Mayor Nichols announced a new bicycle master plan for the City of Seattle. Nichols is hoping the new paths and bike lanes will encourage many Seattleites to bike to work, potentially tripling the number of bicycle commuter trips per day from 6,000 to 18,000. The new and improved lanes are one of the strategies to help offset traffic issues when the viaduct is closed.
The City has allocated $3 million per year over 9 years, or $27 million total, from the voter-passed, nine-year "Bridging the Gap" property-tax levy for transportation. The total cost to implement this plan over 10 years is about $240 million (in 2007 dollars), a financially responsible investment in transportation.
The Plan details the addition of more than 133 miles of new bicycle facilities within the next three years and a 450-mile network of bicycle facilities within the next ten years. This would mean that the majority of Seattle residents would be within one-quarter mile of a bicycle facility.
For detailed information about the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, check here.