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Hill Climb Assists

How are hill-climb assists age-friendly?

Public hill climb assists are important to get older adults and children up a hill. Escalators and elevators as well as additions of railings along sloped paths and stairs can help people of different ages and abilities to traverse the steep grades.

Hill Climb assist - elevator and stairway - access from Lenora to the Seattle Waterfront.

Where should hill-climb assists be prioritized?

Hill climb assists should be prioritized along steep slopes in denser urban areas.  Where possible, they are a good opportunity for private development to help contribute to an age-friendly city.

These should be well marked in the public realm, along with hours of operation, information about the type of facility.

Primary departments invested in hill-climb assists

  • Seattle Department of Transportation
  • Office of Planning and Community Development
  • Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection

Estimated cost

Current hillcimb assists are located and implemented as part of private development or as a part of major projects (e.g. the Waterfront Overlook Walk).

Resources

SDCI Privately Owned Public Spaces
SDCI Elevator and Escalator Permit
King County Metro downtown hill climb map

Transportation

Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623
684-Road@seattle.gov

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