8th Ave Mobility Improvements

September 16, 2022

What's happening now?

In August 2019, SDOT crews installed new northbound bike connections on 8th Ave between Pike St and Bell St, and Pine St between 8th Ave and 6th Ave.

Design is now complete for a permanent bike lane on 8th between Pike and Lenora that will upgrade the protected bike lane buffer from "paint and post" to concrete.

We anticipate construction to start after the new year. We are working with stakeholders on construction impacts and how the upgraded bike lane will function.

Once complete, the upgraded bike lane will look like the photo below:

A photo of a protected bike lane in downtown Seattle


In August 2019, SDOT crews installed new northbound bike connections on 8th Ave between Pike St and Bell St, and Pine St between 8th Ave and 6th Ave.

These improvements are a component of the Center City Bike Network, which is a longstanding city priority to make center city streets safer and more predictable for everyone, encourage biking as a real transportation choice in our densest jobs center, and to maintain transit priority. 

Project Map

Map of 8th Ave Mobility Improvements project showing locations of improvement work along the corridor between Pike St and Bell St

Center City Bike Network Program Overview

Center City Bike Network map
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The Center City Bike Network launched in 2015 and developed a network map of better bike streets that separate vulnerable users from moving vehicles, provide safe all-ages and abilities facilities, and maintain transit priority downtown. This network was the product of community engagement, which continued through the One Center City program to make sure any improvements to the bike network were well coordinated and complimentary to the greater transportation network for people walking, driving, taking transit, and delivering goods.

We've made a commitment to build this network of separated bike facilities to make biking a reliable travel choice and calm traffic as more people compete for limited street space. A complete bike network improves Seattle's health and quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.

Protected Bike Lanes

Protected bike lane projects typically include new bike lane markings, plastic posts, signs, and bike signals.

Before installation of protected bike lane on Pike St      After protected bike lane is installed on Pike St, showing more bikers biking safely

Since protected bike lanes were installed on 2nd Ave, crashes are down and bike ridership is up. In general, protected bike lanes separate people biking from moving cars, buses, and trucks, making the street safer, more predictable, and comfortable for everyone. Cities around the world are increasingly embracing protected bike lanes that separate people on bikes from people in cars by using physical barriers such as posts, parked cars or simple landscaping. Seattle's center city network of bike lanes aims to:

  • Improve safety and predictability by separating all modes of travel
  • Expand connectivity throughout downtown and the rest of Seattle as our city continues to grow
  • Boost business by offering more travel options for getting to them
  • Promote physical activity and increase ridership
  • Provide affordable travel options
  • Maintain transit priority 


Some parking changes accompanied the street redesign and new lanes. Our goal was to work with all adjacent building and business owners to understand parking needs and maintain on-street loading zones are on most blocks. Access to alleys, off-street parking garages, and loading bays was maintained.


This permanent phase of this project is being funded from the Convention Center mitigation fund.

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