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Green bike lanes spread to Seattle

Posted by on May 9th, 2008 at 10:55 am

Green bike lanes, like this one on
SE 7th in Portland, are also being installed
in Seattle.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Portland isn’t the only city in the region to go green for bikes. The Seattle Department of Transportation installed that city’s first green bike lanes earlier this week.

According to a press release from SDOT, green bike lanes were laid out in two locations on Tuesday (5/6) and additional locations are slated for installation today.

In an interview on KUOW radio in Seattle this morning, SDOT spokesperson Megan Hoyt emphasized that the new markings are meant, “for drivers and cyclists.”

“We are trying to raise awareness, in two ways. One for the motorists who says what is this thing green. Oh that means someone might be next to me. And also to guide bicyclists to the place we’d like them to be at the intersection.”

In the same interview, David Hiller with the Cascade Bicycle Club specifically called out Portland’s success with the green lanes:

“The experience in other cities like Portland is that it has reduced conflicts at this point because it draws special attention to the bike facility, where there are weaving and turning movements. And just knowing that when I’m out there on the street, I’m a little bit more visible, you know always puts me at more ease.”

Funds for the the project came from Seattle’s Bridging the Gap transportation levy that was passed by voters last year.

It will be interesting to see how many other cities around the country begin to adopt green bike lanes.

Audio stream of the KUOW.org segment.
More on SDOT’s green bike lane program.

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  • Paul May 9, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Those are some gnarly intersections in Seattle, it takes some real grit to ride in those.

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  • Scott Mizée May 9, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Excellent…. Spread the Green…

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  • 2GOAT May 9, 2008 at 1:08 pm


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  • ryanknapper May 9, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    They\’re taking our jorbs! I mean, lanes!

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  • a.O May 10, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I wish they had those when I was riding around Seattle!

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  • waiting for some lanes May 11, 2008 at 5:43 am

    Now we need more bike lanes. If you live in the south end of town ex \”georgetown, south park, white center.\” you can\’t find a bike lane on any major arterial.

    Its a real shame for the folk who love to ride and live on the lower duwamish

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  • crankedmag May 11, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Are Portland\’s green bike lanes made from green painted gravel like Seattle\’s are? When I was down there a couple weeks ago I didn\’t think they were. Is the gravel part of the process or is this something different or \”new\” that Seattle is attempting? Maybe they\’re not complete, but it sure seems odd so far. The bike lanes, bike boxes, and bike routes in Portland are second to none in my experience, it\’s simply paint and painted well; I\’m not sure why Seattle has trouble using what is already known to work.

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  • Donna May 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Our green bike lanes are thermoplast affixed to regular pavement. No gravel whatsoever.

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  • Pete May 12, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Note the Oregon driver crossing the lane (probably without a blinker) while looking at the cyclists in front and not noticing the rider in blue. Sigh. I\’ve become a pessimist. 🙁

    Can we please paint the bike lanes green at Murray and Allen in Beaverton? Pretty please?? I\’m tired of nearly being hit by folks using the southbound segment as a right turn lane, let alone frequent blinker-free right hooks.

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