You may remember back in October, when Madi alerted us that 45th Street in front of Dick’s held the dubious honor of being the most dangerous intersection for cyclists in the city. It looks like the city has taken some steps to address the problem:
The Seattle Bike Blog reports that “SDOT has installed a buffered bike lane in front of the popular burger joint. The lane replaces what previously was empty space on the roadway. The extra-wide lane on this segment of 45th, at the bottom of a fairly steep hill, made the behavior of all road users fairly unpredictable. And, as we know, wide lanes encourage speeding.”
The comment thread on SBB reveal some of the potential shortcomings of the move, though: if the danger is coming from cars entering and exiting Dick’s, creating a lane that separates the bikes from the main traffic is unlikely to have much of an impact; having a bike line that “swerves” out of the main traffic flow and then back into it is unlikely to help; and, of course, a bike line does nothing to address the fact that it is a fairly steep hill the cyclists are coming down.
All that said, short of closing the driveways that dump onto 45th and having drivers pass exit to 1st Ave NE or 2nd Ave NE, instead, it’s hard to imagine what all would help here.
Has it made you feel any safer? Let the bike nerds at SBB or comment below.
Photo by Adam Prairie, who, along with SBB, will perhaps forgive us for using it without asking permission first if we mention that his band The Hoot Hoots has a new album out. Thanks to Heidi for the tip!