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Neighborhood Greenways

Neighborhood Greenways. You may have heard me mention them more than a few times. 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 has recently updated our Bike Master Plan, where we incorporated various tools like cycle tracks and greenways.

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, like at Stone Way North and North 43rd Street

SDOT is constructing our first Neighborhood Greenways in Ballard, Beacon Hill, Delridge, Wallingford, and more. For the full list, click here. 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

Read more about neighborhood greenways
on Sally Bagshaw's blog.

In the News



CityStream Splashback: Urban Greenways, Seattle Channel

Sally Bagshaw reveals funding for Neighborhood Greenways in Seattle, YouTube

Portland's Bike Boulevards Become Neighborhood Greenways, Street Films


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