Everett streets that were closed to through-traffic to encourage active transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic returned to their previous configuration on Monday, Oct. 5.
The removal of the local access only restriction was done for several reasons. Autumn’s shortened number of daylight hours increases the chance of nighttime pedestrian or cyclist interactions with vehicles. Also, cooler, wetter weather means decreased utilization to the point that sidewalks can safely accommodate pedestrians and skaters.
Refocused on implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan and pedestrian safety improvements., the City will continue to evaluate the need to accommodate increased opportunities for active transportation over the fall and winter, with the expectation that lessons learned on the Healthy Streets program will become part of the strategy as we execute the bicycle master plan.
To promote the safe return to the previous configuration, drivers are encouraged to
Obey all traffic laws, slow down and be predictable.
Share the road, yield to bicycles and pedestrians when appropriate.
Stay alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes off the road.
Four street segments were open to local access only starting July 16
Hoyt Avenue-Everett Avenue to 19th Street
Hoyt Avenue-38th Street to 32nd Street
Commercial Avenue-55th Street to Madison Street
Silver Lake Road at 19th Avenue SE
The four roads connect with bicycle and pedestrian facilities across the length of the city. Drivers should continue to expect to see people riding on the Hoyt Ave bike boulevard, the Commercial Ave portion of the Interurban Trail and on the Silver Lake Loop. Click here to view the Healthy Streets map