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January 9, 2019
Bellevue has added a new kind of bus stop — a platform between the bike lane and vehicle traffic — to make the bike lane safer and speed passage for bus riders, the city said in a press release.
The platform is on 108th Avenue Northeast, south of Northeast Second Street, in the southbound direction. It is part of the Downtown Demonstration Bikeway that was launched in July.
The city said the platform means smoother and safer operations because buses no longer need to pull alongside the curb. It also reduces travel time by up to 20 seconds for each of the 65 buses that stop at the platform on weekdays. Buses also no longer block the bike lane when stopping for passengers.
Barcelona-based Zicla manufactured the platform, which was purchased with a $55,000 grant from King County Metro. The recycled-plastic platform is designed for rapid installation and comes in compact, prefabricated sections. The bikeway contractor, Bellevue-based Apcon Tech Inc., put together nearly 300 pieces, then drilled, bolted and epoxied them to the pavement.