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Personally I’m a huge fan of these bike lanes. Long overdue. However, I’m a little confused by the design. I feel like whoever designs bikes lines for SDOT has never ridden a bike. It seem like the eastbound lane should be the one designated as the bike lane for a couple reasons. 1 – Traveling east on shilshole, you can see they put in temporary painted lines for bikes to continue onto 45th but not cars. This makes sense, but I don’t understand at what point is it safe to cross over into the bike lane? It seems strange to have to do that and sometimes I don’t see cars who race up behind me before I cross over. I realize they’re not done with this section, but I don’t logically see a good spot to cross over regardless. 2 – When I get over to Freddies, I have to cross back in front of the eastbound traffic. I’ve run into some confusion with drivers when we arrive at the intersection at the same time. If the bike lanes were the eastbound lane, the entrance on the BG would cause less interaction with cars. Plus I also think this would benefit cars leaving Freddies. I see the stoplight at 46th getting backed up with cars. If cars were allowed to travel westbound instead of eastbound on 45th it would alleviate some of that backup.
So if someone has some insight why they chose the westbound lanes instead of eastbound for bike, I’d love to know.