Seattle to Permanently Close 20 Miles of Road for Pedestrian Use


Seattle’s “Stay Healthy Streets” program was launched to allow residents to walk and exercise outdoors without breaking social distancing. 20 miles of city streets were shut down for this purpose and Mayor Jenny Durkan says they will stay that way even after pandemic restrictions have been lifted. The city parks are still closed but the open stretches of road are allowing Seattle dwellers to find an escape from their houses. “We’re announcing a nimble, creative approach towards rapidly investing in a network of places for people walking and people biking of all ages,” said Durkan. The city is partnering with the Seattle Department of Transportation on this project and plan to make it permanent.

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