Walk on Queen Anne? Two Opportunities to Get Involved and Voice Your Opinion on Walkability

If you’re like me, you walk… a lot. If not, maybe you have a reason? Lack of sidewalks, poorly-marked crosswalks, or inadequate lighting? Remedying these issues would make it safer to walk around the neighborhood, especially with our short, dark winter days ahead. Increased walkability also supports our local businesses and community services, and there’s nothing more invigorating than taking a walk and seeing the vibrancy of our neighborhood!

Well, now there are two new opportunities for you to share your opinion on Queen Anne walkability:

Queen Anne Greenways: this grassroots, neighbor-driven group is looking to springboard into an official voice for Queen Anne walkability. The group is meeting next Tuesday and Friday for meet-and-greets. The conversation starting point will be the Crown of Queen Anne and pedestrian safety. The first meetings are informal opportunities to start the discussion on how Queen Anne residents view the safety and accessibility of our primary pedestrian routes. Input gathered and interested residents’ participation will lead to the formation of a formal Queen Anne Greenways Group.

Key Details:

  • Meetings: Tuesday, Nov 27, 7-8:30pm or Friday, Nov 30, 3-4:30pm
  • Where: 2572 – 10th Ave W
  • RSVP via email to Jody Lemke

Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board: SPAB is accepting applications for new members to help make walking safer and easier.  The volunteer board advises the mayor and city council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to city departments. Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Applicants must be Seattle residents (city employees are not eligible) and should be frequent walkers. SPAB is looking for a board that represents of a variety of ages, mobility levels, and neighborhoods.

Key Details:

  • Meetings: SPAB meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at City Hall
  • Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest
  • Deadline: apply via email by 5pm on December 17 to Howard Wu

Queen Anne ranks one of Seattle’s most walkable neighborhoods!

The other day I came across WalkScore.com, which rates the walkability of 2,508 neighborhoods in the largest 40 U.S. cities. Countrywide, Seattle ranks 6th after San Francisco, New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Walk Score

Based on number of criteria including the existence of a neighborhood center, density, mixed-use/mixed-income housing, proximity to public parks, spaces, schools and workplaces, pedestrian-centric design, accessibility, connectedness and comfort, WalkScore.com also broke down the city’s walkability neighborhood by neighborhood.

Type in an address and the site lists all of the amenities, including buses, schools, restaurants, parks, coffee shops, movie theaters, libraries, bars –– you name it –– within a few miles of your home. Distances are included and the scoring of each is based on proximity (after one mile, points begin to decline). Participants can also double-check the rankings by submitting amenities for addition or removal from the list.

Out of a 100-point scoring system, Lower Queen Anne came in 9th with 93 points and Queen Anne hill ranked 20th with 81 points. Seattle’s citywide average score is 77. When I typed in my address, halfway up Queen Anne Ave N between Uptown and the top of the hill, I was happy to see my steep-inclined home garnered an even higher score: 97 points – “Walkers’ Paradise”!

The top five high ranking neighborhoods in Seattle are Pioneer Square, Downtown, First Hill, Belltown and Roosevelt. Check out the breakdown here. Search by your own neighborhood or address here and see how your hood stacks up!