Central District Healthy Streets

Updated February 15, 2023

What's Happening Now?

We introduced Healthy Streets during the pandemic in 2020 as a way for Seattleites to get outside safely and stay active in local neighborhoods throughout the city. Healthy Streets are open for people walking, rolling, biking, and playing, and closed to pass-through traffic.

We’ve been updating our Healthy Streets across Seattle based on trends we’ve seen, and data collected for community use and public feedback. Now we are making some locations permanent Healthy Streets, returning some locations back to neighborhood greenways, or continuing to evaluate and gather additional input from neighbors on the Healthy Street location.

In 2022, we conducted evaluations of Central District Healthy Streets at three locations:

Based on these mixed evaluation results and public feedback, we will be continuing to review the Central District Healthy Street locations and conducting more outreach to determine next steps. These locations will remain Healthy Streets until further notice. This coming spring, we will be reaching back out with more opportunities to provide input on the Central District Healthy Streets. We look forward to connecting with Central District neighbors, and in the meantime if you have questions or comments please email us at Healthystreets@seattle.gov.

Project Map

A graphic map showing the location of existing Neighborhood Greenways in the Central District shown in green, and additional connecting streets currently under review shown in purple.

Program Overview

What are Healthy Streets?

Healthy Streets are closed to pass through traffic, but open to people walking, rolling, biking, and playing. The goal of this program is to open up more space for people rather than cars—improving community and individual health.

Healthy Streets can include:

  • Traffic safety features like easier crossings at busy streets, speed humps to slow down drivers, and sign and pavement markings to help people find their way
  • Neighborhood activities like hopscotch and basketball (that you would otherwise need to get a street closure permit for)
  • Intersections with traffic circles and street murals to discourage people from driving on Healthy Streets unless they have to

What does this mean for drivers?

  • People driving who need to get to homes and destinations along Healthy Streets are still able to drive on these streets; drivers should use extra caution and yield to people
  • People enjoying the street should be mindful of drivers trying to get to homes and destinations as well

Permanent Treatment Options

Below are options available for permanent Healthy Streets.


Spring 2023: Additional outreach to determine permanent Healthy Street status or reversion back to a neighborhood greenway.



Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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