What will the future of bicycling on Capitol Hill look like? The city is developing an update to the Bicycle Master Plan adopted in 2007, and you will have your first chance to get a look at the draft network map of future bicycle facilities they have created.
The first meeting is Wednesday, 5:30–7:30 PM at City Hall. There’s another meeting Thursday down south — hey, you could ride your bike.
Before the proposed network map is released, here’s a look at how the Hill’s bicycle network has changed since the 2007 plan was adopted. SDOT released a document showing the state of bicycle facilities since the 2007 plan (I posted more about that report at Seattle Bike Blog). Here’s what existed in 2007:
Here’s what exists today:
And here’s a look at potential opportunities for facilities (green lines):
The City has been developing a vision of making riding a bicycle a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB), community members and local businesses have been hard at work over the past several months revising a citywide bicycle network map, and developing possible encouragement and marketing programs to achieve this vision. Three public meetings and an online Lunch and Learn are being held to get feedback at this critical juncture in the planning phase.
What: Public Meetings
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Date and Location:
November 7 – Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 Fourth Avenue
November 8 – New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave South
November 13 – UW Gould Hall, NE 40th Street between University Way NE and 15th Avenue NE
SDOT is sharing a draft citywide map of proposed bike facilities so that the public can provide feedback about riding bikes on the identified streets and if there are gaps. Different types of facilities such as Neighborhood Greenways and cycle tracks will be discussed, and staff will be on hand to discuss the overall policy direction of the plan update, trade-offs of adding bike improvements and the effectiveness of possible programs to encourage more bike riding.
People unable to attend a public meeting are invited to participate in an online Lunch and Learn on November 15 from 12 to 1 p.m. Individuals can register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/718370686. SDOT staff will provide an overview of material displayed the public meetings and the audience will be invited to submit questions. Space is limited.
All of the work completed to date is available online at www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm. Click on the Project Library to read all the presentations given to the SBAB, the State of the Seattle Bicycling Environment Report and the Phase One Public Engagement Summary Report.