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North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway & School Safety Project

Creating a network of family-friendly residential streets

Last updated: July 18, 2017

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Photo Credit: Flickr/Dennis Hamilton

What's happening now

Coming summer 2017

We’re creating a network of family-friendly residential streets for people walking and biking in north Seattle. This summer we’re building two Safe Routes to School neighborhood greenway in north Seattle - on N 92nd St and 1st Ave NW. The new neighborhood greenways will be short and intuitive connections to existing routes in the neighborhood.

You’ll see us working near you as we build out the neighborhood greenway over the next few months:

  • minor sidewalk repairs and pothole-filling
  • tree and vegetation trimming (see section below for details)
  • asphalt speed hump construction of about 1 per block, depending on block length and slope
  • intersection traffic control, including new stop signs with parking setbacks
  • wayfinding signs and markings, including “sharrow” bike markings on the pavement

Before the neighborhood greenway improvements are built, we’ll need to prune any vegetation and trees that extend into the street. The purpose of the tree pruning is to make sure street signs are visible, the sidewalk area is clear for people walking, and to allow large equipment through without impacting the trees. We’ve sent notices to the individual homes that have trees that need pruning with specific instructions.

North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway

Thank you to all who shared their feedback on the most promising route for the North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway & School Safety Project at our drop-in events and online survey. We are developing our final route based on what we heard, citywide transportation plans, and traffic data. That route is expected to be built as soon as 2018.

Stay in the loop by subscribing to our email distribution list. We’ll share our final route and opportunities to stay involved as we move from planning to design to construction.

Project Overview

What's 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 neighborhood greenway
  • signs and pavement markings to help people find their way
  • easier crossings of busy streets with crosswalks, flashing beacons, or traffic signals

We're working with community members from Crown Hill, Greenwood, Licton Springs, and Northgate to select a route for a new east-west neighborhood greenway to be built as soon as 2018.

The Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) recommends a neighborhood greenway on NW/N 90th St in the southern part and N 100th St in the northern part of the community to meet up with the planned bridge across I-5. Protected bike lanes on N 92nd St were proposed in the BMP and then prioritized in our recent implementation plan.

Most promising route

North Seattle Greenway Map
Click image to view full-size map

See the map above for the most promising route and proposed Safe Routes to School neighborhood greenway connections.

The most promising route was selected after listening to the neighborhood, reviewing the existing plans, and analyzing the data. The selected route avoids the steepest hills and prioritizes streets with lower vehicle speeds and volumes. It also connects people to the destinations we heard were most important.

All our neighborhood greenway streets will include speed humps, prioritize people walking and biking, and improve crossings of busy streets.

Cut-through prevention

We're proposing measures to reduce cut through traffic in your neighborhood and enhance safety for people crossing busy streets. At the intersections of N 100th St & Greenwood Ave N and N 92nd St & Aurora Ave N we're proposing:

  • New traffic signal
  • Push buttons for people walking and biking
  • Right-in, right-out neighborhood access

Connections

The neighborhood greenway will bring people to popular destinations:

  • Parks: Soundview Playfield, Crown Hill Park, Sandel Park, and Licton Springs Park
  • Schools: Whitman Middle School, Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School, Licton Springs K-8 School, Greenwood Elementary School, St. John Catholic School, and North Seattle College
  • Neighborhoods, business districts: Crown Hill, Greenwood, Licton Springs, and Northgate
  • Citywide bike network: 17th Ave NW Neighborhood Greenway, Greenwood Ave NW bike lanes, Fremont Ave NW Neighborhood Greenway, College Way N bike lanes, and N 92nd St bike lanes
  • Transit: RapidRide lines on Holman Rd NW and Aurora Ave N, bus routes on Greenwood Ave N and College Way N, and future Northgate Pedestrian & Bike Bridge to light rail

Seattle Public Schools is redeveloping the Wilson-Pacific school site into new elementary, K-8, and middle schools that will open in 2017, and we're planning to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge for the Northgate Link light rail station scheduled to open in 2021.

Before the new schools open and in preparation for the new bridge, we're prioritizing this neighborhood greenway and school safety project to make North Seattle transportation safer for everyone – whether you're walking, driving, biking, taking transit, or moving goods.

Safe Routes to School connection

Our Safe Routes to School program works with families and community members, transportation department colleagues working on projects, and the school district to develop action plans and prioritize projects.

Our Safe Routes to School is funding crossing improvements at 15th Ave NW and NW 92nd St at Whitman Middle School, NW 80th St and 1st Ave NW at Greenwood Elementary School, and the Safe Routes to School Connections providing neighborhood greenway routes shown on the map above to both school on 1st Ave NW and the new schools at the Wilson-Pacific site: Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School, and Licton Springs K-8 School.

In addition, we're planning a Safe Routes to School safety campaign for the new schools:

  • Driver awareness before the 2017-2018 school year begins
  • Traffic enforcement once school is in session
  • Student pedestrian and bicycle safety education throughout the school year

Making Seattle streets safer brings us closer to our Vision Zero goal of ending traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

Schedule

  • 2017
    • N 92nd St Protected Bike Lanes (initially marked in October 2016, weather delayed until summer 2017)
    • 1st Ave NW Neighborhood Greenway Connection (N 92nd St to N 73rd St)
  • 2017-2018
    • 1st Ave NW Neighborhood Greenway Connection (N 92nd St to N 73rd St)
  • 2018
  • Traffic signal installation at N 92nd St and Aurora Ave N depends on Washington State Department of Transportation approval

Funding

This project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Learn more about the levy at www.seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle/.

The Neighborhood Street Fund program pays for transportation projects identified and prioritized by the community. Projects range from crossing improvements to creating unique public spaces. They're typically between $100,000 and $1 million. Our neighborhood greenway work has been closely coordinated with the Neighborhood Street Fund's 2018 projects in the area: Holman Rd NW and 13th Ave NW Signal and Aurora Ave N Corridor Improvements.

The Safe Route to School connections are paid for by a Washington State Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School grant.

Get Involved

Hundreds of people gave feedback on our project through public meetings, site visits with community members, an online survey, and direct communications. We heard a lot of requests for a neighborhood greenway with:

  • slower speeds on residential streets
  • safer crossings at busy intersections
  • flatter routes with less cut-through traffic
  • improved connections to schools, parks, transit, and local businesses

We also heard that people wanted to use the neighborhood greenway to reach:

  • popular business districts
  • schools and parks
  • transit
  • Seattle's growing bikeway network

Project background

The Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) calls for a neighborhood greenway on NW/N 90th St in the southern part and N 100th St in the northern part of the community to meet up with the planned bridge across I-5. Protected bike lanes on N 92nd St were proposed in the BMP and then prioritized in our recent implementation plan.

The Neighborhood Street Fund program pays for transportation projects identified and prioritized by the community. Projects range from crossing improvements to creating unique public spaces. They're typically between $100,000 and $1 million. Our neighborhood greenway work has been closely coordinated with the Neighborhood Street Fund's 2018 projects in the area: Holman Rd NW and 13th Ave NW Signal and Aurora Ave N Corridor Improvements.

Our Safe Routes to School program works with families and community members, transportation department colleagues working on projects, and the school district to develop action plans and prioritize projects.

Our Safe Routes to School is funding crossing improvements at 15th Ave NW and NW 92nd St at Whitman Middle School, NW 80th St and 1st Ave NW at Greenwood Elementary School, and the Safe Routes to School Connections providing neighborhood greenway routes shown on the map above to both school on 1st Ave NW and the new schools at the Wilson-Pacific site: Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School, and Licton Springs K-8 School.

In addition, we're planning a Safe Routes to School safety campaign for the new schools:

  • Driver awareness before the 2017-2018 school year begins
  • Traffic enforcement once school is in session
  • Student pedestrian and bicycle safety education throughout the school year

Making Seattle streets safer brings us closer to our Vision Zero goal of ending traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

Materials

Contact

We are committed to building a productive, inclusive, and collaborative relationship with all who live, work, or travel in the project area. Please contact us with any questions.

Dan Anderson | northseattlegreenway@seattle.gov | (206) 684-8105


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