The design for upgraded bike lanes in Fremont have been released. In 2020, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) plans to install bike lanes with partial protection in both directions of N 34th St between Fremont Ave N and Stone Way N. The partial protection comes with very modest buffering from car lanes and flexible post delineators. Earlier design concepts had considered wider bike lanes in both directions and even a cycletrack on the south side of the street that would tie into the one west of Fremont Ave N.
The project corridor is planned to be fairly narrow, from Fremont Ave N to Stone Way N. The street currently has a bike lane in each direction with no formal separation, but the bike lanes are marked. The bike lanes connect with existing facilities like the Burke-Gilman Trail at Stone Way N and a two-way cycletrack on the west side of N 34th St that leads to another Burke-Gilman Trail access point at Phinney Ave N.
The intersection with Fremont Ave N is a critical one because it is one block north of the Fremont Bridge and one block south of an awkward five-pronged intersection. As one of the busiest bascule bridges around, the Fremont Bridge often gets raised, creating inconsistent traffic flows and traffic bunching on nearby streets just north of it. People on bikes are forced on and off of a small sidewalk shared with people on foot along the bridge section. That can create stressful situations, especially when trying to avoid cars at certain conflict points.