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Get Ready To #Party4OurStreets!

#Party4OurStreets

November 9, 2015

If you care about healthy, safe streets in Seattle, this is the party is for you!

Join Seattle Neighborhood Greenways as we celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our volunteers over the past year and look forward to next year.

If you come to the party, you’ll be able to vote for the best of the best in categories ranging from the Exemplary Street Experiments to Greenway Champion. That is right, we’re asking you to decide the winners on the night of the party.

  • Where: Impact HUB Seattle 220 2nd Ave N  Pioneer Square
  • When: Thursday Dec 3, 2015 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Who: YOU! RSVP here!

Beer, food, prizes, awards, a kids craft area with awesome Shirley @NoSpandexReq, and more fun surprises are in store for you at the best holiday party in town.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/party4ourstreets-2015-tickets-19452845986

Thank YOU For Moving Seattle!

November 6, 2015

Wow! Your hard work paid off! We passed the Move Seattle Levy with 58% of the vote! Thank you!

The future of living in Seattle suddenly seems a lot more hopeful.

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Seattle will be able to repair bridges, repave roads, and replace broken signals and signs. Important as it is to maintain the infrastructure we have, your local action helped to pass a nearly billion dollar transportation levy because you are also ready to transform Seattle streets!

Over the next nine years, we now have the funding to build half of the Bicycle Master Plan and build or repair nearly 500 blocks of sidewalks. Of special note, thanks to your efforts to highlight the importance of children being able to safely walk and bike to school, the Mayor has pledged to make safe routes to every school his first priority.

Our work as a grassroots advocacy coalition is just beginning. Now comes the fun part when we make sure streets are built to standards that transform Seattle into a leading beacon of safe and healthy streets for all.

Once again, you proved the power of neighbors who care. Thank you!

  • Together we advocated for the most progressive transportation levy in Seattle’s history.
  • Together we made safe routes to school the number one topic of discussion.
  • Together we made thousands of calls, hosted press conferences, placed scores of yard signs, doorbelled across the city, donated, spread the word on our social networks, and waved signs.
  • Together we passed a transformative levy by a strong margin.
  • Together we won funding for safer streets for all.  

Thank you!

-Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

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p.s. Save Thursday Dec 3 5:30pm for a volunteer thank you & award celebration #Party4OurStreets in Pioneer Square. RSVP here.

 

 

Let’s Get Ready For #NACTO16!

Cathy Tuttle, November 4, 2015

We passed the Move Seattle Levy!!

The future of living in Seattle suddenly seems a lot more hopeful.SNG Move Seattle volunteers

We’ll be repairing bridges, repaving roads, replacing broken signals and signs. Important as it is to maintain what we have, we passed a nearly billion dollar transportation levy because we’re ready to transform Seattle, not just to maintain it.

And what better motivation to transform Seattle than NACTO 2016?

Seattle is playing host to the “Olympics” of street engineers and activists next September when NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) comes to town. Since NACTO centers around walking and biking tours of the best each city has to offer, it is a perfect opportunity to ramp up our visible, transformational infrastructure.

Here are our four suggestions for what Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) can build by September 2016 in time for #NACTO16.Center City Network

  1. Center City Bike Network. Build it. All of it. All of the blue lines. Call it a pilot project, but get it done. Seattle’s current downtown bicycle infrastructure for All Ages and Abilities is an embarrassment. Let’s put our best lanes forward for NACTO.
  2. Rainier Ave South Protected Bike Lanes. If Shirley and Adam can build 2000 feet of protected bike lanes that are safe enough for a four-year-old to ride a bike on between Hillman City and Columbia City in one day with chalk, green butcher paper, and orange cones, SDOT can link up these two Rainier Valley communities this year in time for NACTO.
  3. Safe Routes to School. Let’s make sure we can take our NACTO visitors on walking tours where we’ve transformed the school walk zones around ten of our schools in historically underserved communities. We’ve got more than 100 School Walk Zones to improve to All Ages and Abilities standards. Let’s get to work!
  4. Roll out the green carpet in South Lake Union. Of course NACTO officials will want to see the beating economic heart of Seattle. Let’s make sure South Lake Union is accessible for people who walk and bike. Westlake Cycletrack is likely to be nearly complete by 2016. South Lake Union needs to connect east, west and to downtown. Can we actually show off a walking / bicycle network that knits the city together?Murray SRTS

Our local Seattle Neighborhood Greenways groups and volunteers worked hard to get the Move Seattle Levy passed. Thank you voters!

Our challenge now is to SDOT and the Mayor: We’re inviting the neighbors over to see our streets. Let’s get Seattle ready for ‪#‎NACTO16‬Now it is time get to work to quickly transform Seattle into a safe, healthy, equitable city where people can safely walk, roll, and bike.

 

Multi-Use Trails Reviewed By Expert User

by Don Brubeck, West Seattle Bike Connections
October 15, 2015 (original letter 9/11/15)
The City of Seattle is in the process of updating both its Pedestrian Master Plan and Trails Plan. There are several opportunities for public input. As an everyday bicycle commuter, Don Brubeck, co-leader of West Seattle Bike Connections, has had a lot of experience as a trail user. Don is also a great thinker and writer. We were so impressed with Don’s suggestions that we got his permission to reprint his letter, below. Thank you Don!

Don Brubeck, West Seattle Bike Connections

Don Brubeck, West Seattle Bike Connections

We are happy to know that SDOT is doing a comprehensive study of the multi-use trails. The trails are valued community assets. They are essential in providing mobility and recreation for people of all ages and abilities. The trails vary widely in age, design, condition and use. It seems timely to step back and look at them as a whole, for safety with Vision Zero, and for connectivity and equity as part of the region’s transportation network.

West Seattle Bike Connections is a volunteer community organization advocating for safe and effective bicycle transportation in, to and from West Seattle. We advocate for pedestrian safety as well, and for use of city streets by all modes of transportation. We represent West Seattle and South Park in the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways coalition. We are the West Seattle branch of Cascade Bicycle Club’s “Connect Seattle” groups. We are part of Sustainable West Seattle. At our last meeting, we developed some suggestions for the Trails Upgrade plan, and followed up with other members in an online brainstorming session. Here are our thoughts.

General issues for all multi-use trails and off-street bike paths:

  1. Vehicle drivers entering and exiting driveways frequently fail to stop and look before crossing multi-use paths, creating serious hazards and causing serious injuries. At all public drives, e.g., into parks, public parking lots, Seacrest marina:
    1. Install stop signs and stop bar markings on pavement for exiting drivers.
    2. Restrict curb cut widths to minimum workable, with required sight triangles.
    3. Hold parking lane parking back from entries.
    4. Add trail crossing warning signs to entries to public and private drives.
  2. Posts and bollards are hazardous to bike riders, especially when trail traffic is heavy, and in hours of darkness. Remove posts where not really necessary to prevent vehicle traffic from entering trail. Mark all bollards and posts and mark pavement at posts per national trail standards. Follow WSDOT Design Manual Chapter 1020 – Bicycle Facilities for setback, daytime high visibility paint and nighttime retro-reflective markers, and pavement warning markings per MUTCD.
  3. Pedestrians, dogs on leashes, skaters, skateboarders, people pushing strollers, and tourists on rental bikes and surreys tend to use the entire trail width when in groups, making it difficult to yield and hazardous to all parties for people on bikes or skates to pass in either direction. Even solo pedestrians and inexperienced cyclists are often encountered on either side of the trail, at random. We recommend design and education to encourage travel on the right, with passing on the left and yielding to oncoming traffic, for all trail users.

Read complete letter here

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Rainier Beach HS Students Demand Safe Routes to School

Rainier Beach High School Transit Riders Union 10-22-15 event

Rainier Beach High School Transit Riders Union 10-22-15 event

We support Rainier Beach High School students and the Transit Riders Union in their request to help ALL students to a safe route to school.

To date, our city has failed to provide safe healthy streets for students who need to walk or bike to school. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways supporters would prefer students have a healthy option of walking and biking to school. We see free Orca passes and yellow safety crossing flags as a stopgap measure until Seattle uses Move Seattle Levy monies to complete and connected grid of healthy safe streets for all ages and abilities throughout Seattle.

Community support event for Orca passes is next Thursday, October 22, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Rainier Beach High School in the Performing Arts Center. Guests include Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Bruce Harrell. Transit Riders Union petition in support.

From the event Facebook Page

Join students, teachers, staff, parents, and community members for an evening of interactive storytelling and collective action! Help us call upon our elected representatives on the City Council, Mayor Murray, and the Seattle School Board to fund bus passes for ALL public school students who need Metro to get to school.

Currently, only students who live more than two miles (as the crow flies) from their school are eligible for a free ORCA pass subsidized by the school district. Not only is four or more miles a long way to walk to and from school, often there is no safe route to walk, due to dangerous traffic or neighborhoods.

Since 2011, Metro fares for youth have risen from $0.75 to $1.25 and now to $1.50, or $54 for a monthly pass. This is not affordable for low-income families. It’s time for our city to provide free transportation for all students to get to school!

This summer, as part of a six week program of the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools, 130 Rainier Valley scholars ages 5-18 organized a march between Seattle Public Schools Headquarters and City Hall, where they rallied and raised awareness about the issue of inequitable transportation in their community. Calling the walk zone policy “inequitable,” students mobilized alongside community members saying that for many students, especially those experiencing poverty, this policy “creates a barrier to getting to school, and therefore a barrier to their education.”

This Town Hall event will be held at Rainier Beach High School in the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 22, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Guests include Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Bruce Harrell. Hope to see you there!

Please sign TRU’s petition as well: http://transitriders.org/free-orca-passes-for-public-school-students/

Let’s MOVE Seattle! 4 Easy Ways You Can Help Next Week

October 9, 2015

yard signsCheck out many ways you can pitch in to support safe streets by helping the Move Seattle Levy!

TWIBBONS!

Add a “Twibbon” to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture.

Yard Signs

Place signs in your neighborhood (the best places are in areas where lots of people are going to be going by). Gordon@seattlegreenways.org can get signs to you. Be sure to take a selfie with your sign and use your greenway Twitter to tweet the photo to @letsmoveseattle!

phone bankCanvass with SNGreenways and Friends

  • Join Ballard Greenways & Connect Ballard Saturday October 10! Start at 12:00Saturday Seattle Coffee Works Ballard (2060 NW Market St, Ballard, WA 98107) ending at 2:30.
  • Join Rainier Valley Greenways Saturday October 24th 10am to 2pm at Bike Works Bike Works, 3715 S. Hudson Ave.

Do Some Phone Banking with your SNGreenways peeps

  • great streets w LevyJoin University Greenways Thursday October 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 at Cafe Allegro (4214 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105). They have the upstairs meeting room reserved and we will provide some food.
  • Join Rainier Valley Greenways Tuesday October 20th, at 6:30 PM at Bike Works Bike Works, 3715 S. Hudson Ave.
  • Stay tuned for a Central Seattle Greenway phone bank being scheduled on Monday.
  • None of these times or opportunities work for you? See more Move Seattle campaign opportunities here.

SR-520 Design Resolution Improved!

Gordon Padelford
October 9, 2015

Designing better walking and biking connections as part of the SR-520 project is our 2015 District 3 priority.SR-520 desire lines

Exciting news! The new SR-520 interchanges will be easier to walk and bike across. 

In January of this year we sent a consensus letter detailing what needed to change with the SR-520 interchange design to make it safer to walk and bike across.

Then in September we issued a call to action to testify at a City Council hearing to improve a resolution on the proposed design. And you rose to the occasion! You packed the public hearing and we got the message across that we needed a stronger resolution to specifically address:

  1. Safer ways to walk across the Montalke Interchange
  2. Protected bike lanes on Montlake Blvd
  3. A neighborhood greenway on the Lake Washington Loop

O'Brien at City CouncilWith this momentum we worked with Councilmember Mike O’Brien to propose amendments to the the resolution addressing these concerns. Thanks to his leadership and support from other councilmembers amendments to address walking across the Montlake Interchange and biking on Montlake Blvd were approved unanimously! While an amendment to include a neighborhood greenway on the Lake Washington Loop was not put forward, it did raise the profile of project significantly and funds from the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund were allocated to help study the project.

These amendments helped strengthen an already excellent resolution, so now we can truly look forward to a project that reconnects instead of further dividing our neighborhoods.

Thank you to all to the many people made this victory possible!

Specifically we would like to thank Councilmembers Mike O’Brien, Tom Rasmussen, and Kshama Sawant; our local greenway organizers Mike Archambault, Lionel Job, Bob Edmiston, Jerry Fulks, Drew Dresman, Forrest Baum, Brie Gyncild, and Merlin Rainwater; our healthy transportation allies Brock Howell, Kelli Refer, Andrew Austin, Kristi Rennebohm Franz, and the Connect Seattle members who turned out at the hearing. We would also like to thank Andrew Glass-Hasting and Lyle Bicknell for their work making this project work for all people. Thank you.

How You Can Use Seattle Safe Routes To School Resources

Mayor Ed Murray launches Safe Routes to School Action Plan Oct 8 2015Cathy Tuttle
October 8, 2015

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray just announced his Safe Streets Healthy Schools and Communities: 5-Year Action Plan. Parents, caregivers, and school neighbors all over Seattle are eager to put this plan into practice.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) offers Safe Routes to School mini-grants of up to $1000 that are easy to apply for with a letter of support from a school PTSA or Principal. (Deadlines April 30 and Oct 30). SDOT mini-grants can be used to do safe routes audits that help to put the Action Plan into action!

The Action Plan comes with a variety of thoughtful tools for making Walk Zones around Seattle schools safe for our kids. The tools include an engineering toolkit and a guide to managing school drop off and pick up.

Safe Walk Zones for our kids is a high priority for Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. We recently teamed up to do a workshop with Brian Dougherty, Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) amazing Safe Routes to School Coordinator who explained the use of the SDOT toolkit and more.

Here is an expanded list of some well-tested tools to get you started doing Safe Routes to School Audits:

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Pedestrian Plan Update Open Houses

Combined Open Houses

Join us! The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), in partnership with the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board, is hosting two open houses to talk about the Pedestrian Master Plan update and the Trails Upgrade Plan.

NORTHGATE
Monday, October 19
6 – 7:30 PMCrosswalk in Columbia City
Presentation at 6:30 PM
Northgate Branch Seattle Public Library
10548 5th Ave NE

HILLMAN CITY
Wednesday, October 21
6 – 7:30 PM
Presentation at 6:30 PM
Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S

 

The Pedestrian Master Plan is our 20-year blueprint for making Seattle’s streets safe and comfortable places to walk for people of all ages and abilities.  Come hear about the ongoing Plan update, and share your thoughts on how we should prioritize pedestrian improvements in the city, including providing safe crossings, new sidewalks, and low cost walking improvements in neighborhoods.

The Trails Upgrade Plan assesses our 40 mile, multi-use trail network to improve the trails and encourage their use. From the Trails Upgrade Plan you can learn about the existing conditions of the trails, what matters to the community , and give us your thoughts about potential improvements and priorities

For more information:

Pedestrian Master Plan
Michelle Marx michelle.marx@seattle.gov

Trails Upgrade Plan
Monica Dewald monica.dewald@seattle.gov

 

South Lake Union by Bike?

October 1, 2015

South Lake Union Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Scouting Ride July 2015

South Lake Union Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Scouting Ride July 2015

In July 2015, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways brought together a group of stakeholders to scout and recommend better east‐west connections between the Cascade and Uptown neighborhoods for families and people of all ages and abilities to navigate the fastest growing part of Seattle by bike.

The scouting ride had representatives from the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Seattle Parks, Seattle Parks Foundation, the Lake to Bay Loop Coalition, Seattle Bike Blog, Queen Anne Greenways, Cascade Bicycle Club, Lake Union Greenways, Central Seattle Greenways, and the Seattle City Council.

Top Four Recommendations

  1. Roll Out the G​reen Carpet:​T​he Mercer Street Underpass is an excellent and important all ages and abilities route across Aurora. Extend the “green carpet” east, west, and south in order to connect South Lake Union, Uptown, and Seattle Center.​

    top four Lake to Bay reccomenations

    Top Four Recommendations

  2. Lake to Bay Broad Street must be all ages and abilitiesSharrows on Broad Street are not an acceptable level of safety or comfort for this major redesign proposed by the Lake to Bay Planning effort. While confident adults may feel comfortable taking the lane on bicycles in traffic, the majority people do not.
  3. Upgrade the Thomas Green Street to neighborhood greenway standards. Thomas Street between Eastlake Ave E and 5th Ave N could be a world‐class east‐west bike route once the Aurora overpass is built.
  4. Build a Greenway from the Thomas St Overpass to the Seattle Center.​ How to get from the waterfront to Seattle Center by bike? The best route scouted between the beautiful Thomas Street Overpass and Seattle Center’s August Wilson Way is a zig‐zag route.

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