Last chance to comment on Seattle's new bike plan

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 NEWS

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Posted on July 22, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8:52 PM

Some members of the public have one more chance to weigh in on changes to the city of Seattle Bike Master Plan, which includes several miles of “cycle tracks” through the downtown core. (See Map)

The plan includes changes to city streets to add additional bike lanes and signal improvements. Cycle tracks are similar to bike lanes but more expensive because they include a physical barrier of some kind to separate cyclists and motor vehicle traffic.



The non-profit group Commute Seattle is hosting an open house to the local business community, to present the new plans 4-to-6 p.m. Monday at the Russell Investment Center on the 17th floor at 1301 Second Avenue in downtown Seattle. Public comments on the plan must be received by Friday.

The city says cycle tracks would first be installed on 2nd Avenue. Other downtown streets would follow as funding was put in place.

A cycle track with a concrete barrier opened on the Burke Gillman Trail last spring. It's only a quarter-mile stretch but it had a price tag of $260,000.

Commute Seattle argues the lanes make roads safer for cyclists and drivers.

"I think most vehicle drivers that I talk to aren't so concerned that there is a bicyclist using the street. It’s about not wanting to hit them," said Jamie Cheney, Executive Director of Commute Seattle. "This is really about safety for everybody.”

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