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Department of Public Works

Neighborhood Greenways

What is a Neighborhood Greenway?

Neighborhood Greenways are streets with low vehicle volumes and speeds, designed to prioritize bicycling and enhance conditions for walking. Neighborhood Greenways are streets where people of all ages and abilities feel safe walking and biking. To create this condition, Neighborhood Greenways use a variety of traffic calming and place making treatments, including:

  • Traffic Calming - to reduce the speeds of motor vehicles and discourage vehicles from using the street as a cut through
  • Signage and Pavement Markings  - to provide wayfinding signs for people biking and walking and driving
  • Green Streets - incorporating plantings, street trees, and green storm water infrastructure into the street to make it more appealing to people traveling and to treat storm water 
  • Intersection Design Treatments - to make crossing major streets safer and more intuitive for people walking and biking
  • Prioritize Bicycle Travel - in appropriate locations, traffic control measures can be incorporated that favor the movement of bicycles

Many other cities have been installing Neighborhood Greenways, such as Portland, ORSeattle, WA; Vancouver, Canada. See examples from planBTV Walk Bike below:

Examples of Greenway Treatments from the planBTV Walk Bike

Where are Neighborhood Greenways planned?

  • Lakeview Terrace Greenway:  Lakeview Terrace from Berry Street to Haswell Street was prioritized because it is a low volume street that will provide alternative to North Avenue for bicycling along sections of North Avenue, connecting the bike lane on North Avenue to the Burlington Greenway by the waterfront. You can see the proposed plans here.
  • Old North End (ONE) GreenwayThis ONE Greenway was identified as key neighborhood bike route, connecting the Old North End from UVM's campus to Battery Park and the Waterfront along low volume streets. You can see the full ONE Greenway Technical Feasibility Study here
  • See future neighborhood Greenway projects in planBTV Walk Bike here
  • All of these are part of our quick-build program and will last from 1-5 years, making adjustments with community input before permanent construction.

How do I use Neighborhood Greenways?


  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Follow signs to stay on the greenway.


  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Yield to pedestrians and motorists who have the right-of-way.
  • Move through intersections cautiously.
  • Follow bicycle pavement markings to stay on the greenway.


  • Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • When backing out of a driveway always look behind, right and left before moving your car.
  • Reduce speed to 20mph on the greenway.
  • Driving over bicycle pavement markings is okay.
  • Only overtake a person riding a bike at a safe speed and only if there is a safe passing distance of at least four feet.
  • Be careful when you open your car door. Always look for people walking or riding a bike first.

Thanks to the City of Seattle or the inspiration for this guide.


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns? Please contact us here.