Family Friendly Transportation Improvements Coming to Wallingford

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways are safer, calm residential streets for you, your family and neighbors. The Wallingford neighborhood greenway was envisioned in 2009 by the community, funded in 2011 with Neighborhood Project Funds (now the Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund) and constructed in 2012. This was Seattle’s first greenway and helped shift the City’s approach toward safer streets.

In 2014, we evaluated the existing greenway, which met some of our current guidelines, but lacked speed humps to encourage calm speeds. It’s also missing another common feature, stop signs at streets crossing the greenway. Stop signs pause people driving and increase the likelihood they will see people walking and biking along the street. The greenway is located on N 43rd St from N Stone Way to Meridian Ave N and along N 44th St to Latona Ave NE.

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Speed humps encourage slower speeds so people see more of their surroundings and have more time to avoid crashes.

Project features:

  • Improve safety by installing 20 mile per hour speed limit signs and adding about one speed hump per block.
  • Benefits: People driving at slower speeds see more of their surroundings and have more time avoid crashes.
  • Make it easier to cross streets for people walking and biking by adding crosswalks at Latona Ave NE and NE 44th St and Thackeray Pl NE and NE 44th St. Also, new crossing beacons are being installed at N Stone Way and N 43rd St with the Neighborhood Parks and Street Funding.
  • Benefits: Supports affordable, healthy travel options that get you to local parks, schools, shops and restaurants.
  • Increase visibility of people walking and biking by installing stop signs and stop bars on streets intersecting the neighborhood greenway.
  • Benefits: More neighbors feel comfortable walking and biking, which helps create a sense of community.

Neighborhood greenways are not car free zones, do not add bike lanes and have minimal if any on-street parking impacts.

Construction is occurring between July and October. Here are some things to expect:

  • Short-term street closures
  • Possible detours
  • Noise, dust and vibration

Visit our neighborhood greenway page to learn more about what they are at www.seattle.gov/transportation/greenways.htm.