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Thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation initiative, passed by Seattle voters in 2006, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been replacing street signs all across the city. Since BTG began more than 41,000 regulatory traffic signs have been replaced, more than 129 miles of bike routes have been signed and more than 8,200 intersections have received new street name signs. These new signs are larger and more reflective making them easier to read.
The good news is SDOT has either met, or is on track to meet, its goals for signage replacement and upgrades for this year. We have replaced 2,874 regulatory signs, signed 26 miles of bike routes and installed new street name signs at 1,575 intersections. And, we are nearing completion on the final signage deliverable for 2013 – four of five overhead directional signs have been replaced with the last sign to be in place before the end of the year.
As noted in previous blog posts, various street name signs – named and numbered – are available through the City of Seattle Fleets and Facilities surplus warehouse. An updated list of available signs ranging in price from $5 – 15 is posted on the web. Please see details and contact the warehouse directly if you are interested in purchasing a sign. Holiday shopping? The signs are great gifts for the person who has everything in life or is looking for a new creative project!
Please visit the Bridging the Gap web page for additional information about the initiative.[More]
In late September 2013, SDOT conducted its third Bicycle Participation Phone Survey of Seattle residents age 16 and older. To improve the quality of the data, a sampling of cell phones was called. This is significant because 29 percent of respondents said they only have a cell phone. New questions were also added asking why residents don’t have access to a working bicycle.
The core findings remain largely the same as in 2011 and 2012. One change of note is that 50 percent of the respondents have access to a working bicycle up from 40 percent in 2012. It is not yet clear if this is a trend or a result of sample variance. The survey shows that about 29 percent of the population over 16 (or about 158,000 residents) ride a bicycle at least occasionally. Of these, approximately 97,000 are regular riders, riding a few times a month or more.
The survey findings show that most bicycle trips are five miles or less. This is especially true for destination riders, where 65 percent of their trips are five miles or less. 2013 showed a significant increase in the number of people biking who said they mostly use arterial streets with bike lanes, up six percent to 37 percent of people biking.
“Don’t feel safe” surpassed weather as the most common reason those with access to a working bicycle don’t ride more often. Concern about safety was the reason 35 percent of destination riders said they don’t ride more often. This was 17 percentage points higher than the percent of recreational riders, who ride more often on off street trials, and answered the reason they don’t ride more often is because they don’t feel safe.
For more details please see the Bicycle Data webpage.
Seattle has the vision of making riding a bike a comfortable and integral part of daily life for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, you may want to read the Bicycle Master Plan Update and ou can also visit our web pages on Neighborhood Greenways and Cycle Tracks, also known as protected bike lanes.
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]
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in collaboration with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks an artist or artist team to create a major integrated artwork on the public piers of the Seattle Central Waterfront. These piers will be rebuilt as part of Waterfront Seattle, a large-scale project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with the potential of 26 acres of new public space, streets, parks, and buildings. The selected artist or artist team will collaborate with the project design team to create an original artwork or series of artworks on Union Street Pier or Pier 62/63. The call is one of a series of calls for permanent and temporary artworks along the redeveloped Seattle waterfront.
The artist will join the Waterfront Seattle design team in February 2014 and will develop a conceptual direction for the artwork over the first half of 2014. Upon acceptance of the concept design, the artist will be contracted for design development, engineering, fabrication and installation of the artwork.
Eligibility: Open to professional artists working in the United States and internationally.
Budget: The total project budget is estimated to be $1,000,000 all-inclusive of design, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel, fees, taxes, and other project-related costs.
Deadline: 11 p.m., Thursday, December 19, 2013 (Pacific Standard Time).
Application: Click here to apply.
You can click here for more details http://www.seattle.gov/arts/publicart/calls_for_art.asp or contact Eric Fredericksen, Public Art Project Manager at (206) 733-9838.
Here are some recent additions that might interest you….
The Broadway Cycle Track now has a webpage of its own:
And you can see more photos of the Broadway Cycle Track here:
If you missed the Center City Pedestrian Safety Holiday Campaign kickoff, you can still catch up on all the fun!
And one more thing - are you concerned about traffic safety in your neighborhood? Go to our Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program webpage for a list of 2014 Safety Meetings scheduled around the Seattle.…the final dates will be added later, but you can make a note on your monthly calendar.
SDOT offices are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th. Enjoy these last days of this November.
We’ll be back in the office on Monday, December 2, 2013.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
A bikeable city is one where people of all ages and abilities ride bicycles for any trip purpose because it is a convenient, fun, safe, and healthy transportation option. The 2013 Seattle Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) aspires to encourage and accommodate more people to ride a bike. Over the next 20 years, Seattle will add approximately 100,000 new people and jobs within the city limits. One way to accommodate this growth will be bicycle investments, done in conjunction with other transportation improvements improves the city’s livability, affordability, public health, transportation choices, economic competitiveness, natural environment, and the creation of safer streets for all users. The BMP charts a path to these outcomes.
The recommended plan is online now, go here to review the recommended document: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm
- A reader’s guide that summarizes major changes in the Mayor’s recommended BMP as compared to the public review draft plan, which SDOT published in June
- Recommended plan (by chapter)
- Recommended bicycle network map
The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) determination for the BMP will be published on Monday, December 2nd. There is a comment period on the SEPA determination. The determination and environmental checklist will be posted on the project website on Monday the 2nd.
Some future dates to be aware of:
- SDOT presentation and discussion with the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) on Wednesday, December 4
- SDOT presentation to City Council Transportation Committee on Tuesday, December 10
- Special meeting of the City Council Transportation Committee on Wednesday, December 11 to take public input on the recommended plan
- Additional deliberations by City Council on the recommended plan will occur in early 2014; dates of subsequent meeting will be posted on the project website.
SDOT thanks you, the public, for your participation in the development of the Bicycle Master Plan.
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]
SDOT crews recently installed some very unusual pedestrian lights on the south side of – and underneath – the Columbia Street on-ramp to the south-bound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. As you approach the intersection you notice a white glow coming from below the ramp, within feet of the sidewalk and extending higher and higher as the ramp climbs to the west. This long strip of LEDs is supplemented by three strands of closely spaced white bulbs strung overhead to the building just to the south.
Now, here’s the kicker. Underneath the on ramp between First Avenue and Post Alley you’ll find three long strips of lights affixed to the beams that support the ramp. All that can be said is that the space is no longer dark or dingy. Or dull for that matter.
So, the next time you’re in the area, swing down to Post Alley and Columbia Street to see what is killing off our gloomy corners.