Dear SDOT and Seattle City Leadership,
I'm writing to comment on the Bicycle Master Plan 2019-2024 Implementation Plan. I believe that the City needs a plan to connect every neighborhood with safe, comfortable, and convenient bike routes.
The plan includes much needed safe places to bike on Eastlake Ave E, Green Lake Way, Delridge Way SW, E Marginal Way, the Georgetown to South Park Trail, Pike/Pine (and other parts of the Basic Bike Network), and the Burke Gilman Trail Missing Link. The mayor deserves credit for including these critical projects in her plan and we hope she will work to swiftly build them before the end of her term.
There are three glaring omissions in this plan:
- A convenient, safe connection for SE Seattle. The viable options are, in order of preference, Rainier Ave S, Martin Luther King Jr Way S, and/or Beacon Ave S. A spine along Beacon Hill connecting from Yesler to Way to Kenyon St on 12th Ave S, 15th Ave S, and Beacon Ave S may be the most viable option.
- Safe Routes to SODO Jobs. Connect the SODO Trail to Georgetown and jobs along the way, and close the Duwamish Trail gap to connect to the Duwamish Longhouse.
- Safe Routes to Transit. For Sound Transit stations opening in 2021 and 2024, this plan will make or break their accessibility and usability. Connect Central District to link via MLK, Admiral to the C-Line via 42nd Ave SW & Fauntleroy, and the Little Brook and north Bitter Lake neighborhoods to the new light rail stations.
Seattle needs leadership that is willing to operationalize our shared principles of safety, equity, mobility, and sustainability, and to stand up for our adopted Vision Zero, Climate Action Plan, and Levy to Move Seattle Goals.
The Move Seattle Levy passed in part because constituents were excited for Seattle to build out connected networks for people to comfortably walk, roll, ride a bike, and take transit throughout the City, and the Move Seattle Reset should not compromise on those goals.