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Two more Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects are kicking off next month and we couldn’t be more excited! SRTS is a national program for children and adults that encourages increased physical activity through walking and bicycling. SDOT supports this effort by funding route improvements on streets surrounding schools.
The two schools chosen for the 2013-14 school year and their intended improvements are:
Roxhill Elementary School where the most significant and visible improvement will be a new concrete sidewalk on the west side of 30th Avenue SW between SW Roxbury Street and SW 97th Street! SDOT will also install a planting strip between the sidewalk and the street to create a buffer between traffic and pedestrians;, construct a curb bulb on the northeast corner of 30th Avenue SW and SW Roxbury Street to shorten the crossing distance; install ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps; rebuild driveways; and add public art at the corner of SW Roxbury Street and 30th Avenue SW.
Olympic Hills Elementary will receive a similar treatment which includes a much-needed new sidewalk on the south side of NE 130th Street between 25th Avenue NE and 28th Avenue NE; a planting strip between the sidewalk and the street; installation of ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps; rebuilt driveways; and the addition of public art to the corner of NE 130th Street & 28th Avenue NE.
Both projects will begin construction the first week of January 2014 and last approximately 3 months.
The program is funded by Seattle’s Bridging the Gap levy, as well as grants from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Thanks to you all for your support in making routes to school safer![More]
Imagine being able to bike almost anywhere in Seattle and know you can easily find parking for your bike. That’s the goal of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Bicycle Parking Program. Thanks to funding provided by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy, in 2013 SDOT installed 400 new bicycle parking spaces, providing more convenient access to some of Seattle’s top bike destinations. In 2014 we aim to top that by at least 25%, providing more than 500 new bike parking spaces for the growing number of people discovering how easy it is to get around by bike.
With the growing demand for cycling in urban areas across the country, many cities are finding that typical off-street bike racks aren’t sufficient for the demand; on-street bike parking is an excellent solution to this dilemma. On-street bike parking can provide 14 bicycle parking spots in a space where only one parked car would fit. The example here is in the University District, at the intersection of University Way NE and NE 42nd St.
The design implemented in the University District uses a series of SDOT’s standard inverted-U racks. SDOT has also installed corrals such as the one seen in the photo in front of Wallingford’s Essential Baking. The inverted-U design allows for the most flexible configurations but each site is different and the specific type of rack is chosen depending on site conditions.
SDOT installed the first on-street bike parking in 2009. Each year since, we receive more and more requests from business owners who recognize that ten or more bicycles can fit in a space usually reserved for only one car. What business owner doesn’t want to serve more customers? It can also help advertise and attract customers who arrive by bike, showing that a business welcomes and supports people on bikes. Additionally, on-street bike parking opens up the visibility of storefronts. The more on-street bike parking SDOT installs, the more businesses realize that active, human-scale uses of right-of way space makes their commercial districts more inviting.
The advantages go beyond the business district too. On-street bike parking can return sidewalk space to pedestrians; provide transportation options for employees of nearby businesses; increase the visibility of bicycling in the neighborhood; and increase the street’s net parking capacity.
In 2013, SDOT installed on-street bike parking at eight new locations, bringing the total number throughout the city to 15. Based on current demand, SDOT expects to double the number of on-street bike parking locations again next year, bringing the total number close to 30 by the end of 2014. Potential locations include Pioneer Square, West Seattle, Ballard, and Pike Place!
Are you interested in having more bike parking in your neighborhood? It doesn’t matter if you own a business, work, live or just frequent the neighborhood – we would love to hear from you. Ideal locations include business districts with a high number of customers arriving by bike; existing bike racks on the sidewalk that are consistently in use; and an adjacent business that embraces the concept. If you are interested, please contact email@example.com and let us know. We will be happy to work with you to find a suitable solution to your bike parking needs.
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]
This week, crews will continue sidewalk work on the south side of Mercer Street between Queen Anne Avenue North and Third Avenue North. Construction activities will also continue on the north side of Mercer Street between Fourth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North and the east side of SR 99 between Valley and Harrison streets.
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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.
This week, crews continued sidewalk work on the south side of Mercer Street between Queen Anne Avenue North and Third Avenue North. Construction activities also continued on the north side of Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North and the east side of SR 99 between Valley and Harrison streets.
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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]
Commuting has never been so arty – for the price of a metro ticket, tourists and locals have access to 16 metro stations filled with 200 colorful works of art — including sculptures, murals, mosaics and floor decorations.
In French photographer Janol Apin’s Métropolisson project, the names of Parisian subway stations come to life when the photographer stages scenes with astronauts, rock stars, barebreasted goddesses, and more on the platforms of the city’s subway system. The result is a series of photographs emphasizing our disconnect with the past and the results are fantastically bizarre. Click above to see more of the photos.
The party departs from the Second Avenue station platform this Sunday, December 8th Daddio! RSVP here if you’re going to be in NYC. It’s a part of MTA’s Holiday Season Nostalgia Train & Bus Rides. Can’t make the party? Here in Seattle we have the Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association (MEHVA) which sponsors excursions and special trips using their fleet of historic trolley and motorbuses. This year they are doing Santa’s Light Tour on Saturday, December 14th! Santa Claus takes time out from his busy schedule at the North Pole for a 3-hour tour of Seattle’s best Christmas lights. Buses depart at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5. ORCA cards won’t work for this trip!
Seattle has a rich tradition of public art. Check out SDOT’s Art Plan which details how we here at SDOT use our 1% for Art funding. And if you’re an artist who’s really on the ball, you probably already know about our Call for Artists for major Seattle Waterfront artwork. The call is open to professional artists working nationally or internationally. The budget for this commission is approximately $1,000,000, inclusive of design, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel, fees, taxes, and other project-related costs. The application deadline is Thursday, December 19, 2013 so get crackin’ on that proposal. All the details are outlined in the Working Plan for Art on the Central Seattle Waterfront. This major commission is envisioned as a centerpiece for the Waterfront, for Pier 62/63 or the Union Street Pier.
Semi-Related: Artwork installed on First Hill Streetcar poles
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Sound Transit’s Northgate Link Extension will extend Link service in Seattle to three stations north of the University of Washington Station at Husky Stadium (also currently under construction as part of University Link):
- U District Station
- Roosevelt Station, and
- Northgate Station.
The map to the right shows the alignment and station locations of the Northgate Link Extension. Estimated ride time is about 14 minutes from Northgate to downtown Seattle!
Construction formally kicked-off in 2012 and work is underway so that service to U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate Stations can begin by 2021. In late September, construction activities moved into a new gear when JCM Northlink LLC, Sound Transit’ excavation and tunneling contractor, started work. The majority of the alignment for the Northgate Link Extension will be built underground. The tunnels begin at the University of Washington Station at Husky Stadium and extend 3.6 miles north where they come out of the ground at NE 94th street at what is called the Maple Leaf Portal (see map above). Tunnels will be constructed from north to south using tunnel boring machines (TBMs). Check out this video about how TBMs work.
Preparations are currently underway by JCM Northlink LLC so that tunneling can begin in late 2014. Before digging the tunnel, construction crews must move utilities out of the way, install monitoring equipment, remove vegetation/trees, and install perimeter walls/fences around construction sites. They must also excavate areas where the stations and portal will eventually go. The tunneling crews will use these excavated areas as starting points to launch the tunnel boring machines. Activity will be increasing around the Maple Leaf Portal, Roosevelt Station, and U District Station sites as construction crews make the preparations needed to begin tunneling.
To stay up to date on Northgate Link Extension construction activities and associated travel detours/closures subscribe to email alerts through Sound Transit’s website or access the alerts online. Sound Transit holds open houses periodically – the next one, U District Station Construction Open House, is scheduled for 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. General project information is available at http://www.soundtransit.org/northlink or by calling (206) 398-5300. Sound Transit also provides a 24-hour construction hotline at (888) 298-2395.[More]
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.