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WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS

December13,2012(revision2) TO: SaraZora SeattleDepartmentofTransportation From: DonBrubeck WestSeattleBikeConnections RE: GapsinSDOTdraftSWSectormap,11/2012draft Roughlyinorderofpriority,weseethesegapsintheplan: TOP5 1. ClassificationofEastMarginalWayS/AlaskanWaySfromSSpokaneStreettoS AtlanticStasinstreetmajorseparation.Thisroutedeservesaseparated cycletrack.Shouldthisbereclassifiedatoffstreet?ThisisonTHEmajor commuteroutefromWestSeattletodowntown,withnorealalternative,andisour toppriority.Masterplanthresholdcriteriafor15,000ADTbeforeoffstreetis consideredshouldincludeanalternativecriteriaof2,000truckADTforstreetslisted asaMajorTruckStreet. 2. GapsanddifferencesatSWAvalon/FauntleroyAveSW,35th,36th&37thAveSW Missingrouteon36thAveSWfromSWAvalontoSWAlaska.Differentfacilitiesfor differenttypesofridersareneeded.Riderstakedifferentroutesheredepending upondirectionoftravel. a. Greenwayrouteshownon37thAveSW:crossingofFauntleroyshouldbe deleted.37thwouldleadthe8to80riderstotheirdoomatapoorsightline acuteanglecrossingofaverybusyhighspeedarterialthatwouldbedifficultto signalize.CrossingAvalonandFauntleroyat36thmightbeabetteroptionbut currentlyrequireswatchfulnessforvehiclesusingthebusinessdrivewaysand parkingperpendicular,carefulcrossingofAvalon,whereeastboundtrafficoff Fauntleroyoftenfailstostop,andthenusingthepedestriansignaltocross Fauntleroy.WewouldwelcomeaGreenwaynorthofFauntleroyon36thor37th ifthiscrossingcanbemadesafe.Otherwise,endingtheGreenwaydesignation someblockssouthandoneblocknorthofFauntleroyshouldbeconsidered. b. North/eastboundcommuterswilloftenuse37thAveSWnorthbound,turning rightontoFauntleroy,thenrightagainontoAvalon.However,thisdoesnot workgoingsouth/westboundduetodifficultyofleftturns. c. SomeSouth/westboundcommutersturnleftatnewleftturnpocketonAvalon at35thandturnrightatAlaska.Thiscouldworkformoreridersiftherewas majorseparationon35thAveSWfromAvalontoAlaska.Otherscrossat35thand goupthesouthsidewalkofAvalonto36thorFauntleroyto37th.With signalizationandawestboundleftturnfromAvalonto36thAveSW,asaferoute

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upAvalontoAlaskaandtheAlaska/CaliforniaJunctionwouldpossibleon36thto Edmunds,thenwestto37thAveSW.Withexistingsharrows,canbeinstreet, minorseparationwithoutdisturbingbusinessparking.Itwillnotqualifyasa Greenway,however. d. Thisareaneedsstudy,andcoordinationwithlanduseplanningand development. 3. MissingconnectiononEastMarginalWayS.fromSSpokaneStreettoDiagonal WayS,toprovideroutetomajoremployersFederalCenterSouthandotherson EastMarginalWay.Offroadpath/cycletrackneededonwestsideofEastMarginal WayS.KathyDunnisourgrouphasadetaileddescriptionofroutewithphotosand informationaboutadjacentproperties. MissingabikeroutebetweenFauntleroyandSWMorganSt.via38thAve SW.ManycyclistswhoclimbthishillchoosetouseFauntleroy,makingaleftturnat thesignal(withaleftturnlaneeven!)atSWFindlay,thenarightonto38thAveSW attheschool.Thisrouteisanice,gradualgrade,easilyaccessibleformanylevelsof riders.OnecanthenturnontoSWGrahamto37thSWtogettoSWMorganSt.A great,quickroutetogettomanyplacesinWestSeattle. Fauntleroy,fromSWAlaskatoCaliforniaAveSWisidentifiedappropriatelyasin street,majorseparation.Weassumethatthismeansatleastbikelanesboth directionsoftravel,insteadofsharrowsononeorbothsides.Thisisanessential routeforthosewholivebetweenCalifornia/35thorwhocontinuesouth.Lotsof cyclistswhousetheferryuseFauntleroy.

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OTHERS(Notlistedinorderofpriority) 6. MissingGreenwayroutetoeastofCaliforniaAveSWfromSWHolgatetoFerry AveSWvia40th,WalnutSW,41stSWor42ndSW.ConnectsWestSeattleHS,Holy RosaryandHopeLutheranSchools,HiawathaplaygroundandCommunityCenter, andAdmiralshoppingareaonaflat,lowtrafficroute.Considerdeletingparallel Fairmountroute? 7. MissingEWconnectionassouthendofGreenwayon26thAveSW.Theendofthe Greenwayon26thkindofendsupnowhere...thereisasetofstairsattheterminus (southofGraham/26th)whichisagreatopportunitytogetsomelightinginthere andinstallabikeramp/runnel.ThisleadsdirectlytoHighPointandaconnection opportunitytotravelE/Wshouldn'tbemissed. 8. TheBrandonGreenSuperHighwayconceptfromWestSeattleGreenwaysgroup centersaroundthecreationofthreenewbike/pedestrianstaircasesorpathsalong currentlyunimprovedsectionsoftheSWBrandonSt.rightofway:between16th& 17thSW,between21st&23rdSW,andbetween30th&34thSW.Togetherwiththe existingpedestrianstairwayatFairmountPark,thesewouldresultinastraight, unbroken1.5milebike/pedestrianroutefromSouthSeattleCommunityCollegeto theeast,allthewaytotheCaliforniabusinessdistricttothewest,andservingall

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communitiesinbetween.Thisroutewouldprovideasafeandneededconnection betweenthe21stAveSWand26thAveSWgreenways,whicharecurrentlybeing designedbySDOT.Withtheeventualadditionofgreenwaytreatmentsalongthe lengthofSWBrandon,thisroutewouldbecomeavitaleastwestconnection betweentheneighborhoodsandcommunitiesofWestSeattle. ExtendtheGreenwayonSWPortlandSttotheEasttoreach9thAveSW(topof SWHighlandParkWay)LookslikethereisaplannedGreenwaytogoWestto11th AveSWandfollowtheGreenwaytoeventuallyrun12thAveSWalongRiverview ParkbutwouldalsoliketoseeitrunEastaswellbecausethisstreetisusedalotof timesforacutthroughwhentrafficgetsbackedup,addingthiscouldpossiblestop thatbehaviorandgetridersontoHighlandParkWay. MissingSWTrentonbikelaneorGreenway.Allthewayfrom9thAveSWwhere thereisaoffleashdogparkbutitalsohasnicetrailsandbeautifulviewandachild's playscapeextendingto35thAveSW.Thisstreetisusedbyanumberofstudents gettingtoDenny/Sealthinternationalschools,theschool'sstadium,theSouthwest communitycenterandalsoWestwoodVillage.Extendingitallthewayupto35th wouldalsoallowaccesstotheSouthwestbranchlibrary(notseeingitonthemap) thatislocatedon35thAveSWbetweenTrentonandHenderson. Missing24thAveSWfromSWCloverdaletoSWThistleGreenway.Currently therearespeedbumpsandslowerspeedssoI'mnotsureifthisisaknownstreet thatisalreadycompleteormissedonthemap.Iwouldliketomakesureitis labeledasaGreenway. MissingportionsofHighlandParkGreenwayandWestcrestParktrail,and connectionsintocampusofSouthSeattleCommunityCollege,withfurther Greenway/Trailroutetonorth.SeeGoogleMaproutebyCraigRankin. MissingWestMarginalWaySW,southofSWMichiganto2ndAveSW. MissingSHortonStreetinSODOfromEastMarginalWaySto4thAveS.Probably theonlylowtrafficconnectorfromEastMarginalto1stand4thAvenueswithsignals, safetrackcrossings,goodsightlines.HanfordisbetterthanHortonto1stbutdoes notextendto4thAveS. MissingconnectiononSWAndoverfromDelridgeSWto22ndAveSW,toconnect 21stAveGreenwayandDelridgeTrailfromWestSeattleBridgetoroutestowestvia Andover. 37thAveSWan"enhancedstreet"betweenSWHudsonandSWAlaska.Thatis fine,butatthesametimeSDOTisalsoproposingeffectivelynarrowingthatblockof 37thbyallowingparkingonbothsides.(Currentlyparkingisonlyallowedonthe westside.)Betterforbiketrafficifparkingisnotpermittedononeside. AddatrunnelupthestairwayfromDelridgeSWtoSWHolden.Peoplearerolling bikesupthesidealready,butitgetsslickandmuddywhenitisraining.

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