Bike access around Lake Sammamish

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The Seattle-area cities of Bellevue and Sammamish will be considering proposals for bicycle access on the parkway around Lake Sammamish in the coming week. While the Bellevue proposal is going to a City Council vote and has bicyclists up in arms, Sammamish is just beginning its study.

First, the city of Sammamish is studying improvements to East Lake Sammamish Parkway that include left turn lanes and increased bicycle and pedestrian access between Northeast Inglewood Hill Road and 187th Avenue NE.

As the city staff is just beginning to put the plans together, it's hosting an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, at Inglewood Junior High School, 24120 NE 8th St., to get public input.

Check out this link for the meeting notice on the East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

Meanwhile, the Bellevue City Council is scheduled to take a vote Monday on proposed improvements to West Lake Sammamish Parkway. The city's staff has recommended a project that puts northbound and southbound cyclists together with pedestrians on the parkway's southbound shoulder; the recommendation is strongly opposed by the Cascade Bicycle Club and Friends of Lake Sammamish.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, April 11, at City Council Chambers, City Hall, at the corner of Main and 116th Ave. NE. (Directions to Bellevue City Hall.)

Go here for more information and links on the West Lake Sammamish Parkway bicycle lane controversy.


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