By Senators Erwin, Patterson, Nelson, Niemi, Rinehart, Vognild, von Reichbauer, Bluechel, Sumner and McDonald


     WHEREAS, The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge is one of the most congested bridges in the state; and

     WHEREAS, The use of nonmotorized transportation reduces air, water, and noise pollution; and

     WHEREAS, The University of Washington has instituted an ambitious program to reduce the number of single-occupant motor vehicles bringing students, faculty, and staff to campus; and

     WHEREAS, The Evergreen Point Bridge cannot accommodate bicyclists or pedestrians; and

     WHEREAS, A coalition of citizens has organized the BIKE520 project to encourage the development of cross-lake access for bicycles and pedestrians on the Evergreen Point Bridge; and

     WHEREAS, Over twelve thousand people have signed a petition indicating their support for bicycle/pedestrian access to the bridge; and

     WHEREAS, The BIKE520 project has been endorsed by the city councils of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and Medina; the community councils from Seattle's Eastlake, Montlake, and Capitol Hill neighborhoods; the bicycle advisory committees of Seattle, King County, and the University of Washington; and several businesses and other organizations; and

     WHEREAS, Partial funding for this project may be available under the provisions of the new federal surface transportation act; and

     WHEREAS, The Senate unanimously passed a bill this session that would have required the Department of Transportation to conduct a study of bicycle transportation in the SR 520 corridor;

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate encourage the Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the University of Washington; King County; the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond; community groups; and private businesses, to develop studies and plans and to seek financing necessary to provide pedestrian and bicycle access in the SR 520 corridor between Redmond and Seattle including access on the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the Department of Transportation, the University of Washington, King County, and the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond.


I, Gordon A. Golob, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 1992-8752,

adopted by the Senate March 12, 1992.





Secretary of the Senate