10/08/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/08/2021 13:46
The new 4th Ave protected bike lane downtown is now complete and open to riders! We invite you to take a ride.
4th Ave now has a 2-way protected bike lane on the west side of the street between Vine St and Yesler Way! This is a big step forward in advancing our City Center Bike Network, with connections to surrounding neighborhoods such as Uptown, Capitol Hill, and Beacon Hill.
Protected bike lanes make biking a more viable transportation option for our "willing but wary" riders who enjoy biking but don't feel as comfortable biking alongside traffic. This new route along 4th Ave creates another north/south downtown option alongside the existing 2nd Ave protected bike lane reach important destinations without having to climb hills.
The 4th Ave Mobility Improvements project contributes to the City's Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. The protected bike lane not only separates people biking from moving vehicles, it separates the signal phases for all users, meaning drivers won't need to yield across people walking and biking to make left turns. This change will help reduce collisions and make the walking, biking, and driving experience more comfortable and predictable.
This project was made possible with tax dollars from the Levy to Move Seattle. Thank you, Seattle, for helping make this protected bike lane a reality!
Thanks to your tax dollars at work, you can now ride all the way from Belltown to the Pioneer Square light rail station with the completion of the 4th Ave protected bike lane. It all connects to a broader network of city bike routes connecting people north to the Burke Gilman Trail, east to Capitol Hill, and south to Beacon Hill. See these and all bike routes on our map.
See below for a map of the new 4th Ave protected bike lane and other bicycle routes in and around downtown Seattle:
4th Ave is home to a wide range of destinations like Westlake Park, the Central Library, City Hall, and major office towers and residential buildings that are now easier to access via bike.
To get a better feel for the route, join us on a quick virtual photo tour!
Below, we travel southbound along 4th Ave - starting at Vine St in Belltown, continuing through downtown Seattle, and ending at Seattle City Hall, near where the route connects to the 2nd Ave protected bike lane via Yesler Way.
Friendly reminders for people biking on 4th Ave, and everywhere else!:
Once again, we hope you can use this new route soon and take it get where you need to go - be it traveling to work, running errands, or just enjoying a fun ride to grab a cup of coffee or meet up with a friend.
Please let us know if you have any questions. You can find more info on the project webpage.
Thank you again for making this project a reality through the Levy to Move Seattle.