Neighborhood Greenways. You may have heard me mention them a few times over the last year. In 2011, I was fortunate enough to attend a trip to Portland: it was on this visit that I first encountered a greenway. Sure, I had heard about green streets and bike boulevards before, but this was really the first time that I experienced them, firsthand. I saw how these amenities were so easily incorporated into the city's transportation network and it didn't take millions of dollars to do.
Our city streets are everybody's streets, meaning that we need to meet all kinds of needs- from pedestrians to bicyclists, and from cars and buses to freight. As I often say, they need to feel comfortable for an eight year to an 80 year old, and everyone in between.
We've done a lot of work on Neighborhood Greenways and the momentum is growing. The city is in the process of updating our Bike master Plan and the hope is to incorporate various tools cycle tracks and greenways. You can get involved with that process by going here.
Thank you for your interest in making our streets safer and inviting. Feel free to explore this page and learn how you can connect with a Neighborhood Greenway!
Proposed project elements along the greenway route may include:
- Signs and pavement legends
- Spot pavement repairs
- Crossing improvements
- Improved landscaping at some traffic circles
- Limited parking restrictions at traffic circles
- Median island with access changes at Stone Way North and North 43rd Street
In 2012, SDOT is constructing our first Neighborhood Greenways. A total of seven miles of greenways are being added in Ballard, Beacon Hill, Delridge and Wallingford. Locations were selected using the following criteria:
- residential streets with less than 1,000 vehicles per day
- corridors linking high pedestrian generators such as parks, schools and neighborhood business districts
- community requests