FAQ Topic: Rainier Avenue Paving and Traffic Calming

Why is the proposed design safest for cyclists of all ages and abilities?

Studies show that almost two-thirds of adults would consider riding their bike more often if they had better places to ride, and as many as 81% of those would ride in protected bike lanes. Another type of bike lane, “buffered bike lane” delineates space for bicyclists but does not provide a physical separation between people cycling and … Continued

How would changes to Rainier Avenue affect parked cars?

One of the best ways to park cars and protect cyclists is by moving cars away from the curb and putting the bike lane in between the sidewalk and the parked cars. If this did occur, there would be a five-foot buffer protecting the parked cars from the bikeway and an extra three-foot buffer protecting … Continued

How would changes to Rainier Avenue effect on-street parking?

Parking on Rainier Avenue is currently provided along both sides of the street: there is space to park over 200 vehicles along the entire length of the roadway. However, less than one-third of the curb space west of Maria Drive is occupied during peak times, and even less is occupied east of Maria Drive. To … Continued

Will this project increase traffic volumes on other nearby streets?

Rainier Avenue is large enough to accommodate about 40,000 cars per day. Even with a lane reduction the street could accommodate more than the total vehicles using the road now. If Rainier Avenue were extended westerly at some time in the future, we believe that a three-lane street would still be sufficient for the expected … Continued

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