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Dongho Chang Wins the 2014 Innovation Award for His Bollard Curb Extension!

Dongho's design makes it easier and much cheaper to extend a curb

Dongho’s design makes it easier and much cheaper to extend a curb

Cheap, effective, easy, these new curb extensions are ready to make Seattle streets safer! Dongho Chang is a safe streets innovator!

Honorable Mentions are also in order for the project, program, or idea that pushes the leading edge of safe streets in Seattle:

2014 Outstanding New Infrastructure Winner: 2nd Avenue Protected Bike Lane (And Signals!)

Dongho Chang accepts the Outstanding New Infrastructure Award for the 2nd Avenue Protected Bike Lane

City Traffic Engineer Dongho Chang accepts the Outstanding New Infrastructure Award for the 2nd Avenue Protected Bike Lane

A big thank you to everyone who made the 2nd Avenue Protected Bike Lane a reality, including Mayor Ed Murray, Scott Kubly, Dongho Chang, Kristen Simpson, Sandra Woods, the SDOT construction team, and the SDOT walk/bike team.

Honorable Mentions are also in order for the most outstanding all ages and abilities friendly infrastructure:

 

 

The 15th Ave NE PARK(ing) Day Project Wins the 2014 Exemplary Streets Experiment Award

A few members of the hardworking PARK(ing) Day crew from University Greenways and NE Seattle Greenways

A few members of the hardworking PARK(ing) Day crew from University Greenways and NE Seattle Greenways

Great job to everyone who made a creative idea for a park and bridge crossing a success, including Andres Salomon, Bob Edmiston, Brent W. Curtis, Chris Mealy, Convoy Coffee, Jeff Dubrule, Kenneth Trease, Knox Gardner, Kristin Fitzsimmons, Max Taran, Mika Matsuzak, Sage Ross, and Sander Lazar. We hear it is likely Seattle Department of Transportation will turn some of these ideas from the 15th Ave NE experiment into permanent street safety improvements!

Honorable Mentions are also in order for the person or group who tested a creative new idea on our streets:

 

University Greenways Wins the 2014 Most Improved Group Award

University Greenways members doing outreach to local business owners along Roosevelt Way NE.

University Greenways members doing outreach to local business owners along Roosevelt Way NE.

University Greenways went from 0 to 20 mph with their work to make Roosevelt Way NE a safe and complete street with local business outreach. U Greenways also supports great connections along the new 12th Avenue NE Greenway.

Honorable Mentions are also in order for the local group that has grown or improved the most in the past year: 

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw Wins 2014 Public Service Award

Sally Bagshaw and Cathy Tuttle

Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw has done so much for streets and public space in Seattle, from her support for Sunday Parkways to support for Safe Routes to Parks in the 2014 Parks Legacy Plan. Sally’s office door at Council sports a Seattle Neighborhood Greenways sign and for a while fellow Councilmembers joked she’d have to put a quarter in a jar every time she said “Seattle Neighborhood Greenways”.

Honorable Mentions are also in order for the public official who has most advanced the cause of safe streets in Seattle: 

  • Dongho Chang for being the best City Traffic Engineer in the America!
  • Jim Curtin for simultaneously working on five Road Corridor Safety Projects and Safe Routes to School for SDOT.
  • Councilmember Mike O’Brien for keeping focused on equity issues as a core function of connecting people in Seattle.
  • Bill LaBorde for being cheerful, accessible, and wickedly knowledgeable about how Seattle transportation policy and budgets function.

The 2014 Greenways Champion is… Tom Fucoloro!

Seattle Bike Blog's Tom Fucoloro is the 2014 Greenways Champion

Seattle Bike Blog’s Tom Fucoloro is the 2014 Greenways Champion

Tom’s been on fire in the past year as the editor of Seattle Bike Blog, posting not just about bicycling, but incisive editorials about traffic safety for everyone. Good work Tom!

Honorable Mentions are also in order for the individual who has most advanced the cause of safe streets in Seattle:

 

2014 Wendy Award Goes to Seattle Family Biking

Seattle Family Biking prepares bikers for any kind of weather while having fun!

Seattle Family Biking prepares bikers for any kind of weather while having fun!

When Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG) leaders evaluate the ability of our streets to serve people of all ages and abilities to safely and comfortably walk and bike, they keep in mind the persona, or personification of the interested but concerned person we are advocating for. “Wendy” is the name of our persona and has been written about extensively.  

The Wendy Award in 2014 goes to Seattle Family Biking Facebook group, a growing collective of individuals who gently provide advice about safe routes, biking hills with kids and groceries in tow, and smart gear choices to keep comfortable whatever the weather. Seattle Family Biking also reaches out to the larger community for bike-y playdates, and kid-friendly events that can be easily biked to.

Tasha Walston started the page, and dozens of family bikers support her including Madi Carlson, Davey Oil, Sara Daum Fowle, Barbara Gordon, Morgan Scherer, Robin Randels, Suzi Zook, Maritess Zurbano, Shirley Savel, Brad Hawkins, Jalair Box, Reb Roush, Forrest Baum, and Jason Kiker.

The Wendy Award Honorable mentions also go to person or group that has done the most to encourage new people to walk, bike on, and love our shared streets.

  • Alison Campbell Schwartz: SDOT Traffic Safety staff who developed a program to teach children skills to survive as they cross high speed streets around Rainier Vista. Photos.
  • Merlin Rainwater: S.L.O.W. (Senior Ladies on Wheels) rides. Our shared streets should serve all ages and abilities, 8-to-80 year old users. Merlin developed bicycle rides to inspire and encourage 80-year-old riders. FB Page.
  • Critical Lass / CycloFemme / Kidical Mass / Familybike Seattle: Madi Carlson, Morgan Scherer, Robin Randels, Barbara Gordon, and Jennifer Litowski. Critical Lass inspires new women bike riders.  Familybike Seattle hosts monthly Kidical Mass rides, as well as workshops and seminars on family riding, Family Bike Expos, and operate a cargo bike rental fleet.
  • West Seattle Bike Connections: Summer Streets Bike Rodeos. Kathy Dunn, Maddie Dunn, Al Jackson, Theresa Beaulieu, Bob Winship, Jay Guettler, and Don Brubeck.

 

 

2014 Top Community Builder Is Rainier Valley Greenways

Rainier Valley Greenways Wins 2014 Community Builder Award

Rainier Valley Greenways Wins 2014 Community Builder Award

Rainier Valley leaders Deb Salls (who is also the Executive Director of Bike Works), Devor Barton, Jawara O’Connor, Lauren Squires, Phyllis Porter, and Susan Gleason. Alexandra Stone and Sue Abbott from the National Parks Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance and many others also assisted in extensive outreach activities of Rainier Valley Greenways.

Honorable Mentions are also in order for Person or group who has done the most to bring diverse communities together:

  • Beacon BIKES. Ryan Harrison, Christine Cole, Devor Barton and many others for extensive outreach to El Centro de la Raza and the Beacon Food Forest.
  • Lake City Greenways: Janine Blaeloch, Ruth Anderson, Muriel Lawty, and Victoria Moceri for outreach work in Little Brook, Olympic Hills, turning a car-centric area into a place for people.

2014 Memorial Walks & Rides: A Year In Review

Wirtu Kakshapati speaks about the loss of Sandhya Khadka and #VisionZero at #Party4OurStreets

Wirtu Kakshapati speaks about the loss of Sandhya Khadka and #VisionZero at #Party4OurStreets

The most moving moments during #Party4OurStreets came as victims of traffic violence, their families, the community leaders who stepped up to organize Memorials and Solutions Meetings and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) staff who responded with safer streets came to the front of the room to stand together and be acknowledged for their dedication to healthier, safer streets.

The Memorial Walks program is one of our most visible ways to bring #VisionZero sensibilities to Seattle streets. Because of this program we have been able to honor 13 victims and their families. We have raised awareness among communities and government so that we are all willing to invest time and money in traffic safety improvements. We intend to expand the outreach for this program by hiring dedicated staff in 2015.

Memorial Walk and Ride Recognition We want to recognize all the individuals who have made significant contributions of time and energy to creating healing and impactful Memorial Walks or Rides and Solution Meetings to honor families and mobilize for safer streets.

  • James St. Clair Memorial Walk: Deb Vandermar, Shukri Olow, Gene Tagaban, and Odin Lonning. James St. Clair was killed legally crossing  35th Ave SW, the 5th fatality of a person walking or biking 35th SW since 2006. High Point Community Council and Tlingit  people joined to bless the life of James St. Clair and pray for traffic safety improvements. SDOT began a multi-year road safety corridor project on 35th Ave SW in 2014.
  • Sandhya Khadka Memorial: Renee Staton, Shraddha Kakshapati, and Wirtu Kakshapati. Sandhya Khadka, 17 years old, was killed legally crossing the street getting to her bus stop at NE 115th and 5th Ave NE on her way to college. Sandhya was the only child and pride of her of her Nepali family. Pinehurst Community Council and Sandhya’s Seattle Nepali community came together to honor her. SDOT has added a marked crosswalk at this high-speed intersection.
  • Rebecca Scollard Memorial Walk: Merlin Rainwater, First Hill Improvement Association, WHEEL\Women in Black, Feet First, Brigid Hagan, Skyline at First Hill, and Harborview Medical Center. Every life matters. Rebecca Scollard, who struggled with homelessness and addiction, was killed legally crossing the street at 9th and James in First Hill. Central Greenways leader Merlin Rainwater brought together a coalition of local groups for the Memorial Walk and Solutions Meeting. SDOT Director Scott Kubly and City Traffic Dongho Chang attended and pledged to improve pedestrian safety in First Hill.
  • Caleb Shoop Memorial Walk: Glen Buhlman, Caron LeMay, Tammy & Ben Shoop, and Janine Blaeloch. 19-year-old Caleb Shoop was killed riding his bicycle legally across an intersection in Kenmore, WA. Kirkland Greenways and Lake City Greenways leaders worked with Caleb’s family to organize a Memorial Walk and Solutions meeting. A reconfigured crosswalk now marks this busy road. Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes are determining whether the Caleb Shoop case can be used to implement the Washington State Vulnerable User Law.
  • Sher Kung Memorial Ride: Jake Vanderplas and Brock Howell. Sher Kung, a new mother and LGBTQ activist lawyer died on 2nd Ave in the bike lane just a week before it was converted to Seattle’s first downtown protected bike lane. West Seattle Greenways Jake Vanderplas and Cascade Bicycle Club Brock Howell worked with the City of Seattle and Sher’s family to organize a moving tribute to Sher Kung and raise awareness about traffic safety and #VisionZero.
  • Zeytuna Edo Vigil Walk: Phyllis Porter, Deb Salls, Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Abdul Yusef, and Mohammed Arden. Rainier Valley Greenways, Bike Works, Seattle politicians, and the Somali community rallied around 7-year-old Zeytuna Edo who was hit and critically injured by a speeding driver as she legally crossed the street with her family on MLK Ave S. Zeytuna is slowly recovering. SDOT and the Mayor have pledged to improve traffic safety in the Rainier Vista area. Mayor Ed Murray deserves special appreciation for attending the Vigil Walk and Solutions Meeting for a full 2-hours as the community  met
  • Original Artwork for Memorial Walks: Karen Stocker. Karen is a public artist and therapist who has volunteered for Seattle Neighborhood Greenways since April 2013 to paint heartfelt and eye-catching signs for Memorial Walks. When appropriate, Karen works with families of victims to make art and signs reflecting their love and concern.

    Stu Hennessy holds sign painted by Karen Stocker at Schulte Memorial Walk 2013 More signs/photos: http://seattletimes.com/html/picturethis/2020689296_memorialwalkforschultefamily.html

    Stu Hennessy holds sign at Schulte Memorial Walk 2013 More signs/photos: http://seattletimes.com/html/picturethis/2020689296_memorialwalkforschultefamily.html

 

 

Ballard Greenways Wins the 2014 Amazing Advocacy Award

 

Ballard Greenways leaders take Councilmember Mike O'Brien on carefully orchestrated policy ride @SNG photo

Ballard Greenways leaders take Councilmember Mike O’Brien on carefully orchestrated policy ride @SNG photo

Every local Seattle Neighborhood Greenway (SNG) group does amazing advocacy. From leading walks and bike rides for policy makers, to showing up for pivotal City Council hearings, SNG volunteers are tireless and creative advocates for healthy, safe streets.

Ballard Greenways leaders produced an event that was amazing. A policy ride with Councilmember Mike O’Brien combined talks along the route with local business leaders, PTSA leaders at several local schools, and specific, well-defined requests for street improvements along the 17th Ave NW corridor. They linked their requests to other school safety projects improvement at Whitman Elementary School.

Ballard Greenways leaders followed up with direct outreach to Council and came away with funding for real improvements to intersections that will keep children safe when they walk to school and elders safe when they cross the street. Good job Ballard Greenways leaders Andrew Natzel, Barbara Swatt, Bob Hall, Chris Saleeba, Ellen Butzel, Jennifer Litowski, Mark Ruebel, Michael Wolf, Mike Hale, Robin Randels, Selena Carsiotis, Steven Redpath.

Honorable Mentions are also in order for the best advocacy campaign or leadership by a group or individual:

  • Seattle Sunday Parkways: Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, Mayor Ed Murray, Andrew Glass-Hastings, Mark Ostrow, Bob Edmiston, PBOT Active Transportation & many others.
  • City Budget Advocates: Barbara Gordon and Hank, Beth Mondzac, Bob Hall, Brie Gyncild, Deb Salls, Don Brubeck, Eldan Goldenberg, Ellen Butzel, Ian Eisenberg, John O’Neil, Julee Neuhart, Justin Martin, Kari Olson, Kathy Dunn, Kevin Lugo, Lionel Job, Lydia Heard, Megan Horst, Merlin Rainwater, Michael Herschensohn, Mike Perfetti, Robin Randels, Selena Carsiotis, Silas Bean, Susan Gleason, and Suzi Zook. Over 23 people representing SNG showed up and testified at three Seattle City Council budget hearings to keep funding for safe streets projects. Thank you!

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