Mercer St. bicycle path to open Friday

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will open the two-way bicycle path on the north side of Mercer Street between Dexter and Fifth avenues North on Friday, May 1.

The pathway will open for cyclists to use for the month of May and will close again for up to two weeks in June to accommodate work under the state Route 99 Bridge.

The bicycle pathway on the west side of Fifth Avenue North will remain closed. Southbound cyclists on Fifth Avenue may ride in the roadway or use the sidewalk. Northbound cyclists on Fifth Avenue may cross on the north side of Mercer Street to continue north on the Fifth Avenue bike lane or east on the new Mercer bike path.

Northbound cyclists on Dexter Avenue are required to merge with vehicular traffic when approaching Mercer Street.

Bicycle signal heads will not be activated at this time. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians at intersections and observe pedestrian signals when crossing streets.

For more information about SDOT’s bicycle rules, visit