New information released by the Seattle Department of Transportation offers a look at the second round of improvements coming to the Ballard Ave Café Street.
The phase two upgrades follow a public survey and design charrette which showed support for curbside cafes, more room for pedestrians, and outdoor retail. They include:
- Establishing the Ballard Ave Café Street to enhance the experience of walking, rolling, shopping, and dining on Ballard Ave
- Further support for freight/delivery and business access with curbside adjustments that increase load/unload zones, ADA parking, and food pick-up priority areas.
- Increasing and defining space for people walking and rolling to accommodate pedestrian volumes and support Ballard Avenue’s draw as a major Seattle destination.
- Improving pedestrian visibility and safety at the intersection of Ballard Ave NW and 20th Ave NW.
- Exploring community partnerships to add movable benches and tables in newly created public space.
- Adding bike parking racks, and bike share and scooter share parking spaces to serve Ballard Ave NW.
- Exploring paid parking on several blocks around the neighborhood to further support business access.
- Maintaining the one northbound travel lane on the Leary side of the street.
Installation of the phase one improvements occurred in August 2022, and included new all-way stops, interim curb bulbs, and updated striping to address traffic flow.
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