Council proposal would make Stay Healthy Streets permanent, extend Café Streets through 2022

The author and child in front of a Stay Healthy Street sign.The City Council has proposed $2.5 million to make many of the city’s Stay Healthy Streets permanent and another $300,000 to fund the popular Café Streets program through 2022 as part of the $128 million Seattle Rescue Plan to “kick start the city’s recovery,” according to a City Council presentation (PDF).

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways celebrated the news and put together a handy online form you can use to voice your support for the funding. The form letter also supports an amendment from Councilmember Lisa Herbold “to use future funding to make Keep Moving Streets permanent on Alki Point, Green Lake, and Lake Washington Boulevard.”

More details from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways:

Great news! Seattle City Council just proposed $2.5 million to make Stay Healthy Streets permanent, as well as $300,000 to fund Cafe Streets through 2022! Act now to:

  • Thank Seattle City Councilmembers for funding Stay Healthy Streets and Cafe Streets to help ensure that the funding isn’t removed.
  • Ask them to support Councilmember Herbold’s amendment to use future funding to make Keep Moving Streets permanent on Alki Point, Green Lake, and Lake Washington Boulevard.

Stay Healthy Streets

Thanks to popular demand last summer, Mayor Durkan committed to making 20 miles of the pilot Stay Healthy Streets program permanent, starting with streets in Greenwood (1st Ave NW) and Lake City. The City began community engagement to design the final look and feel of the streets, but hadn’t found funding — until now!

Cafe Streets

In May, City Council unanimously passed an extension of permits for Cafe Streets through May of 2022, which this new proposal would fund. We will be working hard to make this successful program permanent.

Keep Moving Streets

Unfortunately, this funding won’t cover improvements to Seattle’s three Keep Moving Streets at Lake Washington Boulevard, Alki Point, and Green Lake. But Councilmember Herbold just introduced an amendment to use future funding to make Keep Moving Streets permanent and conduct community engagement. We’re hopeful that with continued advocacy from people like you we can find additional funding to make sure these fantastic public spaces don’t disappear. Ask Council to support Councilmember Herbold’s amendment now!

Act now to thank Seattle City Councilmembers for funding Stay Healthy Streets and Cafe Streets, and ask them to support Councilmember Herbold’s amendment to find funding for Keep Moving Streets.

Thank you for your continued advocacy!

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1 Response to Council proposal would make Stay Healthy Streets permanent, extend Café Streets through 2022

  1. Jessica Winter-Stoltzman says:

    I love Stay Healthy Streets. I am confused why they cost so much– wondering if you as a journalist can help us understand why they are so expensive. I feel like they should be the standard on all non-arterials in the city (i.e., local traffic & deliveries only, drive cautiously and yield to pedestrians and bikes if you’re in a car), but obviously that is hard to imagine if we need $2.5M just for the limited number we have. What do you think? Where does the money go? Just signage?

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