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What We Do

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

Status

Central Area North-South Construct

Central Area East-West

Construct

Wedgwood

Construct

Rainier Valley North-South

Design

Central Ridge

Plan

North Seattle

Plan
West Seattle Plan

Chinatown/International District, Little Saigon & Judkins Park

Plan

Lake Washington Loop

Plan

Northgate

Plan

Program Goals

Whats a Neighborhood Greenway?

Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, and neighbors. We make people walking and biking the priority.

Neighborhood greenways can include:

  • 20 mph speed limit signs
  • speed humps to calm traffic
  • stop signs for side streets crossing the greenway
  • signs and pavement markings to help people find
  • their way
  • easier crossings of busy streets with crosswalks
  • flashing beacons, or traffic signals

Once built, neighborhood greenways can:

  • Create safe pathways for students to walk to school
  • Strengthen communities around safer streets
  • Create neighborhood placemaking
  • Connect you and your neighbors to popular destinations such as schools, parks, business districts, and the city-wide bicycle network
  • Provide alternative options of getting around your neighborhood by walking or biking

Read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

Funding

Levy to Move Seattle

Levy to Move Seattle logo

Approved by voters in November 2015, the 9-year, $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.

The levy provides roughly 30% of the Citys transportation budget and replaces the 9-year, $365 Bridging the Gap levy approved by voters in 2006.

The levy aims to take care of the basics, while also investing in the future with improvements to move more people and goods in and around a growing Seattle. An oversight committee made up of Seattle residents, appointed by the Mayor and City Council, will monitor levy expenses and revenues, review program and project priorities, and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on how to spend levy proceeds.

Related Info

Safe Routes to School

Pedestrian Master Plan

Bike Master Plan

Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, Greenway Connections Initiative

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