Park were needed, so as part of the project a new crosswalk at NE 83rd Street is being installed. The crosswalk supports the Maple Leaf Playground completed last spring and the transformation of 16 acres of open space on the reservoir lid. Overall, the project creates a safer and more comfortable travel option for people riding bikes and improves pedestrian access to the new park.
In 2010, the Green Lake and Wallingford Community Councils asked SDOT to study rechannelizing Green Lake Way N between N 55th and N 50th streets. The Pedestrian Master Plan highlighted the need for improvements in this area, so SDOT collected traffic volumes and collision data. The studies showed that traffic volumes and street width supported one travel lane in each direction with a center turn lane. Marking the street this way helps reduce speeding as demonstrated by projects like the Stone Way N Rechannelization Project. Making the change allows bike lanes to be added connecting to those on N 50th Street and Stone Way N and farther north on Green Lake Way N. It also makes it possible to add a pedestrian crosswalk at N 52nd Street so it is easier to access Woodland Park. On-street parking is not impacted along Green Lake Way N. However, to help improve signal operations for westbound traffic on N 50th Street, one block of parking on the north side of N 50th is being removed. Construction is scheduled to happen over the next two weeks.
We hope you enjoy these improvements as we make Seattle a safer and more comfortable place to move around.
The completion celebration for the NE 125th Street and Sand Point Way Paving Project went off without a hitch, much like the project itself. Held last Thursday at the Lake City Farmer’s Market, it was a low key affair – with less than ten minutes of speeches, but plenty of hot apple cider and fresh baked ginger snap and chocolate chunk cookies for those attending.
Project Manager Barbara Lee shared a few measures of just how much was completed during the four months of construction – including the fact that the asphalt weighed more than 2000 elephants and that the new striping could extend between Seattle and Bremerton. Annette Heidi-Jessen, owner of the popular Koffeeklatch shop on Lake City which hosted drop-in hours for neighbors interested in the project, spoke as well – offering appreciation for a job well done. SDOT Director Peter Hahn closed the “dedication” ceremony, by thanking the project staff and the community both, as well as acknowledging the importance of the Bridging the Gap levy in making projects like this possible.
Following the ceremony and throughout the afternoon, attendees stopped by the SDOT booth to chat with project staff (and for more cider and cookies). Two laptop computers were available for those willing to take an online survey asking about the project. Most appreciated being asked about how they were affected by the construction, and which outreach tools were most effective in reaching them.
With over 100 respondents to the survey HERE, it is clear that the mailed postcard announcing the project and the periodic email updates – often “echoed” by friends and neighbors – were the most useful tools for those affected. Perhaps most surprisingly, an analysis of responses about time spent driving indicates that the average weekly delay due to construction (and the southbound detours that used 35th Avenue NE) was less than ten minutes per driver.
The project still has a few final items to be completed, but the newly surfaced roadway is a big hit; all of the project benefits were ranked very important or extremely important by the majority of respondents. SDOT always knew that the paving projects were popular – now we have some data about just how much!