Westlake for the win! Join us for the grand opening

The completion of the Westlake protected bike lane marks a years-long effort to improve safety for people on bicycles and connect our region.

It’s finally here — it’s time to celebrate the opening of the Westlake protected bike lane! Please join Cascade and the city of Seattle as we celebrate the completion of this vital 1.2 mile connection. 

This vital new connection was hard-fought. In the face of obstacles and attempts to stall this project, caring neighbors showed up and spoke up around our shared concerns for safety. With help from dedicated volunteers, Cascade collected hundreds of postcards and petition signatures from supporters urging the city of Seattle and Mayor Ed Murray to build the Westlake protected bike lane.

We worked together, the city listened, and Westlake has been transformed!

A year ago, Westlake was a chaotic mess. A typical bicycle ride on Westlake meant dodging cars backing up and turning into the parking lot, or navigating slowly on the narrow sidewalk weaving in and out of groups of people walking. The protected bike lane is a drastic improvement.

With the protected bike lane officially open and complete and later this month, people bicycling, walking and driving will all enjoy their own dedicated space on the street. Westlake will be a great place for tourists to ride a Pronto bike, for families and kids on scoot bikes, and for people who are commuting to work. And this 1.2 miles along Westlake doesn’t just help get people on bikes from Fremont to South Lake Union — it marks the beginning of an of all ages and abilities network from Everett to South Lake Union to Redmond and beyond.  

This is a huge victory, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Now, please join us as we celebrate this well-deserved, hard-earned win!

Enjoy games, refreshments and a raffle with local business giveaways at Lake Union Park on Thursday, Sept. 15. After saying a few words, the city of Seattle’s Director of Transportation Scott Kubly will lead a ride along Westlake.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you.