SDOT to convert one lane of Aurora Ave N along Green Lake to new bike lane

One lane of Aurora Ave N next to Green Lake will be turned into a bike lane.

The Seattle Department of Transportation made the decision to convert the lane to a bike lane after community feedback.

The lane conversion is part of the Green Lake Outer Loop project, which will complete the outer biking path around Green Lake Park. The outer loop connects to the new bike lanes that SDOT completed in 2021 around the northern, eastern, and southern outer edges of the park.

“Green Lake is a regional gem enjoyed by thousands of people daily including myself,” SDOT Interim Director Greg Spotts said in a statement.

“The new outer loop design was co-created with the community. The project will improve the park experience by repurposing a lane of Aurora Ave N into an active space for people to enjoy. While we have more work to do to improve safety along the rest of Aurora Ave N, we expect this project to lead to safer speeds near Green Lake.”

Funding for the project comes from the Levy to Move Seattle and SDOT’s Vision Zero Program, which SDOT says prioritized this project due to its safety benefits and potential to address recent collisions that have occurred in this area.

Construction starts this month, and SDOT expects it to be complete by December.

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