Lake Washington Blvd

The Seattle Department of Transportation, in partnership with Seattle Parks & Recreation and the community, are co-creating design concepts that promote pedestrian and bicycle uses and increase safety for everyone that travels along Lake Washington Boulevard. 

Updated November 30, 2022

What's Happening Now?

Thank you to everyone who participated in our online survey or intercept survey! The online survey is now closed. We'll share the survey results with the community this winter. Your input will help us understand what's working well for you along Lake Washington Boulevard, what could be improved, and how we can enhance safety and the overall traveler experience. We published a blog post recently to share more information about this survey and visioning process.

Many thanks to the Task Force members that have helped to develop the survey. They include:

Tai Mattox Coexist Lake Washington
Clara Cantor Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
Anna Zivarts Disability Rights Washington
Theresa Huey Coexist Lake Washington
Aaron Evanson Lakewood Seward Park Neighborhood Association
Patricia Killam Friends of Seward Park
Jennifer Ott Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks
Joseph Manson Seward Park Audubon Center
Terry Holme Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway
Zachary Fleet Mt. Baker Community Club
Yuan Tao Long-time Seattle resident, Asian Bike Club
Edwin Lindo UW Professor and Author, NorthStar Cycling Club

The Lake Washington Blvd Task Force has held six meetings. The next meeting will be held on December 12. 

The meetings have been productive as task members worked towards developing the goals, strategy, tactics, and implementation plan for the Lake Washington Blvd outreach and engagement process. Click on the video below to watch the Task Force meeting. 

Below are the links to previous Task Force meetings:

Sign up for the project email list to stay up to date and informed about engagement opportunities.  
 

Screenshot of Lake Washington Blvd Task Force virtual meeting #1.
Screenshot of Lake Washington Blvd Task Force vitual meeting #1.

Lake Washington Blvd Visioning Background

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 off that success and an outreach campaign in early 2021, SDOT moved forward with closing 3 miles of Lake Washington Blvd to cars on the weekends and holidays from July 2021 to October 2021.   
  
Following up on that work, and thanks to Councilmember Tammy Morales, we secured $200,000 through the 2022 budget to explore the right balance of closures and possible permanent operational changes to promote more walking, rolling, and biking on Lake Washington Blvd going forward.   
 
“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 
 
  
This last summer, we plan to launch a visioning process while Seattle Parks and Recreation hosted Bicycle “Sundays” For more information about Bicycle “Sundays” please see Parks latest blog found here. The visioning process includes convening around a 12-person task force made up of a diverse group of stakeholders that will be encouraged to share their experiences and discuss opportunities for Lake Washington Blvd. This task force is helping to design and outreach and engagement process the community will be actively involved in.   
  
The purpose of this process is to inform the development of a framework for how SDOT should make decisions about, future improvements, and changes to Lake Washington Blvd.   

bikers with helmets wearing face masks on a sunny day
People enjoying Lake Washington Blvd on their bikes.

Visioning Process Timeline

Graphic showing Lake Washington Blvd visioning process timeline from spring 2022 to winter 2022/2023.

We have brought together a group of individuals that represent Mt. Baker residents, Friends of Olmsted Parks, Bike Works, Seward Park and Lakewood residents, disability rights advocates, and other long time Seattle residents and neighbors to form the Visioning Task Force. 

Now that the Task Force is established, they are planning and designing what the community visioning process will look like. From summer 2022 through the end of the year, there will be community visioning events where community members will have the opportunity to engage with the process. In early 2023, we hope to have a report and high-level design concepts for what Lake Washington Blvd could look like. See the timeline graphic above. 

Photo showing SDOT staffing a booth for outreach and engagement in South Seattle.
Outreach and engagement in South Seattle.

    What's Next for Lake Washington Blvd? 

    We recognize some community members are concerned that the City will permanently close Lake Washington Boulevard to people driving. Permanent closure is not the objective of this partnership. We are gathering information on how this Olmstead Boulevard can be made safer and more accessible for all travelers. Results of this engagement campaign, public input, recommendations from the Task Force, and previous outreach and engagement over the past 2 1/2 years will inform potential future operational changes. Councilmember Tammy Morales has proposed a total of $404,000 to help advance design on the resulting concept over the next two years (2023-2024). Sign up for the project email list to stay updated on opportunities for input.

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