Consistent with long-term plans, the city recently began installing bikeways in downtown to make streets safer in Bellevue's busiest neighborhood. Bikeways are designated spaces for people bicycling, distinct from motor vehicle traffic, including striped, buffered and physically separated bike lanes.
Main Street Bikeway
Work to start soon: Restriping and other work to install the Main Street Bikeway, from 105th to 108th avenue, tentatively has been rescheduled to take place on Monday, Sept. 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 1, weather permitting. More information is available on a project flyer.
The 2009 Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan identifies Main Street as a bicycle priority corridor and part of the Lake to Lake Trail. In May 2019, the City Council directed the Transportation Commission to evaluate alternatives for a potential Main Street bikeway project to provide an east-west route that connects to the 108th Avenue Bikeway and builds towards the long-term plan for the corridor. At a special meeting in July 2019, the Transportation Commission voted unanimously to extend the existing bike lanes along Main Street from Bellevue Way through 108th Avenue.
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 most bustling neighborhood. The bikeway connects to the Bellevue Transit Center and links the Interstate 90 and SR 520 regional trails.
The project was installed as a demonstration in July 2018. Following a robust before-and-after 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 2019 and 2020. Both the demonstration and planned refinements are funded by the Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity, and Congestion Levy.
The Transportation Department celebrated the opening of the Demonstration Bikeway 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.
- 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)