We reported earlier this month that the city has painted a green bike lane in the westbound (downhill) direction of Pine as it crosses Bellevue. The PI reports that the intersection is among the top five spots in the entire city for reported collisions between people riding a bike and people driving.
The green lane was installed after the intersection made the Seattle Department of Transportation’s list of high-collision locations because five collisions were reported there within three years.
“That is a very tangible example of the high-collision bike program at work. We went out and reviewed and created a solution that now will help address this issue,” SDOT’s Rick Sheridan told the P.I. If you have any ideas of how the Pike/Pine corridor could be made safer for bikes, we had a pretty nerdy conversation about it over at Seattle Bike Blog.
Another of the top collision spots is off-Hill, but will likely be familiar to many among the Hill’s bicycling population: The south end of the University Bridge where Eastlake Ave crosses Fuhrman Ave. A popular route to Capitol Hill from the University Bridge bike lane requires people to merge left three lanes in one block in order to turn onto Harvard Ave.
This intersection was also where Bryce Lewis was killed in 2007 after he and another person biking were struck by a dump truck turning onto Fuhrman. The city has since installed a green bike lane at that intersection, as well.
The top spot went to NE 45th St in front of the Dick’s Drive-In in Wallingford.
Here’s a map of the top spots: