The Seattle Department of Transportation is iffy on the whole “bike lane” thing but it is ready to go big on one urbanist element of its cityscape plans — sidewalk cafes:
It’s a space for you to enjoy a drink or food outside. Not only are they fun for everyone around Seattle to enjoy, but they provide economic support to businesses and activate our streets. Businesses who are interested in having a sidewalk café will need a permit with us. We’ve managed the sidewalk café program for nearly ten years.
After around a decade of new sidewalk eating and drinking areas at around 400 cafes, bars, and restaurants under the program, the City Council is readying legislation to update — and hopefully improve — the program under what SDOT says are three key aspects:
- Allow cafés in more locations around Seattle.
- Formalize pilot programs to allow fence free cafes and cafes in the curb space of the street (these are known as streateries).
- Update design standards to make it easier to walk on sidewalks.
The new legislation would also formalize pilots like the Streatery program that has created spaces for patrons to hang out and enjoy food and libations at venues including Lost Lake, Mamnoon, Montana, and Sugar Plum.
To help shape the new rules and to find out what you like and don’t like about the proposals, SDOT is collecting feedback through Monday:
Read up on the details on our fact sheet. The full documents of the ordinance and draft Director’s Rule are also available on our webpage. You’re invited to provide comments on the Determination of Non-Significance. Comments are accepted in any of the following ways:
- Email: Alyse.Nelson@seattle.gov
- Phone: 206-684-5268
Seattle Department of Transportation
Street Use – Public Space Management
P.O. Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996
Comments must be provided no later than 5 PM on Monday, April 22, 2019. Appeals must be submitted no later than 5 PM on Monday, April 29, 2019. Details about the appeals process can be found in the Determination of Non-Significance posted on our webpage.