Healthy Streets

Travel and play in a healthy way

Updated October 11, 2022

What's happening now?

We introduced Healthy Streets during the pandemic in 2020 as a way for Seattleites to get outside safely and stay active in local neighborhoods throughout the city. Healthy Streets are open for people walking, rolling, biking, and playing, and closed to pass-through traffic.

We’re updating our Healthy Streets across Seattle based on the trends we’ve seen in terms of community use and public feedback. Next, we will:

  • Make some locations permanent Healthy Streets
  • Return some locations to neighborhood greenways, which they were prior to the pandemic
  • Further review some Healthy Streets and conduct more outreach to determine next steps. These locations will remain Healthy Streets until further notice.

At each location, there may be a combination of permanent Healthy Streets, neighborhood greenways, and/or areas for further review and outreach. Below is a map that shows the plan for Healthy Streets locations moving forward. You can also click on the Healthy Street neighborhood project pages listed below to get more information on that location.

Program Overview

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 space for people rather than cars—improving community and individual health.

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 hopscotch 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 Healthy Streets unless they have to

    Two people on bikes pass through a Healthy Streets intersection with permanent planters and signs  

    Pictured: Greenwood permanent Healthy Street (left) | Mural art by Romel Belleza on Little Brook's Healthy Street (right)

    What does this mean for drivers?

    • People driving who need to get to homes and destinations along 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

    Check out our Frequently Asked Questions and PowerPoint videos for more info: English • Español • አማርኛ • Tiếng việt • af-Soomaali • 한국어 • 简体中文 •  繁体字 • Tagalog • ትግርኛ

    Healthy Street locations: 

    A map showing the locations of Healthy Streets throughout Seattle. See the list below for individual Healthy Street location pages and maps.

    Healthy Streets next to schools

    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 Healthy Streets. Here are maps and details on how to use the Healthy Street when getting kids to and from school:

    Aki Kurose - Cascadia - Cedar - Concord - Dunlap - Garfield - Greenwood - Hamilton - Highland - John Muir - Lincoln - Maple - MLK - Nova - Robert Eagle Staff - Sanislo - West Seattle Elementary