Tacoma leaders to kick off opening of bike lane, pedestrian improvements

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks will cut the ribbon Thursday on recent improvements to Tacoma’s cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

After that, attendees can either go on a bike ride on the newly-marked lanes or walk with the mayor.

The event, held at Wright Park on Thursday, commemorates the nearly $2.7 million project that resulted in 13 miles of road striping, signs, flashing beacons and other improvements. Tacoma paid about $715,000 of that amount with the rest coming from federal grants.

The project list came from the city’s mobility master plan. Improvements spanned from South 96th Street and Park Avenue South, through Tacoma’s downtown along Fawcett Avenue and north to North 26th and Stevens streets.

Improvements include 15 improved pedestrian crossings, 58 new pedestrian ramps, two miles of bike lanes and 296 “sharrows” — markings on the road that indicate a shared lane between bicycles and vehicles.

The ribbon cutting will start at 5 p.m. by the statues in Wright Park near the intersection of Division and Yakima avenues.

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