‘Keep Moving Street’ at Green Lake reopens to drivers with walk-bike path
After being closed to drivers for more than year, the Keep Moving Street at Green Lake in Seattle is now open to cars with a new two-way walk and bike path as of late September.
The change on West Green Lake Way North allows for people to drive, walk, roll, and bike, where previously it had been closed to through traffic and only open to walkers and bikers.
The speed limit has been reduced to 20 mph to make it easier and safer for people to walk between Green Lake and Woodland Park. All parking lots along the road should be open now, or will be in the coming weeks.
The two-way multiuse path is on the waterfront side of the road, toward Green Lake, while the two-way vehicle traffic lanes are on the Woodland Park side. There are new tuff curb and flex posts to clearly delineate the walk and bike path from the driving lanes.
In May 2020, the “Keep Moving Street” was opened on West Green Lake Drive North between North 63rd Street and East Green Lake Way North. This Keep Moving Street — and the others around Seattle — were created to give people more room to get outside, and be able safely keep their distance from others during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are located adjacent to parks and popular outdoor destinations.
Keep Moving Streets are open for people walking, rolling, biking, and playing and closed to pass through traffic. The goal is to open up more space for people rather than cars as a way to provide room for people to get outside adjacent to parks and to improve community and individual health, as the Seattle Department of Transportation explains.
People driving who need to get to homes and destinations along Keep Moving Streets are still able to drive on these streets. Drivers should use extra caution and yield to people.