As part of the city’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Transportation Department has implemented a Healthy Streets pilot project (Calles Saludables, 贝尔维尤健康街道) in which residential streets totaling 4.1 miles are being temporarily closed to non-local vehicle traffic to provide more room for people in the neighborhoods to safely move while socially distancing during COVID-19. Local access for residents and essential services continues, as well as on-street parking.
- Northeast Bellevue: 165th/166th avenues, from Northup Way to Southeast 14th Street. This Healthy Street actually extends into parts of the Lake Hills and West Lake Sammamish neighborhoods, connecting with the Lake to Lake Trail, Lake Hills Community Park and Weowna Park. The original launch of the Healthy Streets pilot on 165th/166th avenues took place on May 7 and was extended on June 5. Project mailer/map
- Lake Hills: Southeast Fourth Street, from the Lake Hills Greenbelt to 164th Avenue Southeast (0.75 mile). The launch of the Healthy Streets pilot on Southeast Fourth Street took place on May 7.
- Northwest Bellevue: Northeast Fifth Street/98th Avenue Northeast/Northeast First Street, from close to Northeast Eighth Street to 100th Avenue Northeast, connecting to Meydenbauer Bay Park, Downtown Park and other downtown destinations. Access to the Meydenbauer Bay Park parking lot via 98th Avenue Northeast remains open. The launch of the Healthy Streets pilot in Northwest Bellevue took place on June 5. Project mailer/map
- Newport Hills: 121st/122nd/123rd Avenues Southeast, from Southeast 46th Place to Southeast 56th Street, connecting to the Newport Hills Shopping Center and trails in the Coal Creek Natural Area. The launch of the Healthy Streets pilot in Newport Hills took place on June 10. Project mailer/map
After a positive reception to the pilot in two east Bellevue neighborhoods in May, the pilot was expanded in early June to streets in Northwest Bellevue, plus an extension to one of the streets in east Bellevue. News release.
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The streets selected for the Healthy Streets pilot were chosen because they have relatively low traffic volumes, are near other streets that drivers can use to avoid long detours, are long enough to provide a good route for riding and walking, lack sidewalks or connect to parks and commercial centers that provide essential services.
Information about the pilot was shared with residents who live on and near the closed streets prior to the launch. The project follows a trend in other cities nationwide to provide space for residents to get out, safely exercise and get where they need to go during the pandemic.
The Healthy Streets will remain closed to non-local vehicle traffic pending further guidance on social distancing from the Governor’s Office and public health officials, or as directed by the city.
Tips for Healthy Streets users
Healthy Streets are for people living nearby who are walking, biking and rolling. They will remain open to local vehicle traffic only, including residents and their visitors, emergency response vehicles, garbage and recycling pickups and delivery vehicles. People driving should use extra caution.
Closures are marked with signs, and there will be enough space for local traffic to drive around the signs. City staff will monitor the streets to ensure the signage remains in place.
- Keep moving
- Maintain proper social distancing -- at least six feet between yourself and others -- to help reduce the spread of the virus
- Use a light at night. For bikes, a white light in front and red reflector or light in back
People who must drive on the closed streets
- Drive slowly and make eye contact with people biking, walking and rolling
- Scan the road ahead carefully; watch and yield to people of all ages who are walking, biking and rolling
- Communicate with others by making eye contact and signaling turns and lane changes
The temporary street closures were implemented with minimal up-front costs for materials. Staff time will be required to place the closure signs, monitor them and remove the signs once the pilot has ended. As part of the pilot, staff will track costs.
More COVID-19 Resources
The Transportation Department is committed to providing residents and businesses the resources they need to stay healthy during the pandemic. In addition to Bellevue Healthy Streets, the Transportation Department rolled out Curbside Food Pickup Zones to support restaurants serving take-out customers.
- If you have questions about the Bellevue Healthy Streets pilot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-452-6856
- Other citywide resources include a COVID-19 Updates webpage, a COVID-19 Community Resources webpage and a COVID-19 Business/Non-profit Resources webpage.
Pilot expansion (June 2020):
- Citywide map of Healthy Streets locations
- Healthy Streets mailer/map, Northeast Bellevue
- Healthy Streets mailer/map, Northwest Bellevue/Lake Hills
- Healthy Streets mailer/map, Newport Hills
- City news release
Initial implementation (May 2020):