There have been 60 accidents involving bicycles and cars on Second Avenue in the past seven years. Many have resulted in serious personal injury; one, just days before the bike lane was improved, resulted in the death of a young Seattle mother.
Second Avenue is easily one of the most dangerous for cyclists in the city of Seattle, but changes that were completed on Monday, September 8th may serve to make it safer and more appealing to cyclists living throughout the city.
Changes made to the bike lane include:
- New lane markings
- Plastic bollards to separate bicycles from cars and trucks
- New traffic-signal arrows
The new arrows are located at the most dangerous intersections along Second Avenue: University, Spring, Marion, Cherry, and James streets, along with Yesler Way. These arrows will allow cyclists 15 seconds to go straight or turn left before signaling vehicles to make their left turns. If followed appropriately, these new signals should go a long way in preventing future accidents.
Changes to Second Avenue are long overdue and the City should be applauded for its efforts to improve bicycle safety. However, many improvements are needed before cycling can be considered safe throughout the entire city of Seattle.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a bicycle accident, please contact the Hornbuckle Firm to schedule a free consultation with one of our Seattle personal injury attorneys today.
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