Consistent with long-term plans, the city began installing bikeways downtown to make streets safer in Bellevue's busiest neighborhood. Bikeways are designated spaces for people bicycling, separated from motor vehicle traffic using striping or physical barriers.
NE 12th Street Multipurpose Path
The 2009 Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan identifies NE 12th Street as a bicycle priority corridor, connecting Downtown to BelRed and Overlake. A wide multipurpose path already exists on the bridge over I-405 between 112th Avenue NE and 116th Avenue NE. Two roadway improvement projects opening in late 2020 will extend that path east along NE Spring Boulevard to 124th Avenue NE.
A separate project, funded by the Downtown Transportation Plan Implementation Program, will build a 12-foot wide multipurpose path with a 5-foot planter strip along the north side of NE 12th Street between 108th Avenue NE and 112th Avenue NE.
Main Street Bikeway
This project installed new bike lanes along several blocks of Main Street, extending existing bike lanes from 105th to 108th Avenue. The lanes now connect the shops and restaurants of Old Bellevue to the offices, residences, transit center and Bellevue High School along the 108th Avenue Bikeway. Installation was completed in early October 2019.
108th Avenue Bikeway
This project completed the first bikeway through the heart of downtown, providing a safer and more comfortable route for people to bike in Bellevue's busiest neighborhood. The bikeway connects to the Bellevue Transit Center and links the Interstate 90 and SR 520 regional trails.
In summer 2020, the 108th Avenue NE Complete Street project will construct mobility improvements from south of Main Street to NE 12th Street. These improvements will make it safer and more convenient for people walking, bicycling, riding transit, and driving on this busy street. Improvements to the bikeway include making the bike lanes continuous, adding separate bike signals, adding more curbs, flexible posts, and planter boxes, and constructing a raised bikeway through some busy driveways.
The bikeway on 108th Avenue NE was installed as a demonstration in July 2018 (video). A before-and-after study was conducted to assess outcomes for people bicycling, walking, driving, using transit, and transporting goods. The following reports provide insights into community outcomes related to the topics of safety, efficiency, and livability.
Following the assessment, the City Council concurred with the Transportation Commission's determination to retain and refine the bikeway. Refinements will further improve safety for people bicycling and are planned for implementation in 2020. Both the demonstration and planned refinements are funded by the Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity, and Congestion Levy.
108th Avenue NE outreach materials
- 108th Avenue Complete Street Project Fact Sheet (January 2020)
- Project Assessment: Online questionnaire results by Question / Results Raw Data (November 2018)
- Construction Ahead Flyer for bus island platform (November 2018)
- Grand Opening Celebration Flyer with event details (July 2018)
- Construction Ahead Flyer (June 2018)
- Project Flyer with details and map (May 2018)
- Loading Zones Flyer with information about changes to parking, passenger load/unloading, and freight delivery (May 2018)
- Transportation Commission Agenda Memo with info about the project evaluation plan (April 2018)
- City Council Agenda Memo with a summary of the planning process (February 2018)
- Downtown Demonstration Bikeway Brochure with info about the project's purpose, community engagement process, and benefits and tradeoffs (February 2018)
- Project Planning: Online questionnaire results by Question / Results Raw Data(January 2018)
- Open House Materials: Presentation, Keypad Polling Results, and Boards (see Document Library) (November 2017)