Lake Washington Blvd. in Seattle open for bikers, walkers & runners only

The scenic boulevard will be closed to cars (except for local residents) from July 24 to September 8 and maybe even later.

July 23, 2020
Lake Washington and Mt. Rainier

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If you're up for a leisurely stroll -- or a vigorous run, or a bike ride -- along the shore of Lake Washington this summer, you're going to get your wish, and you won't have to contend with traffic.

The City of Seattle has decided to close a long stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard to cars (except for the ones driven by the people who actually live there) so that the rest of us can enjoy a wide, beautiful expanse of road for everything from pushing a stroller to rollerblading. It's pretty much the same game plan they've used for Bicycle Sundays for years.

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Right now, the official dates are July 24 to September 8 -- the day after Labor Day Weekend -- but they say they might extend the closure to the end of September.

Here's the official scoop from the city:

By opening Lake Washington Blvd, more people can stay close to home and keep 6 feet apart while recreating. 

The uptick in COVID-19 cases in our region underscores our desire to open up additional public spaces that allow recreation with appropriate social distance. 

The route matches Bicycle Sundays and adds two temporary ADA parking spaces at both ends, supplementing the dedicated all-accessible parking lot at Seward Park. 

Starting Friday, July 24 eco blocks (square cement blocks) with signs will be placed at Lake Park Dr S, 43 Ave S, 46 Ave S, 50 Ave S, S Genesee Way, S Orcas St, and S Juneau St. Street Closed a-frame signs will be used elsewhere.  The boat launch at Stan Sayres is closed as it was not being used for boating and seeing significant crowding.  

Based on how traffic is performing, how people are using the street, and community feedback, a decision on whether to extend the Keep Moving Street till the end of September or not will happen around Labor Day. 

This is great news, and a fantastic way to combine everybody's favorite qualities of the Pacific Northwest: fresh air, fresh water, exercise, and a stunning view of Mt. Rainier in the distance. And there's enough space for safe social distancing.

You can check out more details and take a look at a map of the closure here on the SDOT blog.