Check out these 300+ neighbor-created ideas to improve Seattle streets

Neighborhood Street Fund timeline, from the program website.

Seattle residents and organizations submitted more than 300 specific Neighborhood Street Fund ideas for improving our city’s streets, and now SDOT needs help prioritizing them. You can weigh in online by February 22. The refined list will then go through another round of voting this spring.

NSF projects should be in the $100,000 to $1 million range and can include anything from sidewalk improvements, crosswalks, signals, bike connections, curb ramps or anything else people can think of that could make the streets near them better. And it turns out that most of the improvements people want are for people walking and biking.

Though they are both participatory budgeting programs, the NSF is a fully separate fund and process than the lower-budget “Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets” program that is currently gathering idea submissions.

NSF ideas submitted this year range in feasibility from simple and easy to major undertakings. And no matter then intention of the project creator, there are many more steps after this as SDOT engineers design and modify them to meet standards and city goals. It’s a long process.

There a ton of great ideas in this list (and a few not-so-great ones, of course). So thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time and energy to get these ideas out there. It turns into a lot of work, especially as projects advance.

Here’s the full map of submitted project ideas:

Many of the projects are simple things like crosswalks across busy streets, accessible curb ramps or residential street traffic calming. There are too many to highlight here, so spend some time going through the list and supporting ones that sound good. If you click on project titles, you can learn more details.

Here is a very incomplete list of bigger project ideas that stood out to me at first glance:

Is there a project idea you want to highlight? Post about it in the comments below.

Here’s the meeting schedule if you want to learn more and weigh in on projects in person:

District Venue Date Time Location
1 Youngstown Cultural Arts Center Saturday, February 2 10:30 am – 12:30 pm 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
South Park Hall Monday, February 4 6:30 – 8:00 pm 1253 S Cloverdale St, Seattle, WA 98108
2 Smart Buildings Center at Pacific Tower Tuesday, February 5 6:30 – 8:00 pm 1200 12th Ave S #110, Seattle, WA 98144
Van Asselt Community Center Monday, February 11 6:00 – 7:30 pm 2820 S Myrtle St, Seattle, WA 98108
Rainier Beach Community Center Tuesday, February 12 6:30 – 8:00 pm 8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
3 Yesler Community Center Thursday, January 31 6:00 – 7:30 pm 917 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122
Optimism Brewing Wednesday, February 6 6:30 – 8:00 pm 1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
4 Good Shepherd Center Monday, February 4 6:00 – 7:30 pm 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Northeast Branch Seattle Public Library Monday, February 11 6:00 – 7:30 pm 6801 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
5 Broadview Branch Seattle Public Library Thursday, January 31 6:00 – 7:30 pm 12755 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
Lake City Community Center Tuesday, February 5 6:30 – 8:00 pm 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
6 Crown Hill Center Tuesday, January 29 7:00 – 8:30 pm 9250 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117
Phinney Center Community Hall Wednesday, February 13 6:00 – 7:30 pm 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
7 Queen Anne Community Center Wednesday, January 30 6:30 – 8:00 pm 1901 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
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3 Responses to Check out these 300+ neighbor-created ideas to improve Seattle streets

  1. Q says:

    Fuck neighbor created ideas and fuck the seattle process – build a network of bike lanes already.

  2. Marisa says:

    It feels like all the ones submitted in my neighborhood in North Seattle (where there aren’t many sidewalks) can be summed up as “please oh please let us have one or two short blocks of sidewalks so people can get to (high school|elementary school|popular local parks|the bus stop) safely”

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