Stay Healthy Streets

Updated: May 3, 2021

What's happening now?

What should Lake Washington Blvd look like this summer? 

See below on the plans for continuing Keep Moving Streets (streets adjacent to major parks that are closed to vehicles and open to walking and biking) this summer to help people travel and play in a healthy way. And complete our survey about Lake Washington Blvd by May 10: 

Should some Stay Healthy Streets be made permanent? How should they change? As we work toward providing COVID-19 vaccinations to Seattleites, we're creating more space for people to get outside safely. Take this Stay Healthy Streets 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 

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 

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

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.

Now in 2021, with the approach of summer, each of us still has a critical role to continue wearing masks and keep socially distant while we work to get at least 70% of King County residents vaccinated. Seattle Parks and Recreation will be monitoring COVID rates and park crowding to determine how to manage parking lots near Keep Moving Streets.  

See below on the plans for continuing Keep Moving Streets (streets adjacent to major parks that are closed to vehicles and open to walking and biking) this summer to help people travel and play in a healthy way.  

GREEN LAKE 

We're modifying this Keep Moving Street to maintain parking lot access, make for a clearer, safer, and more predictable experience, and reconnect Woodland and Green Lake parks. The section of W Green Lake Way N between N 63rd St and the off-leash parking lot will be completely closed to people driving. Drivers can still enter and exit the Lower Woodland tennis court and off-leash parking lots from E Green Lake Way.   

This change is expected to happen the week of April 26 close to the time paving along E Green Lake Way N is expected to wrap up.  

LAKE WASHINGTON BLVD  

Because of previous pilot success and encouragement from hundreds of people who enjoy the space, we're planning to open a stretch of Lake Washington Blvd to people walking, rolling, and biking from Memorial Day weekend through the end of September.   

We're collecting input before then to see which options people prefer for this summer. We developed 4 options based on what we've heard and available funding (1-mile, 3-mile on weekends only, 1-mile + 3-mile on weekends, 3-mile). Please complete this survey by May 10 to share your preference on the 4 options.

ALKI POINT 

We're working to secure funding for designing and building permanent changes on the street based on community input. In the meantime, Alki Point will remain a Keep Moving Street in its current form until spring 2022 or until we secure funding for permanent changes on the street.    

In the coming weeks, we'll do more outreach to hear from more voices, learn what the community thinks of this Keep Moving Street as it is today, and understand what people want the street to look like in the future. Go to the Alki Point to get involved.

 

GOLDEN GARDENS 

The current status of the Golden Gardens Dr NW Keep Moving Street is pending decisions related to Golden Gardens Park. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) observed crowding and mask-noncompliance at Golden Gardens Park during the recent warm, sunny weekend, and are considering closing the parking lots and reopening Golden Gardens Dr NW to people walking. Regular communication between SDOT and SPR will determine whether to move forward with this Keep Moving Street.