Green Lake in Seattle could have an outer loop for walking and biking in the near future — in addition to its popular 2.8-mile path next to the lake — but creating that loop could involve removing street parking or one-lane of vehicle access along one segment.
The suggestion for a full outer loop around the edge of the lake has already been proposed, and includes two segments that would connect to the existing bike lanes around the lake.
Segment one along Aurora Avenue North would create a new path between North 63rd Street and West Green Lake Drive North along the on-ramp and along Aurora. Vehicle access would remain along the on-ramp.
Segment two along West Green Lake Drive North has multiple options. The first option would remove the street parking and maintain vehicle travel lanes in both directions, and add a two-way walking and biking path on the lake side of the street. Option two would keep the street parking, but remove either a northbound or a southbound vehicle travel lane, and again add a two-way walking and biking path on the lake side of the street. Option three would remove the parking, leaving two-way vehicle traffic in the middle and bike lanes on each side.
Seattleites are encouraged to weigh in on options in a survey open until Dec. 6. The Seattle Department of Transportation wants to know what they value, what’s working, and what could be different about getting around Green Lake.
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