Lake Washington Blvd Keep Moving Street

Opening up space for people to walk, bike, and play in a healthy way

Updated November 19, 2021

What's Happening Now?

School break closure from November 25-28

Over the Seattle Public Schools Thanksgiving school break, we're closing 3 miles of Lake Washington Blvd to pass through traffic and opening it to people walking, rolling, and biking. The 3-mile closure will extend from Mt Baker Park to Seward Park along Lake Washington Blvd.

Based on community feedback, the barricades will be installed after 7 PM on Wednesday, November 24 and removed by 7 AM on Monday, November 29 to work around people driving on Lake Washington Blvd during peak commute times. Check out our listserv email for more info on the school break closure, an outreach update, and latest data report

Sign up for the project email list to stay up to date. 

thanksgiving on lake washington blvd

Click for pdf of the map above  

Important details during closures

  • LOCAL ACCESS: People driving to homes along the boulevard because they live there, are visiting, or making deliveries are allowed from the nearest cross street.  
  • CLEANLINESS: Based on neighbor input, we added a portable toilet to the Ferdinand parking lot and service the Adams St portable toilet daily. We also deployed additional garbage cans in a few locations along the Blvd. 
  • DATA COLLECTION: This summer we continued collecting data related to possible traffic diversion at S Genesee St (east of 38th Ave S), S McClellan St (east of 31st Ave S), and Wilson Ave S (northwest of S Lucille St). We added a counter to collect data for Hunter Blvd S. Staff also observed and collected counts on the number of people walking, biking, and rolling along the street closure. 
  • DURATION: For consistency, barricades were placed Friday afternoons and removed Monday mornings during summer 2021. This also reduces costs in paying staff overtime. On Labor Day weekends, barricades were removed the following Tuesday morning.   
  • PARKING: Seattle Parks and Recreation parking lots are open. To minimize driving on Lake Washington Blvd, we're limiting which lot entrances are open. See map above showing parking lot access. 
    • Please take extra caution at the entrance of Stan Sayres Memorial Park and Mt Baker Rowing & Sailing Center where there's a higher volume of people driving in and out of the parking lot entrance with boats. We separate people walking/biking and people driving along that stretch to make access easier and safer. See entrance map below

Access to Stan Sayres Boat Launch and Mt Baker Rowing & Sailing Center

  • GETTING TO LAKE WASHINGTON BLVD: Community member, Bob Svercl, made this video guide on how to access a couple of destinations along Lake Washington Blvd using public transit. 

Lake Washington Blvd Keep Moving Street Overview

On summer 2021 weekends, we closed 3 miles of Lake Washington Blvd to pass through traffic and opened it to people walking, rolling, and biking. The 3-mile closure extended from Mt Baker Park to Seward Park along Lake Washington Blvd. Watch as 2nd grader, Maya Jo, rides her bike on Lake Washington Blvd. 

The global pandemic provided an opportunity to experience the city in a different way. In 2020, Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks and Recreation opened 3 miles of Lake Washington Blvd all summer to allow for recreation close to home and space to keep 6 feet apart. This real-time experience engaged hundreds of people who shared their thoughts with us through emails, phone calls, surveys, and even videos (like this one from Anna Zivarts with Disability Rights Washington).

 "As a city, we're taking what we experienced during COVID-19, considering how to meet our environmental goals, and striving for safer places to walk and bike. Lake Washington Blvd is a gem and opening up space for people of SE Seattle and beyond to enjoy it in healthy and active ways supports and encompasses all these objectives." - Councilmember Tammy Morales

Reactions to the change varied. A substantial number of people shared their joy in having an intuitive, flat space, free of traffic safety concerns, and to be outside alongside one of Seattle's most beautiful parks. We also heard concerns from some residents related to on-street parking pressures (particularly when parking lots were closed last summer), traffic transferring from Lake Washington Blvd to adjacent streets, and missing a treasured scenic drive whether for pleasure, lack of ability to walk or bike, or commuting. 

Here's a sampling of what we heard:

"I've loved seeing families and friends stroll along the boulevard when it's closed to cars, and it's been a joy to cycle through without having to worry about traffic." -Mariko W. 

"With the road being closed, it gives a lot more people the opportunity to come to a nice place that's safe and just a good place to hang out." -Jawara O.

"As a health care worker, I do not always have the luxury of time and sometimes need to drive. The quickest way to drive is along LWB, and after a long stressful day caring for patients, it is an absolutely lovely and relaxing drive home. Even as an avid biker, I prefer it stay open to cars, especially during the week." -Ben T. 

People walking ton Lake Washington Blvd

Striking a balance

The summer 2021 approach built on decades of Bicycle Sundays where on a typical day about 5,000 people participate. It expanded the lakefront for more use and supported affordable travel options by making it easier to walk, bike, and roll. It provided space for children under 12 that were not eligible for vaccinations to stay active. 

We're balancing access for people with mobility challenges who primarily enjoy the lake when driving; and considering equity for those that moved out of the city due to affordability issues and often return to visit relatives and friends in the neighborhood. By keeping parking lots open, people driving from other neighborhoods retain access to the parks.

We don't take these decisions lightly as we work toward creating a safer, more sustainable city.

Mother and Child on Lake Washington Blvd

How did we select this option?

We received 6,700 responses to a poll open from April 23 to May 10 and the top preference was to close 3 miles of Lake Washington Blvd all summer (weekends and weekdays). When we broke the data down by people who lived in nearby zip codes and people who identified as BIPOC, the result was the same.

We also considered what we learned through listening sessions held with BIPOC community members and from people who live on or near Lake Washington Blvd. In addition, we received hundreds of emails to our project inbox and considered feedback from a 2020 survey. 

Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks & Recreation evaluated the options with this weighted criteria:  

  1. Equity (25%) 
  2. Community & Stakeholder Input (25%)
  3. Safety & Health (20%)
  4. Access (20%)
  5. Implementation (10%)

Balancing those metrics, we implemented opening 3 miles of Lake Washington Blvd on summer weekends and holidays.

Two pictures of people on Lake Washington Blvd

Keep Moving Streets Program

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 (Alki Point, Green Lake, Lake Washington Blvd, and Golden Gardens) to create more space for people to get outside. 

Now in 2021, we wanted to continue creating space for people to stay healthy and enjoy some of Seattle's best features. Visit our Stay Healthy Streets page for more info.

4 Stay Healthy and Keep Moving Streets

What's next? 

No decisions have been made on whether the Lake Washington Blvd Keep Moving Street will be made permanent in some form. We're committed to conducting robust community outreach before any permanent changes are made. Sign up for the project email list to stay updated on opportunities for input.

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English

Summer weekends on Lake Washington Boulevard!

On summer 2021 weekends, 3 miles of Lake Washington will be closed to cars from Mount Baker Park to Seward Park.

Enjoy walking, biking, rollerblading, and playing by the lake!

Each weekend, barricades will be placed Friday afternoon and removed each Monday morning (barricades will remain in place longer during holiday weekends, being removed the morning after).

Current plans are to have the program run through September.

It may extend into October if weather is nice.

People driving to homes along the boulevard because they live there, are visiting, or making deliveries are allowed.

Parking lots are open, and signs will direct people driving to access them directly (rather than driving on Lake Washington Boulevard).

Amharic

ማስታወቂያ፡ የበጋ ቅዳሜና እሁድ በሌክ ዋሽንግተን ጎዳና ላይ!

በበጋው 2021 ቅዳሜና እሁድ፣ የዋሽንግተን ሐይቅ 3 ማይሎች ከማዉንት ቤከር ፓርክ እስከ ሴዋርድ ፓርክ ለመኪናዎች ይዘጋል።

በእግር መጓዝ፣ ብስክሌት መንዳት፣ መሽከርከር እና በሀይቁ አጠገብ በመጫወት ይደሰቱ!

በየሳምንቱ መጨረሻ መከለያዎች አርብ ከሰዓት በኋላ በቦታዉ ተደርገዉ በየሳምንቱ ሰኞ ይነሳሉ (በዓል በሳምንት መጨረሻ ላይ በሚሆንበት ጊዜ መከለያዎቹ በማግስቱ ጠዋት ይነሳሉ)።

የአሁኑ ዕቅዶች መርሃ-ግብሩ እስከ መስከረም ድረስ እንዲቀጥል ማድረግ ነው።

አየሩ ጥሩ ከሆነ እስከ ጥቅምት ወር ሊራዘም ይችላል።

እዚያ ስለሚኖሩ፣ ስለሚጎበኙ ወይም ዕቃዎችን ለማድረስ በዚያ ጎዳና ላይ ወዳሉት ቤቶች ለሚነዱ ሰዎች ይፈቀዳል።

የመኪና ማቆሚያ ቦታዎች ክፍት ናቸው፤ ምልክቶች የሚነዱ ሰዎች በቀጥታ እንዲያገኙዋቸው ይመሯቸዋል (በዋሽንግተን ሐይቅ ጎዳና ላይ ከመንዳት ይልቅ)።

Tigrinya

ፍሉይ ሓበሬታ ኣብ ቀዳመ-ሰናብቲ ኣብ ቀላይ ዋሽንግተን ቡልቫርድ!

ኣብ ክረምቲ 2021 ኣብ ቀዳመ-ሰናብቲ ካብ ቀላይ ዋሽንግተን ቡልቫርድ 3 ማይልስ ርሒቑ ካብ ማውንት ቤከር ፓርክ ክሳዕ መናፈሻ ሰዋርድ ማካይን ክዕጾ ኢዩ።

ብእግርኻ ምኻድ ብሽክለታ ምዝዋር ከምኡውን ኣብ ጥቓ እቲ ቐላይ ምጽዋት ባህ ይብለካ!

ኣብ ነፍሲ ወከፍ ቀዳመ-ሰናብቲ ዓርቢ ድሕሪ ቐትሪ ዕርዲ ይቕመጥ ነፍሲ ወከፍ ሰኑይ ንግሆ ድማ ይውገድ (ኣብ ቀዳመ-ሰናብቲ ንንውሕ ዝበለ ግዜ ዕርዲ ይጸንሕ ንጽብሒቱ ንግሆ ድማ ይውገድ)።

ኣብዚ እዋን እዚ እቲ መደብ ክሳዕ መስከረም ኪውዳእ እዩ።

እዩ።

ሰባት ኣብቲ ቡልቫርድ ስለ ዚነብሩ ኪበጽሑ ስለ ዚመጹ ወይ ኬብጽሑ ስለ ዚፍቀደሎም ብማኪና ናብ ኣባይቲ ይኸዱ እዮም።

መቘም ማካይን ክፉት ኢዩ ምልክታት ድማ ንሰባት ብቐጥታ ናብኡ ንኽኣትዉ ይመርሖም (ኣብ ቀላይ ዋሽንግተን ቡልቫርድ ማኪና ኣብ ክንዲ ዝዝውሩ)።

Chinese - Simplified

盛顿湖大道 (Lake Washington Blvd) 夏季周末重要讯息!

从Mount Baker公园到Seward 公园之间,长达3英里的华盛顿湖大道将于2021 年夏季的每个周末都禁止汽车通行。

您可在湖边享受步行、骑自行车、滑直排轮和玩耍的乐趣!

到了每个周末,我们将在周五下午开始放置路障,然后在周一早上移除(路障将于节假日周末放置更长时间,并于第二天的早上移除)。

目前,该计画预计将持续施实至 9 月底。

如果天气良好,该计画可能会延长实施至10月。

允许需要沿着华盛顿湖大道开车回家的居民以及探访他们的人,或送货人员的车辆。

露天停车场将开放,并会有标志牌指示车辆直接进入停车场(请勿在华盛顿湖大道上行驶)。

Chinese - Traditional

華盛頓湖大道 (Lake Washington Blvd) 夏季週末重要訊息!

從Mount Baker公園到Seward 公園之間,長達3英里的華盛頓湖大道將於2021 年夏季的每個週末都禁止汽車通行。

您可在湖邊享受步行、騎自行車、滑直排輪和玩耍的樂趣!

到了每個週末,我們將在週五下午開始放置路障,然後在週一早上移除(路障將於節假日週末放置更長時間,並於第二天的早上移除)。

目前,該計畫預計將持續施實至 9 月底。

如果天氣良好,該計畫可能會延長實施至10月。

允許需要沿著華盛頓湖大道開車回家的居民以及探訪他們的人的車輛,或送貨的人員。

露天停車場將開放,並會有標誌牌指示車輛直接進入停車場(請勿在華盛頓湖大道上行駛)。

Korean

Lake Washington Boulevard에서 보내는 여름 주말!

2021년 여름 주말에는, Mount Baker 공원으로부터 Seward 공원까지 3 마일의 Lake Washington Boulevard 구간에서 차량 이용이 통제됩니다.

호수 인근에서 산책, 자전거, 롤러 블레이드 및 여러 여가 활동을 즐겨보세요!

바리케이드가 매주 주말 금요일 오후에 설치되고 매주 월요일 아침에 제거될 것입니다(공휴일 주말에는 바리케이드가 더 오래 유지되고 공휴일 다음날 아침 제거됩니다).

현재 계획은 본 프로그램을 9 월까지 진행하는 것입니다.

날씨가 좋은 경우 10월까지 연장될 수도 있습니다.

주거, 방문, 또는 배달을 이유로 해당 도로를 따라 운전해야 하는 사람들에 한 해 도로 이용이 허용됩니다.

주차장은 개방되어 있으며, (Lake Washington Boulevard에서 운전하는 대신) 운전자들이 주차장에 바로 접근할 수 있도록 표지판이 안내할 것입니다.

Spanish

¡Fines de semana de verano en Lake Washington Boulevard!

Los fines de semana del verano del 2021, 3 millas a lo largo del Lake Washington Boulevard estarán cerradas a los automóviles desde Mount Baker Park hasta Seward Park.

¡Disfrute de caminar, andar en bicicleta, patinar y jugar junto al lago!

Cada fin de semana, se colocarán barricadas el viernes por la tarde y se retirarán el lunes por la mañana (las barricadas permanecerán más tiempo durante los fines de semana festivos y se retirarán la mañana siguiente).

Los planes en este momento son que el programa se lleve a cabo hasta setiembre.

Puede extenderse hasta octubre si el clima lo permite.

Aquellas personas que visiten, vivan o estén realizando entregas a lo largo del boulevard, están autorizadas a conducir por este trecho.

Los estacionamientos están abiertos y habrá señales indicando el acceso directo a estos (en vez de conducir a lo largo de Lake Washington Boulevard).

Tagalog

Mga katapusan ng linggo ng tag-araw sa Bulebard ng Lawa ng Washington!

Sa mga katapusan ng linggo ng tag-araw sa taon ng 2021, ang tatlong (3) milya ng Lawa ng Washington ay sarado sa mga sasakyan mula sa Mount Baker Park hanggang sa Seward Park.

Magpakasaya sa paglalakad, pagbibisikleta, pagrorolerblading at paglalaro sa tabing lawa!

Bawat katapusan ng linggo, maglalagay ng mga barikada mula Biyernes ng hapon at tatanggalin tuwing Lunes ng umaga (ang mga barikada ay manatili sa lugar ng mas matagal habang panahon ng bakasyon sa mga katapusan ng linggo at tatangalin sa samunod na umaga).

Ang mga plano sa pangkasalukuyang ay patakbuhin ang programa hanggang Setyembre.

Ito ay maaring umabot sa Oktubre kung manganda ang panahon.

Ang mga taong nagmamaneho sa kahabaan ng bulebard sila ay naninirahan doon, o kaya naman ay bumibisita o kaya ay mga hinahatid ay pinahihintulutan.

Ang mga paradahan na lote ay bukas, at mayroong mga palatandaan para sa paggabay sa mga nagmamaneho upang sila ay makapasok (sa halip na magmaneho pa sa Bulibard ng Lawa ng Washington).

Vietnamese

Cuối tuần mùa hè trên đại lộ Lake Washington Boulevard!

Vào cuối tuần mùa hè năm 2021, 3 miles của đại lộ Lake Washington Boulevard sẽ không cho phép xe ô tô lưu thông từ công viên Mount Baker Park tới công viên Seward Park.

Tha hồ đi bộ, đi xe đạp, trượt patin và vui chơi bên hồ!

Vào mỗi cuối tuần, các rào chắn sẽ được lắp đặt vào chiều Thứ Sáu và được tháo dỡ vào sáng Thứ Hai (rào chắn sẽ được lắp đặt lâu hơn vào các ngày nghỉ lễ cuối tuần, và sẽ được tháo dỡ vào sáng ngày hôm sau).

Kế hoạch hiện tại là sẽ cho chương trình hoạt động cho đến hết tháng 9.

Chương trình có thể kéo dài đến tháng 10 nếu thời tiết đẹp.

Những người lái xe về nhà, khách đến thăm và người giao hàng cho những người sống dọc trên đường này sẽ được phép lưu thông.

Các bãi đậu xe vẫn được mở và các biển báo sẽ hướng dẫn những người lái xe đến thẳng các bãi đậu xe đó (thay vì lái xe trên đại lộ Lake Washington Boulevard).

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