Now that Move Seattle has passed, the language Jean Godden added to the levy for us is part of the plan. SDOT must “Develop plans and complete improvements to enhance the NE 45th St corridor for pedestrians and cyclists between 4th Ave NE and Brooklyn Ave NE by the time University Light Rail opens in 2021.”
The current Bike Master Plan needs to be fixed as it lists no I-5 bike crossing options except for the unfunded and unplanned 47th street bike and pedestrian bridge. Here is the current plan, where the bridge is the red segment:
Here’s an adjustment to the Bike Master Plan that fits the language of Move Seattle and might get done in the next 5 years. This past Friday we biked this stretch with SDOT, and they are going to study the change (along with the Green Lake Way change):
The numbers in the diagram specify the changes to the Bicycle Master Plan:
- Add a widened, shared use pathway to either side of the 45th street overpass that will shield non-motorized users from vehicles and improve the barrier to I-5 below. Space for this is provided by eliminating 1 through lane into Wallingford (the left lane will be dedicated to left turns onto I-5, which is already true during rush hour).
- Add one-way protected bike lanes to Thackery and Latona, up until they connect with greenways on 47th and 44th.
- Add a cycle track to 8th Ave NE and to 43rd in the U-District in order to connect 45th street overpass cyclists to light rail and UW. There is already a planned greenway from 43rd and Brooklyn to UW.
- Complete the network by connecting the 47th street greenway to 45th
- Cut the unfunded bridge at 47th and associated greenway on 5th Ave NE. If SDOT does a decent job with the 45th street overpass it should longer be required in the near term, and even in the best case it’s 20 years away from being built (when there will be a new bike master plan).
The specifics mostly match up to what we’ve posted before here on Wallyhood, so the rest of this is going to be mostly repeat if you’ve read those posts, but I wanted to get all the ideas in one place. Here’s the visual of the shared use bridge:
Here’s the diagram of the bridge itself, with the 1 through lane into Wallingford removed:
Here’s the diagram of 45th going into Wallingford:
And finally here’s 45th going into the U-District: