FAQ

People all over Kirkland want safe streets for their kids – for their families – but often they don’t know where to start or how to make it happen. Greenways are part of the
answer…Kirkland Greenways FAQ
 
What is Kirkland Greenways’ goal?
How do you make a street into a Greenway?
Who can be involved in Kirkland Greenways?

What is Kirkland Greenways’ goal?
Kirkland Greenways’ vision is a Kirkland where people from 8 to 88 can get around on a complete network of safe streets.

Whether you are walking or jogging, in a wheelchair or a car, on a med-scooter or riding your bike, greenways get you to school, the library, the café, businesses and services or your local park: Greenways knit our communities together, connecting us to all the local places we want to go.

The answers that follow were put together by Kirkland Greenways volunteers and are meant to provide information and inspire discussion! We welcome your input and further refinement, as these ideas could become the actual standards by which Greenways are implemented in Kirkland.

How do you make a street into a Greenway?
A Greenway is created by looking at already calm streets in our neighborhoods and helping the city to figure out how to make them safer. Neighbors have important feedback for the city on what’s safe, what needs work, and where the dangerous spots are.  When a street is chosen for a ‘Greenways makeover’ we then work with the City of Kirkland to decide what it needs:
• Signage is important to mark a Greenway, and to help people figure out how to get where they are going (destination signs w arrows).
• Signs also serve to assure people on foot or bike that they are on safe streets and also help to make people driving aware that they are in a pedestrian-rich environment.
• Paint on the roads (bike markings) also helps to guide people and to caution folks driving.
• Trees and plantings, curb bump-outs and rain gardens all make the Greenway a safer, more park-like street and also serve to catch and clean rainwater runoff.
• Dangerous or tricky crossings of arterials and high traffic areas are made much safer by creating crossings using flags, RRFBs, HAWK lights, islands and other tools for helping people on foot or on bikes cross safely and visibly.

Who can be involved in Kirkland Greenways?
Anyone can come. We’re the first Greenways group on the Eastside, but we have attendees from both Kirkland, Bellevue and Redmond participating at meetings. Currently Seattle has over 20 such neighborhood groups with more than a thousand volunteers helping to create a network of safe streets. Want to start a greenways group in Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah, or somewhere else in Washington?  We can help you get started!