Why we're excited for safer streets in Green Lake and Wallingford

The City of Seattle is planning a paving project for major arterial streets in Green Lake and Wallingford, to be completed in 2019. At the same time, the City will improve bus stops, add new traffic signals, and upgrade the bikeways to what is set-out in the Bicycle Master Plan.

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The City is currently about two-thirds of the way through its planning work for the project.  Here's what the City's plan would do:

  • Create new bus bulbs for easier & quicker bus loading at the bus stops along Green Lake Drive N East Green Lake Drive N, from Aurora Avenue N to NE Ravenna Boulevard.
  • Add three new traffic traffic signals near Duke's Chowder at the north end of the lake, near the Pitch & Putt at the south end of the lake, and at N 52nd Street.
  • Upgrade the existing two bike lanes on Green Lake Drive N from Aurora Avenue N to the north end of Green Lake Park with a three-foot buffer and plastic posts.
  • Change the current two bike lanes on East Green Lake Drive/Way N around Green Lake Park to a single, two-way protected bike lane directly adjacent the park.  The two-way protected bike lane would extend south on Green Lake Way N from the Pitch & Putt to N 52nd Street
  • Upgrade the existing two bike lanes on Green Lake Way N and Stone Way N from N 52nd Street to 45th Street with a three-foot buffer and plastic posts.
  • Add an uphill protected bike lane and downhill "sharrow" markings to N 40th Street.

As a group dedicated to safer streets in our neighborhoods, we are excited for the City's planned improvements. Here's why.