Bicycle counter planned for North Delridge’s 26th SW greenway

December 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm | In Delridge, Transportation, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

A sign like the one you see on the right will soon mark a new bicycle counter to be installed along the 26th SW neighborhood greenway in North Delridge. SDOT‘s Dawn Schellenberg says it’s one of three going in around the city “to help measure how well neighborhood greenways are performing.” It’s not a big counter with display like the one on the West Seattle “low bridge”; Schellenberg says it’s just a small metal controller box with “two small tube sensors (that) will stretch from the box across the street” on 26th between Oregon and Alaska. Though it won’t have a display, she says, “We will put the data online and update it once a month, probably starting in February.” People who live in the area will get postcards soon with information about the installation.

7 Comments

  1. Now that 26th is considered a “green way” & biker markings are up and down the road, now that they’ve slowed the speed limit on genessee at the intersection will we see less bicycle traffic on north delridge, 16th sw and Avalon? Shouldn’t the “responsible” bicycle riders utilize the road that’s been sanctified for them?
    If ridership does not increase, will we see reductions to the “bicycle master plan”?

    Comment by 935 — 3:41 pm December 19, 2013 #

  2. If you think there should be a quid pro quo, you should certainly let your elected representatives know. Otherwise, it’s not a “road that’s been sanctified for them” – it’s a neighborhood road that the city says has received improvements for bicycle, pedestrian, resident, and driver safety. Bicycles, like cars, can be ridden legally on any public roadway the bicyclist chooses to use.

    Comment by WSB — 4:10 pm December 19, 2013 #

  3. Not sure how anyone would expect us to stay off 16th anyway, since 26th dead ends south of Graham.
    .
    Besides, 16th is so wide. Plenty of room.

    Comment by datamuse — 5:00 pm December 19, 2013 #

  4. appreciate the improvements but cutting over to 26th instead of just going straight up delridge wouldn’t make much sense. i wouldn’t be able to get over there until i get up to graham, and then i’d have to cut back over to delridge at andover. way simpler to just use delridge since i get on it way back at henderson.

    Comment by rob — 12:03 am December 20, 2013 #

  5. WSB I think you should clarify your statement: ” Bicycles, like cars, can be ridden legally on any public roadway the bicyclist chooses to use.”

    Roadway means many things to some. There are freeway and highway roads bicyclist can not ride on. Like WS freeway sections of Hwy 99 and so on :)

    Comment by wetone — 9:53 am December 20, 2013 #

  6. Good point. All I was really trying to say was that even if a road has a bicycle lane, the bicyclist is not required to use it.

    Comment by WSB — 10:15 am December 20, 2013 #

  7. The 26th Ave Greenway is a joke and besides for the addition of a few speed bumps this project was a colossal waste of money that fails to address any of the numerous infrastructure deficits in the surrounding area. Now they want to waste more money on a bicycle counter. The City would be better served by have a person stand on the corner of Brandon and 26th Ave for a couple days, to watch the trickle of cyclist riding high-end bicycles and in designer outfits, race down Brandon from High Point (though I doubt they live there) as they weave through the myriad of pedestrians clinging to edge of the road as there is no sidewalk on this heavily pedestrian used 5 block section of Brandon. An actual person would be able to measure the true performance or lack thereof this project and while collecting the invaluable social-economic data. A counter will just count the cyclist going in circles and ensure Greenway usage data to surpass 100, 000 riders in the first year.

    This project, once again shows the North Delridge community, what population of the city, City Hall cares about. It would be nice if the City would address the needs of this community instead of pander to the super minority elitists who care nothing about his community.

    Comment by Bleu Cheese Sky — 11:07 am December 20, 2013 #

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