The Wallingford Neighborhood Greenway is now officially open. Neighborhood advocates for the project threw a street party to celebrate, which featured a dog parade, a group ride and walk along the route and gelato from a cargo bike (as you can see in the video above by Seattle Greenways).
The one-mile stretch of N 44th and N 43rd Streets now has improved wayfinding, small bike boxes at minor arterial crossings and a new crossing island at busy Stone Way. It is a glimpse of what neighborhood greenways can offer and a chance to test out some uniquely Seattle safe streets design elements (for example, does placing sharrows pointing in the correct direction around a traffic circle decrease wrong-way turning? We’ll see).
For the block party, organizers also invented some new traffic control devices (currently under consideration by AASHTO, I hear), such as the crossdog:
The project was funded by a Neighborhood Projects Fund grant, and the whole project came in around $110,000. By the end of the year, there should be 11 miles of neighborhood greenways in the city, including projects in Beacon Hill, Ballard, NE Seattle and West Seattle.