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Parking, bike lane saga continues at open house Tuesday

August 23rd, 2012 by master

Have you made your opinion known about the addition of bike lanes/elimination of parking on Roosevelt Way Northeast?


Presentation from Seattle Department of Transportation including comments from the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board.

A second open house is planned from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., giving you one more opportunity to learn more about the current plans by the Seattle Department of Transportation and lodge your support/complaint of the proposal.

Summary of proposed changes from the news release:

  • On-street parking would be restricted all day (“No parking anytime”) on the west side of Roosevelt Way NE from NE 75th Street to NE 85th Street
  • 13 parking spaces would be restricted (“No parking anytime”) on the east side of Roosevelt Way NE near NE 75th Street and NE 80th Street to improve traffic signal operations
  • 71 parking spaces would be retained on the east side of Roosevelt (which is more than enough to accommodate the peak demand for on-street parking).
  • A dedicated bicycle lane would be added in the uphill (northbound) direction so that slower moving people on bicycles do not hold up traffic.
  • Shared lane markings (sharrows) would be installed in the downhill (southbound) direction
  • The new parking lane on the east side of the street would be wider than the current parking lanes
  • The new bicycle lane would also serve as a buffer between parked cars and cars traveling on the street

Here are a few issues the Maple Leaf Community Council has with the current proposal:

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Hey! Where'd my lane go (on Roosevelt and Fifth N.E.)?

March 3rd, 2011 by Mike

In casual conversations about the neighborhood over the past few weeks one topic kept coming up. Often. And with feeling.

It wasn’t about crime in the neighborhood, nor about whether we should or should not acknowledge crime in the neighborhood.

It wasn’t about snow, or lack thereof.

It wasn’t even about neighborhood chickens (though expect more chicken updates soon).

It’s about the maddening fact that the yellow center line on Roosevelt Way Northeast is no longer a straight line, but abruptly jogs a couple of feet to one side as you’re driving along.

The effect is that you can drive in a straight line, and suddenly wonder: “Who moved my lane?” You’re something like a third of the way into the oncoming lane.

It’s most obvious between Northeast 85th and Northeast 89th streets, with another bobble at Northeast 92nd Street. (It’s also maddeningly hard to take a photo of.)

People are telling us they feel downright unsafe, and wondering why this happened. The situation is similar on Fifth Avenue Northeast, especially between Northeast 89th and 91st streets.

We remembered it’s related to the bike lane/parking issue on Roosevelt. A couple days ago we asked the city specifically about the yellow strips. Here’s the response, from Carol McMahan, of the transportation department.

We have plans to make adjustments to the tapers on Roosevelt Way NE at NE 85th Street, NE 89th Street, NE 92nd Street and on 5th Avenue NE at NE 89th Street and NE 91st Street to assist drivers in making these transitions. This work should be done later this spring as the weather improves and we get back into our painting season.

These shifts in the centerline were installed to accommodate the new uphill climbing lanes that have been installed for bicyclists on these two roadways. Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions or concerns about the bike facilities.

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Hey! Where’d my lane go (on Roosevelt and Fifth N.E.)?

March 3rd, 2011 by Mike

In casual conversations about the neighborhood over the past few weeks one topic kept coming up. Often. And with feeling.

It wasn’t about crime in the neighborhood, nor about whether we should or should not acknowledge crime in the neighborhood.

It wasn’t about snow, or lack thereof.

It wasn’t even about neighborhood chickens (though expect more chicken updates soon).

It’s about the maddening fact that the yellow center line on Roosevelt Way Northeast is no longer a straight line, but abruptly jogs a couple of feet to one side as you’re driving along.

The effect is that you can drive in a straight line, and suddenly wonder: “Who moved my lane?” You’re something like a third of the way into the oncoming lane.

It’s most obvious between Northeast 85th and Northeast 89th streets, with another bobble at Northeast 92nd Street. (It’s also maddeningly hard to take a photo of.)

People are telling us they feel downright unsafe, and wondering why this happened. The situation is similar on Fifth Avenue Northeast, especially between Northeast 89th and 91st streets.

We remembered it’s related to the bike lane/parking issue on Roosevelt. A couple days ago we asked the city specifically about the yellow strips. Here’s the response, from Carol McMahan, of the transportation department.

We have plans to make adjustments to the tapers on Roosevelt Way NE at NE 85th Street, NE 89th Street, NE 92nd Street and on 5th Avenue NE at NE 89th Street and NE 91st Street to assist drivers in making these transitions. This work should be done later this spring as the weather improves and we get back into our painting season.

These shifts in the centerline were installed to accommodate the new uphill climbing lanes that have been installed for bicyclists on these two roadways. Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions or concerns about the bike facilities.

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