Seattle Neighborhood Greenways are residential streets generally one off of main arterials with low volumes of auto traffic and low speeds where people who walk and ride bicycles are given priority.
- Greenways provide safer bicycling and pedestrian connections. Pavement markings alert people driving to expect people walking and bicycling. Improved crossings and curb ramps make walking easier and safer.
- Greenways help people across our busier streets. Improved crossings at main streets help people walking and bicycling get across streets more easily.
- Greenways guide people along the route to get them where they are going. Markings on the pavement and signage let you know where your Greenway goes and what’s nearby, like parks, schools, and business districts.
- Greenways reduce auto cut-through. Speed bumps and traffic diverters can keep cars trying to avoid main streets from speeding through on neighborhood streets.
- Greenways reduce auto speeds. Speed bumps and other road treatments can help to slow automobile traffic on greenways.
- Greenways provide more “eyes on the street”. More people out on the street walking and riding their bicycles makes for a safer and friendlier community!
- Where is the “green” in “Greenways”? Biking and walking can be a form of transportation that is relaxing, pleasant, and inclusive. Greenways provide easy access to open space and have many park-like functions that can be very climate-friendly. Planting trees, public art, rain gardens, planting gardens of all kinds along our Greenways are an integral part of evolving our streets to be pleasant places to bike and walk along.