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May 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Design begins for safer Second Avenue bike lane

The Seattle Department of Transportation is aiming to build an interim, protected bike lane on Second Avenue by September — in time for the fall debut of Pronto! bikeshare.

The lane will extend from Pike Place Market to Pioneer Square, said SDOT spokesman Rick Sheridan.  Mayor Ed Murray announced his September goal at a Cascade Bicycle Club breakfast Tuesday.

The project will use part of a $2.7 million budget the city has set aside for downtown bikeways. The current Second Avenue bike lane, protected only by a white stripe, is generally considered dangerous because of multiple driveways, its odd left-side location, erratic moves by parking cars, and conflicts at intersections.

Blue snails protect the new Broadway bikeway. (Mike Lindblom photo)

Blue snails defend the new Broadway bikeway. (Mike Lindblom photo)

Just how SDOT will tackle these problems is still being studied, Sheridan said.  Some short-term tools include plastic pylons as on Cherry Street under I-5, or the new snail-shaped blue bollards on Broadway.

The first 500 Pronto! bicycles will circulate in the University District, Capitol Hill, Eastlake, South Lake Union, downtown and Pioneer Square, officials announced Monday.  Supporters have urged the city to create some protected downtown bikeways, before new riders try the green, floating-rental bicycles.

Comments | Topics: bicycling, Pronto!, Second Avenue

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