Rainier Valley

Who Are We?

Rainier Valley Greenways is a group of neighbors like you who are working to make their streets safer and more comfortable for everybody.

Get Involved!

The best way to get involved is to sign up in the form below (or using this link). Welcome!
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Get involved or learn more about our top 2019 priority to #FixRainier Ave, Seattle’s most dangerous street.

Our Victories

  • Our Safety Over Speeding campaign pushed the city to improve Seattle’s most dangerous street – Rainier Ave S.
  • We helped scout and advocate for the best route for a N-S and E-W neighborhood greenway in our neighborhood.
  • We brought attention the inequity around traffic signal timing in our community compared with more affluent an whiter communities in Seattle. Since then, some signals now give people walking more time to cross the street.
  • And much more!

Archived Material and Previous Work:

Safety Over Speeding day of action!
day of action half sheet


We support safety over speeding on Rainier Avenue South

With 1,243 crashes in the past three years, Rainier Avenue South is the most dangerous street in Seattle. Every crash impacts our community – from cars careening into our businesses to our children being run down by drivers who never even stop. We say enough! Rainier Ave S should be made safe for all people to walk, bike, drive, catch the bus, shop, and live.

We need our neighborhood back. We need,

  1. Safe Speeds of 25 MPH along Rainier Avenue South and 20 MPH engineered in our community centers of Columbia City, Hillman City, and Rainier Beach with enforcement.

  2. Safe & Dignified Crossings of Rainier Ave S where people driving stop for people walking, and people walking have enough to time cross before the traffic light changes.

  3. A Safe Place for People to Bike on Rainier Ave S.

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Rainier Valley Greenways Prioritized ACTION PLAN 2014

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.


More Resources:

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.




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, [email protected], 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