We need a connected bicycle network so no matter your age or ability, you can bike to where you need to go. But there are very few opportunities to build essential direct cross-city routes. A protected, separated bike lane on NE 65th Street is one of those few opportunities for an east-west route, connecting Green Lake to Magnuson Park.
Right now, there's a real risk the NE 65th Street protected bike lane could be removed from Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan. We must make sure Seattle continues to plan on building it.
Let the Mayor know that NE 65th Street is important for you.
That's why I really appreciate that the Seattle Department of Transportation has designated NE 65th Street for a protected, separated bike lane as part of the Bicycle Master Plan update.
NE 65th Street is one of those few opportunities for an east-west route, connecting Green Lake to Magnuson Park. And eventually, a neighborhood greenway on on 78th or 83rd will provide a seamless connection all the way to the ridge of Golden Gardens.
I understand that the design of the bikeway along NE 65th Street may necessarily be adapted block-by-block in order to reflect different circumstances, such as local business districts and crossing major arterials. But it's important that the City establish NE 65th as a high priority for a cross-city connection, ultimately connecting Lake Washington with the Puget Sound.
Please keep the the protected, separated bike lane on NE 65th Street stays in the Bicycle Master Plan update.