Everett Becoming More Bike Friendly

The City of Everett continues to make the city more bike friendly. As part of the recent replacement of the bridge on Broadway over the railroad tracks between Hewitt and California the city added a new signal for cyclists. Meghan Pembroke from the City of Everett explains the latest improvements…

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A look at the bike lane Eastbound California at Broadway.

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Now bike riders won’t be stranded waiting for a car to trip the light.

California Street from West Marine View Drive to Interstate 5 is a lower volume east-west route that travels through downtown. It is identified in Everett’s Downtown Plan and Everett’s Bicycle Master Plan as a proposed east-west bicycle transportation corridor. The new traffic signal provides a means of crossing Broadway which is currently a barrier to bicycle traffic, and creates a safer bicycle route in and out of downtown. As California Street is upgraded over the coming years bike lanes (or other bike facilities) will be added in a similar fashion to what has been done on Hoyt Avenue through the downtown.

Before the new traffic signal was constructed at California Street & Broadway, all east/west traffic was already required to turn right (including bikes). Pedestrians were allowed to cross Broadway there, but without the benefit of a traffic signal.

The new traffic signal has dedicated east-west channelization for bikes. Vehicles approaching Broadway must turn right, just as they were required to do before the project. Bikes are channelized to a protected area formed by raised medians near the center of the street while cars are directed toward the right turn only curb lane. Bikes will be detected by the traffic signal via loops in the pavement and/or a push button in the median. When the east/west signals turn green, bikes can cross Broadway (or turn onto Broadway) while cars can only turn right. Pedestrians can also cross Broadway under signal control using the pushbuttons.

You can click here to see the city’s proposed bicycle master plan.

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