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Tell the city: Build the Basic Bike Network now!

Safe bike lanes downtown are in jeopardy.

We need your help to demonstrate support for building the #BasicBikeNetwork now by showing up at the Seattle City Council Transportation Committee meeting this Tuesday! RSVP and learn more.
Downtown bikingWhat’s the Basic Bike Network? It’s a vision for a connected network of safe streets to bike on, not just disconnected pieces here and there. When the #BasicBikeNetwork is built, the city expects to more than double the number of people who bike downtown by 2023. And we also know that protected bike lanes make it safer to walk too by separating car turning and walking signal phases.

Downtown Minimum grid map with arrows 6 copyBut the basic bike network has already been delayed years because of politics, and we can’t wait any longer to make our city safer and more accessible.

Join us as we tell the city: Build the Basic Bike Network now!

When: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2:00-2:40 PM (please arrive a few minutes before 2 PM)

Where: Seattle City Hall, in the Council Chambers (2nd floor).

RSVP: On Facebook or to clara@seattlegreenways.org

How: By standing with us and holding signs of support (we will have some available) during the public comment period of the meeting. If you’re interested in speaking please contact clara@seattlegreenways.org. Kids and families very welcome!

 

Community members stand up for the #BasicBikeNetwork at the Seattle Community Council Transportation Meeting

Photo Credit: SounderBruce

 

Can’t make it? Stay tuned for more opportunities.

Thank you and we hope you can join us on Tuesday!

Gordon Padelford
Executive Director
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

Your gift will help connect all of Seattle’s neighborhoods

“As a child, I walked along train tracks due to there not being sidewalks over to South Park to get the supplies and services we needed.”

—Rosario Medina, lifelong resident of Georgetown

As someone who supports Seattle Neighborhood Greenways’ grassroots advocacy work for safer and more equitable walking and biking access around the city, you’ve probably experienced how difficult it can be to simply get from one neighborhood to another on bike or foot.

Rosario Medina knows this experience first hand. Rosario grew up in Georgetown, where she didn’t have access to many basic community services: “I could not experience having a library, a grocery store, community center, daycare or any of the facilities that cater to children and families in the neighborhood that I lived in.”

Those services were available in neighboring South Park, less than two miles away—a short, flat stretch, but unsuitable for walking or biking. East Marginal Way, the busy six-lane arterial that separates Georgetown and South Park is a dangerous high-crash corridor—making the short distance between neighborhoods inaccessible for many families.

Thanks to supporters like you, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways was able to win $600,000 in the city budget for a new walking and biking trail between Georgetown and South Park!

Your end of year contribution will allow us to connect all of Seattle’s neighborhoods. Better yet, your gift by midnight, December 31, will help us reach a $1,000 match offered by one of our generous donors—so your contribution goes twice as far!

How did this huge community win come about? Concerned neighbors came together as Duwamish Valley Safe Streets, put in tireless hours of organizing, built a local coalition of community members, and advocated for change. All this was made possible by a proven model of support, guidance, and expertise from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways staff. Our effective community-based organizing is only possible with your support. Thank you!

When you contribute to Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, you’re helping accelerate safe streets solutions. Your support makes it possible for us to:

  • Organize for a bike network that connects to every neighborhood
  • Champion safe routes for kids to walk and bike to school
  • Advocate for walking and biking projects with historically underserved communities
  • Work for safe routes to walk and bike to transit hubs

 

Together we can make Seattle a great place to walk, bike, and live.

-Gordon

Gordon Padelford
Executive Director

P.S. Please make your generous gift by midnight December 31, 2017 to help us reach the $1,000 match! Any amount helps!

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Building the Downtown #BasicBikeNetwork

By Ryan Packer. A leader of South Lake Union Greenways

Between 2010 and 2016, 45,000 new jobs were added in the neighborhoods comprising Downtown Seattle, most of them in District 7. Stunningly, 95% of these new commuters have chosen to get to and from work by modes other than driving by themselves. For the first time in Seattle’s history, the rate of people driving by themselves to work has dropped to only 30%. That’s over 30,000 more people a day using transit and over 9,000 walking or biking into downtown.

With so many people coming into District 7 every day without their cars, the gains that have been made to improve both walking and biking in all of the center city neighborhoods, including South Lake Union, Belltown, and central Downtown, have made such a huge impact in terms of making people’s lives easier and keeping them safe.

This fall, the first stages of protected bike lanes were installed along Pike and Pine Streets downtown. The creation of a bike connection between Capitol Hill and Downtown has been long in the making and once the connection is made fully protected in the next few years it will truly change the way that all Seattleites are able to experience biking through downtown. The bike lanes have already provided added protection from turning vehicles for people on foot downtown, which is so important as foot traffic increases to retail destinations in the area and daylight is at its minimum. The long term project known as the Pike Pine Renaissance, which began its first phases of outreach this year, represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink the way we use the public right-of-way through one of the most popular places in our city, the retail core between Pike Place Market and Capitol Hill.

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In Belltown, the extension of the 2nd Avenue protected bike lane has continued at a rapid pace this year, with the high-quality facility heading toward completion early next year. Once finished, this will create an all-ages-and-abilities route between downtown and Seattle Center. In addition, the project has also added signalized crosswalks for people crossing 2nd Avenue through Belltown when previously the design of the fast-moving corridor encouraged people in vehicles to not stop for pedestrians.

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2nd Ave Protected Bike Lanes are Almost Open!

South Lake Union, on the heels of benefiting from the opening of the Westlake Cycletrack between Lake Union Park and Fremont last year, named bike facility of 2016 by People for Bikes, is continuing to see its bike network extended, most notably on 9th Avenue North, which will see a full bicycle connection realized between Valley Street and Denny Way by next year, and is part of the center city #BasicBikeNetwork:

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People on foot crossing between Denny Triangle and South Lake Union also noticed a big change at Terry Avenue where a previously unthinkable place to cross given the busy traffic on Denny Way was made safe with the benefit of a pedestrian crossing. The facility got a lot of attention from the nearby Seattle Times offices, where reporters had remarked on the intersection’s hazards for years.

Terry before improvements

Terry before improvements

In Magnolia, a project that was delayed from 2016 is finally nearing completion: the installation of protected bike lanes along 20th Ave W and Gilman Dr W will finally allow a safe connection between the world-class Elliott Bay Trail and the Ballard Locks.

gilman pbl donghoLooking ahead, the demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the reconnection of the street grid on Aurora Avenue between Mercer and Denny, the reinvestment in Key Arena, and the work happening on the waterfront are all projects that have a great potential to transform District 7 into a place where people come first. For instance, we’ve already successfully advocated to get a traffic diverter on Thomas St at Aurora to prioritize the street for people walking and biking, once it is reconnected. The advocates in District 7, on the part of neighborhood groups like Queen Anne Greenways, and South Lake Union Greenways, are an invaluable part of moving forward toward this better future.

If you value our work, please donate to keep us going.

Park Advocates Leverage Private Development on First Hill

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First Hill is a growing urban neighborhood woefully short of adequate open space. High property values have made acquisition of traditional park property difficult. To address these challenges, the First Hill Public Realm Action Plan was created. One element of the PRAP included adaptive reuse of right-of-way into public open space in the form of Seattle’s first two pavement parks. The Pavement Parks are located at the intersections of University St., Union St. and Boylston Ave. (UUB) and 9th Ave. and University St. (9U)
The First Hill Improvement Association (FHIA) has taken a role in activating these places over the last two summers. Public events in these spaces have included a Street Reading Party, Trivia Night, Bingo Night, Street Games Festival, a guided Tree Walk, and a Pop-Up Petting Zoo which delighted hundreds of neighbors.

In addition, FHIA is leading a community visioning process for First Hill Park, a quarter-acre park along the University Street Greenway. Hundreds of neighbors participated through guiding what the future of the park will look like, and a preferred concept design has been approved. We are now in the construction document development phase, and anticipate opening a newly designed Park in Spring of 2018.

Private development adjacent to the UUB Pavement Park is proposing to fully realize and build out the vision for the UUB pavement park as part of their public benefits package for 1320 University St. The vision includes a permanent public open space with lighting, landscaping, seating and awnings. The DRB meeting for this project is November 16th at 8pm.
The next phase of the First Hill Public Realm Action Plan, after the completion of the UUB pocket park, is the potential for a two-block woonerf along Terry Ave. from Cherry St. to Marion St. Along this stretch of Terry Ave. FHIA is actively seeking funding from private developers to realize this vision.

Exciting projects pass East District Council

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Wow! Of the seven grants submitted by neighborhood greenway groups or their allies to Seattle’s Neighborhood Park and Street Fund six were prioritized by the East District Council for further review. Here they are in order or priority:

  1. Lake Washington Loop Greenway segment design was requested by Jerry Fulks of Arboretum for Safer Streets, a group affiliated with Madison Park Greenways.
  2. E Denny Way and 12th Ave E pedestrian crossing safety improvements was submitted by Ally Seidel of Central Seattle Greenways.
  3. Melrose/Minor/Pike pedestrian safety improvements as part of the Melrose Promenade project were requested by Mike Kent Promenade Advisory Council, a group associated with Central Seattle Greenways.
  4. E Harrison St and 37th Ave E pedestrian intersection safety design process was proposed by Bob Minnott of Denny Blaine Neighbors for Safer Strets, a group associated with Madison Park Greenways.
  5. Madison and Minor sidewalk repairs was submitted by Jim Erickson of the First Hill Improvement Association, which is part of the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways coalition.
  6. E Lynn and E. McGraw curb bulbs were requested by Kathleen Laughman of the Montlake Community Club, which works closely with Montlake Greenways.

Safety Over Speeding On Rainier Avenue South

Supporters of Safety Over Speeding along Rainier Avenue South

Supporters of Safety Over Speeding along Rainier Avenue South

Sign petition I SUPPORT SAFETY OVER SPEEDING on Rainier Ave S: http://bit.ly/1FIZrhv

With 1,243 crashes in the past three years, Rainier Avenue South is the most dangerous street in Seattle. Every crash impacts our community – from cars careening into our businesses to our children being run down by drivers who never even stop. This has been going on for years and we all know so many people who have been hurt or worse. We aren’t just statistics. At this point, many of us are scared to bike down Rainier Ave South-many people even fear walking across the street.

We say enough! Rainier Ave S should be made safe for all people to walk, bike, drive, catch the bus, shop, and live.

We’ve had many corridor safety projects on Rainier Avenue South over the years. Yet our street is still a menace to the people who live and work along it. We value safety over speeding and we hope your new Rainier Avenue South Road Safety Corridor Project will address our key priority areas.

Our key priorities have been discussed at our monthly Rainier Valley Greenways meetings, and in our on-going outreach to community organizations and neighbors. We have focused on five key priority areas:

  1. Slower speeds. 25 MPH along Rainier Avenue South and 20 MPH in our ‘Urban Villages’ (Columbia City, Hillman City, and Rainier Beach business districts).
  1. Pedestrian oriented signal timing. We are very ready to have our signals be compliant with federal standards. We reported signal timing problems more than a year ago. We don’t want to force our seniors and children to run across the street. In as many places as possible, we’d like to see pedestrian lead time at major crossings. Finally, we’d like to make sure signals are timed to 20 MPH in our Villages and 25 MPH along all of Rainier with signage that indicates these speeds.
  1. Emphasize safe crossing of Rainier. Raised crosswalks in key areas and curb bulbs to enhance pedestrian and bicyclists safety are some of the tools we want to see if we are finally going to reclaim our major neighborhood business street.
  1. Protected Bike Lane on Rainier Ave S.  Rechannelize our street to make Rainier Ave South a more Complete Street for all modes, so that people walking, biking, riding the bus or driving a car or truck are comfortable, and let each have their own place on the street.
  1. Enforcement. Please make sure people abide by the speed limits. We want to add school zone cameras for high schools, red light cameras, and police enforcement.

We are focused on our three main business districts with ideas to see if we can slow speed in our business and cultural centers.  Raised crosswalks along Rainier — at S Edmunds St. in Columbia City, at S Orcas St. in Hillman City, and at S Henderson St. in Rainier Beach — are what we believe could be the beginning of improvements along Rainier Ave South to make it safer for everyone and to try to control speeding and refocus distracted drivers.

We love our neighborhoods in the Rainier Valley.  We love to live, work and play in this community. But the current state of Rainier Ave South seriously impacts the quality of our lives.  It is an unpleasant experience and far too often an unsafe situation for people driving, using transit, walking and biking.

 

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Mayoral Candidate Forum on Livable Streets July 1

 

Mayoral Forum on Livable Streets July 1 2013

Moderators: Tom Fucoloro (Central Seattle Greenways, Seattle Bike Blog) and Deb Salls (Rainier Valley Greenways, Bike Works Director). Introduced by Gordon Padelford, Central Greenways

Candidates: Bruce Harrell, Charlie Staadecker, Ed Murray, Joey Gray, Kate Martin, Mary Martin, Mike McGinn, Peter Steinbrueck

Partner organizations: 12th Ave Stewards, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Bike Works, Capitol Hill EcoDistrct, Commute Seattle, CoolMom, Feet First, Futurewise, Madison Park Community Council, Safe Kids Seattle, Seattle Bike Blog, Seattle Parks Foundation, Seattle Subway, Senior Services, Sustainable Seattle, and West Seattle Bike Connections

Forum Schedule
1. Introductions
2. Major Questions
3. Lightning Round Questions
4. Stretch Break
5. Randomizer Questions
6. Major Questions
7. Wrap Up from moderators

Sharing visions for traffic safety, safe routes to school, access to transit, thriving local business districts, green public spaces, street maintenance, and safe streets for walking & biking.