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What Are Greenways?

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways are residential streets generally one off of main arterials with low volumes of cars going slowly enough so that people who walk or ride bicycles feel safe and comfortable.

Why do we need Greenways?

  • Greenways provide safe connections for people walking and riding bicycles.  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 safely and easily.
  • Greenways guide people along the route to get them where they are going.  Markings on the pavement and signs along the street let you know where your Greenway goes and what is nearby, including parks, schools, and business districts.
  • Greenways reduce car cut-throughs. Speed bumps and traffic diverters can keep cars from speeding through on neighborhood streets.
  • Greenways reduce car 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, healthier, and friendlier community!
  • Where is the “green” in “Greenways”? Biking and walking are a form of transportation that is relaxing, pleasant, and inclusive. Greenways provide easy access to open space and have many park-like functions that are very climate-friendly. Planting trees, public art, rain gardens, planting gardens of all kinds along our Greenways are an integral part making our streets pleasant places to be.

Learn even more about Greenways!