The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association Transportation (RNAT) Committee focuses on five key areas: roads, bikes, parking, buses and pedestrians. We meet at 7pm in a local bar/restaurant, usually on the 2nd Thursday of the month. See calendar on home page for specific locations.
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Roosevelt Neighborhood Association Transportation (RNAT) Committee Statement on Roosevelt Repaving and Protected Bike Lanes (PBL)
Beginning in fall 2015 Roosevelt Way NE from NE 65th St south to the University Bridge will be undergoing major changes. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) had queued up Roosevelt for resurfacing, but with light rail on the horizon and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans now in place, the decision was made to expand the project to include improvements for people in cars, buses, on sidewalks, and on bikes. The Roosevelt Repaving Project is slated to include repaving from NE 65th to the south end of the University Bridge, installing curb bulbs throughout the corridor, replacing substandard curb ramps, repairing sidewalks, consolidating bus stops, and installing a protected bike lane (PBL) from NE 65th St to the University Bridge. There is a possibility of installing energy-efficient LED street lighting.
While the changes to Roosevelt are comprehensive, the inclusion of the PBL and removal of parking on the west side of the road have drawn the most attention. The initial design of the Roosevelt repaving project included a PBL only from NE 45th St south to the U-Bridge. However, in response to concerns and engagement by the community group University Greenways SDOT worked to find funding and announced in January that the PBL would be extended to NE 65th St, along with the transit and sidewalk improvements. Although this corridor was identified in the Bike Master Plan (BMP) as having a PBL, community groups expressed concern that there was not enough public engagement before the extension was announced. Within the compressed timeline SDOT has held multiple drop-in sessions for the public, (November, January, February), canvassed businesses along the west side of Roosevelt Way, and met with neighborhood community groups, including the RNA General Meeting on February 24 and Roosevelt Business Group on March 4.
The RNAT finds a variety of pros and cons of the Roosevelt project, but supports the ultimate goal to improve the safety of the corridor for all users and upgrade infrastructure:
Safety – Bikes will be physically separated from traffic and will no longer be within the “door zone” of parked cars. Curb bulbs will help pedestrians crossing Roosevelt by shortening the crossing distance and increasing visibility to drivers. Buckled and cracked sidewalks will be replaced.
Transit – Buses will stop in the traffic lane to drop off/pick up passengers. This will slow traffic but improve speed and reliability for buses by reducing merging. Transit riders will wait on “transit islands”, allowing more space but potentially increasing the risk of pedestrian/bike collisions.
Parking – Parking will be removed along the west side of Roosevelt Way NE, with the exception of passenger load zones in front of UW Medical Center. SDOT is conducting parking studies for the neighborhood but there is no parking plan to date.
Connections – The Roosevelt PBL will improve connections between the upcoming Roosevelt and U-District light rail stations; PBLs on Ravenna Blvd and Campus Pkwy; the Burke Gilman Trail. The RNA Transportation Committee feels that the location of the PBL on Roosevelt Way was a result of outreach and community engagement during the drafting and adoption of the Bicycle Master Plan and that the time has passed for lobbying for its relocation. However, the RNAT intends to work with SDOT on mitigation strategies for parking, loading zones, and other issues arising from this project.
RNAT meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at rotating public venues. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the Transportation committee and the role of the committee chair here.