Seattle Cycling: Burke-Gilman track crossing, new route in Capitol Hill - June 27th, 2011

posted Jun 27, 2011, 9:45 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jun 27, 2011, 10:05 PM ]
A couple pieces of news for cyclists in the Seattle area:
  1. The dangerous railroad track crossing on the Burke-Gilman missing link section is about to be 'enhannced' to prevent some rather bad accidents when cyclists slip in wet weather. from the SDOT post:

    Where the track and trail meet, there is a rubber mat material installed between the trail pavement and the track rails, and the rails themselves. The mat was apparently put in to narrow the flange gap near the track so that cyclists would not catch their tires in the gap. However, cyclists are reporting that this mat can be slippery, particularly during wet and freezing conditions. 

    As the Ballard Terminal Railroad is responsible for crossings of its tracks, SDOT is partnering with the railroad to realign the crossing. We will jointly remove the mat material and realign the crossing so that it is closer to 90 degrees. The new crossing will be made of asphalt to enhance traction in adverse weather. The enhancements should be installed in July.

    The location is here:

    The Seattle Bike Blog has good background information in their post.
  2. SDOT also points out a new bike route from downtown to Capitol Hill is being developed. The route will connect Cherry to Broadway via the least steep route - slated to be Marion. The route was presented at the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board and is expected to be in place soon.