Lake Washington Blvd Keep Moving Street
Hear from people who love being on Lake Washington Boulevard
Keep Lake Washington Boulevard open to walking, biking, and rolling!
The Mt Baker Park to Genesee Park section will re-open to people for walking, biking, rolling, running, skating, and playing Friday 4/9 to Sunday 4/18. For more details see SDOT’s webpage.
Last summer, the City of Seattle opened Lake Washington Boulevard to people walking, biking, running, and playing, as well as local access for vehicles. These “Stay Healthy Streets” and “Keep Moving Streets” have been a lifeline for safe and socially-distant recreation. They’ve been a crucial commuting link for people-powered transportation. They have also dramatically increased public access to green spaces and lakefront views in a time when most parks, gyms, and community centers have been closed.
This program was so popular that the Lake Washington Boulevard Keep Moving Street was extended from the original end date of September 8th until October 5th. Weekend after weekend, enthusiasm for this new urban park continued to build.
Unfortunately, on October 5, 2020, SDOT announced that Lake Washington Boulevard would revert to vehicle traffic.
The good news is a community-led campaign, with voices in the thousands, has been growing to keep this critical resource open and accessible for people of all ages and abilities to use.
This is your chance to contact the City and let them know how important it is to keep Lake Washington Boulevard open to community recreation during the pandemic and beyond. ACT NOW by signing the petition.
We are asking the City to:
- Open Lake Washington Boulevard from Mt Baker to Seward Park: Close LWB entirely to cars and open it to people from Mt Baker Beach to 43rd Ave S, and close the water-side, northbound, travel lane from 43rd Ave S to Seward Park to cars and open it to people (creating a temporary, ADA accessible, trail like space using sturdy barriers). This hybrid design would allow 100% driver access to all homes and Parks Department parking lots via a one way southbound travel lane, while creating an accessible space for people to walk, bike, and roll from Mt Baker to Seward Park.
- All year: Open it all year so that it is easier for the community to understand what is going on, reduce frustration from confusion, and allow people to adapt.
- Equitable community engagement: Conduct equitable community engagement to co-design a permanent design while the pilot is happening, not afterwards. This will allow community members to experience the potential design first hand. It will also allow the city to measure impacts (like cut-through traffic), respond to community identified needs, and test solutions in real time.
Thanks for letting the City of Seattle know where you stand on this important issue!
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