Seattle approves $400 million for bike routes

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Bike advocates are celebrating Seattle’s decision to overhaul its Master Plan, shifting its emphasis from shared uses of streets to separated bike paths and a network of backstreet routes.

The plan would put $20 million per year into the development of more than 470 miles of new or improved bike routes over the next 20 years, according to the Seattle Times. About 32 miles of off-street trails are included in the plan.

“This is very good news for Bainbridge bike commuters – things will be getting a lot better in Seattle over the next few years!” said Bainbridge bicycle advocacy group Squeaky Wheels on its Facebook page after the plan was unanimously approved by the Seattle City Council yesterday.

The same, then, would be true for commuters who bike from the Bremerton ferry as well.

The Cascade Bicycle Club called the plan’s passage an “incredible moment for Seattle’s bicycling community.” The club is throwing a party to celebrate. More on that here.

Check out the full plan here.