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News Release

Greg Nickels, Mayor

Grace Crunican, Director

Contact: Rick Sheridan, (206) 684-8540,

For Immediate Release

April 23, 2009

SDOT Adds More Bicycle Improvements to Seattle’s Streets

Look for bike dots, green bike lanes and sharrows

SEATTLE – Bike dots, green bike lanes and sharrows are appearing on city streets in growing numbers
thanks to efforts by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to enhance bicycling. The
department is adding these improvements to ensure its transportation infrastructure meets the needs of
Seattle’s growing cycling community.

The new elements will be found in neighborhoods citywide (see attached sheet) and build on other
upgrades already well underway, such as adding bike lanes and multi-user trail segments. These
improvements stem from the Bicycle Master Plan and its ten-year goal of tripling the number of people
cycling in Seattle.

“Guided by the Bicycle Master Plan, we are making extensive improvements to support bicycling in
Seattle,” said Grace Crunican, director of the Seattle Department of Transportation. “Simple roadway
elements like bike dots, green bike lanes and sharrows will help transform attitudes about bikes’ rightful
place on city streets.”

Each of these roadway features make riding a bike easier on city streets. Sharrows remind motorists to
share the lane with bikes, while also guiding bicyclists to the best place to ride. Green bike lanes
highlight where bicycles and cars cross paths, and warn motorists to yield. Bike dots and accompanying
route signs guide riders to destinations like shopping areas, parks and transit centers. The dots show
where to turn on the route, while the signs tell you where the route is going and how far it is to the

In 2009 SDOT will add 35 lane-miles of bike lanes/sharrows, 20 miles of signed bike routes, two to
three trail segments and 300 bike racks. To learn more about SDOT’s work to enhance bicycling, please
visit our Web site at

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion
transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department
manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect
the city with the region. ###

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