October 1

Navigate the Neighborhood

A handy guide to getting around South Lake Union.

Letsgoslu.com, a guide to getting around in SLU, is a collaboration between Commute Seattle, the Seattle Department of Transportation, and the SLU Chamber.

With a walk score of 92, SLU is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city. SLU has just about everything you need—from grocery stores to pet shops, fitness studios, dozens of bars and restaurants, and more, it’s easy to live and work in this part of Seattle without a car. To see walking times in key parts of the neighborhood, the folks at Letsgoslu.com have put together a nifty walking timetable. Give it a look and plan your next stroll.

One of the easiest ways to get from one end of SLU to the other is via the South Lake Union line of the Seattle Streetcar. The line makes seven stops between the Westlake Hub (McGraw Square) and Fairview & Campus Drive (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center). Price for a single ride is $2.25 for adults, $1.50 for youth, $1.00 for seniors, and children 5 and under are free. Head to the Seattle Streetcar page for more information.

SLU is home to a number of King County Metro local bus routes, too. The Rapid C Line connects SLU to Downtown Seattle and West Seattle. The Rapid E Line travels along Aurora to Downtown Seattle and Aurora Village Transit Center. Route 8 brings riders from Mt. Baker Transit Center to Lower Queen Ann with stops in Capitol Hill and South Lake Union. Route 40 makes its way to Northgate Transit Center, Ballard, and Fremont. Route 62 connects Downtown to Sand Point and Green Lake with stops along Dexter. And Route 70, which travels along Fairview Avenue, connects the U-District to Eastlake, SLU, and Downtown.

If fresh air and two wheels is more your speed, bike lanes abound in SLU. Designated bike lanes are on Dexter Avenue, Westlake Avenue and Fairview Avenue. Bike commuters and pleasure riders will enjoy the comfort and safety of the Westlake Avenue protected two-way bike path. The 1.2-mile scenic stretch alongside Lake Union ends in Lake Union Park and connects to many businesses and easy to navigate streets. Check out SDOT’s interactive bike map and this biking timetable from Letsgoslu.com for additional information.

Story and photographs by Ethan Chung.

At The Center

SLU is the geographical center of Seattle