Redesign for Seattle's Notoriously Unsafe 2nd Avenue Bike Lane

Seattle is hoping to transform the 2nd Avenue bike lane from the cities worst—location of 60 bike collisions in the last four years—to a demonstration of the state-of-the-art in bike infrastructure design.

"The Seattle Department of Transportation released their proposed redesign for 2nd Avenue; a demonstration project that will transform the bike lane from a dangerous one-way bike lane sandwiched between parked cars and traffic to a two-way 'cycle track' with a barrier separating it from traffic and no parking lane to deal with," reports Josh Cohen.

Mayor Ed Murray promised that the lane would be ready in time for the launch of the city's Pronto! bike share program in September.

"According to SDOT, there have been 60 collisions involving bikes in the lane in the past four years — a mix of bicyclists getting doored by people exiting their parked cars, drivers pulling out of the parking lane across the bike lane and, in more than half the cases, bicyclists getting hit in intersections by drivers turning across the bike lane (known as a left hook)."

Full Story: Facelift for 2nd Avenue's bike death trap

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