Has anyone been on it? They've been working on it forever and today I saw bikes on it! If you haven't seen it, it is a completely separate lane with a curb in between it and the road. I believe it's marked for both northbound and southbound cyclists. I'm not a fan of some bike "lanes" (sharrows and green boxes come to mind) but this is pretty nice.
NBR, Interurban trail north of 130th(17 posts)
I haven't been on it, but I saw it on the news last night, looks like a good deal.
I would suppose if you joggers/runners/bikers could see and avoid oncoming joggers/runners/bikers, it's a win/win/win. lol.
I do like separating any joggers/runners/bikers from traffic whenever possible, especially if you've got a parked car barrier, instead of a parked car death trap.
I wish Seattle (smart as it is) could figure this out.
Not holding my breath, fwiw.
you wish Seattle could figure this out?
I'm pretty sure they already know what's best (separating different modes of traffic), but this is usually ridiculously expensive and/or impossible with existing infrastructure.
the sharrows and green boxes are dirt cheap. every road engineer knows full well they aren't ideal but you would all be complaining about the cost if they did it right.
I have not ridden on this new stretch of Interurban. I have ridden the old Interurban out to north of Lynnwood though. Very hard to find the trail in some places. so hard I created some directions and put them on my website. I haven't updated it recently as it's been a few years since I have ridden up north so maybe it's better than it was. The big issue was the poor signage around 205th as you loose the trail for a few blocks.
"you wish Seattle could figure this out?"
Yes, I do, (smart as it is)it manages to be incredibly stupid.
If I was King of stupidity, I'd put everyone inside of all parked cars, and pretend that all cars are always parked (raking in the dough). If someone gets clobbered in my little roller-derby of fun, I'd blame the car that isn't parked.
Welcome to your genius, at least GI would make me King.
Is this the stretch on Linden just before the nice offroad path section?
I've tried to ride up north but past Costco (205th? And I heard it goes as far as Everett?) I can't figure it out.
It actually starts right when the MUT goes onto the road just before 130th. It goes up to 145th where the MUT starts back up.
I don't ride anymore, at least not recently, so I have no problem running on the sidewalk or by the side of the road. That was always a really sketchy area to ride though, there was an almost 1 mile stretch of bumpy, narrow road without much of a shoulder. I'm glad to see it. If we're going to make bike lanes, might as well do them right!
teigyr - Thanks for the info. I have to ride up there and check it out. That part of Linden Ave. was a very tricky part of the ride north.
FYI here are the links to the King County bike map and the Snohomish County bike map.
The part that is tricky is when you get to 200th on the KC side (just South of Aurora Village) you have to get on the street and ride the bike lane up to Meridian and then take a left and ride in traffic over the county line and continue on 76th up to 226th then there is a trail sign, round sign with an arrow and Interurban Trail on it.
I believe the county has improved some sections since those maps were created.
The Interurban connection north of WA-104/Ballinger Way is much better than it used to be. Instead of staying on 76th all the way up to 228th, you can now cut in 10 blocks farther south at 'Lake Ballinger Station.'
gem - thanks for posting that link. I need to take a ride up there soon, I haven't been up that way since last year!
Thanks, gcm. VB, when you get to Meridian, you can cross the street and there's a paved multi-use trail through the woods up to the next traffic light, so you don't have to ride in traffic at least for that first block heading north.
I'm also looking forward to riding up there again.
Very nice, I might have to try it too.
Mondoman - I know of that trail but every time I have ridden up that way I have been going to work at a CBC event and have been in a bit of a hurry. Meridian has a good slope down to the intersection and a bike lane so I never tried the trail. One day I will ride it for fun and check that trail out.
The redesign of Linden Ave between 128th and 145th won't be complete until Summer 2013. Currently, the street is all torn up from 130th to 135th. They've been working on it in non-contiguous segments since July. North of 135th, you can see the bones of what it will be like and it should be pretty nice; wide sidewalks separated from the two-way bike lane which is separated from the car lanes and with clearly designated parking areas. I don't think there is signage yet for the bike lanes, I see cars parked in them sometimes, but I am sure that is coming along with new trees and street lights. Pretty fancy for the far north! Look Ma, sidewalks on both sides of the street! As I live and breathe!!
They'll have to start calling themselves hillWilliams.
Yeah the street is torn up, I thought the curbs were up on the bike lanes though? I could be wrong, I tend to run on the other side of the street. I know it's good up to 130th and then closer to 145th. It's kind of funny to see the cars parked against the curb so it's car lane, parked car/curb, separated bike lane, then curb/sidewalk.
And sidewalks? That newish one on 125th is lovely. It's wide AND there is artwork that isn't graffiti.
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