Stay Healthy Streets

Updated: October 11, 2021

What's happening now?

As we work toward providing COVID-19 vaccinations to Seattleites, we're creating more space for people to get outside safely. Should some Stay Healthy Streets be made permanent? How should they change? What would help neighbors feel included? Take this Stay Healthy Streets survey to let us know what you think.

Note: Current Keep Moving Streets at Green Lake, Alki, and Lake Washington are not included in the Stay Healthy Streets survey. We will conduct separate outreach processes for each Keep Moving Street.

Web: English • Spanish • Tigrinya • Amharic • Vietnamese • Somali • Korean • Chinese - Simplified • Chinese - Traditional • Tagalog

Phone: 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 

Close your block to celebrate Halloween or Día de los Muertos! 

Calling all ghouls, zombies, and other creatures of fright - our Trick or Streets program is back! Trick or Streets is an opportunity to close your street to most vehicle traffic for a Halloween-inspired block party - think costumes, snacks, and neighborhood fun! You can also host a Día de los Muertos ofrenda exhibit and celebration of loved ones who are no longer with us. Visit our blog post for more details. 

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 PowerPoint videos for more info: English • Spanish • Amharic • Vietnamese • Somali • Korean • Chinese - Simplified • Chinese - Traditional • Tagalog • Tigrinya

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

Starting in summer 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, we want to continue creating space for people to stay healthy and enjoy some of Seattle's best features.

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) to help people travel and play in a healthy way.  

GREEN LAKE 

The new 2-way path for people walking and biking on W Green Lake Way N is complete and the street has reopened to people driving. All parking lots are accessible. 

Leveraging investments made through the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multimodal Project, the street is now more accessible for people of all ages and abilities to comfortably walk, roll, and bike. If you're driving please be aware the speed limit is now 20 MPH to make it easier for people to walk between the two parks. Check out the Green Lake Keep Moving Street webpage for more info. 

LAKE WASHINGTON BLVD  

4th of July weekend through the weekend of October 2, three miles of Lake Washington Blvd (from Mt Baker Park to Seward Park) were open to people walking, rolling, and biking on weekends* and holidays.  Check out the Lake Washington Blvd Keep Moving Street webpage for more info. 

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.    

Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey. We currently have funding for outreach and early design on this project and we're working to secure funding for construction. Go to the Alki Point to get involved. 

GOLDEN GARDENS 

There are currently no plans to close either the parking lots at Golden Gardens or Golden Gardens Drive. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) would only consider closing parking lot(s) as a last resort and SPR's decision would inform whether SDOT decides to close Golden Gardens Drive. 

Both SPR and SDOT are actively considering alternative steps to avoid parking lot and road closures at this location including taking measures to reduce illegal parking and improving pedestrian safety. This may include new signs along the street and in parking lots or additional staffing on site.