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May 8, 2014

Bikes on Broadway

Photo by Maude Scott [enlarge]

The city of Seattle and Sound Transit have opened 1.2 miles of protected bike lane along Broadway Avenue.

The two-way bike lane is separated from car traffic and parking lanes by a 2-foot buffer. The lane is 10 feet wide and runs from Denny Way to Yesler Way.

Cyclists can now travel on a smooth new road surface with bike-friendly drainage grates and green painted pavement at road intersections. Special traffic signals at intersections provide a few seconds of advanced green time for cyclists to ensure they are visible to motorists making right turns across the bike lane. Right turns on a red light across the bike lane are prohibited along the entire 1.2 miles.

The bike lane is part of the $134 million First Hill Streetcar project being developed by the city and Sound Transit. The lane was created in response to community input.

The northern third of the bike lane, between Denny and Union Street, opened last October.

Part of the bike lane, between Denny and Howell Street, has been closed due to construction of the underground pedestrian concourse at Sound Transit's Capitol Hill Link light-rail station. Cyclists must detour along Harvard Avenue until the end of the year.

Streetcars are expected to begin running later this year.

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