The City Council is set to put its support behind a plan for a Seattle Center City Bike Network and an 18-month implementation schedule to create “a connected, protected bicycle lane network in downtown Seattle by 2020.”
“With Wednesday’s committee meeting, we’re reaffirming our commitment to establishing a connected, protected bicycle lane network in downtown Seattle,” council member Mike O’Brien said Wednesday at a press conference before his committee meeting introducing the a resolution outlining the new push.
“We’re also committing Seattle to achieving zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030,” O’Brien said. “Given what’s at stake, it’s too expensive not to make more investments in completing the bike network for all to utilize and enjoy.”
Advocates have been pushing City Hall to put more effort behind the network concept based around a 2nd Avenue “spine” connected to bike lanes from surrounding Central Seattle neighborhoods. CHS reported last week on the Pike/Pine component of the plan that advocates are hoping to have in place starting in 2019 with $10 million in funding from the public benefits package attached to the expansion of the Washington State Convention Center.
“Everyone who wants to bike should be able to because biking can make us happier, keep us healthier, save us money, and reduce climate pollution,” Clara Cantor, an organizer for Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, said about the resolution in a City Council press release. “Approximately 60% of Seattleites want to bike more, and the lack of safe, connected, routes is the number one reason why they don’t. That’s why we are excited to see Seattle committing to this bold, yet achievable timeline for building out the Basic Bike Network downtown.”
The move also comes as Seattle is set to commit to even more bikes on its streets under an expansion of its floating bike share program that will double the number of available bicycles.
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