Transportation, Livable Streets


Seattle Children’s receives top honor from the League of American Bicyclists

bike awardIn acknowledgement of our efforts in sustainable transportation and encouraging more widespread bicycle use, Seattle Children’s was recently recognized with the League of American Bicyclists highest honor, the Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business award. With the platinum designation, Seattle Children’s becomes one of just 22 organizations across the nation to receive the prestigious award.

The Bicycle Friendly Business awards program recognizes organizations for their efforts at being bicycle-friendly and are based on four essential elements which include engineering, education, encouragement, and evaluation & planning.

Seattle Children’s is delighted with this honor. As an organization, we promote bicycling because we believe it’s good for the health of our patients, staff, community and the planet. Our staff have access to free commuter bicycles and we provide one of the only on-site staff bicycle service centers in the nation. We helped launch Seattle’s bike share system by serving as its first business sponsor and encourage bicycling by incentivizing staff when they do not use cars for commuting.

We look forward to supporting further initiatives at Seattle Children’s and throughout the city that foster more bicycling in the community.

Phase One of Livable Streets Complete

Livable Streets is Seattle Children’s commitment to improving neighborhood transportation and making our streets safer as the hospital continues to grow. With this initiative, we’re dedicating nearly $4 million towards pedestrian, bicycle, and other transportation projects in Northeast Seattle over a 20-year time span.

Last year we completed phase one of Livable Streets. We are excited to share our completed first phase projects with the community: Read full post »

Share Your Ideas for Trail Connection

We’re designing and building a new connection to the Burke Gilman trail near the Hartman Building at Sand Point Way NE and 40th Avenue NE. You’re invited to share your ideas for the connection at an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gould Hall at the University of Washington.

Bring the family. We’ll be fitting kids for free bike helmets, providing free bike safety inspections and holding a bicycle fun and safety workshop. Read full post »

Streets Growing Safer to Walk and Pedal

Bike and pedestrian improvements are front and center in our Livable Streets Initiative – a $4 million plan to make Northeast Seattle a safer and more convenient place to travel for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike. Two examples are a new sidewalk we completed on the north side of NE 50th Street and a cycletrack we’re building on the east side of Sand Point Way NE. Read full post »

Community Welcomes Greenway

With a snip and a snack, Seattle Children’s, the city of Seattle and the Wedgwood community christened the new greenway along 39th Avenue NE on Friday, Oct. 26. After the ribbon was cut and donuts served (thanks, Top Pot!), neighbors formed a bike train and rode up the greenway to Thornton Creek Elementary School. Greenways are residential streets where traffic moves at slower speeds and people feel safer and more comfortable walking and biking. Seattle Children’s funded the improvements needed to create the 39th Avenue greenway through our Livable Streets Initiative. Visit the Cascade Bicycle Club web site for a video of the greenway welcoming.

Click here for more information on our Livable Streets Initiative.

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

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Re-Striping Penny Drive Taking Place This Wednesday Through Saturday

Re-striping of Penny Drive will begin this Wednesday, Oct 24, through Saturday, Oct. 27 (depending on progress and weather). Work will include grinding off old pavement markings and adding new traffic lines that will move to accommodate a new 5-foot bike lane. Two lanes of traffic should remain open during most of the work; Security Services will be on site to help direct traffic.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Greenway Completion – Oct. 26

We’re celebrating. And you’re invited. The occasion is the completion of a new neighborhood greenway on 39th Avenue NE. Be there when we cut the ribbon on Friday, Oct. 26, at 8:15 a.m. FYI: Top Pot is bringing donuts.

The ribbon cutting takes place at the south end of the greenway where 39th Avenue NE, NE 52nd Street and the Burke Gilman Trail come together. Join neighbors, parents and students after the ceremony as they ride their bikes up the greenway to Thornton Creek Elementary School. Get in the spirit early and wear your Halloween costume. Read full post »

Hartmann Makeover Makes Progress

Extreme Makeover: Hartmann Building Frontage Edition is rolling. The hardscape portion of the project – a new sidewalk, curbs, gutters, drive aprons and rock wall – should be complete by the second week of September.

Look for landscaping work to start the first week of September. This includes prepping the soil, installing sprinklers and planting – or in many cases replanting –  trees, shrubs and other vegetation.  Some of the plants were salvaged from the Hartmann frontage before the makeover began. Others were salvaged from the Laurelon Terrace site or propagated elsewhere on our campus.  Read full post »

Building Hope Includes Taming Traffic

Our Inside the Walls of Building Hope series wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our Livable Streets initiative. Besides improving traffic flow around the hospital, the initiative will make the neighborhood more walkable and bikeable, providing healthy alternatives to driving that will help people stay active and reduce pollution. Read full post »

Work Begins Soon on Hartmann Frontage

Work will begin in late July to improve the frontage of the Hartmann Building along Sand Point Way NE. The month-long project includes building a new sidewalk, curbs and gutters, replacing existing landscaping, and constructing a new retaining wall.  Flaggers will direct traffic when the work involves the Hartmann Building’s driveways.   Read full post »