Hot on the heels of getting the green light for a Downtown Demonstration Bikeway and having a Bikeshare permit system vetted, there are more bike projects coming to the streets of Bellevue! Next up are buffered bike lanes on NE 24th Street from Northup Way to the SR-520 Trail.
Construction is slated to start in mid-April and improvements include widening the existing bike lanes from five feet to six-and-one-half feet, adding a three-foot-wide bike lane buffer, and green bicycle markings. This improvement will increase the separation between bicyclists and vehicles, providing more comfort and safety for users of all ages and abilities. View the official construction alert here for more details.
From the SR-520 trail, which parallels the highway all the way to Redmond, the NE 24th Street lanes will connect to the green bike lanes (literally green paint) on Northup Way. People on bikes can connect to Downtown Bellevue using the bike lanes and facilities on NE 116th Avenue/NE 12th Street and in the coming months will be able to connect to the Eastside Rail Corridor.
This NE 24th Street bike lane project is part of the larger Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy project, which address a backlog of neighborhood safety, connectivity, sidewalk, bicycle, technology, congestion reduction and maintenance projects. There are currently 43 projects that will be delivered during 2017-2018.
You can read more about this 20 year program, including bike projects, on the city’s Transportation Levy Project page.
–Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer, Tim