Rainier Valley

Website: GO Rainier Valley GREENWAYS
Facebook: Rainier Valley Greenways
Twitter: @RVGreenways
Google Group (request membership)Rainier Valley Greenways
Contact: Deb Salls 206-695-2522 deb@bikeworks.org


In celebration of summer, Rainier Valley Greenways is launching its GoRVGreenway.com “Summer Blast!”, complete with fun prizes. We want to hear your feedback so please visit us online, answer our surveys, and submit your ideas and comments. GoRVGreenways records points for you. The more you interact, the more points you earn, and the more prizes you can win.


To start earning points, fill out our Rainier Valley Greenways knowledge quiz.

We also want to know what destinations you’d like to see on a printed walking map of Columbia City and Rainier Beach (gorvgreenways.com/help-us-create-a-walking-map-of-columbia-city-and-rainier-beach) and hear your thoughts on a potential north-south neighborhood greenway (gorvgreenways.com/who-wants-a-north-south-greenway).

Our prizes include:
Adult swim ticket (315 points, donated by Lifelong Learning, Seattle Parks & Recreation)

Airius “Skid Lid” Bike Helmet (450 points, donated by Dick Burkhart and Mona Lee, formerly Whistle Stop Co-op)
Brand new 12-cup Bodum French Press (500 points, donated by The Tin Umbrella Coffee)


Community meeting Tuesday, March 25, 2014. 6:30pm- 8pm at Bike Works 3715 S. Hudson (lower level – enter in rear)
Pop-Up Greenway  event planned  Sunday, April 6, 2014
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Meetings for Safe Healthy Streets in 98118 Seattle’s Most Diverse Community!

    • COMMUNITY MEETING Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30pm- 8pm at Bike Works 3715 S. Hudson (lower level – enter in rear)

    • PARK(ing) Day on Rainier Valley Greenways! 
    • Community Ride and Audit of Greenways Routes. Meet Wed Sept 25th 6pm Bike Works.

Rainier Valley Greenways. Working with National Parks Service Rivers Trails & Conservation Assistance Program

Click on image to read Complete Report on Crossing Rainier

Rainier Valley Greenways is part of a citywide grassroots movement that is attracting neighborhood residents and businesses eager to transform Seattle into a city where everyone can walk and bike safely. Neighborhood greenways are low-traffic, low-speed residential streets that give priority to people who walk and ride bicycles. Neighborhood greenways also connect community destinations like schools, parks, businesses and transit hubs. Streets designed with people in mind—and especially safe street crossings—are the most important part of neighborhood greenways.

Rainier Valley Greenways formed in August 2012 with a vision for planning and creating safe, healthy streets in our diverse neighborhoods. Bike Works and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways have been providing leadership to a local group of greenway advocates that now includes Columbia City Business Association, Feet First, Rainier Beach Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Sound Steps Program. The group received a grant for assistance from the National Park Service in 2013 to assist with planning and outreach in two Rainier Valley neighborhoods: Columbia City and Rainier Beach. Greenway planning in other Rainier Valley neighborhoods will follow next year.

Please join us to be part of the conversation for creating active, family-friendly neighborhoods and more livable streets. Future events posted on this page and at https://www.facebook.com/RainierValleyGreenways/events.


Draft National Park Service Rainier Valley Greenways Timeline 2013

Map of significant schools, parks, community places in Rainier Valley (pdf)

Community-generated feedback maps November 2012 (pdf 2-pages)

RV Greenways OSE/CAN summary starting up Rainier Valley Greenways organization (pdf)

Please help us translate “Safe Healthy Streets” in multiple languages. Here are our first 26 languages (pdf)

Crossing Rainier Avenue. Signal Timing Study commissioned by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways with UW School of Public Health March 2013.

Facebook: Rainier Valley Greenways

Twitter: @RVGreenways

en Español: Rutas Verdes Comunitarias de Rainier Valley

Google Group (request membership): Rainier Valley Greenways

Contact: Deb Salls 206.725.9408 x1 deb@bikeworks.org

View Safe Healthy Rainier Valley in a larger map


Solid Green Line: Completed Greenway
Translucent Green: In progress/Greenway Funded
Red: Priority 1 Greenways to build next
Red Pin: Priority 1 intersections to build next
Narrow Purple Lines: Potential Greenway Routes (subject to change)
Purple Points: Potential Greenway intersection treatments
Wide Blue Lines: Cycle tracks and other expensive Low Stress infrastructure recommended

Application to Parks Opportunity Fund for a Children’s Safety Garden in Rainier Valley 2012

Equity Score from SDOT gap analysis work 2012. Based on demographic/economic inputs (i.e., race, poverty, under 18, over 64 and no car ownership) as well as the metric for low service which is the bottom 25% the city’s census tracts based on the amount of existing bicycle facilities they have divided by the total area of the tract.

Southeast Seattle Bikeability Report 2012  Finding #1: Install a separated bicycle facility (i.e., cycle track), on Rainier Ave S and/or MLK Way S. Alternate north/south routes are too hilly for new riders and young children. 2012

Rainier Beach Youth Transit Justice Survey 2012 Rainier Beach does not have sufficient bike infrastructure such as signed bicycle routes. However, several high school students did report riding bikes to school. Overall, people reported very little bicycle usage, with most people surveyed responding that they never ride bicycles. This is a concern because bicycling can be a healthy and cost effective form of transportation.  

King County Metro SE Transit Outreach June 2012 Major destinations that consistently came up in conversations were: downtown Seattle, the International District, Harbor- view and other First Hill medical institutions, community colleges, high schools, Seattle Housing Authority complexes throughout the city, Southcenter, White Center and further south, Seattle Center, and Skyway/Renton. A new travel pattern of note that was consistently reported was more and more people traveling from the Rainier Valley south to Skyway, Renton, Tukwila, and White Center to visit family and friends.  

Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update March 2012 Develop coordinated public realm plan that improves the physical connections (streets, sidewalks) between the smaller centers of activity (schools, library, com- munity center, grocery stores, ethnic markets).

SDOT Intercept Study of Columbia City Visitors 2011 Questionnaires given to better understand visiting and travel behaviors in the Columbia City neighborhood business district.

Walking Audit by Sound Steps around Rainier Community Center 2011. Feet First / Safe Routes to Parks. Top recommendation: Establish a wayfinding system connecting the Columbia City LINK station, the Columbia City business district, and the Rainier Community Center/Genesee Park. 

Sustainable Seattle Rainier Beach Indicators 2009.

Southeast Transportation Study Final Report (SETS). SDOT 2008This study outlines the City’s transportation plan for the area:  http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/ppmp_sets.htm

Rainier Traffic Safety Project Summary 2008 A 2.5 year program to focus on education and enforcement along 7.5 miles of Rainier to reduce collisions on roads using low-cost, near-term solutions through partnerships with community groups, business, engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency services organizations.

Rainier Avenue South Traffic Safety Corridor Study 2007

Seattle Neighborhood Plans and Approval Matrix c. 1999  Work plans written to direct funding investments for Columbia City, MLK@Holly, North Rainier, Rainier Beach.

Meetings for Safe Healthy Streets in 98118 Seattle’s Most Diverse Community! 

    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways Aug 15, 6:30-8:30pm Bike Works
    • Rainier Valley Greenways meeting Monday, August 5th 6:30- 8:30pm at Bike Works 
    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways July 22, 6:30-8:30pm Bike Works 3715 S Hudson St.
    • Filming a video with Rainier Valley Greenways July 22, 3:30-6pm. Come and tell us why safe and healthy streets are important to you. Bike Works 3715 S Hudson St.
    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways July 9, 2013 6:30-8:30pm Bike Works new location 3715 S Hudson St. Lower Level
    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways Wed June 25, 2013 6:30-8:30pm Bike Works new location 3715 S Hudson St. Lower Level
    • Seattle Bike Master Plan Open House Wednesday, June 12th 6:30pm at the Columbia Library.
    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways Wed May 1 2013 6:30-8:30pm Bike Works new location 3715 S Hudson St. Lower Level
    • Rainier Beach meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways Wed May 8 6:30-8:30pm Urban Impact 7728 Rainier Ave S
    • Rainier Beach meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways March 14 2013 at Urban Impact Urban Impact 7728 Rainier Ave S
    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways March 13 2013 at Bike Works
    • School of Public Health Rainier Valley Signal Timing March 12 2013 UW Health Sciences Building
    • Tues Feb 19 2013 6:30-8pm Rainier Beach meeting of RV Greenways
    • Wed Feb 20 2013 6:30-8pm Columbia City meeting of RV Greenways Bike Works new location 3715 S Hudson St. Lower Level
    • Wed Nov 28 2012 SE District Council discusses Greenways and Bike Plans Rainier CC 6:30-8 Facebook event
    • Friday Nov 9 2012 Community Meeting Rainier Community Center 5:30-7pm Facebook event
    • Wed Oct 17 2012 Planning Meeting Bike Works 6-7:30p
    • Wed Sept 5 2012 at the Rainer Beach Library 6-7:30p 9125 Rainier Ave. S Facebook event
    • Friday August 31 2012 at Bike Works 6-7:30p Columbia City 3709 S Ferdinand St Facebook event
    • Sat August 18 2012 Rainier Summer Streets Table 10am-2pm Columbia City. Facebook event
    • Sat August 11 2012 Rainier Beach Back to School BASH. 10am-2pm Rainier Beach