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Help Improve Bicycling in SE Seattle

bikebackup2From Cascade Bicycle Club:

Do you live, work, or commute in Southeast Seattle? Do you have ideas on how this area could be improved for bicycling? If so, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey.

Cascade recently received a grant from the Alliance for Biking and Walking to conduct research and develop programming to address the barriers to bicycling in Southeast Seattle. Your input through this survey will be valuable to help identify, prioritize and address bicycle improvements.

If you have any questions, or would like to provide additional information that is not covered in the survey, please e-mail Tessa Greegor (

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57 Comments on "Help Improve Bicycling in SE Seattle"

5 years 9 months ago

@Old Guy
“Should 129 cars and multiple buses be delayed so one bike has its own lane.”

I also regularly drive Beacon (after the 39 got chopped, and I stopped taking the bus out of laziness). Bikes don’t have their own lane, but parked cars bring Beacon effectively to one lane each direction, at least south of Columbian Way.

I know it’s a bitch, especially on Fridays when traffic on Beacon is halted because of traffic on I-5, and the people trying to turn right on Columbian Way are stalled trying to get to it. But that’s cars, not bikes. And maybe it would flow better if the car drivers would keep their eyes on the road instead of counting other cars, busses, and bikes.

Idea guy
5 years 9 months ago

On my drive to work this morning, I observed 7 metro busses, 5 school busses and 129 auto I drove on Rainier, Beacon and MLK. I saw one biker, who ran a stop sign.

Beacon Ave is down to 2 lanes so when the bus stops traffic backs up behind it at one point 10 cars were stopped. Taking Beacon from 4 lanes to two lanes was a bad idea.

Should we take Rainier and MLK to two lanes also or turn Beacon back to 4 lanes?

Should 129 cars and multiple buses be delayed so one bike has its own lane.

Tom T
5 years 9 months ago

For those who are bikers, please enter any “incident” info you have at the bikewise site ( There is very little info on things that happen south of the 90. More info will help get more resources.

I Like Driving LWB
5 years 9 months ago

I have a super idea for the CBC and its hard-core corps of cyclists, many of whom seem to think LWB from Mt. Baker to Seward Park (and the loops in and around Seward Park) are their personal training grounds. Let’s share the Bicycle Love across the entire city!!! Instead of closing off the southernmost stretches of LWB to us mere mortals on Thursdays in the summer, let’s rotate Bicycle Thursdays around Seattle to (at least) five Seattle bike routes, er, neighborhoods: Shilshole, Alki Boulevard/Harbor Avenue, East and West Greenlake Way, Sand Point Way and, my personal favorite, LWB between Mt. Baker and Montlake. Since most of the bicyclists on Thursdays come into Mt. Baker/Seward Park from afar anyway — I see them park their lovely Subarus and Pathfinders on Seward Park Avenue as they unload their bikes — these routes might be more convenient.
Happy to help, CBC, in any way I can!
If this works, maybe we can expand this “pilot” to Magnolia and North Capitol Hill in 2011!

5 years 9 months ago

Safety on Rainier Ave is bigger than just bikes and would be a great topic for a forum. I have concerns about Rainier as a Driver, Pedestrian, and Biker.

What are our requirements for a improved Rainier? What are the pain points? If the community can come up with some tenets for how we would safety improved, we could drive long term improvement. Maybe I’m daft but here are some ideas…

Designate a Bus/Bike only lane? with bus turnouts where possible?

Reduce the number of entry/exit points for parking lots and non-through streets?

Physically divide the street to prevent left turns, except at designated points? Similar to MLK after Link.

More Crosswalks? Traffic Circles to replace traffic lights?

Maybe this has already been discussed ad nauseum?

5 years 9 months ago

This is somewhat off-topic, but can an experienced bicyclist suggest a route to get between these two points:

1. S Henderson & MLK Way S
2. Southcenter Blvd & 51st Ave S

This is roughly home & work (I currently drive, and take I5-S); I’d like to try bicycling to work.

Google Maps suggests the following route for their “walking” directions:

Google Maps.

5 years 10 months ago

It’s too bad that we would delay or never make improvements to Rainier because of the perceived negative effect of adding bike lanes would result in traffic back-ups, frustration, time delays, additional gas burned, and additional carbon outputs. But in reality, if the motoring community were concerned about all those items, they would simply slow down which would help alleviate most of your/their gripes and in the process, make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
So, it seems there is something else that motorists or business owners dislike about bike lanes…is it that they don’t want to be inconvenienced by my presence i.e., they may have to slow down or change lanes to get around me?

As a bicycle commuter, it isn’t very much fun being relegated to 2nd class citizen (or rather, 2nd class commuter). Being pushed onto side streets w/ hills and having to bike several miles out of the way adds around 15-20 minutes to my ride everyday. It’s frustrating knowing that Rainier is the most logical route to downtown for me but that safety reasons (not the law) is the reason I don’t take it.

I hope RVP holds a forum on this topic (bicycling in SE) and how to come together to improve the safety of all modes of travel using LWB, Rainer, MLK and all the side streets used by a growing number of cyclists and pedestrians. I think it would be well attended and it would be a great opportunity for each group to present differing perspectives and counter the perceived (negative) effects of cyclist’s and bike lanes on the roadway.

5 years 10 months ago

It would be great to focus the comments on real issues instead of the fantasy issues (biker’s don’t respect the law, make LWB bike only, etc…).

I like Ian’s idea about the creation of bike routes. Developing an alternative to rainier through the valley would be great.

I personally think that Sharrows are a great idea, as I prefer sharing the road to bike lanes, maybe we need more publicity / signage about what they mean, which is something the cascade effort could easily do.

I’d also like to see more signage along LWB that it is A) Part of a city park, expect bikes, pedestrians, and other park like behavior . B) The road is a shared right of way. This might help ratchet driver expectations down appropriately.