Mt Baker/Columbia City Healthy Street

Updated August 8, 2022

What's Happening Now?

Share your thoughts! 

We are collecting community input to help decide if the shared street you live on or near (see project map below) should be made permanent or not. Permanent streets could be used for having outdoor potlucks and celebrations with your neighbors, art projects, sports, and traffic gardens along with travel and should support your community's values.

Please take our online survey to share your feedback and comments about the Othello-Rainier Beach Healthy Street. The survey is open until Friday, September 23rd and is available in the following languages:

Thank you to all the community members who came out to talk with us and have some fun on the Healthy Street! If you couldn't make it, here's a highlight video from the block party -- we hope to see you next time!

Project overview

Healthy Streets are an important tool for Seattleites to get outside, travel to grocery stores, pharmacies, and local businesses, and get exercise. Installed as part of our emergency response to the pandemic in 2020, they have made it possible for people to walk, roll, and bike in the street while staying 6 feet apart. They also provide an opportunity for you to consider how Healthy Streets might improve your community in the long-term.

How were streets selected?

Most Healthy Streets were installed along Neighborhood Greenways, which have traffic calming like speed humps, improvements to make it easy to cross busy streets, and have gone through a community engagement process. As with Neighborhood Greenways, local access, deliveries, waste pickup and emergency vehicles are always allowed but drivers must yield to other users.

Project Map

Placeholder section for a project map. 

What's Next

We're thinking long term. We're planning to make some Healthy Streets permanent and we want to hear your thoughts about the Othello and Rainier Beach Healthy Street and what it should look like. So far sections of the Greenwood and Beacon Hill Healthy Streets are slated to become permanent.

They can be used for gardening, games and sports, potlucks, and other celebrations. Because the street is already closed to pass through traffic, you don't need permits to close the street for these activities, you just need to notify neighbors on your block and be abe to move if somone needs to get to their home or get a delivery.

Schedule

March 2022: Pop-up event and survey to collect community feedback on the Othello and Rainier Beach Healthy Street