Downtown Demonstration Bikeway

The Transportation Department is working to make downtown Bellevue a safe and comfortable place for people to bike. As part of this effort, department staff are exploring the possibility of installing the first high-comfort bikeway in downtown as a pilot project in 2018.

Community Engagement

To get feedback from people who live, work or visit downtown, a survey was available online, three downtown "pop-up" events were held in Compass Plaza, and an open house was held at City Hall.

Online Survey

More than 1,200 people responded to the online survey, available from Nov. 10, 2017, through Jan. 1, 2018. The survey asked the public for help selecting the preferred street and developing a design that balances community priorities. Results are available in Microsoft Excel (.xlsx) format at the following two links:

Results by Question
Results Raw Data

Open House

An open house was held on Nov. 30 from 5–7 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall to provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the candidate projects and voice their perspectives directly to city leaders and staff. Attendees participated in keypad polling, added post-it note comments to maps and illustrations of design concepts, provided personal photo messages, and completed comment cards. Materials prepared by staff for display and discussion at the event are available in the Document Library and Public Involvement sections of this webpage.

Project Overview

Several bicycle projects completed in 2017 and others coming in 2018 provide improved connections to downtown for people on bikes. Using flexible and low-cost treatments, the downtown demonstration project would provide a real-world opportunity to evaluate how the latest bikeway design concepts function in Bellevue. Four streets are candidates for the pilot project: 106th Ave NE, 108th Ave NE, Main St, and NE 2nd St.

Downtown Demonstration Bikeway Candidate Corridors Map

Each candidate project offers its own set of benefits and challenges. We recognize that introducing a new bicycle facility on any of these streets will involve tradeoffs — but so does providing no accommodations for people to bike safely. For example:

  • It may be possible to create a protected bikeway along most of a corridor, but portions may be impacted by construction activity.
  • It may be necessary to repurpose travel lanes, turn lanes, or on-street parking along some of the candidate project streets, while on others it may be possible to add new on-street parking. 
  • Installing new bike lanes may increase auto travel time through some intersections. But providing no bike lanes has left downtown Bellevue an unwelcoming place to bike. Some people ride on sidewalks or avoid bicycling altogether.

If implemented, the demonstration is expected to be in place for at least several months, from mid-2018 through early 2019. A before-and-after study will be conducted to assess how the project impacts travel for all street users, local businesses and others in the community.

Outcomes will be monitored and minor adjustments will be made after installation as needed to improve operations. If approved, more permanent upgrades could be applied in the future, including permanent pavement markings, more robust forms of bike lane separation, and curb modifications. This demonstration could help guide future downtown bicycle improvements.


Franz Loewenherz




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