Our Approach — Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

Our Approach

Our Beginning

Since 2011, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and its coalition of 16 local volunteer-led chapters have empowered communities to reclaim Seattle’s streets and make them safer for all ages, ethnicities, genders and abilities.

Our Mission

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways organizes and mobilizes people to make every neighborhood a great place to walk, bike and live.

Our Vision

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Seattle Neighborhood Greenways envisions a future where Seattle's streets unite neighborhoods and connect people to where they need to go. Walking and biking are convenient, safe, comfortable, and even joyful. Children are able to walk and bike to school and to parks. Seniors are able to stay active and connected by walking and biking. Seattle's streets — one fourth of our total land as a city — incorporate neighborhood priorities for play, relaxation, recreation, greenery, and community-building. The streets and transportation systems are truly accessible and welcoming, and reflect the needs of people of every age, language, ethnicity, gender, race, ability, and level of wealth. Achieving this vision will give us more choices for how to get around, keep us safer, save us money, and reduce climate pollution.

Do you only work on neighborhood greenways?

Our earliest win gave us our name. We provided the vision, community outreach and momentum that led city leaders to incorporate neighborhood greenways into Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan. We then embarked on a multi-neighborhood listening effort to discover what mattered most to communities across the city, and build our grassroots power. We now focus on making every neighborhood a great place to walk, bike and live.

How we work

We have a small staff and board who focus on citywide operations and also stay involved at the local level. Our coalition of volunteer neighborhood groups run their own operations to support the needs of their communities. We are a people-powered movement working to make Seattle a safer place to live.

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