City Leaked Bicycle Master Plan!
posted by November 28 at 11:50 AMon
A source recently slipped me a near-final first draft of Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan, which will be unveiled for public comment next week starting on December 5.
The plan recommends expanding Seattle’s networked bike trails from 69 miles to 162 miles over the next five years, outlines exactly where new bike lanes and mixed-use trails should go, suggests that certain streets become “bicycle boulevards,” fixes the Burke-Gilman Trail’s problematic “missing link,” and offers a schedule for when to do what. These improvements will be funded, in large part, by Proposition 1, which was just passed by Seattle voters to improve the region’s roads. The $365 million levy is designed to include about $70 million for non-car-centered improvements.
Will this new master plan make good on Mayor Greg Nickels’s promise to make Seattle the most bike-friendly city in the nation? See for yourself.
Below are six large PDF files that show the plan in its current form. The “action plan” shows generally what the city should do where. The “facility recommendations” show what specific bike-oriented improvements should go where (climbing lanes, paved shoulders, “sharrows,” etc). And the “phasing recommendations” suggest when all of this should be done.
I recommend clicking on the facility recommendations. That way you can see what’s being proposed along your regular bike route and whether the changes make good sense. Again, there’s a public hearing on this first draft on Dec. 5 in Ballard, and another one on Dec. 7 in Columbia City.
One cool “long-term” proposal in the master plan: A separate bridge for cyclists next to the treacherous Ballard Bridge.