Seattle is criss-crossed by 1,547 lane-miles of arterial streets and 2,407 miles of non-arteries. In recent years, the city has added new bike infrastructure to only about 10 miles of those streets per year.
Tuesday afternoon, the Seattle City Council will begin the latest process to shake out the next five years of Seattle bike infrastructure investments. Following the relatively paltry output of the last couple years, the proposed plan includes projects that will likely add up to even less than 10 miles per year. But there are still some new improvements on the list for Capitol Hill, the Central District, and the nearby.
In all, CHS tallies seven Central Seattle projects on the roster for the 2019 Bicycle Master Plan Implementation Plan. CHS coverage on the project plans is below.
E Union protected bike lanes: After plan went ‘sideways,’ SDOT says will find a way to build E Union protected bike lanes
- Judkins Park Connection
- Melrose Promenade: Protected bikeway for Melrose Ave secures $3 million
- Lowell-Meany Connection: With John/Thomas corridor work underway, 2019 will bring $2.2M Safe Routes to School pedestrian improvements across Capitol Hill
- Pike/Pine protected bike lanes: Seattle approves 18-month plan for downtown, Pike/Pine protected bike lanes
- Stevens Elementary Connection
- Central Ridge Greenway Phase 2: After a 21-month road diet, first phase of 23rd Ave work complete
- UPDATE: Forgot about one area of work in Montlake. The 520 “Montlake Project” will include new bike infrastructure:
The updated plan will also identify previous concepts that have been cut or put on hold like the Broadway bikeway extension.
What’s the point? Seattle has some lofty goals for its bicycling infrastructure that it is a long way from fulfilling including what might be the most important and most difficult metric to achieve, apparently — zero fatalities by 2030. It seems like it might take more than 10 miles a year to get there.
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