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Lake Washington Loop Neighborhood Greenway

Last updated: February 13, 2016

The first open house for this study was held in August. It was the first of two open house meetings on this study. We shared traffic data and gathered input on where people want to walk and bike and barriers to doing so. Join us at our second open house to provide input on the most promising route and recommend safety improvements.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
10:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Bush School, Community Room
3400 E Harrison St, Seattle WA 98112
This meeting is wheelchair accessible via Harrison St

Project Description

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

  • Improve safety
  • Help people cross busy streets
  • Discourage cut-thru traffic
  • 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 are not car free zones, do not add bike lanes and there are minimal if any on-street parking impacts.


Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) through the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund are partnering with the Arboretum Neighbors for Safe Streets and Madison Valley Greenways neighborhood groups to study traffic safety improvements and routes for a neighborhood greenway connecting the Montlake and Madison Valley neighborhoods. The construction of the greenway is currently not funded.

The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan recommends a neighborhood greenway along the Lake Washington Loop in the vicinity of 26th Ave E. and 28th Ave E, between East Harrison and Boyer Ave E. During the summer of 2016, we are studying potential neighborhood greenway routes, identifying traffic safety improvements and developing a conceptual design. This is a neighborhood-lead study and we are eager to hear more from neighbors who live, work, shop and play along these streets.


What is a Neighborhood Greenway?

Greenways include speed humps, speed limits of 20 mph, signs to help people find their way, stop signs at streets crossing the greenway, and a combination of flashing beacons, crosswalks, medians or traffic signals at busy intersections. They do not include bike lanes and have minimal if any on-street parking impacts. Each location varies based on the streets unique characteristics. Below is a sketch of a greenway.

Project Schedule

Date Task
Open House #1 August 2016
Greenways Ride/Walk with Community September 2016

Most Promising Route Study and Selection

Winter 2016

Open House #2

February 2017

Final Design

March 2017

Project Funding

This study is funded by the Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Park and Street Fund. No funds are available for construction at this time.

Project Contacts

If you have comments and ideas for this study, please share your feedback with the project team by emailing Lauren Squires at

Additionally, the neighborhood leaders for this study would also be interested in your feedback. Join the conversation online through the Arboretum neighborhoods Safer Streets Group on Learn more about the Madison Neighborhood Greenways community group at

Project Materials

February 2017 Open House Flier
August 2016 Open House BoardPotential Routes
August 2016 Open House BoardSlopes
August 2016 Open House BoardSpeeds
August 2016 Open House BoardVehicle Volumes
August 2016 Open House BoardArterials
August 2016 Open House BoardBike Volumes
August 2016 Open House BoardElements

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