Getting around on two wheels is a great option during the SR 99 closure beginning on January 11, 2019 and beyond. We want bicycling to be a mainstream, comfortable and safe choice for people of all cultures, ages, abilities, and backgrounds. If you’ve been thinking about ditching four wheels for two, now is the perfect time! (Well, don’t forget your raincoat.)
How are my bike routes changing during the SR 99 closure?
Our existing bike routes around the Alaskan Way Viaduct are not changing during the closure of SR 99. All bike routes may be found on the SDOT Bike Map.
For those traveling around the Alaskan Way Viaduct:
- If you’re coming in from West Seattle, you’ll take the West Seattle Bridge trail, then head north on the E Marginal Way S bike lane. You’ll continue on the Portside Trail, a multiuse trail, until you hit S King St. Head east on King St, then take the temporary multi-use path on the east side of Alaskan Way, or you can continue north on the signed bike route on Alaskan Way S.
- If you’re coming in from the Elliot Bay Trail from the north, you’ll continue on the Portside Trail. This multi-use trail opened in 2011, providing a direct route along Alaskan Way S between S Atlantic St and S King St without crossing the railroad tracks.
During the SR 99 closure, we are installing temporary racks and temporary covered bike parking at the West Seattle Water Taxi dock to accommodate bike share and additional personal bikes. Jump has expanded to cover more of Seattle, including all of West Seattle and South Seattle, and they are waiving the $1 ride start fee during the closure as well.
What else is the City doing for people biking and walking?
We’re working hard to keep all of your existing options to travel by foot or bike open.
To ensure that the public right of way is clear to keep people and goods moving safely, we’re actively managing construction projects to increase accessibility and decrease traffic interruptions. By temporarily revoking and reissuing permits for work in the right of way until after the closure, and increasing the number of inspectors monitoring projects on the street, we’re making sure that streets and sidewalks are clear for people traveling through the area. This active management is crucial to keep everyone moving.
What are my resources for biking?
Curious about SDOT’s information about biking? Check out our Bike Program page with helpful tips about how to travel by bike, the rules of the road, ways to keep your bike safe, and future bike plans for Seattle!
Check out our Seattle Bike Map for routes available across Seattle. See bike routes for beginners and experts depending on your comfort level; aerial views, street views, bicycle data, other transportation, and even points of interest. You might find the map handy even if you’re not a bicycle rider!