Quick, before the Seattle urbanists muck it up. Capitol Hill Housing is proclaiming the first big community workshop on shaping protected Pike/Pine bike lanes a big success and organizers are collecting feedback on some of the design questions and opportunities that emerged in the October session.
CHS reported here on the effort to bring biking advocates, urbanists, neighbors, and business representatives together for a planning session to set the early tone and framework for a much needed effort to create safe cycling infrastructure between Broadway and downtown.
Capitol Hill Housing, the nonprofit developer and property management organization spearheading the early community planning effort with funding from the city and corporate sponsors including Chase, says the next steps include sharing “summary findings with the Seattle City Council, SDOT staff, and you” in January 2019.
In the meantime, they’ll be collecting feedback on a few design issues through the end of the year here via this Pike/Pine Community Design Survey:
We were excited to see so many people engaging in the discussion about design of the street, but we know many people couldn’t attend the workshop that evening, so we’re continuing to gather input through this online survey. Your participation in this survey will inform our advocacy efforts with the City and will give city planners valuable information about the needs and priorities of our community. You can spend 3 minutes sharing your top priorities, or you can spend more time considering potential alignments and street designs. It’s up to you.
Organizers say the October workshop held at The Summit meeting space on E Pike included 150 community members “representing a range of perspectives.”
Protected bike lanes along Pike and Pine streets, connecting existing lanes on 2nd Ave and Broadway have long been in the city’s plans. Earlier this year, there had been some mixed messaging about how high a priority the lanes were, until the City Council in July voted to make them a priority. The city is hoping that connecting these two sections will help increase bike ridership by forming a connected bike network throughout the core of Seattle.
The plan now is for the lanes to be operational, if not entirely permanent, by the end of 2019. The plan recognizes that there are some complications likely with the western portion of the lanes. Construction on major expansion of the convention center will begin relatively soon. And the “Pike Pine Renaissance” project will reshape the downtown portion of the corridor.
On Capitol Hill, the changes are much more likely to be part of a long-term solution.
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