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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Shared-use paths
Shared-use paths

Wide paved paths where cyclists and pedestrians mix, but are separated from vehicle traffic

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Buffered bike lanes
Buffered bike lanes

Designated one-way lanes on the roadway for bikes separated from vehicle lanes by striped buffers

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The solutions:

Goal 2:

Make it safer and more comfortable to walk on California Street

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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Curb ramps
Curb ramps

Improving accessibility for users with mobility challenges at intersections and crossings

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The solutions:

Goal 3:

Maintain vehicle operations

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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On-street parking
On-street parking

A mix of parallel and angled parking, which is safer in multimodal environments

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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 between Pine and Maple Streets
     

  • 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. We are seeking the public’s feedback on the preferred route. Some advantages and concerns for each route are presented below, and we look forward to hearing your feedback on other factors you consider in selecting your preferred connection route.

Connecting California Street to Hewitt Avenue

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Maple Street

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

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

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 have developed five feasible alternative methods of creating designated space for bikes on California Street between Broadway and Pine. Each alternative has 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. We are seeking the public’s feedback on the preferred way of creating space for bikes. Advantages and concerns for each option are presented below. We look forward to hearing your feedback on the factors you consider in selecting your preferred way of making space for bikes on California Street.

Safer, more comfortable cycling on California Street

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Option A

North side cycle track, angled parking

Option B

North side cycle track, parallel parking

Option C

South side cycle track, parallel parking

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Option D

Buffered bike lanes behind parallel parking

Option E

Bike lanes with curb-side parallel parking

Your turn

We want your ideas

You can propose your own California Street bike facility using the Streetmix tool.  Streetmix is a free to use third party website for anyone to mix and match roadway elements and create the roadway section they’d like to see. Click the link below and send us your suggestion!

(Click here for help finding the share button on Streetmix)

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3200 Cedar Street
Everett, WA 98201

425.257.8855

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