Reminder: Citywide bicycle lane improvements topic of Feb. 24 public meeting

Photo courtesy City of Edmonds

The City of Edmonds and its design consultant, Blueline, Inc, have been collecting user data and generating design alternatives for installation of bicycle lanes at various locations within Edmonds. The design team will be presenting this information to residents in various formats — including an interactive, web-based map — and has scheduled a public meeting to be held by video conference at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The meeting can be accessed at this link.

The interactive project map for bicycle lanes is based on the City’s GIS platform. Anyone interested in the project can navigate to any spot and toggle the various design options to see how each one would impact accessibility and parking. Users can then submit feedback via the website to let city staff know which option they prefer and why.

City engineering staff and Blueline representatives will be on hand to answer questions during the meeting and take comments from anyone with an interest in the project. Interested parties are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time by emailing bikelanes@edmondswa.gov.

The interactive map and public meeting details can be accessed at the project website: bikelanes.edmondswa.gov.

Contact Ryan Hague at 425-771-0220 or by email at ryan.hague@edmondswa.gov if you have questions about the project or if you are unable to access the online information or attend the online public meeting

If you have difficulty understanding English, you may request free language assistance services for this project information.

13 Replies to “Reminder: Citywide bicycle lane improvements topic of Feb. 24 public meeting”

  1. I live on walnut st and we’re one of the few houses with no driveway. There’s only room for one car in the back alley. I have to park my car out front on walnut st. Will that be an issue with the bike lanes? People who visit will have to park there as well since there is no driveway.

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  2. I really enjoy biking in Edmonds but find it very dangerous. I try to ride on the sidewalks but they are too narrow for biking, dog walking, baby strollers, and garbage cans. Riding in the street is very difficult because of the parked cars. It would be wonderful to find a plan that safely worked for bikers as well as others.

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  3. I would love to see how many actual regular bike riders from Edmonds are riding bikes. I would also like to see how many months out of the year weather permitting they can ride? Olympic View Drive is very dangerous for bike riders and most bikers never follow the laws.
    Is this the best idea for Edmonds monies spent?

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  4. Do NOT take away any more parking.
    Do NOT disrupt traffic.
    Edmonds is a very walkable city. Bikes should not interfere with this.

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  5. I live in Edmonds and I ride year round. In January (last month) I recorded over 200 miles of biking in the area despite the cold and rain, and in summer months that rises to more than double that on a monthly basis. Biking is good for our community. It lowers vehicular congestion noise and pollution, reduces our carbon footprint, and improves our health. It is easy to say things like “most bikers never follow the laws”, but we need data-driven decisions. Of course some bikers don’t respect traffic laws, just as many drivers roll through stop signs, speed, and engage in other dangerous behavior. Investment in better cycling infrastructure is almost always a net positive for communities. See: https://www.sehinc.com/news/why-your-community-should-invest-bicycle-and-pedestrian-infrastructure

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  6. There is definitely a massive benefit to this project. With 9th Ave usually around 90-95% empty of parked cars, this would add much needed safety to the area while not impacting parking in that area at all. If you also consider the benefits this has on Downtown/light rail parking, PLUS the fact that construction is already 100% paid for from Sound Transit, this project is a Win-Win-Win-Win.

    Rarely do we get a project that has so many benefits with almost no downsides. As long as people put in their voices to have at least 50% parking on the roads affected, Edmonds stands to benefit greatly from this project.

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  7. Hello Edmonds City Council & Mayor –

    Elimination of all parking on 9th Ave S and Walnut/Bowdoin is absolutely ridiculous. Where are people who come to visit residents who live on these streets supposed to park?

    9th in particular is a main thoroughfare for Edmonds. Many people use this road daily to drive to the local shopping areas, and to access other main thoroughfares in the city such as Edmonds Way/SR104, Main Street, etc.

    Let’s be completely honest here. How many people actually access these roads on a regular basis on their bike? I have traveled all of these roads for more than 30 years on almost a daily basis (pre-covid), and there just are not enough bike riders to justify such major changes. You are going out of your way to benefit the few, and punish the many. This makes absolutely NO SENSE!!

    You received a grant. This does not mean you have to make drastic changes just to spend money for the sake of spending money. Have you actually done a study to see how many people will truly use these bike lanes on a regular basis? I can tell you that with the recent addition of bike lanes in other areas (220th and 76th Avenue) I have seen very little usage on a regular basis of these designated bike lanes.

    Use some common sense for a change, and save the majority of your citizens a lot of frustration and anger by not completely eliminating parking on these roads. And, if you truly want to make 9th in particular a SAFER thoroughfare for all, add DESIGNATED TURN LANES!

    I have a very hard time wrapping my head around how the city council and mayor run our city. Please impress me for once, and make a sound decision.

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  8. This is a very high traffic road now. The reason there are no cars parked there is because years ago the city new it was dangerous and people would leave there car there with a for sale sign on it. The wait time now to get onto 9th Ave is incredible. When they put in the other huge apartment building at Bartells area it will double again.. Now you want to add bicycles lanes. Oh it’s free to us? Nothing is free. We will then need to put in multiple traffic. lighting. Because the traffic will be too great. Nothing is free…

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  9. I don’t understand the mantra “Biking is good for our community. It lowers vehicular congestion noise and pollution, reduces our carbon footprint, and improves our health.” Bike lanes slow down traffic and increase vehicular congestion and noise pollution; biking doesn’t reduce carbon footprint – how many of us can really bike to work, the grocery store, to our friends and family, to the airport or the dentist? If biking improves health, explain why according to the CDC their are over 500,000 emergency room visits per year in the U.S. from biking accidents. Ironically that is six times then number of emergency room visits from gunshot wounds. If you want to ride your bike, I am all for that. But please don’t take away our on-street parking and our turn lanes, choking our auto traffic, and hurting the economic viability of Edmonds.

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    1. “Biking doesn’t reduce carbon footprint” is false on the face of it. Many of us do use our bikes daily. For years I commuted to work every day year round until I retired 3 years ago. I still regularly bike on errands, including the grocery story, coffee and visiting friends, and there are many like me. Every time one of us rides for an errand is one less car on the road, one less vehicle emitting carbon into the atmosphere. It is quite shocking to think someone believes biking doesn’t reduce our carbon footprint–biking is carbon free. But you are right about one thing, there are far too many injuries to both bikers and pedestrians, which is exactly why we need better biking and pedestrian infrastructure. Thank you for making that point. In the 21st century more people are looking for creative low-impact healthy transportation. Let’s not fall behind.

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      1. “Better biking and pedestrian infrastructure” is the issue here. The planned lanes on 9th and Bowdoin will not be safe enough for families, casual bikers, to use regularly. Bike riding for any purpose in front of the QFC parking lot is unsafe and should not be encouraged.

        I think the grant should be spent completing the missing link of the Interurban Trail, across SR104 to connect Snohomish County with King County. The trail gets a lot of use by walkers and bikers but the lack of a protected crossing of SR 104 prevents many people from heading south.

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      2. This is more of a 19th century solution. The percentage of people riding their bicycles to a Sound Transit hub is going to be very very low. This solution does nothing for pedestrian safety, and with no clear evidence of safer biking.

        Taking out parking spots is not going to save the planet from carbon annihilation. Give me a break.

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  10. When bike lanes choke traffic and slow things down, forcing automobile engines to operate at suboptimal conditions in stop and go traffic, automobiles stay on the road longer and that actually increases carbon emissions. For the luck few who can bike to work and stores, I am happy for you. But the vast majority of us cannot do that. Our work and other things we do are too far away for a bike ride. Some of us cannot ride for health reasons. Some won’t ride because its not really safe. Bike lanes that eliminate parking and lead to traffic calming, a euphemism for traffic choking will stifle economic growth. The idea that eliminating parking spaces and adding bike lanes can significantly improve safety for a sport that puts over half a million American’s in the hospital every year is an illusion. It is sad that our government actually encourages us to put ourselves in harms way. Its a purely ideological position, a utopian vision, not grounded in fact or reality. If you want to ride your bike I’m all for it, but don’t turn our world upside down to accommodate your idea of how the world should be and how we should live.

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