This post originally appeared on the Bellevue Downtown Association News Page.
Whether or not you’re a regular bike rider, you might have noticed some fresh paint on 108th Avenue NE. If you’re wondering what’s happening, look no further! Starting June 10, the City of Bellevue began installation of a “Demonstration Bikeway” along 108th Avenue NE. Read on if you’re interested in learning more about this project, and how it will enhance livability and mobility in Downtown Bellevue.
What is the Demonstration Bikeway?
Using temporary and low-cost treatments, the demonstration project provides a real-world opportunity to evaluate how bike lanes with enhanced separation from vehicle traffic function on 108th Avenue NE from Main Street to NE 12th Street. These new bike lanes through downtown will complete a continuous north-south route between the I-90 and SR-520 Trails.
The project is funded by the Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy, which was approved by voters in 2016. For more information about the levy visit: BellevueWA.gov/TransportationLevy.
When will it open?
Construction began June 10 and the project is expected to be finished in July. A celebration to mark the new bikeway is planned for Tuesday, July 31, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Bellevue Corporate Plaza (600 108th Avenue NE).
Construction in Progress:
What will this look like?
The City will be applying the following modern bikeway design concepts used in cities such as Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, BC: Curb & post dividers; Green pavement markings; Planter box dividers; and, Shared lane markings.
Once the project is complete, curbside activities such as parking, passenger load/unload, and freight delivery will be modified. To ensure the corridor is as safe as possible for cyclists, parking enforcement will be monitoring curbside activity along 108th Avenue NE so that vehicles do not block the bike lanes. For more information about changes to parking, passenger load/unloading, and freight delivery see the Loading Zones Flyer.
With this project’s demonstration approach, the City is able to design and build the project faster –“from planning to design to construction in one year.” During the course of the assessment period (approximately one year), data will be collected to evaluate how the project impacts travel for all street users, local businesses, and others in the community. If outcomes are favorable, City Council could approve more permanent upgrades in the future, including more robust bike lane separation, traffic signal modifications, durable pavement markings, and other changes to curbs and the streetscape. This demonstration project could help guide other downtown bicycle improvements.
Do I need to worry about more construction?
Construction has already started and will continue through early July. Work hours are 7 p.m. – 4 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Because the work is taking place during the evening hours, major construction impacts and/or traffic delays are not expected. The work is dependent on dry weather conditions.
City of Bellevue Resources:
- Project flyer
- “Construction Ahead” flyer
- Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy (funding source for project)
- Demonstration Bikeway brochure
Click here for a full list of City resources.
-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Emma