Livable Streets Complete Phase 1 Projects
Livable Streets is a Seattle Children’s initiative to enhance the livability of our area as the hospital grows. We’re spending nearly $4 million on pedestrian, bicycle, and other transportation projects in NE Seattle as part of our 20-year plan. We’re excited to share our completed first phase projects with the community!
The Livable Streets Initiative launched in 2010. Seattle Children’s and our co-sponsors held a variety of events to gather input and ideas, including 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 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 process, and the initial project list, is documented in the Livable Streets Initiative Final Report.
We’ve already heard feedback telling us the newly completed projects are making a difference as community members walk and bike around Northeast Seattle. We encourage you to discover #livablestreets yourself. Tweet your experiences (and photos!) to @SeattleChildrens.
Sand Point Way/NE 40th Crossing
This project turned a confusing intersection into a safe Burke-Gilman Trail connection for neighbors and staff. The traffic signal and redesigned intersection at 40th Ave. NE have made it easier to cross four lanes of traffic at this busy spot. The new intersection features many elements that maximize safety and improve operations and designates a crossbike zone for bikers, allowing them to ride the protected intersection parallel to the new pedestrian crosswalk.
Burke-Gilman Trail Connector
This ADA-accessible path provides a crucial link to the Burke-Gilman trail. Seattle Children’s worked with neighbors on designs for this project to create safe trail access, while stabilizing a steep slope and protecting a grove of three sequoia trees. The path features include railings, benches, native plantings and a community information kiosk.
39th Ave Greenway
Greenways are residential streets where traffic moves at slower speeds and people feel safer and more comfortable walking and biking.We partnered with the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways to build one of Seattle’s first Greenways, creating a low-stress route between Wedgwood and the Burke-Gilman Trail. The project includes safe arterial crossings for users of all ages and abilities, and provides wayfinding signage, transforming this 1.9-mile section of street between NE 52nd St. and NE 80th St.
Northeast 52nd Street and Sand Point Way Northeast
Sand Point Way NE creates a barrier and safety issue in this part of the neighborhood. A once-difficult crossing between the Burke-Gilman Trail and Laurelhurst Elementary, NE 52nd Street gained a safe, family friendly, dedicated traffic signal and crosswalk.Previously, people wishing to access parks, schools, and shopping on the other side of the arterial had to cross four lanes of high-speed traffic with no signal or other crossing treatment.
Seattle Children’s Cycle Track and Sidewalk
A new cycle path and sidewalk along the Seattle Children’s frontage provides a smooth link between Penny Drive and the newly improved crossing and signal at NE 40th and Sand Point Way. The concrete sidewalk is five feet wide. The asphalt bike path is 10 feet wide (five in each direction). The project includes a large bus waiting zone at the midway point.
Seattle Children’s celebrated the completion of Livable Streets Phase One on Saturday, June 14, 2014 with a community-focused neighborhood party. If you weren’t able to make it to the celebration, please tour the bike and pedestrian improvements on your own and tell us what you think, thank you!
Join us on June 14th 2014 for our Livable Streets Celebration & Bike to School Wrap-up
Just in time for Bike to Work month, the new link between the Burke-Gilman Trail and Seattle Children’s is open next to the Hartmann Building on Sand Point Way. The link is direct, beautiful and – best of all – it’s safe for bikers, walkers, skateboarders and everyone else who uses the trail.
If you haven’t used the trail in the past, this is a great opportunity to check it out. Take a lunchtime walk on the trail, picnic at a bench or post a message the community message board at the trailhead on Sand Point Way.
With the trail link complete, Children’s has finished all the projects in Phase 1 of our Livable Streets Initiative, which aims to make the neighborhood a better place to bike and walk for people of all ages and abilities.
Please Join Us
- When: Saturday, June 14. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Where: Seattle Children’s Hospital Transit Hub
- Address: 4800 Sand Point Way NE
We are inviting the community (our neighbors) to see, walk and ride the infrastructure improvements we have made near the hospital and around the neighborhood. This includes crosswalk improvements at 40th and 52nd streets, the Cycle Track on Sand Point Way, the Greenway on 39th St., and the recently completed connection to the Burke Gilman Trail behind the Hartman Building. Taken together these improvements make it safer and more convenient to families and people of all ages to connect to parks, schools, bus lines, and opportunities to exercise.
Activities include walk and bike tours of these improvements, a Bike to School awards ceremony presented by Cascade Bicycle Club, free bike helmets and fittings, bike rodeo, food and prizes.
2013 – 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!
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.
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.
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 Streetfilms.org, a fantastic resource for ideas and success stories:
- Portland’s Bike Boulevards Become Neighborhood Greenways
- Vancouver’s Protected Bike Lane on Dunsmuir
- Copenhagen’s Car-Free Streets & Slow-Speed Zones
- Greenwood Ave Summer Streets 2010
- Physically Separated Bike Lanes
As always, keep in touch with us on Facebook and thank you for your support! We can’t do this without you.
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, Undriving.org, 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 http://seattlegreenways.org/.