Connect Downtown

Connect Downtown is a team of caring neighbors and people who bike working to build a network of protected bike lanes in Seattle’s Center City, which stretches from South Lake Union to Pioneer Square and from the Waterfront to the Pike-Pine neighborhood.  

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Upcoming Activities

Vision Zero Vigil & Procession 

Friday, August 28, 5-6 p.m. 

Garden of Rememberance - located at Benroya Hall, Second Avenue & University Street

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Please join us on a memorial ride to honor anniversary of Sher Kung's death and every life impacted by traffic violence. As we take steps towards making our streets safe for everyone and reach towards Vision Zero, it is important to take a moment and remember why this work is so important — people's lives depend on it. 

Center City Bike Network

The city of Seattle is starting to map a network of protected bike lanes in the Center City (South Lake Union to Pioneer Square) and completing initial design work for two miles of protected bike lanes in downtown. The team is building business and public support for building out a complete network so all people feel safe and comoftable on our downtown streets, whether they're walking, biking or driving.

1,000 People Show Support for Downtown Protected Bike Lanes

On May 7, 2015, Connect Downtown team leaders Rosalie Daggett and Lindsay Buzzo delivered 1,000 postcards in support of downtown protected bike lanes to Mayor Ed Murray at Cascade's Bike Everywhere Breakfast. Lindsay and Rosalie also created this video.

Background

Tragedy

On Friday, August 29, 2014, Sher Kung was riding to work from her Wallingford home to her job at Perkins Coie, LLP, where, as a civil rights attorney, she helped overturn the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Nearly to work, she started down Second Avenue in a bike lane long derided as the "Bike Lane of Death," because of the numerous dangerous encounters with traffic that people biking had faced. The left-side lane was narrow, sandwiched between parked cars and fast moving traffic, separated only by a thin white line, and vehicles could legally turn left across the bike lane at intersections on a green light. As Sher rolled through the intersection at University Street, a driver of a delivery truck turned left across the bike lane without sufficiently checking for people biking, killing Sher instantly.

Solution

BMP Center City PBL NetworkFrom 2011 to 2014, the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle City Council developed an update to its Bicycle Master Plan, which calls for building out a complete network of protected bike lanes, neighborhood greenways and trails to connect the city. The Bicycle Master Plan prioritizes a network of protected bike lanes in downtown, which will physically separate people biking from people driving. Once built, streets will be more predictable and safer for all people, whether they're driving, biking or walking.

Recognizing the dangers of Second Avenue, in May 2014, Mayor Ed Murray tasked SDOT with installing a protected bike lane demonstration Project on Second Avenue to illustrate how well a network of protected bike lanes will work in the rest of downtown.  SDOT moved forward on the project in record time, in just over four months.  But it was still ten days too late for Sher. 

With federal funding, SDOT is now designing and building the rest of the network of protected bike lanes in Downtown Seattle.  Two miles of the network will be fully designed by the end of October 2015, with construction in 2016. The rest of the network will be brought up to a 30 percent design level by March 2016. Learn more on SDOT's Center City Bike Network Project webpage >>

Us

Transforming streets downtown will not be easy. Businesses and commuters have adapted to the streets' status quo, and changing their behaviors and perspectives will require careful planning and design and great organize to communicate the benefits of a better bikeway network.

With nearly 300 members, Connect Downtown is a team of caring neighbors building the necessary public and business support for the network of protected bike lanes in Downtown Seattle. We know if we work together, we can do it.

Now

The first public open house for the Center City Bike Network will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 5-7 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle.

Attend and show your support. RSVP >>