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Bike lanes and sharrows coming soon to east Green Lake streets

What do you think? (2 Comments) May 4, 2011 at 4:02PM

Project map courtesy SDOT

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is installing bicycle improvements on N/NE 65th St, Woodlawn Ave N, and N 64th St between Ravenna Blvd and East Green Lake Way N.

Bike lanes and sharrows will be installed this summer. “Sharrows” are shared-lane pavement markings that guide bicyclists to the best place to ride and help motorists expect to see and share the lane with bicyclists.

The changes are being made to help bicyclists get to the bike lanes on NE Ravenna Blvd and the bike lanes on East Green Lake Way North. Changes include:

  • an uphill bike lane and downhill sharrow on N/NE 65th St between Ravenna Blvd and 1st Ave N.
  • sharrows on both sides of the street between 1st Ave NE and Woodlawn Ave N.
  • an uphill bike lane and downhill sharrow on Woodlawn Ave N and on the block of N 64th St between Woodlawn Ave N and East Green Lake Way N.

Due to the narrowness of NE 65th St, SDOT will remove 12 parking spots on the north side of the street from the alley west of Latona Ave NE to 1st Ave NE to allow for a bike lane. Part of this parking is already restricted on weekdays for Green Lake Elementary School.  ”We have studied the parking,” the SDOT project website states, “and believe that these parking spots can be accommodated on the south side of the street and on side streets.”

These parking spots on NE 65th St will be removed.

The project will result in slightly wider travel lanes. Bus service will not be affected and the corridor is not a designated freight route.

The design can be viewed here and the project report is available here.

SDOT staff will discuss the project at a Green Lake Community Council meeting next Wednesday (May 11, 2011), 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at The Hearthstone (6720 East Green Lake Way N).

Questions about the road changes can be directed to SDOT at walkandbike [at] or (206) 684-7583.

Thanks for the tips, M.J. and Joe!

2 Responses to “Bike lanes and sharrows coming soon to east Green Lake streets”

  1. Hik Bikski says:

    I hope these changes “calm” the traffic. 65th between Ravenna and Latona is an intimidating place to ride. Cars move pretty quickly (even though there’s a school zone ahead) and turning left on Latona feels like… like… well, like stepping out into angry traffic.

  2. ref says:

    Besides making it safer for bikes and pedestrians, this will make it much safer for cars. Trying to turn onto NE 65th from Northbound 1st Ave N with cars parked right up to the intersection is scary and very dangerous. Especially bad when there are walkers in the area.