How safe are Seattle roads for bicycle riders? Here, we discuss dangerous intersections and what the city of Seattle is doing to improve bicycle safety.

What Steps Is Seattle Taking to Improve Roadways for Bicyclists?

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seattle bike safety improvementsWith its beautiful greenery and hills, bicycling around Seattle can be fun and a practical means of transportation. However, Seattle’s roadways have not always been safe for bicycle riders or pedestrians. Some of the most dangerous intersections include:

  • Leary Way NW & 20th Ave NW
  • N 50th Ave & Phinney Ave N
  • Rainier Ave S & I-90
  • Rainier Ave S & Henderson St
  • 5th & Stewart
  • Montlake Blvd & 520
  • Montlake Blvd & NE Pacific St.
  • Sand Point Way & 50th Ave NE
  • Ravena Ave. NE & NE 54th St.
  • Green Lake/50th/Stone

How Is Seattle Trying to Make Roads Safer for Bicycle Riders?

Seattle is making some efforts to improve roadway safety for everyone who must share its congested roadways—including pedestrians and bicycle riders. In 2015, the city launched Vision Zero, which has a goal of eliminating all deaths and injuries on Seattle roads by 2030. Some of its accomplishments include:

  • Redesigning a one-mile stretch of Rainier Ave S—one of the most dangerous roads for accidents
  • Joined a network of 10 cities as part of a Zero Vision network to collaborate on these goals
  • Lowered the speed limit to 20 mph on residential streets and to 25 mph on some city arterial streets
  • Opened the Westlake protected bike lane and neared completion on the Burke Gilman Trail
  • Conducted a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety analysis to help the city identify locations that are especially dangerous for pedestrians and bicycle riders so that safety improvements can be made
  • Passed a $930 million Move Seattle levy in 2016 to help fund projects to make Seattle roads safer and implement the Bicycle Master Plan.

However, Seattle’s efforts are not without controversy. After passage of the Move Seattle levy, promoted in part to fund the Bicycle Master Plan, the city has implement budget cuts to the plan. For example, the five-year total of protected bike lanes is being cut by nine miles and the neighborhood greenway is being cut by 20 miles.

Other improvements to dangerous roads are not finished. For example, the Second Avenue protected bike lane is uncompleted and unconnected to other protected bike lanes. In addition, the Burke Gilman Trail, considered the main bike superhighway, remains in disrepair.

Even with Seattle’s worthwhile goals of improving bicycle riders’ safety and improvements to protected bike lanes, negligent drivers will continue to cause catastrophic bicycle accidents. If you were injured in one of these wrecks, fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options and what steps we can help you take to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Category: Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents


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