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An early stretch of Pike and Pine bike lanes are live

New protected east-west bike lanes hit downtown

Courtesy of Seattle Department of Transportation

Everything’s coming up downtown bike lanes. The protected lane on Second Avenue is currently getting a boost—and brand-new, semi-protected lanes were finished on Pike and Pine earlier this week.

The new lanes, separated by metal posts, run up Pike and Pine from Second Avenue to Eighth Avenue. In the early stages, these lanes just include the markers, bike traffic signals, and the posts, so it’s not the most protected bike lane yet.

Eventually—the city says sometime next month—the lane will include planters to help separate bikes from traffic.

Money for the project came from abandoning municipal bike share Pronto. (The city has since switched to a pilot licensing framework for private bike-share operators.)

With the Pike and Pine bike lanes in place and Second Avenue bike lanes to Denny coming by the end of the year, downtown is a little closer to starting a protected grid for bikes.

Another bike lane on Seventh Avenue is expected to stretch to Pine sometime in 2018; the Pike and Pine lanes are slated to stretch to the Broadway bike lanes in 2020.