The superimposed photos above show a cyclist riding on the shoulder on a curve along Newport Way, and a car driving on the same shoulder.
These photos show before and after visualizations of the project. The photos are from Bellevue’s 2009 Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan Project Visualizations (link to PDF document). The photo is taken near the South Bellevue Community Center.
May local schools, churches, and organizations officially endorse the project. See our Endorsements page for a list of organizations.
Formed in January 2014, the Newport Way Sidewalk Committee works with a variety of South Bellevue neighborhoods, organizations and City of Bellevue departments to gather support to urge Bellevue City Council to prioritize the building of a safe sidewalk along a dangerous stretch of Newport Way that connects Eastgate Park, South Bellevue Community Center, Newport Way Library, Aldersgate Church and Day Care Center, Tyee Middle School and Edgebrook Swim Club.
We are a group of neighbors who are coming together to get out the word about the project. We are not an "official" committee or non-profit organization, just concerned neighbors donating their time and money to help make the sidewalk a reality. For more background on the Committee, please see this article. Additional information is on the Contact page.
The Bellevue City Council supports building a sidewalk along Newport Way, and has preliminary designs. In early 2014 a small group of neighbors got together to raise awareness in the community and encourage the City Council and Transportation Commission to move the project forward. 2014 was a critical year for action because the Council was reviewing proposals for, and approving the Capital Investment Program (CIP) budget. It would be another 2 years before the next budget cycle.
In December 2014 the Council approved a budget that includes $7M for the project. The project is slated to start around mid-year with the beginning of the design and environmental review phase. This phase is expected to take up to 24 months to complete.