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Healthy Streets

Travel and play in a healthy way

Updated January 26, 2023

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: 

    City Wide Map

    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 

    Someone takes a photo over the handlebars of their bike, capturing two riders ahead of them on an Healthy Street
    Our family loves the 25th Ave 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 the space. — M. Mainland, Central District

    Background

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in spring and summer of 2020 we upgraded over 25 miles of Neighborhood Greenways to Healthy Streets by closing them to pass through traffic and opening them to people walking, rolling, and biking.

    Outreach and Engagement

    Starting in 2020, we talked to people and distributed surveys to understand how Healthy Streets are working today, and what people would prefer for Healthy Streets in their neighborhood moving forward. We observed and reviewed each Healthy Street with this input in mind to help inform our decision-making.  

    We've heard concerns from BIPOC communities around how enforcement will be handled, maintaining established cultural practices, and reports of racism directed toward BIPOC people traveling the routes. If we truly want to rebuild to better than before, then "we" must include everybody. This has led to neighborhood-focused outreach and partnerships with Community Based Organizations.  

    Across Seattle neighborhoods have embraced their Healthy Streets. Many neighbors have taken advantage of the No Permit Required status of Healthy Streets to host their own events like community dinners and Play Streets. 

    We have also seen larger community activations such as the Columbia City Night Market and the Lucha Libre event at the Little Brook Plaza.

    In fall of 2022, we are updating our Healthy Streets across Seattle based on the trends we’ve seen in terms of community use and public feedback. 

    A photo of the Little Brook community gathered at tables for the Lucha Libre event hosted on their Healthy Street  A child in a handmade Lucha Libre mask does arts and crafts at Little Brook's Healthy Street community event

    Pictured: the Lucha Libre community event hosted on the Little Brook Healthy Street.

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    Program Library

    Click on a PDF below to read 2021/2022 evaluations of Healthy Street locations:

    Transportation

    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
    684-Road@seattle.gov

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