Bike Friendly SLUT in Seattle

Trolly.jpg Great news on the future of Seattle’s neighborhood transportation– you’ll be allowed to bring your bike on when you ride the SLUT (don’t worry, the link is work-safe). According to the Seattle DOT, bikes will be allowed in the center of the South Lake Union Trolleys Streetcars. The unfortunate acromyn for the new coaches wouldn’t be so bad if the coaches themselves were a bit more, erm, attractive. The photos on the SDOT site look faintly like a train of elongated orange daleks. I’m sure that’s not their final design though, right?



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That seems to be about a 5 minute ride, do you think people will really haul their bikes on that thing?

It wouldn’t the first time Seattle made wrong assumptions concerning transit.

BTW, we also have a city history of unfortunately named transit projects. In the (early?) 60s there was a proposal to run an elevated train through the center of downtown by utilizing alley right-of-ways—It was called S.C.A.T. and the acronym was actually the official name. It stood for “Seattle Central Alley Transit.”

You can see a copy of the proposal yourself in Suzzallo Library at the UW. (I honestyly couldn’t make this up).

Heh:  SLUT.  That’s kind of awesome.

Anyway, the streetcar itself looks like Portland’s.  If they are the same, they’re pretty nice inside.  But, yeah, like Geoffrey, I don’t really get why people ride on these things when they have a bike.  But then you guys do get more rain that we do….

That looks a lot like the Luas system in Dublin, Ireland. It’s been wildly successful with commuters (although bikes aren’t allowed). But it’s proved infeasible to expand its capacity—even the size of the cars. I hope SLUT doesn’t suffer the same limitation.

Yes rather stupid to ride a streetcar for 5 mins with your bike, but not when you’re connecting to the bus/train tunnel, then onto the airport. It’s another multi-modal option and here in Seattle, I’d vote for a system of horse and buggies if it’d help our traffic.

Pam works in the SLU neighborhood and the tracks are bike friendly with recessed rails in concrete. I’m no traffic flow engineer, but I’d think they’ll also slow down car traffic with their presence so that’s good for cyclists. That route they’re on, on Eastlake, carries lots of cyclists.

I think it’s safe to say this thing won’t see high usage by bicyclists…but maybe if you get a flat or you get sick in the middle of the day or you run into a friend who isn’t on a bike.  It’s not unfathomable.

Yeah, not sure how many cyclists would ride the SLUT.  It’s kind of like how many non-tourists actually use our existing monorail. 

I do love the trolley in NW Portland so let’s hope it has similar success.

i don’t commute that-away, but i vaguely recall cautions about those recessed tracks having wide enough gaps to grab skinnier tires.  is that still the case?

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