Seattle Children's Livable Streets

Burke-Gilman Trail to Sand Point Way Connection Open Houses

Are you looking for a better, safer way to get to and from the Burke-Gilman Trail? So are we. And fortunately, so were our neighbors. Back in 2009, when we were putting together our Master Plan, our Citizen’s Advisory Committee noticed that the Hartmann property could be a great access point to the trail. They requested that Seattle Children’s add that project to our Master Plan. We agreed, as did the city council, and made it a required part of our development.

This Saturday, we are holding an open house to share designs for the trail connection at Hartmann. Please come by to check it out! There will be something for everyone. Children can bring their bikes for a free safety check and then enjoy our kids skills & thrills bike course. We’ll have helmets for every member of the family.

When it’s completed next fall, the project will create a safe, family friendly way to the trail from Children’s, Laurelhurst Elementary and Laurelhurst Park.

For folks who live in Bryant, the trail connection will be a great way to get to the Metro 75, 65, 31 and 32 bus stops in front of the Hartmann Building.

Please join us at the open house to give your input and see the latest concept for a trail connection Seattle Children’s is building at the Hartmann building (corner of Sand Point Way NE and 40th Ave. NE). This new trail connection is targeted for completion in late 2013.

  • Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Gould Hall - CHECK OUT THE LATEST CONCEPT

People of all ages are invited to participate in the open houses. Activities just for kids will be provided, including:

  • Free bike helmets with complimentary fitting
  • Bicycle safety and fun workshop
  • Free kids bike safety inspections

We hope you’ll join us!


Gould Hall
University of Washington
3949 15th Ave NE
224 Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98105





Below are two design options for the connection. Note that in both of them, the grove of sequoia trees will be preserved.

Concept #1: The Winding Path

This option shores up a steep slope and creates a curving path to the trail. It takes up more land adjacent to the trail but the regrading of the steep slope provides places to plant native species including larger trees.

BGT Connection Map v1

Concept #2: The Long Bridge

This option builds the path on a long concrete bridge mostly over the parking lot. It has less impact on the green area adjacent to the trail but as a trade off does not shore up the steep slope.

BGT Connection Map v2

We hope to speak with you in person on Saturday if you can stop by Gould Hall.


The Seattle Children’s Livable Streets Initiative

Seattle Children’s has committed to spend nearly $4 million on transportation improvements in NE Seattle as part of our Major Institution Master Plan. We need you to help envision potential projects including:

  • Bike and Pedestrian safety improvements, including NE Seattle’s first Greenway
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems that use technology to give drivers more information
  • Corridor improvements to increase safety for all users

To see the most recent Livable Streets Progress Report click here.

Livable Streets Initiative – Where we’ve been and where we’re going

Neighbors, employees and patient families can look forward to the streets around Seattle Children’s becoming easier and more comfortable to travel. After gathering and evaluating information for more than a year, we completed the final report for our Livable Streets Initiative. It paves the way for building five projects this year – including a new traffic signal at 40th Ave. NE and Sand Point Way NE and a bidirectional cycle-track with separate paths for bikes and pedestrians along our frontage with Sand Point Way NE.

Seattle Children’s and the city of Seattle will collaborate later this spring to conduct outreach to residents and businesses in the surrounding community about the proposed improvements.

The projects address the themes that emerged as we met with the community: improve access to the Burke-Gilman Trail, develop safer crossings at major arterials, and create streets where traffic moves at slower speeds and pedestrians and bicyclists are better protected.

“We’re excited to see our collaboration with the community and the city of Seattle enter this new phase and look forward to the great improvements that are on the way,” says Paulo Nunes-Ueno, who leads transportation planning at Children’s. “These projects will make the neighborhood more walkable and bikeable, but also healthier because they’ll help people stay active and reduce pollution by providing an alternative to driving.”

Besides the new traffic signal at 40th Ave. NE and Sand Point Way NE, proposed Livable Streets projects include:

• 39th Ave. NE: neighborhood greenway – a quiet street with improvements for pedestrian and bike safety

• NE 50th Street and 40th Ave. NE: curb extensions to reduce crossing distances and connecting to a new sidewalk on NE 50th Street

• NE 45th Street between 40th Ave NE and 47th Ave NE: curb extensions to reduce crossing distances

We have committed to spend nearly $4 million on neighborhood transportation improvements as part of our 20-year master plan and to spend an additional sum to support the 40th Ave. NE and Sand Point Way NE project. Sand Point Way NE is a barrier between the east and west halves of the neighborhood with Children’s on one side and the Burke-Gilman Trail on the other.

Highlights of New Traffic Signal

The traffic signal and redesigned intersection at 40th Ave. NE will make it safer to cross the four lanes of traffic at this busy spot. The new intersection features many elements that maximize safety and improve operations, including video detection to allow more time for slower pedestrians to clear the intersection or to shorten pedestrian signal time if pedestrians and cyclists clear the intersection quickly, allowing traffic to move quicker. Planning for the trail connection will begin soon. “The whole thing is going to be a night-and-day improvement,” Nunes-Ueno says.

Livable Streets Initiative Final Report

We are proud to share with you the Livable Streets Initiative Final Report. The report proposes projects that will accompany Seattle Children’s Major Institution Master Plan and will improve transportation in NE Seattle over the next 20 years. Hundreds of community residents and over a dozen community organizations and advocacy groups have come together over the last year to develop the Seattle Children’s Livable Streets Initiative with the goal of making our streets more livable.

In 2010, Seattle Children’s and our co-sponsors held a variety of events to gather input and ideas that now make up the concepts and projects in the Livable Streets Initiative Final Report. These events included a walking audit of the pedestrian environment in the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital led by Feet First, a local advocacy organization promoting walkable communities; a survey of cyclists by the Cascade Bicycle Club, a 13,000-member local organization promoting bicycle activities, advocacy, and education; and a large public event at Gould Hall in the University of Washington campus, where hundreds of participants shared their ideas and inspirations for how to make streets safer, more friendly and more efficient. In addition, community members made comments on an interactive web-map and submitted suggestions via email. The Final Report includes an appendix with each comment received through the events and the online resources.

To see the complete Livable Streets Report click here


We thought you might also appreciate links to the videos that we showed at the November 2010 workshop. Many of these come from, a fantastic resource for ideas and success stories:

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Thank you to Livable Streets Workshop Participants, Co-sponsors and Partners:

We truly appreciate your support through this process and at the workshops. We received hundreds of comments, gave away dozens of helmets and provided countless Skillz and Thrillz to little ones on trikes, bikes and scooters. Your continued support is crucial in now making sure that these projects get done. Please stay tuned for messages from us regarding next steps.

Participants from the City of Seattle included Seattle City Council members Mike O’Brien and Richard Conlin, Bill LaBorde (legislative aide for Tom Rasmussen), and staff from SDOT. Following the workshop, councilmember Richard Conlin joined more than a dozen bike riders to tour sites where we think there are opportunities to make improvements. We thank the council members and SDOT staff for their continued support.

Many of our Livable Streets partners and sponsors were at the workshops to provide information about the amazing services they provide.

Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club, Feet First, Hawthorne Hills Community Council, Laurelhurst Elementary School, Laurelhurst Community Club, Public Health Seattle & King County, Seattle Community Council Federation, Seattle Department of Transportation, Sierra Club – Cascade Chapter, Streets for All Seattle, Transportation Choices Coalition, Transportation Northwest,, View Ridge Community Council… and  more to come!

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

Since the Livable Street’s Initiative launched in 2010 a host of awesome neighborhood organizations have formed to advocate for safer, friendlier streets. We have enjoyed our partnership with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and specially with NE Seattle Greenways, our very own neighborhood greenway posse!

To learn more about the great work they are doing visit