Seattle Updating Bicycle Master Plan, Publishes Online Tools, Wants Your Input

To help further enhance cycling in Seattle, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is beginning an update of the Bicycle Master Plan.

SDOT has published an online survey and mapping tool to help Seattle cyclists participate.

Originally scheduled to be updated after five years, the Bicycle Master Plan has been effective at guiding improvements to the City’s bicycle system over the last five years, including the installation of 129 miles of bike lanes and sharrows, 98 miles of signed routes and 2,230 bike parking spaces.

An update to the plan presents an opportunity to include fast-evolving best practices and new thinking in bicycle facilities, safety, and design that will result in an even more connected bicycle network for all Seattle residents seeking to ride for recreation, shopping or commuting.

The Seattle City Council included $250,000 from the General Fund in the 2012 budget to complete the update, and provided guidance that the updated plan include neighborhood greenways and separated bicycle facilities to help to encourage more people to ride their bicycles for all trips. The updated plan will include a clear prioritization process, which will help direct where future bicycle investments occur.

“We’re so excited to see the City planning a network of safe, comfortable streets that connect us to our neighborhoods, whether we walk, drive, ride a bike, push a stroller, or move by wheelchair. The Bike Master Plan update is a critical step towards a healthier and more equitable Seattle,” says Cathy Tuttle, coordinator of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

“The 2012 Bicycle Master Plan update brings an incredible and timely opportunity to create and realize a vision for a community that bicycles, where bicycling is normal, convenient and safe for everyone,” says Chuck Ayers, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club.

To kick off the 2012 Bicycle Master Plan update, SDOT has created two new tools:

This is a great opportunity to let SDOT know how people currently use existing bicycle facilities and what residents would like to see for the future, as well as help us prioritize the issues most important to the community. The survey has been translated into six different languages – Korean, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese and Vietnamese – which are available at the same link.

“It is perfect timing to launch the Bicycle Master Plan update, as May is National Bike Month and there is a lot of energy surrounding bicycling and its consideration to make it an even more viable mode of transportation,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Chair of the Transportation Committee. “I encourage everyone living and working in Seattle will participate in the update by filling out the online survey and providing input using the mapping tool.”

SDOT will host two open houses in June to gather input for the Bicycle Master Plan Update. For more information about this project, go to http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm or send an email to: bmpupdate@seattle.gov to join the mailing list.

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