City is redoing bike lanes on Newport Way Northwest

August 31, 2010

By Staff

The effort to redo bicycle lanes and a pedestrian path along Newport Way Northwest from state Route 900 to the city line has started.

City engineers do not expect the project to cause significant traffic delays.

The project calls for bike lanes to be added in both directions, plus a separated pedestrian path along the north side of the roadway along Newport Way from state Route 900 to Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, the city line.

Crews started to remove rumble strips last week. City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said the city had yet to receive a final schedule from the contractor, but he said he expects the majority of the work to be completed within a couple of weeks.

In March, the City Council decided to spend $120,000 for the project. The decision prompted debate because crews had added a trail and a gravel shoulder to the same section of road late last year.

But before the project had been completed, the city started to receive complaints about drivers using the widened shoulder as another lane — despite a double white line, a rumble strip and “No driving on shoulder” signs.

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3 Responses to “City is redoing bike lanes on Newport Way Northwest”

  1. Claire Petersky on September 1st, 2010 3:39 pm

    The whole project is a debacle. It went from being a wonderful, rideable shoulder on both sides of the road, to something dangerous and scary. With the new “facility”, bikes come at you head on; there’s no room to ride on the proper, legal, and safe side of the road going into Issaquah, and the rumble strips keep a cyclist from being able to ride where he or she may need to, to avoid hazards. And the whole thing is very confusing to motorists.

    What’s wrong with simple bike lanes? Everyone knows how to use these, and they’re safer.

  2. wynne wiatt on January 19th, 2011 11:49 am

    Why do bicyclists rideing Newport Way and 900 think they can ride 2 or 3 abreast and take up the bike lane and half the car lane? Heaven forbid a car drifting over into the bike lane. Shame Shame! Bicyclists seem to think they have the whole road to ride in. what’s up with that?

  3. David on January 21st, 2011 3:48 pm

    Wynne,

    In general, it’s inconsiderate and personally dangerous for bikers to ride in or even near the white line of a bike lane. But, there are more angry drivers than there are inconsiderate, bicyclists. For these anger prone drivers, bicyclists are the perfect “cat to kick.” Riding a bike in a bike lane is like walking in the street. You will always loose to a car or truck. Knowing that many of the drivers are angry ones, like you seem to be, makes it all the more dangerous. That is why I don’t even like bike lanes. Bike paths, full breakdown lanes are much better. Get me away for the lunatics.

    So many times I have been “buzzed” by angry drivers when I’m riding in the middle of nowhere, keeping to the far right, with no other cars around and plenty of visibility. Are you one of those people? What do you do when you see ANY biker riding along the side of the road? Are you really just talking about the bicyclist riding in traffic lanes? Did you actually have to slow down and wait for a clearing to get around these bikers, or are you just speaking in generalities, like you saw bikers riding side by side and it made you more mad than usual.

    To your simple question about riders riding next to each other – they talk.

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