Healthy Streets

Updated December 1, 2023

What's Happening Now?

We are making more Healthy Street locations permanent! 

Thank you to everyone who participated in our evaluation process for Healthy Streets! Over this past year, we have been conducting outreach, collecting public feedback, and evaluating community use trends to determine if a Healthy Street should become permanent or go back to a Neighborhood Greenway.

We are excited to announce that the following segments of the Central District Healthy Street are becoming permanent: 

  • E Columbia St, from 12th Ave to 22nd Ave 
  • 22nd Ave, from E Union St to E Columbia St

We will continue to evaluate and conduct outreach on the other segments of the Central District Healthy Street. Please visit the Central District Healthy Street webpage for more information.

Adopt a Planter – sign-ups open until January 18, 2024!

For new permanent Healthy Street locations, neighbors can choose to replace the standard concrete sign base with planters. Planters are then maintained by neighbors. If you are interested in adopting one or more planters along your neighborhood’s Healthy Street, please fill out our planter adoption form.

Planter adoption is now open for the following permanent Healthy Street locations:

If you are interested in adopting a planter, but don’t see your Healthy Street on this list, the planter adoption form will open later for additional Healthy Streets. Sign up for email updates to be notified when planter forms are open!

What are Healthy Streets?

Healthy Streets are closed to pass through traffic, but open to people walking, rolling, biking, and playing. The goal of this program is to open up more public space for people to use—improving community and individual health. 

Since 2022, we have been evaluating and updating Healthy Streets across Seattle based on the trends we’ve seen in terms of community use and public feedback. Healthy Streets are a commitment to the Mayor's Transportation & Climate Justice Executive Order and SDOT's work to prioritize and expand actions that equitably reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) within the transportation sector.

Citywide Map of Healthy Street Locations

Alki Point - 12 on map

Aurora-Licton Springs - 4 on map

Ballard - 5 on map

Beacon Hill - 9 on map

Bell Street - 8 on map

Central District - 7 on map

Columbia City - 10b on map

Delridge - 14a on map

Greenwood - 3 on map

Georgetown - 11 on map

Highland Park - 14b on map

High Point - 13 on map

Hillman City - 10c on map

Lake City - Olympic Hills - 1a on map

Lake City - Cedar Park - 1b on map

Little Brook - 2 on map

Mt Baker - 10a on map

Othello - 16a on map

Rainier Beach - 16b on map

South Park - 15 on map

Wallingford - 6 on map

How do Healthy Streets work? 

  • Healthy Streets can incorporate 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
  • Healthy Streets have fixtures like concrete block bases and new painted curb bulbs at each intersection of permanent healthy streets
  • In some cases, SDOT may install traffic calming, street murals, and additional pedestrian design elements
  • Street Closed signage is installed in the space directly adjacent to the intersection where parking is already not authorized, so no legal street parking spaces are removed

What this means for Healthy Street Neighborhoods: 

  • People driving who need to get to homes and destinations along Healthy Streets can still 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
  • Healthy streets can be used for neighborhood activities (like hopscotch and basketball) that you would otherwise need to get a street closure permit for 
  • Healthy Streets can also be used to host Play Streets and block Parties without needing a permits
  • Planters for Healthy Streets can be requested, and neighbors are responsible for maintaining them. 

How Healthy Streets Started

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 we upgraded 25 miles of existing Neighborhood Greenways to ‘Stay Healthy Streets’, by closing them to pass through traffic.  Later, this program was renamed to simply ‘Healthy Streets’.

We selected streets by working from the 45-mile Neighborhood Greenway network and avoiding impacts to businesses, fire response routes, transit operations and layover, and COVID19 response efforts like healthcare provider parking.

What's Next for Healthy Streets

We’ve heard from the people of Seattle that Healthy Streets are a valued part of many neighborhoods and there is a strong desire to add more locations. In 2022 Mayor Harrell signed the Executive Order on Climate Change and confirmed Seattle’s commitment to make 20 miles of Healthy Streets permanent.

As a first step towards that goal, we’re focused on evaluating and upgrading locations that were installed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. People across Seattle are also sharing their vision for how Healthy Streets can be a part of the People Streets and Public Spaces component of the Seattle Transportation Plan. You can learn more and engage in sharing your thoughts on the Seattle Transportation Plan page. 

The Healthy Streets program currently focuses on Neighborhood Greenways, and we do not have an open application process. If future funding is identified to make this an ongoing program, we will develop a process to identify and prioritize future locations.

Community Feedback 

When Healthy Streets started, we chose which neighborhoods to focus on using the Race and Social Equity Index. We also considered neighborhoods that already had greenways in areas with dense housing or not much public open space. This way, more people could have places to go outside and enjoy nature without having to go far from their homes. We also made sure to include neighborhoods that had access to important services and businesses that people need in their daily lives. This way, everyone in those neighborhoods could have better opportunities to live healthy and active lives.

Since the program began, we’ve regularly talked to communities and distributed surveys to understand how Healthy Streets are working, where they can be improved and expanded, and where it might make sense to go back to a Neighborhood Greenway. We also observed and reviewed each Healthy Street to help inform our decision-making.  For more information about how community feedback was used, please review our Healthy Street Evaluations in the materials section below.

Someone takes a photo over the handlebars of their bike, capturing two riders ahead of them on an Healthy Street
Our family loves the 25th Ave 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 the space. — M. Mainland, Central District

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Program Library

Throughout our feedback sessions, we’ve heard concerns from BIPOC communities around how enforcement will be handled, how established cultural practices will be maintained, and reports of racism directed toward BIPOC people traveling the routes. In addition to this direct feedback, the material/sources supported below, helped the project team with the background and principles of implementing Healthy Streets:


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

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