Alki Point Healthy Street

Updated January 31, 2024

What's Happening Now?

In 2022, we conducted outreach and shared early design concepts with community members at an in-person event and collected comments on the proposed design. In 2023, we evaluated community feedback on the proposed design to consider possible refinements. Thank you to everyone who gave input on the Alki Point Healthy Street project early design.

We are excited to share our updated designs for the Alki Point Healthy Street, based on strong community desire for an additional walking and biking area along the beach front that's seperated from cars and to connect the existing bike lane on Alki Ave SW along Beach Dr Sw! Details and images of the updated designs are included in the section “Alki Healthy Street Designs” below. Construction is expected to begin in 2024.

We are still evaluating additional design work and paint-and-post crossing improvements for one block of the permanent Healthy Street on Beach Dr from 63rd Ave SW to 64th Ave SW. We will share an update about these options at a later date, in order to coordinate with a King County stormwater treatment project

Thank you to everyone who signed up for planters on the Alki Point Healthy Street. Due to the unique designs on this Healthy Street, we will reach out directly to neighbors about planters at specific intersections.

Upgraded Temporary Sign Bases
 
SDOT crews recently installed upgraded temporary Healthy Street signs with a durable concrete cylinder base! The existing temporary signage has not been durable enough to withstand winter traffic conditions, and as a result, our crews weren’t able to keep up with the number of requests to repair or replace signage around the city. The new temporary Healthy Street signs are stronger and more stable, reducing the amount of movement or damage impacting the signs. 

Example of the new Healthy Street temporary street

New upgraded temporary signage installed on the Alki Point Healthy Street.  

About this project 

Alki Point is a regional destination park and marine reserve habitat, as well as a destination for many popular outdoor activities like kayaking and paddle boarding, whale watching, exploring the low tides, and taking in views of the sunset and mountain range.

In May 2020, we implemented a Healthy Street on Beach Drive SW and Alki Avenue SW from the north end of 63rd Ave SW to the south end of 63rd Ave SW.

Project Map

Map of Alki Healthy Street

While people can still drive to destinations on the street, using the street as a cut-through is discouraged so that it stays calmer and safer for all users – especially people biking, walking, or using a foot scooter.

After we installed the Healthy Street in 2020, we heard from many community members who wanted to keep the Healthy Street permanent.

In 2021 and 2022, we completed an outreach process and received comments from more than 2,000 people. After reviewing the public input, we announced in October that the Alki Point Healthy Street will be permanent.

Design Elements

Below are maps and diagrams of the entire project area, and 4 location specific improvements. The updated design elements are also listed for each location.  

The updated design includes: 

  • 0.25 miles (approx) of new walking/biking space
  • 3 new ADA-accessible parking spaces
  • 3 new speed humps 

Construction is expected to begin in 2024. Existing public parking has been identified in the area for possible re-striping, improved signage, or other updates to better indicate its availability for visitors.

Map of locations around the Healthy Street Greenway

A map of the Alki Point Healthy Street project area

Location 1: Alki Ave SW & 64th Pl SW 

  • Paint & post cul-de-sac to give drivers an opportunity to turn around before the “street closed” sign
  • “Street closed” sign on durable concrete cylinders to reduce cut-through driving on the Healthy Street
  • Wayfinding pavement markings for a smooth transition from existing bike path to the Healthy Street 
  • Approximately 6 parking spaces removed in Cul-de-sac area - raised crosswalk to 64th Pl SW 

Updated design plan for the Alki Point Healthy Street at the intersection of Alki Ave SW and 64th Pl SW

Updated design plan for the Alki Point Healthy Street at the intersection of Alki Ave SW and 64th Pl SW. 


Location 2: Alki Ave SW and Point Pl SW 

  • Speed humps to reduce traffic speeds
  • Sharrow pavement markings to enhance wayfinding for people biking, rolling, and walking
  • Stop signs at intersecting streets 

Updated design plan for the Healthy Street along Alki Way SW.

Updated design plan for the Healthy Street along Alki Way SW.  

Location 3: Alki Ave SW and Beach Dr SW 

  • Concrete wheel stops (instead of previously-designed paint and post) to delineate 10’ of additional space for walking/rolling along the existing sidewalk adjacent to the beach
  • Sharrow pavement markings to enhance wayfinding for people biking, rolling, and walking
  • Stop signs at intersecting streets
  • ADA accessible parking along Beach Dr SW 

Updated design for the Alki Healthy Street along Alki Ave SW into Beach Dr SW.

Updated design for the Alki Healthy Street along Alki Ave SW into Beach Dr SW.  

Location 4: Beach Dr SW and 64th Ave SW 

  • Concrete wheel stops (instead of previously-designed paint and post) to delineate 10’ of additional space for walking/rolling along the existing sidewalk adjacent to the beach
  • Sharrow pavement markings to enhance wayfinding for people biking, rolling, and walking 
  • Stop signs at intersecting streets
  • Approximately 61 parking spaces removed on Beach Dr SW, from 3300 Beach Dr SW to 64th Ave SW
  • Approximately 46 parking spaces to remain available on Beach Dr SW, from 3300 Beach Dr SW to 64th Ave SW 

Updated design for the Alki Healthy Street along Beach Dr SW

Updated design for the Alki Healthy Street along Beach Dr SW, including cross-section diagrams below to show the existing conditions and the future conditions.

Existing street cross section

The existing condition cross-section shows parking lanes on both sides of the street.

Future street cross section showing new space for walking and rolling

The future condition cross-section shows the 10 feet of additional space for people walking, biking, and rolling next to the existing sidewalk.  

Schedule 

May 2020: Alki Point Keep Moving Street installed

Summer 2020 through Spring 2021: Observation and evaluation

Summer 2021: Hear from the community to learn what people think of this Keep Moving Street as it is today, and understand what the community wants the street to look like in the future

Fall 2021: Permanent design survey; Outreach and engagement

Summer 2022: Share outreach summaries

Fall 2022: Permanent Healthy Street announced and early designs shared

Summer 2023: Updated map with portion of permanent Healthy Street to be installed at a later date

Fall 2023: Updated designs for construction in 2024.

Community Outreach

People gather at an open house and view proposed designs and materials on tablesSince the Alki Point Keep Moving Street opened, we heard from many community members that they would like it to stay in some form to keep providing space for people to walk, bike, roll, and play. Data shows that the Alki Keep Moving Street has the highest usage among any Keep Moving Street or Stay Healthy Street.

We organized community engagement in 2021 and 2022, which included a survey, stakeholder meetings, and a public open house. We analyzed more than 2,000 responses to the Alki Point Keep Moving Street Survey and additional feedback like emails, phone calls, stakeholder comments, and door-to-door business outreach.

The outreach summary is in two parts:

  • Part 1 can be found here (revised May 11). Part 1 contains the survey results to the first section of our online survey. These questions were aimed to help us understand how the street is or isn't working well in its current condition.
  • Part 2 can be found here. It contains the results from the second set of questions, which include summarized open-ended responses to three sets of design elements.

Materials

People gather at an open house and view proposed designs and materials on tables

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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