Exercise in the Right of Way

How is exercise age-friendly?

Many older people and younger people need special opportunities to exercise and stay active. Walking is often the way that many children and older adults get around - especially those without drivers licenses. 

Prioritizing exercising could include:

  • Branding a walking, biking, or running route
  • Providing exercise equipment or structures for youth and older adults. Exercise equipment in the public right of way should be prioritized where there is enough space (see clearance standards). 

jogger and bicyclist near lake union

Where should exercise be prioritized?

Outdoor exercise should be prioritized near natural views, for example - the Burke Gilman Trail or the Elliot Bay Trail.  Exercise equipment could be paired for younger folks and older folks to exercise near each other.  If exercise equipment is being considered for the right-of-way, ensure there is enough space for pedestrians to move past the equipment with room to spare. 

Primary agencies invested in exercise in the right of way

  • Seattle Department of Transportation
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation

Estimated cost*

$ and up

* Cost levels:
$ = Under $100,000
$$ = $100,001-$500,000
$$$ = $500,001-$1,000,000
$$$$= Over $1,000,001


Seattle Streets Illustrated clearance standards
Seattle Parks and Recreation Outdoor Exercise Equipment Sites


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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