Get your bike out of the garage, you’ll soon be biking around Bellevue in style! Read on to learn about the City Council nod in favor of a Downtown Demonstration Bikeway for all.
From BellevueWa.gov: During Monday night’s study session, the City Council reviewed plans and voiced strong support for a demonstration bikeway downtown. All six council members in attendance backed the project on 108th Avenue Northeast as a significant step toward making Bellevue streets safer for the growing number of people who want to ride bikes and walk in the city.
The north-south bikeway will be located between Northeast 12th and Main streets. Plans call for the project to open in May, with an evaluation period running through the end of the year. During that time, modifications to the temporary, low-cost installation may be made to make it perform better.
Project features will include bike lanes on both sides of the street, with barriers separating the lanes from vehicle traffic in some locations. Still in the design stage, the budget for the demonstration project is expected to be in the range of $300,000 to $400,000. It will be funded by the 2016 Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy.
Public outreach efforts for the bikeway project included an open house, “pop-up” street events, presentations to organizations and an online survey that generated 1,260 generally positive responses.
Developing priority bike corridors in Bellevue has been a staple in the city’s long-range planning efforts, such as the Comprehensive Plan and several pedestrian and bicycle planning documents. Read the agenda memo for more details.
-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff