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Seattle Neighborhood Greenways: 2020 Campaigns

COVID-19 Update: Due to the this outbreak we are reorienting our work from the campaigns listed below to these 8 strategies that will help communities stay healthy and moving. It remains to be seen how many of our original 2020 campaigns we will be able to continue in addition to our COVID-19 response strategies.

Despite some early set backs, 2019 was a banner year for progress on safe streets initiatives. 2020 is also shaping up to be a big year with many opportunities and challenges. With your help we will make progress towards creating a city where every neighborhood is a great place to walk, bike, and live. Read more about our efforts below, and don’t hesitate to get involved — no experience necessary!

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is a grassroots, people-powered movement. This is an ambitious list of projects that we simply can’t bring to fruition without the energy and hands-on involvement of our local neighborhood chapters — and engaged volunteers like you!

Get involved.

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Safe Routes to School

We believe that every child deserves to be able to walk or bike to school safely and comfortably.

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is pushing for systemic solutions to help improve the Safe Routes to School program citywide. Last year, we secured funding for a new full-time Active Transportation Coordinator for Seattle Public Schools and built relationships at schools citywide to help each community identify and advocate for their own needs.

In 2020, we will organize school communities and work with agencies to:

  • Improve programs such as the School Crossing Guard program, which currently has vacant positions at one in three schools, and Walking/Biking School Bus programs.
  • Increase funding for safe streets near schools (crosswalks, sidewalks, speed humps, etc.) to create more walking and biking routes to school.
  • Reform transportation planning when schools are refurbished or rebuilt.
  • Expand outreach to individual school communities and champion community-identified priorities.

Get involved: Join the kickoff organizing meeting on Wednesday, February 26th, Join the campaign here or email Clara@SeattleGreenways.org for details.

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Get Vision Zero Back on Track

Vision Zero is based on the idea that no one should die or suffer serious injury in traffic. The City of Seattle has committed to reaching Vision Zero by 2030. But sadly, 2019 was the deadliest year of the decade for people walking. 

In 2020 we will:

  • Hold the city accountable to implementing safer speed limits on all streets. 
  • Focus city attention on Seattle’s three most dangerous streets: Rainier Ave, Aurora Ave, and Lake City Way. 

Get involved: Join the kickoff organizing meeting on Thursday, February 13th or email Gordon@SeattleGreenways.org for details.

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Complete The Basic Bike Network

We know that safety is a major barrier — 60% of the population in Seattle wants to bike more, and concern about street safety is the number one reason they choose not to. The downtown Basic Bike Network will offer safe and comfortable bike connections to get people where they need to go in and around the center city.

We will continue to advocate for closing the gaps in the #BasicBikeNetwork with a focus on on 4th Ave, 12th Ave, Pike St, and the Uptown area. For more see: http://seattlegreenways.org/basicbikenetwork

Get involved: Join the Basic Bike Network Kickoff Meeting Thursday, March 12, 6:00 – 7:30 pm or Join the discussion group to stay in the know. Email Clara@SeattleGreenways.org with questions.

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Traffic Signals for People (not cars)

All people deserve traffic signals that allow them to walk and roll safely and with dignity.

In 2020 we will advocate for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to adopt a comprehensive signals policy that:

  • Gives people enough time to cross the street.
  • Limits how long people have to wait for a walk light. 
  • Eliminates “beg buttons” except in rare circumstances. Beg buttons require a person to push a button before the traffic light will allow them to cross, rather than automatically giving pedestrians a green light with parallel vehicle traffic.

Take action and get involved and join the discussion group.

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Home Zones

With current funding, it’s going to take between 200 and 1,800 years to build sidewalks in all of Seattle’s neighborhoods. That’s way too long.

A Home Zone is a neighborhood that uses traffic calming to discourage speeding cut-through traffic while maintaining local access for residents, emergency vehicles, and deliveries. It is a cost-effective and community-focused solution to make non-arterial streets safer to walk and roll on. Click here for our Home Zone FAQ.

In 2020 we will help bring new Home Zones to:

  • Greenwood (north)
  • New Holly (south)

And we’ll support finishing the Home Zones in Licton Springs, Broadview, and South Park.

Get involved: Email Susan@seattlegreenways.org for more information.

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Implementing our Racial Equity Action Plan

Internally, SNG commits to becoming a racially, culturally, and socially diverse organization that treats all people with respect and dignity and recognizes the interconnected nature of overlapping systems of oppression and discrimination. Within our organization and in each of our neighborhood groups, we are continuing our work to build meaningful relationships within our communities, assess white cultural norms, and educate ourselves and our communities.

Externally, SNG strives to redress the historical and systemically-rooted inequities in transportation and city investments. We endeavor to do this work in solidarity with communities of color as a trustworthy and respectful partner. We are continuing to advocate to fund and support the Department of Transportation’s Equity Agenda and ensure that this work is sufficiently staffed, resourced, and implemented.

Get involved: Join our Equity Book Club (March 31), get involved with your local group, or email Clara@SeattleGreenways.org for more information.

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Fix Rainier Ave

Rainier Ave is Seattle’s most dangerous street, averaging a crash every day. In 2020, we will continue to advocate for full implementation of the Rainier Ave Safety Corridor Project, which has been delayed for years.  

Get involved: Email KL@SeattleGreenways.org or join Rainier Valley Greenways Safe Streets at a monthly meeting.

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Beacon Ave

People deserve safe routes to bike from SE Seattle to the rest of the city. 

We will partner with the city and community organizations to craft a route down the spine of Beacon Hill that connects people to where they need to go. 

Get involved: Email KL@SeattleGreenways.org or join Beacon Hill Safe Streets at a monthly meeting.

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Thomas Street

We will continue to work with our community allies to advocate for a world class walking and biking corridor to connect people from South Lake Union transit hubs to the Seattle Center and the new arena. This design includes a wide 36’ trail-like design on the north side of the street, a new plaza next to MoPOP, and two protected intersections. 

Get involved: Email info@seattlegreenways.org to get plugged in.

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Georgetown to South Park Trail

Georgetown and South Park are a short, flat, 1.8 mile distance apart. In these adjacent neighborhoods, more than 8,500 people live, 30,000 work, and countless thousands play in parks, schools, festivals, and local establishments. Each southend community hub has essential goods and services that the other doesn’t — however, the lack of safe walking or biking infrastructure keeps the two neighborhoods divided.

In 2020 we will work to keep the construction of the Georgetown-to-South Park Trail on track to connect these two neighborhoods. 

Get involved: Email Clara@SeattleGreenways.org to join Duwamish Valley Safe Streets at a monthly meeting.

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If you read this far please get involved and donate — we are truly a people powered movement!

Act Now to support walk/bike/transit in the 2020 City Budget!

We care about making every neighborhood in Seattle a great place to walk, bike, and live, and Seattle has fallen far behind on it’s promises and goals.

We’re calling on the Mayor and City Council to go beyond general statements of support for transportation and environmental issues, and act now to align our city budget with Seattle’s values.

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Act now to ask City Council to support these budget priorities, and join us on Thursday, October 22 at the City Council budget hearing.

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has a huge slate of budget asks this year!

  • Safe spaces for people to walk and roll: We’re pushing for a long-term, sustainable source of funding for new sidewalks, as well as continued funding for our successful Home Zone Pilot, a vibrant pedestrian space for Thomas St, and a safe crossing for the Duwamish Longhouse.
  • Safe spaces for people to bike: We’re asking for funding for the currently unfunded routes in the 2019-2024 Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) Implementation Plan, including the Georgetown to South Park Trail and Beacon Ave Trail, among others. We’re also asking for funding for proactive Bike Infrastructure Maintenance to take care of the infrastructure that we do have. We’re also asking for funding for in-street bike and scooter parking corrals.
  • Other Transportation Improvements: Including Safe Routes to School Funding, transit priority, SDOT’s Transportation Equity Agenda, and asking SDOT to develop alternative evaluation methods that effectively measure people, rather than just cars.

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See below for more details on these important issues! These priorities include those in the MASS Transportation Package set by the Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS) Coalition.

More details about our budget advocacy this Fall:

Safe spaces for people to walk and roll: We applaud the $4 million increase in funding for new sidewalks in the Mayor’s budget, and also recognize the need for a long-term sustainable source of funding to address the 26% of Seattle streets that don’t currently have safe places to walk. In addition, we’re pushing for:

  • Home Zones: Thanks to last year’s advocacy, our successful Home Zone Pilot is currently partially funding the construction of home zones in South Park and Broadview. We’re pushing to continue the pilot program creating low-cost, neighborhood solutions for non-arterial streets with no sidewalks.
  • Thomas St: We’re leading the effort to create a vibrant pedestrian space on Thomas St connecting South Lake Union and Uptown. Getting Thomas St. right will reconnect our neighborhoods, retain talented employees, connect our cultural and civic assets, and get people to the new arena at Seattle Center.
  • Duwamish Longhouse Crossing: People on foot are currently crossing 5 lanes with a 40 mph posted speed limit on a major truck route, without a crosswalk, to get to the Duwamish Longhouse from Herring House Park and parking lots, and from the Duwamish Trail. We’re supporting the Duwamish Tribe’s request for the $2 million needed so that people can safely access this important cultural and community center.

Safe spaces for people to bike:

  • We’re asking the City to fully fund the bike routes included in the 2019-2024 Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) Implementation Plan, as unanimously supported by City Council RES 31894 and the Mayor’s cover letter to the plan. The total funding gap is between $25 and $50 million, spread out over 4 years. The currently unfunded routes include the Georgetown to South Park Trail, Beacon Ave Trail, MLK, Georgetown to Downtown Connection, 4th Ave, and Alaskan Way to Elliott Bay Trail Connection, among others.
  • Proactive Bike Infrastructure Maintenance standards to take care of the infrastructure that we do have. We’re asking for an additional $1.5 million per year to cover re-painting, pavement marking updates, bollard replacement, lane-sweeping, storm drainage, and clearing of debris, foliage, and snow in existing on-street bike infrastructure.
  • Expand SDOT’s installation of In-Street Bike Parking. We’re asking for an additional $1.4 million as noted in the SDOT response to RES 31898. These funds would be used to hire a term-limited team of planning, design, and construction employees for the sole purpose of installing 3000 new off-sidewalk parking spaces for bikes and scooters, which would have the added benefit of increasing visibility for pedestrians at intersections.

Other Transportation Improvements:

  • Safe Routes to School: We’re asking for a full-time Active Transportation Coordinator to help kids get safely to school, and for the City to restore funding to Safe Routes to School that was siphoned off into the general fund last year, and ensure that this kind of siphoning doesn’t happen again. Find out more about our Safe Routes to School work here.
  • Transit Priority: We applaud the 30 blocks of bus lanes SDOT rolled out this fall and the 60 blocks planned for next year. Still, we aren’t doing enough to grapple with the Seattle Squeeze and the climate crisis. We’re working with allies in the MASS Coalition to push for SDOT to double bus lane mileage and implement signal priority in key locations.
  • Transportation Equity Agenda: SDOT’s Transportation Equity Agenda and the Workgroup it formed have only temporary funding. We’re pushing for continued funding to ensure that this work is sufficiently staffed and resourced to be implemented department-wide.
  • Measure What Matters: SDOT currently measures the success of an intersection with what’s called a “level of service,” which measures delay for vehicle traffic. We’re pushing for SDOT to develop alternative evaluation methods.

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Act now to ask City Council to support these priorities, and join us on Thursday, October 22 at the City Council budget hearing.

Get involved in Seattle Neighborhood Greenways by volunteering with us or donating to support our work.

Thank you for your continued advocacy!

 

Clara Cantor

Community Organizer
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
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Annual Advocacy Campaigns

We envision a  well-used, linked network of safe, pleasant, and healthy streets in Seattle.

Every year, the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways coalition of neighborhood groups develop and advocate for a list of top priorities. We’ve had amazing success with these priorities the past thanks to people like you!

Other Archived Campaigns

Re-Imagining Traffic Enforcement

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As part of our commitment to racial justice, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG) is looking at how the urgent calls for police accountability and defunding police intersect with our core issues of safe and healthy streets. Traffic enforcement is too often the pretext for armed police to stop Black and brown people, sometimes with catastrophic consequences. There must be a better way — but what exactly? That’s the question our newly-launched Re-Imagining Traffic Enforcement Task Force is set to ask.

An end to policing as we know it

As safe streets advocates, we believe strongly that the ability to get around safely to the daily necessities of life is a basic human right. And we recognize that policing practices, since the earliest days of U.S. law enforcement, have been biased, and often life-threatening, toward communities of color—especially Black people.

In response to the murder of George Floyd, and the abuse too many Black people suffer at the hands of police, people across the country are insisting: enough is enough. Our current way of policing needs to come to an end.

People and organizations have called for a wide spectrum of solutions—from reforming policing procedures to defunding and reallocating police budgets, from disbanding existing police forces to outright abolishment. How do these solutions play out in regards to traffic safety, where police have been entrusted with enforcing traffic violations and responding to traffic emergencies on the one hand—but found guilty of racial profiling, and too commonly, criminal brutality on the other? We’re determined to find out.

A task force to ask questions and find the best solutions

Over the next several weeks, under the leadership of urban planning expert, SNG founder and current board member Cathy Tuttle, and SNG community organizer KL Shannon, we will work with a diverse team of community members with expertise in transportation, mobility justice, criminal justice, public health and safety, and public policy to dig deep into Seattle’s system of traffic enforcement.

Our Re-Imagining Traffic Enforcement Task Force will take on these and other questions:

  • What is the appropriate role, if any, of police in traffic enforcement?
  • What other solutions could substitute for the role police currently play?
  • Are we enforcing the right laws, and are there some laws that are not just or effective at keeping people safe?

We will delve into available data, research best practices in other cities, consult with dozens of people on our advisory committee, and work in partnership with our local communities to map out a path to safer communities for all.

A significant initiative and commitment

We started out 2020 with an ambitious slate of safe streets priorities—including citywide Safe Routes to School solutions, creating walk/bike-friendly Home Zones in multiple neighborhoods, completing the Basic Bike Network downtown, and fixing our most deadly streets (Rainier Avenue, Aurora Avenue, and Lake City Way).

Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak and health crisis, we first reoriented our 2020 campaigns to these 8 COVID-response strategies to help communities stay healthy and moving.

Now, our Re-Imagining Traffic Enforcement Task Force represents another major initiative for SNG this year. This is the right time for every city to re-imagine and re-think how traffic enforcement works, and we are putting our shoulders into the work of getting it done here in Seattle.

 

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Letter of Support from SNG Staff

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At our very core, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is a grassroots organization. We’re made up of neighbors, like you, all across the city. We are everyday folks, with varied backgrounds and interests, who’ve come together to figure out what it takes to make our neighborhood streets healthy and welcoming for the most basic of daily activities getting from one place to another, safely, comfortably, conveniently. 

We are passionate about our communities, especially those who are most vulnerable. And collectively, we are passionate about this city and making sure Seattle is a place where people of all ages, languages, ethnicities, genders, races, abilities, and levels of wealth are able to walk, bike, roll, and live. 

We’re about people — about all of us. And we take the health and safety of our community seriously. We’ve moved all of our organizing online, so that we can continue to bring community together in a responsible, proactive way. In this precarious and uncertain time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are eager to connect with you, our community, and provide whatever resources or support is within our realm to provide. To that end, we wanted you to hear from our staff directly, and from several of the volunteer community-builders who drive this safe streets work.

 

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Gordon Padelford, Executive Director: 

Here at Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, our mission is to organize and mobilize people to make every neighborhood a great place to walk, bike and live. But how can we organize and mobilize people when we can’t meet in person, when in-person outreach is not allowed, and when community members and politicians are understandably focused on the current pandemic? It’s going to be challenging.

Our current areas of focus during this difficult period of quarantine include short-term and longer-term solutions for keeping people safe as they recreate in their neighborhoods or move through the city. We’ve provided a full write-up of these ideas here. Take the short survey and add your own ideas, and please share with your friends and networks.

Our staff and volunteers are using alternative strategies to keep this critical work moving forward. We’re known for having frequent neighborhood-based organizing meetings and advocacy campaign meetings, and these meetings will still be happening, only online, through the Zoom video conferencing software we have provided to all our neighborhood groups (check out upcoming meetings here). 

We will continue to ground our community engagement strategies in the same principle that we have always used, which is to meet people where they are at. During normal times, that means having in-person conversations at the time and place of their choosing, but in this moment that may mean more phone calls, emails, video chats, and sometimes simply acknowledging that folks may, understandably, have other priorities for a while, and that we may need to adjust our campaign timelines accordingly. If you have thoughts about how we can best adapt our work, please let us know — we are learning together and will get through this together. 

 

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Clara Cantor, Community Organizer:  

This is a scary time for all of us, and during this pandemic it is important to prioritize your health, physically and mentally. Social isolation, lack of routine, financial uncertainty, and stress all increase mental health problems, domestic violence, and anxiety. As a community-driven movement, everything about our organizing, actions, and impact are going to be different, and our expectations need to shift to match. 

But that can be a good thing. We’ve seen inspiring examples in Seattle and around the world of people supporting each other through collective action, financial support, and by spreading community joy. We are in a moment of tremendous societal shift, which is also a moment of great possibility. By coming together — in our collective creativity, resourcefulness, and care — who knows what impossible thing will suddenly be very, very possible.

Click here to get connected with other Greenways volunteers in your neighborhood, or join us for one of these upcoming virtual events. And check out this list of tips for organizing during the current outbreak.

 

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KL Shannon, Community Organizer:  

My thoughts are with our most vulnerable community members. Here are some ways, big and small, I’m encouraging folks to support our communities during the outbreak: 

 

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Susan Gleason, Development & Communications Director:  

I have to admit, this is a daunting period for our fundraising efforts. During this COVID-19 crisis, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is continuing to build campaigns and policies for a later time of greater mobility, while focusing on some of the immediate needs of our communities

The need for walking- and biking-friendly streets continues — now and beyond the pandemic. For a brief window here, the streets and sidewalks of the city have become enlivened with more families than ever taking daily walks together, parents biking with kids on quieter neighborhood streets. There’s a glimmer in this, of what Seattle’s streets could be like — a different future that we can build towards right now, where our public streets are designed for people. Safe, functional, enjoyable streets for everyone — at any age, from any background, and for all abilities.

This is the bold vision that Seattle Neighborhood Greenways continues to work for and you can help us get there. We simply couldn’t do what we do — to push community-identified safe street improvements and policies forward — without generous support from people like you.

Supporting safe streets advocacy — now, and beyond COVID-19

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Dear Friends and Supporters of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways,

Clearly, this is a difficult period for us all.

During this COVID-19 crisis, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is continuing to build campaigns and policies for a later time of greater mobility, while focusing on some of the immediate needs of our communities, can we count on you to help us continue this work?

 

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In this period of quarantine, more people than ever are out and about walking in their neighborhood streets — grabbing some reprieve for fresh air and exercise (at a safe social distance). And in this harrowing and unusual time, we’re seeing that streets that are designed for people are critical now, and will definitely be on the other end of this, when we’re able to move freely again between the activities of our daily lives.

The need for walking- and biking-friendly streets continues — now and beyond the pandemic. And in order for our local walking and biking movements to succeed, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways must grow. As Tom Fucoloro at Seattle Bike Blog puts it, “SNG is doing the lion’s share of safe streets organizing both inside City Hall and through volunteer-powered grassroots groups in every corner of the city.”

From energizing and organizing grassroots advocates, to savvy policy analysis, coalition-building, and strategic campaign design, we have a proven model that gets results. We strongly believe that the most effective way to make change in Seattle is to empower everyday people with knowledge, guidance and support to champion the needs of their communities. Our organizing model is put to the test in today’s context of quarantining. We’ve altered our community outreach and support to feature online tools and training, leadership development, and mutual aid.

Please consider a gift today to keep our critical safe streets advocacy moving forward.

We kicked off 2020 with an ambitious slate of priorities this year, directed by the 16 active neighborhood groups in our citywide network. We’re still moving forward on many of these campaigns, but of necessity, we are already needing to reorient our programming.

Our work has always prioritized the communities most impacted by unsafe conditions for walking, biking, and rolling — and we know that these dangers persist, even with fewer cars and trucks on the streets. We will continue to push for much-needed walking and biking infrastructure in Seattle’s South End neighborhoods, as well as improved crossings and intersections citywide. We are also doubling down on implementing our Racial Equity Action Plan — a critical next step of which includes developing neighborhood-by-neighborhood action plans.

Collectively, we’re in a time of great uncertainty — for ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. We don’t know what’s on the other side of these dual public health and economic crises. At Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, we will be doing what is within our means to support those who are most impacted by these calamities, while also building for a future beyond the pandemic.

For a brief window here, the streets and sidewalks of the city have become enlivened with more families than ever taking daily walks together, parents biking with kids on quieter neighborhood streets. There’s a glimmer in this, of what Seattle’s streets could be like — a different future that we can build towards right now, where our public streets are designed for people. Safe, functional, enjoyable streets for everyone — at any age, from any background, and for all abilities.

This is the bold vision that Seattle Neighborhood Greenways continues to work for. Join us in helping Seattle rebound from this crisis as a greener, more equitable, and thriving city with your generous contribution today.

Thank you for all that you do to take care of each other and support community life in Seattle!

— Susan Gleason, Development & Communications Director

Safe Routes to School

Here at Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, we believe that every child deserves to be able to walk or bike to school safely and comfortably. 

Click here to Join the Campaign! Send a note to your elected leaders in support of Safe Routes to School, and keep updated on the citywide campaign!

Current Action Alert: Click here to ask City Council to support funding for Safe Routes to School in the 2020 Seattle City Budget!

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What’s the Issue?

58% of students in the Seattle Public School District live within the school walk zone, and are not served by school bus routes, yet only 30% of them walk and bike.

Particularly in schools with dangerous streets nearby, many parents who have the means to do so make the decision to drive their kids to school every day. The increase in vehicle traffic around the school leaves those kids who do not have the option, disproportionately low-income kids and people of color, in even more dangerous conditions.

What is Safe Routes to School?

Safe Routes to School is a City of Seattle program that seeks to 1) encourage more kids to walk and bike to school, and 2) improve safety in areas around schools for kids who walk and bike.

  • Equity: Kids walking and biking because they don’t have another choice, often those from low-income or single-parent families, are left in the most unsafe conditions. This has racial impacts as well: Nationwide, African-American children are twice as likely to be killed while walking and Latino children are 40% more likely than white children.
  • Public Health: Kids who walk and bike arrive at school better able to concentrate and over time develop a stronger sense of their own independence, mobility, and community connections.
  • Climate: More kids walking and biking to school means less pollution in general, but especially right in front of schools. A study in the UK found toxic levels of air pollution immediately surrounding schools, particularly problematic when school playgrounds are situated next to where parents are pulling in and out in cars and idling.
  • Traffic Reduction: More kids walking and biking equals less people driving cars and dropping off near schools. This means in less impatient or dangerous maneuvers happening as people driving get frustrated.

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What is Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Doing?:

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has worked with individual school communities for years, identifying safety concerns and solutions. But Seattle has 100 public schools, and working school by school isn’t fast enough. We’re now looking for systemic solutions to help the Seattle Public School District (SPSD) and Seattle Dept. of Transportation (SDOT) improve the situation citywide, including:

  1. Increase funding for safe streets near schools (crosswalks, sidewalks, speed humps, etc.)
  2. Reform transportation planning when schools are refurbished or rebuilt
  3. Improve programs such as the School Crossing Guard program, which currently has vacant positions at one in three schools, and Walking School Bus and Biking School Bus programs
  4. Champion community-identified priorities

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What Can I Do?:

Resources:

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