The Mountlake Terrace City Council voted 6-1 Thursday night to implement bike lanes on 236th St. SW from 54th Ave W to Cedar Way. Thursday’s discussion and vote was a follow-up from the council’s split decision in July. Speaking during public comment at the meeting in favor of the bike lanes were representative from the Cascade Bicycle Club and the Forest Ridge Estates Homeowner’s Association. The Forest Ridge development is the 2 cul-de-sacs off of 236th between Cedar Way and 48th Ave W. Also speaking in favor of the bike lanes were a Mountlake Terrace resident and an Edmonds resident. The council also received around 9 emails generally in favor of adding bike lanes to 236th St. SW.
City staff prepared and presented a report addressing many of Council’s concerns from their meeting in July. The Council voted 6-1 in support of the city staff recommended option to make 236th a 3-lane road (1 lane and bike lanes in both directions and a center turn lane) from 54th Ave W to Cedar Way. Mayor Jerry Smith voted to change the lane configuration and add bike lanes between Cedar Way and 48th but to the striping as-is between 48th and 54th. Smith’s concerns were mostly with reducing on-street parking for the Forest Crest playfield.