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ACTIVE CONNECTIONS
California Street

Safer and more comfortable biking, rolling and walking

About the project

Safer and more comfortable multimodal choices

The Active Connections: California Street project will create a bike and pedestrian corridor on California Street between Broadway and US 2. The project will add and/or improve bike facilities and sidewalks to create a multimodal transportation connection that accommodates a wide range of abilities, confidence and comfort levels of cyclists with safety-focused improvements. The project will improve bike and pedestrian safety, comfort and options connecting downtown Everett with the US 2 trail.


The goal of the Active Connections: California Street project is to improve safety, providing a comfortable bike connection between downtown Everett and the US 2 trail. 

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Meeting the project goals

Goal 1:

Make it safer and more comfortable to bike on California Street

Two-way cycle tracks
Two-way cycle tracks

Two-way bike “roadways” with a barrier between traffic and cyclists. More comfortable for a wide range of cyclists

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Two-way cycle tracks
Two-way cycle tracks

Two-way bike “roadways” with a barrier between traffic and cyclists. More comfortable for a wide range of cyclists

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The solutions:

Goal 2:

Make it safer and more comfortable to walk on California Street

Sidewalks
Sidewalks

Completing the sidewalk network on both sides of the street with modern, accessible sidewalks

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Curb ramps
Curb ramps

Improving accessibility for users with mobility challenges at intersections and crossings

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Crosswalks
Crosswalks

Safer crossings with enhanced markings, beacons, illumination and visibility enhancements

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Sidewalks
Sidewalks

Completing the sidewalk network on both sides of the street with modern, accessible sidewalks

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The solutions:

Goal 3:

Maintain vehicle operations

Intersection modifications
Intersection modifications

Integrating bike facilities through intersections safely and comfortably for all modes

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On-street parking
On-street parking

Back-in angled parking on the other side of the street from the bike facilities

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Signal modifications
Signal modifications

Prioritizing safe multimodal crossings while maintaining traffic operations

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Intersection modifications
Intersection modifications

Integrating bike facilities through intersections safely and comfortably for all modes

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The solutions:

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Route alternatives

Connecting downtown Everett to the US 2 trail

The Active Connections: California Street between Broadway and US 2 consists of three segments:

  • California Street between Broadway and Pine Street
     

  • A connection between California Street and Hewitt Avenue on Pine Street
     

  • Hewitt Avenue to the existing US 2 Trail

 

Three alternatives were prepared by the City and our supporting consultants to connect California Street to Hewitt Avenue. After considering the public feedback and several criteria evaluating safety, impacts to parking, required changes to existing signals and anticiapted project cost, the Pine Street route was the preferred alternative.

Connecting California Street to Hewitt Avenue

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Maple Street

(not selected)

Widen existing sidewalks on Maple to a shared use path. Cyclists would use the existing signals to connect from California Street to Hewitt Avenue, and then to the US 2 trail.

Pine Street

(preferred alternative)

Providing designated space for cyclists on Pine Street between California Street and Hewitt Avenue. Cyclists would cross at the existing Hewitt and Pine crosswalk and use Hewitt to connect to the US 2 trail.

Pine Street alleyway

(not selected)

Providing designated space for cyclists on Pine Street, a protected crossing of Pine Street at the alleyway, and connecting to a widened sidewalk on Maple Street. Cyclists would use the existing signal to cross Hewitt Avenue and connect to the US 2 Trail.

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California Street bike options

Making cycling safer and more comfortable

The City and our supporting consultants developed five feasible alternative methods of creating designated space for bikes on California Street between Broadway and Pine. Each alternative had a different balance between impacts to on-street parking, physical separation between vehicle and bike traffic, and ease of connections to other routes off of California, including to the US 2 trail at the east end of the project corridor.

 

After recieving public feedback our consultant evaluted the five options for a number of criteria. The criteria considered the safety of all modes, impacts to on-street parking, public support, project phasing and cost, and design complexity. After scoring each of the five alternatives in 20 different criteria, the north side two way cycle track with angled parking was identified as the preferred section.

Safer, more comfortable cycling on California Street

Option A

(preferred alternative)

North side cycle track, angled parking

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Option A would install a two-way cycle track with a buffer and intermittent physical barriers between bike and vehicle spaces on the north curb of the street. Parking on the north side of California Street would be removed, and angled parking would stay in place on the south side of California Street.

ADVANTAGES:

  • Retains high use parking in place

  • Reuse of existing assets

  • Safer, high comfort protected bike facility

CONSIDERATIONS:

  • Complex intersections

  • Requires California Street crossings at east end

Options not selected

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Option B

North side cycle track, parallel parking

Option C

South side cycle track, parallel parking

Option D

Buffered bike lanes behind parallel parking

Option E

Bike lanes with curb-side parallel parking

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Executive Summary

The City and our supporting consultant developed a report documenting the entire alternatives development and selection process, including the public outreach efforts and summary of the feedback received. The executive summary of the report can be found through the link below. The full report is available by emailing the City using the links provided here.

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