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Seattle Neighborhood Greenways - Safer, Calm Residential Streets

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Seattle is building a network of neighborhood greenways. Neighborhood greenways are safer, calm residential streets for you, your family and neighbors. On streets with low car volumes and speeds a greenway can:

  • Improve safety
  • Help people cross busy streets
  • Discourage cars from using neighborhood streets to avoid main streets
  • Protect the residential character of our neighborhoods
  • Keep speeds low
  • Get people to where they want to go like parks, schools, shops and restaurants

Neighborhood greenways do not add bike lanes and there are minimal if any on-street parking impacts. They are mostly funded through the nine-year voter approved Bridging the Gap Levy. SDOT has received many requests for them. In fact, many residents are so enthused they’ve started Seattle Neighborhood Greenways to help bring them to their neighborhood.

Greenway

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Delridge/Highland Park

Design

Olympic Hills

Design

Central

Design

University

Design

Madison Park

Design

Wedgwood

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Jackson Place

Plan

Central Ridge

Plan

Ballard

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Rainier S Myrtle

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Rainier 43rd Avenue S

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Description

Neighborhood greenways start with a good foundation and make small improvements that add up to a big difference. Every neighborhood is unique, however, there are a few common greenway elements we can use everywhere.

  1. Change the speed limit to 20 mph
  2. Add about one speed hump per block
  3. Add signs and pavement markings to help people find their way
  4. Add a some combination of curb extensions, rapid flashing beacons, crosswalks, medians, or traffic signals at busy intersections
  5. Add stop signs at streets crossing the greenway
  6. Smooth sidewalks and streets and add curb ramps

Read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

Instructions on How to Use Neighborhood Greenways

Pedestrians

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Follow signs to stay on the greenway.

Bicyclists

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Yield to pedestrians and motorists who have the right-of-way.
  • Move through intersections cautiously.
  • Follow bicycle pavement markings to stay on the greenway.

Motorists

  • Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • When backing out of a driveway always look behind, right and left before moving your car.
  • Reduce speed when moving through an intersection or to making a turn.
  • Driving over bicycle pavement markings is okay.
  • Only overtake a person riding a bike at a safe speed and only if there is a safe passing distance of at least three feet.
  • Be careful when you open your car door. Always look for people walking or riding a bike first.

 

Be Super SafeBe Super Safe

The City of Seattle’s road safety campaign, Be Super Safe, is an ongoing effort to reach zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. When driving, walking and bicycling we ask that you Be Super Safe and follow the rules of the road.

What’s Happening in Other Cities?

Neighborhood Greenways, also called Bike Boulevards in some cities, are sprouting up across the country. See what other cities are doing by visiting the links below.

Chicago’s Neighborhood Greenways
Minneapolis’s Bike Boulevards
Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways
Tucson’s Bike Boulevards
Vancouver, Canada’s Greenways

Want to See a Neighborhood Greenway in Action?

WATCH: Streetfilms Portland’s Bike Boulevards Become Neighborhood Greenways

Local, National and International Bicycle Design Guidelines

The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan guides the development of a citywide bicycling network, programs to encourage more bike riding, and activities and tools to measure our progress. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide is also a primary source for Seattle’s new bike designs. This document was created out of an extensive worldwide literature search from design guidelines and real-life experience; as well as the input of a panel of urban bikeway planning professionals from NACTO member cities, traffic engineers, planners, and academics.

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