Academy St. Bike Lanes


The Academy Street Bicycle Lanes project will develop an east-west bicycle corridor extending east from the Sumner Sound Transit Station to Wood Avenue. Improvements will be within existing right-of-way. Funding for this project is being provided by Sound Transit through their ST3 System Access Fund.

Project Elements:

New Marked Bike Lanes: The improvements will provide a striped bike lane in each direction and reconfigure the roadway to account for the new lanes. The design will incorporate curb extensions (bulb-outs) at intersections as well as curb ramp replacements to meet current ADA standards. A number of storm drains will be replaced to account for changes to the curb and gutter. The design will coordinate proposed improvements with the locations of power poles, protect existing trees where possible, add a significant amount of new street trees (we hope to add around 30 new trees), and coordinate with existing driveways.


Reduced Vehicles on Academy Street: The project maintains two-way traffic on Academy Street with a few minor changes to prioritize the street as bicycle-friendly. The project proposes ways to reduce car volume on the streets through the use of two traffic calming curb bulbs strategically placed to discourage thru and cut-thru use of Academy Street. Bicycles will be able to turn onto Academy, but vehicles will not be able to continue westbound on Academy at Wood or eastbound on Academy at Alder. Additionally, existing stop signs will be adjusted to prioritize Academy Street so that bicycles do not need to stop every block. Local users will still be able to access the neighborhood through other side streets and Academy will still be two-way and accessible from side streets.


Parking Challenges: To make room for the bicycle lanes, on-street parking will be reduced from both sides of Academy Street to one side of Academy Street (net loss of around 50 parking spots). The proposed parking shifts back and forth from the north side to the south side, creating a slight curviness to the roadway. We know it's difficult to park and commute from Sumner. Sound Transit is still planning to complete their 500-stall parking garage and the project is almost ready to advertise (Project Link: https://www.soundtransit.org/system-expansion/sumner-station-parking-access-improvements), but the project is now being delayed due to the budget effects of COVID. We hope that Sound Transit will move forward on the garage in the next 6-12 months. However, we fully anticipate this project to be completed before the garage breaks ground.


The Academy Street Bicycle Lanes project will develop an east-west bicycle corridor extending east from the Sumner Sound Transit Station to Wood Avenue. Improvements will be within existing right-of-way. Funding for this project is being provided by Sound Transit through their ST3 System Access Fund.

Project Elements:

New Marked Bike Lanes: The improvements will provide a striped bike lane in each direction and reconfigure the roadway to account for the new lanes. The design will incorporate curb extensions (bulb-outs) at intersections as well as curb ramp replacements to meet current ADA standards. A number of storm drains will be replaced to account for changes to the curb and gutter. The design will coordinate proposed improvements with the locations of power poles, protect existing trees where possible, add a significant amount of new street trees (we hope to add around 30 new trees), and coordinate with existing driveways.


Reduced Vehicles on Academy Street: The project maintains two-way traffic on Academy Street with a few minor changes to prioritize the street as bicycle-friendly. The project proposes ways to reduce car volume on the streets through the use of two traffic calming curb bulbs strategically placed to discourage thru and cut-thru use of Academy Street. Bicycles will be able to turn onto Academy, but vehicles will not be able to continue westbound on Academy at Wood or eastbound on Academy at Alder. Additionally, existing stop signs will be adjusted to prioritize Academy Street so that bicycles do not need to stop every block. Local users will still be able to access the neighborhood through other side streets and Academy will still be two-way and accessible from side streets.


Parking Challenges: To make room for the bicycle lanes, on-street parking will be reduced from both sides of Academy Street to one side of Academy Street (net loss of around 50 parking spots). The proposed parking shifts back and forth from the north side to the south side, creating a slight curviness to the roadway. We know it's difficult to park and commute from Sumner. Sound Transit is still planning to complete their 500-stall parking garage and the project is almost ready to advertise (Project Link: https://www.soundtransit.org/system-expansion/sumner-station-parking-access-improvements), but the project is now being delayed due to the budget effects of COVID. We hope that Sound Transit will move forward on the garage in the next 6-12 months. However, we fully anticipate this project to be completed before the garage breaks ground.