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Camera counters on Broadway gathering data to study Complete Streetcar Campaign proposals

As CHS reported earlier this week, the City Council will soon vote on a resolution enabling construction of the First Hill Streetcar that includes authorization to begin planning an extended route that runs all the way to north Broadway.  We have  learned that the Broadway camera counters signal that SDOT is also now studying the viability of the Capitol Hill Community Council’s proposed “cycle track” concept .  The “cycle track” concept envisions that the streetcar will share Broadway not just with cars but bicycles and pedestrians.  Ethan Malone, the SDOT Project Planner for the First Hill Streetcar, shared the following with CHS:

“The traffic data is used in traffic models to show how traffic would work with various different options for the streetcar on Broadway, such as the Capitol Hill Community Council’s proposed cycle track concept.  A few of these locations are in error, such as the Pike and 11th location, as the data collection consultant apparently worked from some earlier route maps.  We have notified the consultant about this.”

Both the proposed extension and the data collection efforts represent the sway of the Capitol Hill Streetcar Campaign. 

The “cycle track” envisions allocating Broadway (from West to East) as follows:

8′ – two-way cycle track
4′ – second planter strip
8′ – parking
11′ – southbound lane
11′ – northbound lane
8′ – parking

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Mike with curls
Mike with curls
10 years ago

Exciting.

Love every detail.

When can I buy my annual pass?

Adron
Adron
10 years ago

…I’m pondering how easy these additional streetcar routes will be to use, will have to take a Seattle walk about soon and see.

disappointed
disappointed
10 years ago

SDOT really has dropped the ball here.
In Copenhagen, the city has just made it policy that all new ONE-WAY cycle tracks should be 8.5′ wide.

It would be nice if just once SDOT could produce a truly visionary proposal. Instead, cyclists get a paltry 4′ each way. Pathetic