The Beacon Hill neighborhood greenway is almost here

From an SDOT mailer to project neighbors

The route of the pending 2.8-mile neighborhood greenway from the I-90 Trail to Jefferson Park is already one of my favorite biking routes in the city. But the city plans to make some key improvements to the route that could dramatically change the way the neighborhood gets around.

And yes, there will be stop signs to control traffic on streets that cross the route where applicable.

There will be an open house to showcase the plans from 6:30–8 p.m. July 19 at Jefferson Community Center.

Details from SDOT’s press release:

The Seattle Department of Transportation is having an open house to discuss the upcoming installation of a neighborhood greenway in the Beacon Hill neighborhood:

Date:        Thursday, July 19

Time:         6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Location:   Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Avenue S

Beacon Hill is one of six neighborhoods in Seattle where greenways will be installed this year. This greenway is one of several that were proposed in the Beacon BIKES Circulation Plan, which was initiated by neighborhood volunteers, funded by a grant from the Department of Neighborhoods, and presented to the community at a public meeting in November, 2010.

The Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway is 2.8 miles long, improving access to the I-90 Trail, Beacon Hill light rail station, the Beacon Hill library, Jefferson Park, Maplewood Playfield, Mercer Middle School, Maple Elementary School, and Cleveland High School.  The greenway will start at the I-90 Trail & 18th Avenue S, continuing north along 18th Avenue S.  The greenway crosses Beacon Avenue S at S Hanford Street, continuing on LaFayette Avenue S into Jefferson Park.   South of Jefferson Park the greenway will cross 15th Avenue S at S Dakota Street and continue on 12th Avenue S to S Lucile Street.

Proposed project elements along the greenway route include:
·         Signs and pavement legends along the greenway
·         Stop signs to control traffic crossing the greenway
·         Median island with new marked crosswalks at LaFayette Avenue S & S Spokane Street
·         Median island with new marked crosswalks at Beacon Avenue S & S Hanford Street
·         Rechannelization and signal improvements at Beacon Avenue S & S Spokane Street
·         Widened sidewalk on S Dakota Street between 16th Avenue S & 14th Avenue S
·         Paved trail adjacent to Jefferson Park

Neighborhood greenways are routes on non-arterial streets that are improved for safe, family-friendly bicycle and pedestrian travel, and are usually designed for reduced vehicle speeds and volumes.

Congratulations Beacon BIKES, who have worked very hard for years to make this plan happen. I can’t wait to see it in action later this summer!

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  3. merlin says:

    I wasn’t really looking for the Greenway – but riding from East Capitol Hill to the Jefferson Park Jubilee, I saw the wayfinding sign on the I-90 trail at 18th pointing towards Jefferson Park. Hmm, that sounds interesting! I kept following the signs and easily made my way to the park. It’s a really nice slow climb on quiet residential streets – I don’t think any cars passed me at all. Great work, Beacon B.I.K.E.S! When SDOT finishes the crossings and rechannelizations, it will be as good as the Ontario Greenway in Vancouver that I rode during Velo-city.

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