Councilmember Mike O’Brien introduced Resolution #312826 and his committee, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee, passed it 5-0 yesterday.
“With Wednesday’s committee meeting, we’re reaffirming our commitment to establishing a connected, protected bicycle lane network in downtown Seattle,” said O’Brien in a press release. “We’re also committing Seattle to achieving zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. Given what’s at stake, it’s too expensive not to make more investments in completing the network for all to utilize and enjoy.”
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Clup helped organized a big turnout at Wednesday’s hearing. Joel Sisolak from the EcoDistrict testified on behalf of the Resolution and specifically the connection of downtown to Capitol Hill via a protected bike lane in Pike-Pine.
“In the past 18 months, I’ve been in two separate bike accidents commuting to Capitol Hill,” Sisolak said. “I’m deeply invested in Vision Zero and seeing the bike network completed on the Hill.”
Sisolak also noted that as sustainability advocates for Capitol Hill and as a member of the Community Package Coalition that helped negotiate community benefits from the Washington State Convention Center expansion, the EcoDistrict is a staunch advocate of well designed bike infrastructure for Pike Pine.
Bike lanes need to work for all stakeholders, including people who would choose to bike if it were safer. Capitol Hill Housing and the EcoDistrict are committed to working with SDOT, Central Seattle Greenways and other community interests to ensure that our business community and all users of the Pike-Pine corridor have a say in how these lanes are designed so that their implementation is successful and the lanes are well and safely used.
O’Brien was joined in passing the Resolution by Councilmembers Johnson, Sawant, Bagshaw and Gonzalez. A vote of the full Council is expected July 30th.