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05/09/2022

Lake Washington Blvd Visioning Process


In the coming weeks, in partnership with the Southeast Seattle community, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will begin a visioning process for Lake Washington Blvd. This process will continue through the end of 2022 and result in a framework for how the City of Seattle will make future decisions on what driving, biking, walking, and rolling will be like on Lake Washington Blvd.

For more information about Seattle Parks and Recreation’s plans for this summer, please scroll to the bottom of this update or see their latest blog post found here

For the visioning process, the Southeast Seattle community will be actively involved in shaping the framework. We value your history and perspectives on Lake Washington Blvd. You will have multiple opportunities this summer to share your experiences and priorities for Lake Washington Blvd.

We are designing the outreach and engagement process from the ground up. We have asked a group of Southeast Seattle community members that represent long-time residents, people that ride bicycles, and neighborhood community organizations to help us design a community outreach process that will kick off this summer. We hope you will participate in the engagement activities when they start.

We anticipate outreach and engagement will be a of mix community meetings, email updates, and opportunities to learn more and meet staff at in-person events in Southeast Seattle. 

Background  

As you’re aware, in response to the pandemic, during summer 2020, we closed 3 miles of Lake Washington Blvd to cars and opened it for people to walk, bike, roller skate, scoot, etc. Building on the program’s success and an outreach campaign in early 2021, we closed 3 miles of Lake Washington Blvd to cars on the weekends and holidays from July 2021 to October 2021.

Now, thanks to Councilmember Tammy J. Morales, we have $200,000 through the 2022 budget to work with the community and explore the right balance of closures and possible permanent operational changes to promote more walking, rolling, and biking on Lake Washington Blvd in the future.

“South Seattle has constantly been left out of the conversation when it comes to increasing safety in mobility. There are over four thousand miles of road in this city, and less than one percent of it is actual protected bike infrastructure. I’m excited to see positive changes that will increase pedestrian safety moving forward, and I’m proud our office was able to secure this funding and ensure that there will be a participatory process to engage our community members.” - Councilmember Tammy J. Morales
 

People biking on Lake Washington Blvd during a summer 2021 weekend closure. 

Bicycle Weekends

While we will be engaged in the Lake Washington Blvd visioning process, Bicycle Weekends (previously Bicycle Sundays) will return and take place throughout several weekends this summer, from Friday evening to Monday morning!

On scheduled weekends from May to September, a portion of Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized vehicles from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday. Seattle Parks and Recreation invites everyone in the community to bike, jog or stroll along the boulevard between the Seward Park entrance and Mount Baker Park’s beach during these times. Exact closing and opening times could vary depending on weather, staff availability, traffic conditions, etc.

Local access: People driving to homes along the boulevard because they live there, are visiting, or making deliveries are allowed from the nearest cross street.
Parking lots are open and accessible from the nearest cross street (see parking details and map below).

2022 event dates
Closed to motor vehicles on weekends
7 p.m. Friday – 7 a.m. Monday
(or 7 a.m. Tuesday on holidays)

  • May 20-23; 27-31
  • June 10-13; 24-27
  • July 1-5; 15-18
  • August 12-15; 19-22
  • September 2-6; 16-19 
Seattle parks with free parking near the Bicycle Sunday route include:
  • Colman Park, 1800 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • Mount Baker Park Beach, 2521 Lake Park Dr. S
  • Stan Sayres Memorial Park, 3803 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • Adams St Boat Launch, 4200 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • Ferdinand St Boat Launch, 5018 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S

Map of bike route and parking access:





 

If you have any questions or comments please email StayHealthyStreets@Seattle.gov

Thank you,  

Adonis Ducksworth

SDOT

People biking and riding scooters on Lake Washington Blvd during a summer 2021 weekend closure.
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