'Bike Corral' coming to the West Seattle Junction

On street bike parking is new for the area

West Seattle Bike Connections (WSBC) announced on Tuesday that a “bike corral” for on-street bike parking will be coming soon to the West Seattle Junction. It will be directly at the corner of Alaska Street and California Streets S.W. on the Southeast corner. In a press release they shared that they have been working with the Junction merchants for the past 18 months.

According to WSBC, City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen helped navigate the many layers of SDOT to avoid another year of delay. Quoting a member of Rasmussen’s staff, SDOT shared the following with the Councilmember: 

”We will be issuing a work order to install the bike corral at the location agreed upon by the WS Junction Association and WS Bike Connections on the SE corner on California Ave SW at SW Alaska St.

This location is currently no parking anytime, so there is no impact to on-street parking.
The corral would prevent right turns on red at this all-way walk so it is a safety improvement.
[right on red is already illegal here]
This location is in the heart of the business district.
The adjacent property is currently under construction and the developer had requested that we delay installation until after the building was completed.  We initially agreed, however, in light of the demand for on-street parking and bicycle parking we are moving forward with the installation. We will be working to develop a policy for temp removals due to construction.

I don’t know the specific date of the installation, but my understanding is that the work order is underway.”

This project has the support of the West Seattle Junction Association, the Junction Neighborhood Association (JuNO), West Seattle Bike Connections and West Seattle Transportation Coalition. According to WSBC 25 or more bike corrals have been installed by SDOT since 2012, this will be the first in West Seattle.

More information at http://westseattlebikeconnections.org/2014/06/27/one-bike-corral-for-wes...

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