The Transportation Department celebrated the opening of the Demonstration Bikeway on July 31, 2018 (video). It provides a safer and more comfortable route for people to bike north-south in Bellevue's busiest neighborhood. The bikeway is on 108th Avenue Northeast, from Main Street to Northeast 12th Street.
The project is funded by the Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy, which was approved by voters in 2016. The project installed:
- Separated bike lanes on both sides along most of the street. Lane dividers include painted buffer areas, temporary curbs and posts, and planter boxes.
- Striped bike lanes in narrow road segments, such as intersection approaches at NE 4th, 6th, and 10th Street, and shared lane markings at two existing median islands where the road is too narrow for bike lanes.
- Additional bike safety improvements including green pavement markings highlighting mixing areas between bikes and cars, such as turn lanes and high-traffic driveways.
A before-and-after study was conducted to assess the outcomes of this project for all street users, including people bicycling, walking, driving, using transit, and transporting goods, based on data and community engagement. The following reports provide insights into community outcomes related to the topics of safety, efficiency, and livability.
- Downtown Demonstration Bikeway Assessment Report (final version, May 2019)
- Technical Appendix (final version, May 2019)
- 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)