Did you know Seattle’s new signature waterfront trail doesn’t connect to the existing Elliot Bay Trail? There is a ½ mile gap that needs to be filled. Unfortunately, the city's draft proposal forces people using the trail to unnecessarily cross Alaskan Way. . . twice.
Tell the city to create a direct and safe path by sending a message now or by attending the SDOT online open house Tuesday, May 10, 4:30 - 5:30 pm.
The Seattle waterfront is an iconic space that is heavily used by people walking, rolling, and biking. Once the waterfront bike trail is completed in 2024, this will only increase.
A half mile gap remains between this iconic trail, running along the whole of the waterfront and connecting all the way south to Alki Beach, and the Elliot Bay Trail, with connections up to Ballard, the Burke Gilman Trail, and points north. The Alaskan Way bike lane will connect that half-mile gap between Virginia St. and the Olympic Sculpture Park. This route is already heavily used, and will be even more popular with a safe and comfortable bike lane. Unfortunately, SDOT is bending over backwards to accommodate the cruise ships at Pier 66.
SDOT’s Project Map showing a two-way protected bike lane crossing the street to become a narrow shared-use path, then crossing back across the street 5 blocks later.
This design is inconvenient and confusing. A lot of people likely won’t use it and will end up in the street or on the sidewalk, causing additional chaos and danger for both pedestrians and people on bikes -- especially with the tens of thousands of tourists who use our waterfront trail each year. Read more in this article from the Urbanist.
Pier 66 has heavy use for just 2 months in the summer, and tapering off in the shoulder seasons. Ask SDOT to work with the Port to find a solution that allows them to have safe loading and unloading, while maintaining a direct and efficient bike route.
Now is the time to make our voices heard!
Tell the city to create a direct and safe path by sending a message now or by attending the SDOT online open house Tuesday, May 10, 4:30 - 5:30 pm to learn more about the Alaskan Way bike lane project.
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