Introducing Redmond's 1st Quiet Street
Deschutes Avenue in Downtown Redmond from 4th Street to Canyon Dr. was recently been designated a Quiet Street.
Deschutes Avenue - which is the first of a larger network of Quiet Streets that will eventually stretch across the City will extend from Canyon Drive to 4th Street along Deschutes Avenue - connecting the Dry Canyon Trail, Hope Playground and Sam Johnson Park to downtown Redmond. The street currently experiences little vehicular traffic and the speed limit is 25 miles per hour, so it is an ideal location for a Quiet Street.
What is a Quiet Street?
A Quiet Street is a bike route that utilizes existing streets with low traffic volume and low speeds to create a convenient and comfortable cycling environment for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Wayfinding signage and painted bike sharrows on the street designate it as a bike route; traffic calming and intersection crossing treatments (e.g., the green bike boxes) along the route signify to vehicles and bicyclists that it is a “shared use street” and that bicyclists are welcome to ride in the street. Normal vehicular access to properties is unchanged along Quiet Streets and on-street parking remains.
How Should Bicyclists and Motorists use the Quiet Street and the Green Bike Boxes and Cross Bikes?
• Bicyclists may ride along the sharrows, if they wish, or they can ride to the right side of the street. Please beware of parked cars and car doors opening. Bicyclist must observe all stop signs.
• Vehicles should observe the posted speed limit, watch out for and share the street with bicyclists, and safely pass them where necessary and where it is safe.
Green Bike Boxes: At the 5th and 6th Street intersections, green “bike boxes” and “cross-bikes” (similar to crosswalks) are painted on the street to allow bicyclists to cross the streets in a safe manner (see exhibit below).
• Bicyclists should stop their bikes in the green box where they will be visible to passing motorists and wait for the motorists in both lanes to stop for you to cross. The bicyclists can then cross in the cross bike to the other side of the street to continue your trip (see project plans attached). If after you stop in the bike box and there is no traffic and it is safe to cross, you may do so. You do not need to walk your bike.
• Vehicles Should come to a complete stop behind the white stop bar in the street, behind the green bike box. If there is a bicyclist waiting in the green bike box, the vehicle must wait until the bicyclist has proceeded through the intersection prior to making their moving through the intersection. If no bicyclist is waiting in the bike box, the vehicle may proceed through the intersection when it is safe to do so.
We are calling on the community to share their Bike-Walk-Roll experiences with us. It is our hope that you enjoy using alternative transportation throughout Redmond. However, if there are concerns we would like to identify what we can do to create safer more user friendly routes. YES! Skateboarding, razors, wheelchairs, scooters, rollerblades and anything else that 'rolls' counts.
Safe Routes to School Survey - We are partnering with the local schools to improve conditions to encourage more children to bike, walk or roll (skateboard, scooter, etc.) as only 13% of children aged 5-14 years old walked or biked to school nationwide recently. Please take a short 3 minute survey to provide your valuable thoughts about this very important subject.
You can also show your route on the interactive map linked on left and share your experience with us. What would you like to see improved to be able to walk or bike more often?
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