Greenwood Stay Healthy Street

Updated: February 12, 2021

What's happening now?

We Want Your Feedback!

Working with the community, we have identified the Greenwood Stay Healthy Street, along 1st Ave NW, as the most promising route to be made permanent in Northwest Seattle. We are looking for your input regarding any concerns with the current operation, what types of durable materials you prefer, and how to enhance the street to better reflect the local community.

Click here to take the survey today.

We will be mailing post cards to residences and businesses on or near the Greenwood Stay Healthy Street with this update and the survey web address. We will also be posting flyers along the Stay Healthy Street to direct people to the online survey. Please help us spread the word!

Please plan to join the online open house on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm. Please join us to share your feedback, or participate on the online survey by March 11, 2021.  You can also submit comments directly below to: greenwoodstayhealthystreet@seattle.gov.

Ways to join the March 4th meeting: Join from the meeting link https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=mb0d3075effcf7bf7760ac6c31c2a6d8e

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You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

In December 2020, the temporary Stay Healthy Street A-frame signs were replaced with more durable barricades which are less susceptible to winter weather and movement.


Stay Healthy Street Sign

Background

April 4, 2020, SDOT responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by upgrading 26 miles of Neighborhood Greenways to Stay Healthy Streets throughout the city as a pilot program to allow for socially distanced transportation, recreation, and socialization. 

  • Neighborhood Greenways are designated walking, rolling, and biking routes along residential streets with enhanced safety features (such as speed humps, stop signs, and crossing improvements at major intersections) to limit the number and speed of through vehicle. While these are intended for those walking, in wheelchairs, riding bikes and similar, local access, deliveries, waste pickup and emergency vehicles are always allowed. Neighborhood Greenways throughout Seattle were identified through past community engagement processes.  
  • Stay Healthy Streets build on the investments in the Neighborhood Greenway network by enhancing signage which closes the street to enable those on foot and bike to be the primary users of the street to allow for social distancing.  As with Neighborhood Greenways, local access, deliveries, waste pickup and emergency vehicles are always allowed but drivers must yield to other users.  

The Greenwood Neighborhood Greenway opened Summer of 2017 and was originally part of Greenwood Elementary School Safe routes to School and the North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway. It is 1.4 miles long and runs on 1st Ave NW from NW 73rd St to NW 100th St.  

A map of the Greenwood Stay Healthy Street on 1st ave NW

From Temporary to Permanent - Stay Healthy Streets Process

SDOT has a five-step process for identifying potential new temporary or permanent Stay Healthy Streets.  In Summer 2020, SDOT completed step 4, Evaluate.  The evaluation concluded that the Greenwood Stay Healthy Street was the most promising route for a permanent Stay Healthy Street in Northwest Seattle because of its high use by people walking and biking and the positive response received in the Stay Healthy Streets survey.

Step 3 and 4 of the process are piloting and evaluating a Stay Healthy Street

Evaluation Quick Facts:

  • Over 9,000 people took the survey
  • The Greenwood Stay Healthy Street was (and continues to be) heavily used, in particular by those on foot
  • Neighbors along the route are mostly supportive of the Stay Healthy Street
  • Ballard and Greenwood were the preferred Stay Healthy Streets to be made permanent in Northwest Seattle
  • The Greenwood Stay Healthy Street neighborhood is more diverse than the Ballard Stay Healthy Street neighborhood
  • Drivers are traveling slowly or avoiding these streets altogether 

An average of 774-847 people walking and 79-174 people biking used the Stay healthy street per day, and we saw 33 people per mile of observation using the Stay Healthy Street

We are currently in the design phase to transition from a temporary to a permanent Stay Healthy Street. This involves learning from the community what community concerns are in the neighborhood, if the route should be modified, and identify local enhancements.

Step 5 of the process is community based design focusing on the best ways for a permanent Stay Healthy Street to work in a neighborhood

Next Steps

Winter 2021

  • Send a postcard to nearby addresses providing an update and include an invitation to participate in an online survey
  • Start collecting input from community members via online survey on improvements
  • Host an online open house to provide an update, understand concerns, learn about preferences, and answer questions
  • Attend the Greenwood Community Council meeting to provide an update, learn about preferences, and answer questions
  • Reach out to impacted properties
  • Analyze results from the online survey and other feedback received
  • Based on best practices and community input, identify materials for installation 

Spring 2021

  • Provide an update to community members on next steps
  • Upgrade arterial crossings with larger barricades 

Summer 2021

  • Install enhancements (such as art)