SW scribes Vernal Coleman and Laura Onstot marvel at the new right-of-way.
Downtown got its first East/West bike lane last week--the brightly-striped Spring street corridor pictured at left. It runs from 1st to 4th as a bike lane and after that converts to sharrows. Spring street's two car lanes were narrowed from 14 feet wide to 10.5 feet and 11.5 feet to make room for the 5-foot wide bike lane.
Strangely, the lane doesn't appear to be in the Bicycle Master Plan (.pdf). But SDOT spokesperson Marybeth Turner says it's part of 35 miles of new bike facilities--laned or sharrows--and is paired with downhill sharrows on Seneca in an attempt to better connect Capitol Hill to the waterfront. So now the yellow jersey aspirants who dare climb that monstrosity will at least have a few feet to themselves and not have to hear the honking of angry cars or weave between sidewalk pedestrians.
It's worth adding that, with all the complaints in this year's campaign about basic services and maintenance under Greg Nickels, bike infrastructure is one that he's done well, as evidenced by the Cascade Bicycle Club's endorsement of him (over, among others, bike-everywhere candidate Michael McGinn) last month.