Cougar Climb bicycle path connects WSU campus, downtown Pullman

PULLMAN, Wash. – A dedicated bicycle connection to downtown Pullman has opened on the west side of the Washington State University campus.

A joint project between the City of Pullman and WSU, the ‘Cougar Climb’ features a series of switchbacks that offers bicyclists a more pleasant and gradual alternative to the steep hill on College Avenue. Signs for the Cougar Climb have already been placed along the path, and lane markings will be painted along the path to help direct bicycle traffic.

The two-way bicycle path begins at the intersection of Spring Street and Lentil Lane near Reaney Park in the City of Pullman and ends at the corner of College Avenue and Spokane Street on the WSU campus. Bicycles may enter or exit from both ends of the path.

The Cougar Climb features bollards at the top and bottom of the uphill section of NE Reaney Way, southwest of Albrook Hydraulics Laboratory, which connects the City of Pullman to the WSU campus.

A short section of NE Reaney Way will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic beginning Tuesday, June 6. This closure will not affect the intersection of NE Reaney Way and Gray Lane, or any access to Reaney Park.

This section of NE Reaney Way will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic beginning Tuesday, June 6.

The Cougar Climb project was suggested by Alta Planning as a part of the 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan conducted by WSU Transportation Services in an effort to make the WSU campus and the City of Pullman more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

For questions regarding the Cougar Climb please contact WSU Transportation Services TDM Coordinator Brent Atkinson at or 509-335-4482.

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