Green Lake’s new outer loop bike path opens Friday morning

The new outer loop at Green Lake will be open this Friday, Nov. 4.

SDOT says the Green Lake outer loop is opening with a few temporary safety and separation measures in place. There will be temporary orange barrels along W Green Lake Way N and W Green Lake Dr N separating the bike lane from the vehicle lane until SDOT replaces them with permanent concrete curbs as soon as next week.

There may be some temporary intermittent reroutes during the day for the next week or so as SDOT finishes the installation.

The Levy to Move Seattle and Vision Zero Program funded the outer loop project in response to recent collisions in the area. “As we continue to re-envision Aurora Ave N, the completion of the Green Lake Outer Loop project is an exciting achievement of transforming street area into a people-focused space that connects neighborhoods and provides more transportation options for the community,” SDOT wrote in a statement about the new bike path.

Green Lake inner loop reopens to wheeled users

In other Green Lake news, the inner loop has reopened to users on bikes, rollerblades, scooters, and skateboards.

Seattle Parks and Recreation restricted wheeled users during the City’s emergency pandemic orders. Now that the outer loop is complete and the city’s COVID health orders repealed, the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners recommended a return to the historic use of the 2.8 shared use path.

Seattle Parks says the inner loop is designed as a place for “slow recreational use.” The speed limit on the inner loop is 10 mph.

Photos: SDOT