Lake to Bay Loop will make life easier for Seattle walkers, bikers

Lake to Bay Loop will make life easier for Seattle walkers, bikers
SEATTLE -- Braving the streets of Seattle by bike or foot is about to get easier as the city develops a new path to get people to and from some of the Emerald City's most famous landmarks.

Navigating the Mercer Mess on bike can be a nightmare, but city leaders hope to make it easier by implementing a new pedestrian and bike route.

"It's envisioned to be a delightful pedestrian route full of greenery landscaping places to rest," said Becca Aue with the Seattle Parks Foundation.

The path is going to be called the Lake to Bay Loop, and will eventually create a safe connection between Lake Union and Elliot Bay.

The 3.5 mile route will form a figure eight connecting landmarks such as Lake Union, Seattle Center, the Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park.

"A huge reason to do this project is, again, reclaiming streets for people, making them beautiful so the journey is just as pleasant as getting to your final destination," Aue said.

Aue said the city is acting now because the area's neighborhoods are growing dramatically and are in need of safe connections to green spaces and cultural institutions.

The project is still in the very early stages, but there are already signs of progress, including a new pedestrian bridge that crosses Elliott Avenue at Thomas Street.

"These are just the early steps there's a lot more work to be done," Aue said.

The route is owned but the city of Seattle and managed by the Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Center and the Department of Parks and Recreation.