Stay Healthy Streets

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Updated: April 15, 2021

As we work toward providing COVID-19 vaccinations to Seattleites, we're creating more space for people to get outside safely. Take this survey to tell us what you think:

Leave a message, request a listening session, or take our survey by calling: (206) 727-3565 and press for language: • 1 Spanish • 2 Cantonese • 3 Mandarin • 4 Vietnamese • 5 Somali • 6 Amharic • 7 Tigrinya • 8 Korean • 9 Tagalog 

Lake Washington Blvd Keep Moving Street Update - Spring Break!

During Seattle Public Schools spring break (April 9-18), Lake Washington Blvd between Mt Baker Beach and Genesee Park is closed to vehciles and open to people walking, rolling, and biking. Barricades will be removed on Monday morning, April 19. Read our November update to learn more about Keep Moving Streets and Lake Washington Blvd.

Little Brook Park - Pilot Stay Healthy Street

We're working with Lake City Collective to open up more space for play in the Little Brook neighborhood. Starting April 12, we're piloting a block closure outside of Little Brook Park. Check out this flyer for details. 

Welcome Back to In-Person School!

We're supporting schools by offering to close the block outside the school entrance to vehicles and open it for a more-socially distanced drop-off/pick up. Check out our School Streets page for more. Some schools are on or near Stay Healthy Streets. Here are maps and details on how to use the Stay Healthy Street when getting kids to and from school:

Aki KuroseCascadiaCedarConcordDunlapGarfieldGreenwoodHamiltonHighlandJohn MuirLincolnMapleMLKNovaRobert Eagle StaffSanisloWest Seattle Elementary

Green Lake Keep Moving Street Update

In response to feedback, people can now drive southbound (see map) on W Green Lake Way N for easier access to the Lower Woodland Park off-leash dog park/tennis court parking lot. The northbound lane (the lane closer to Green Lake) remains closed to people driving and open to people walking, rolling, and biking. With biking currently restricted on the trail inside the park, this setup helps people enjoy Green Lake in a socially distanced way.

Image of sign showing where to walk and where to drive

Photo showing operational changes so people driving southbound can use the street 

Young boy waving with caption, “Our family loves the 25th Ave Stay Healthy Street. I’ve been surprised by how much it’s impacted our neighborhood’s quality of life. What has been a wonderful unexpected aspect is seeing how the whole neighborhood uses space

Smiling mom and daughter with quote, “we’ve been trying to teach our 6 year old to bike for a couple of years now. Since 18th became a Stay Healthy Street, we’ve felt comfortable going out to practice in it. There’s plenty of space for others to get around us and not many cars. Now instead of being scared going down a gradual hill, she’s yelling in excitement!

Program Overview

What are Stay Healthy Streets?

Stay Healthy Streets are open for people walking, rolling, biking, and playing and closed to pass through traffic. The goal is to open up more space for people rather than cars as a way to improve community and individual health.

Stay Healthy Streets can include:

  • Traffic safety features like easier crossings at busy streets, speed humps to slow down drivers, and sign and pavement markings to help people find their way
  • Neighborhood activities like hop scotch and basketball (that you would otherwise need to get a street closure permit for)
  • Intersections with traffic circles and street murals to discourage people from driving on Stay Healthy Streets unless they have to

What does this mean for drivers?

  • People driving who need to get to homes and destinations along Stay Healthy Streets are still able to drive on these streets; drivers should use extra caution and yield to people
  • People enjoying the street should be mindful of drivers trying to get to homes and destinations as well

Stay Healthy Street and Keep Moving Street locations: 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions and overview presentation for more info. 

children riding big wheels and being glad people are driving the pace of people walking and rolling

Background

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in spring and summer of 2020 we upgraded over 25 miles of Neighborhood Greenways to Stay Healthy Streets by closing them to pass through traffic and opening them to people walking, rolling, and biking. Neighborhood Greenways are residential streets identified through past public engagement with enhanced safety features like speed humps, stop signs, and crossing improvements at major streets. Like any residential street, cut-thru traffic is discouraged, but local access, deliveries, waste pickup, and emergency vehicles are allowed. 

Street selection included working from our 45-mile Neighborhood Greenway network and avoiding impacts to businesses, fire response routes, transit operations and layover, and COVID-19 response efforts like healthcare provider parking. Neighborhood selection considered the Race and Social Equity Index, where existing neighborhood greenways served areas of dense housing or limited public open space, geographic coverage, and access to essential services and open businesses.  

Keep Moving Streets

During the summer and fall of 2020, we partnered with Seattle Parks and Recreation to create more space for people to exercise and keep 6 feet apart. While parking lots were closed, and people were discouraged from congregating, we opened streets adjacent to 4 destination parks to create more space for people to get outside.

The Keep Moving Streets included W Green Lake Way N (still open), Lake Washington Blvd (open intermittently until further outreach), Golden Gardens Dr NW (no longer open), and Alki Point (still open).  

Outreach and Engagement

Stay Healthy Streets can only be an asset with input and support from the people who live along and use them. This summer, we collected feedback from over 9,000 people using an online surveyQuestion 5 and question 19 do not show up well, so we've included PDFs.

The majority of participants identified as white, so while we compile the comments, we're working with the Department of Neighborhoods and Vida Agency to include more Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the conversation. We're discussing how to center race and equity, respect the cultural significance of neighborhoods, understand how to make streets feel safe for all, and confirm where up to 20 miles of Stay Healthy Streets should be made permanent. 

In the meantime, you can share comments and ask questions by emailing StayHealthyStreets@Seattle.gov or sign up for a project listserv.

We've also heard concerns from BIPOC communities around how enforcement will be handled, maintaining established cultural practices, and reports of racism directed toward BIPOC people traveling the routes. If we truly want to rebuild to better than before, then "we" must include everybody. For many white people, it means understanding cultures that existed in the neighborhood you live in now before you arrived. It means valuing everyone's voices and finding ways to include them. It means everyone feels safe traveling on our sidewalks and streets. It means recognizing racism and becoming an ally. Use these links to learn more: 

What's next?

We're thinking long term. Stay Healthy Streets are an important tool for Seattleites to get outside, and get to essential services and small businesses as we start to reopen. Despite the many challenges we face, 2020 and 2021 will remain years of thoughtful, forward progress as we build a safer, more livable Seattle for all. With community engagement, these streets can become assets in our neighborhoods to facilitate stronger practices around mental and physical health. 

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