Central Ridge Neighborhood Greenway

What's happening now?

We've been talking to central Seattle communities about the most promising route for the Central Ridge Neighborhood Greenway. Thank you to those who completed our online survey and spoke with us at our events.

We're considering the feedback we heard and reviewing traffic data and citywide transportation plans to design our final route. We plan to finalize the route this fall and build the greenway in 2019. Stay tuned by subscribing to our distribution list.

Project Overview

We're engaging with people in the Capitol Hill, First Hill, Central Area, and Judkins Park communities to help us design a neighborhood greenway that connects residents with schools, parks, local businesses, and the greater transportation network. The new neighborhood greenway will bring affordable, active transportation options for all ages and abilities.

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:

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

The Central Ridge neighborhood greenway project came from city planning efforts and community requests. The Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) calls for neighborhood greenways primarily located on 19th Ave and 20th Ave in the south end and 16th Ave E in the north end.

Hundreds of people gave feedback via an online survey, public events, and conversations with the project team. We heard requests for a neighborhood greenway with:

  • connections to get to the Rainier Valley, Judkins Park, Swedish Cherry Hill, Volunteer Park, and 15th Ave E businesses
  • a new walk and bike crossing at E Madison St and 18th Ave
  • direct bike route with fewer hills
  • safer crossings at busy intersections

Most Promising Route

We selected our most promising route after listening to the community, reviewing existing transportation plans, and analyzing traffic data.

South end:

  • The proposed route is on 18th Ave from S King St to E Madison St.
  • Connects people to a future east-west neighborhood greenway to the International District and points south via the Central Park Trail
  • Also connects people to Swedish Cherry Hill and several schools along the route

North end:

  • The proposed route is on 18th Ave and then transitions to 16th Ave E at E Republican St.
  • Connects people to Volunteer Park via E Prospect St and the heart of the 15th Ave E business district

You can view data and see the routes we studied in the first phase of outreach here.

Central Ridge Most Promising Route map
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Safe Routes to School

We're teaming up with our Safe Routes to School program to deliver an east-west segment of the neighborhood greenway on Capitol Hill. The connection, made up of walk- and bike-friendly streets, will link Lowell Elementary School to Meany Middle School and will be constructed as early as 2018.

After listening to the community, reviewing traffic data and City transportation plans, we believe the most promising route is E Roy St to 13th Ave E to E Harrison St. The route continues east to connect to the existing Central Area Neighborhood Greenway.


New crossing signal: 18th Ave E and E Madison St

We’re proposing a new crossing signal of E Madison St for people walking and biking in the heart of central Seattle. This will not only help people get across the street, but make it easier to safely reach Madison Bus Rapid Transit coming in a few years.

Specifically, our proposal includes:

  • walk/bike crossing signal
  • crosswalks
  • improved lighting
  • push button activation
  • elimination of certain high-risk turning movements

18th Ave & E Madison St map

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This project will be funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015.

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


Spring 2017: Share route options and get feedback
Summer 2017: Share most promising route and get feedback
As soon as 2018: Share final route, begin neighborhood greenway design in 2018
As soon as 2019: Build neighborhood greenway