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Upgrades needed on another deadly Seattle street

Originally published September 2, 2014
By Andres Salomon

It is completely unacceptable a street known to be as dangerous as Roosevelt Way NE is not being aggressively examined for traffic calming and other improvements during its 2015 reconstruction. Read the complete report here.

Join a Walking Audit co-hosted by Feet First Tuesday, Sept 2 at 5:30pm. A Bicycle Brainstorming Session co-hosted by Cascade Bicycle Club is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 3 at 6pm.

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By focusing on quick, cheap, paint-only solutions, the 2015 construction has the potential to create non-protected “mixing zones” at intersections. Mixing zones are where bikes share a lane with buses and cars that are turning right. As funding becomes available, later work could focus on traffic signal upgrades that allowed bikes to safely traverse intersections without needing to mix with cars or buses.

We can and should be asking much more from our multi-million dollar maintenance projects. Concerned neighbors are organizing community efforts to help identify needed walking and biking improvements along Roosevelt Way.  I look forward to our community successfully engaging with the city to push forward on additional solutions that will Roosevelt a safer, more humane street.

The repaving project includes the University Bridge (Eastlake Ave NE), Roosevelt Way NE between the University Bridge and NE 65th St, and small portions of 11th Ave NE and NE 42nd St.

What Astonished Us About Bike To School Day Was Way More Than Numbers

JSIS Bike to School Day May 7 2014

JSIS Bike to School Day May 7 2014

Today the Census Bureau released its newest report on commuting in America. There’s been a 60 percent increase in bike commuting in America over the past decade. Portland is #1 at 6.1%, and Seattle ranks #5 at 3.4%.

You need to know the trip to work is all this report tracks and trip to work is the tip of the bicycle iceberg. Almost twice as many of our trips are to the gym, the grocery store, the movie theater, and taking our kids to school.

We don’t measure these trips nearly as well as we should. And because we don’t measure, we don’t build the safe, family-friendly streets to support these trips either. That is about to change in Seattle.

We did do a little measurement on the May 7 2014 Bike to School Day.  It was an awesome display of kid power, family power, and community power. The excitement and pride as reports rolled in from all over Seattle was breathtaking.

Just a little energy from the Walk.Bike.Schools! blog:

  • We counted 136 bikes in the Salmon Bay K-8 Bike Alley, and that number doesn’t even include all of the skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and kids on foot that we saw. Impossible to know for sure, but our full tally is probably around 160 arriving by kid-powered modes of transportation.
  • At Eckstein Middle we have 49 today. We consider that a huge success, as we are still trying to crack the middle school code (how do those brains work, anyway?). If you have ideas, let us know.
  • We’re tracking numbers here at Cascade…up to 1315 so far for elementary and K-8 students and 93 at middle schools.  Shout out to newcomers on the Bike to School scene…Lowell Elementary with 25 students, McDonald International with 120, Pacific Crest with 70, and Whitman Middle School with 36!  SPS Superintendent Jose Banda led one of two bike trains to Alki Elementary this morning with more than 150 people on bikes!
  • I’m pretty sure we had our biggest “Bike to School Day Doughnut Ride” ever at Bryant. Our best-guess count is 200+ riders (parents and kids). That’s a lot of potential mayhem but everything went smoothly and everyone remained rubber-side down. Phew!
  • At John Stanford International School we had a bike train of 91! (That includes a couple scooters). Counting bikes and scooters (tho only a handful were scooters) on the racks, fences, and trees after the bell rang yielded 94, but that doesn’t count the many trailer biked kids and bikes that don’t stick around so probably it’s really a tad higher. Awesome day!
  • With all these students as inspiration, we have 4 Seattle Public School administration bike teams of nearly 10 each, plus individual riders at the John Stanford Center for this year’s bike-to-work month.
  • Whittier had 155 (with about 4 or 5 unicycles)!
  • I’m so jealous!!  We had 7 at Denny!  SO SAD!!!  I am thinking MSP testing and being a Wednesday didn’t help but man I was disappointed :(   But I’m gonna keep trying!
  • Laurelhurst Elementary had 121 kiddos bike/unicycle today. We have about 430 students in the school. They all loved the treats and stickers. What a beautiful day – who ordered the weather for the event?  :-)
  • Stevens Elementary counted more than 100 bikes yesterday! (101 to be exact.) One of them was a tandem, too.

The lesson from Bike to School? We need to keep supporting our kids with ever safer streets for walking and biking to school.

If people riding bikes act as the “canary in the coal mine” as indicators of a safe, healthy city, kids on bikes are the bright song of that canary.

Listen!

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JSIS Bike Train May 7 2014

Stats from Walk.Bike.School for May 7 2014

  1. Bryant K-5                            200+
  2. Whittier K-5                          155
  3. Alki ElementaryK-5            150
  4. Salmon Bay K-8                 136
  5. Laurelhurst K-5                  121
  6. McDonald K-5                    120
  7. Stevens K-5                        101
  8. JSIS K-5                                91
  9. Pacific Crest K-5                 70
  10. Eckstein 6-8                        49

Greenway Wonkathon 2014

Wonkthon evaluation tableEXECUTIVE SUMMARY

On February 22, 70 thought leaders came together representing the City of Seattle, advocacy and community groups, the University of Washington, and design & engineering firms. The Greenway Wonkathon: a half-day collaborative event focused great minds on improving neighborhood greenway design and development. The topics areas we discussed were greenway development, segment design, intersection design, place-making, evaluation, and political strategy.

spokespeople-mar2014-2The Wonkathon was a huge success! Thank you! We left knowing we are a dynamic community dedicated to the idea of creating 250 miles of safe and healthy streets to Seattle in 10 years. We generated excellent strategies and actions to help us accomplish that lofty goal. Initials of people who signed up to help bring each idea to life are shown in the right hand column in the table below. Now is the time to turn your passion and ideas into action!  We invite you to connect and move forward with other people who are passionate about the same ideas and projects via the Greenway Wonkathon Google Group. Contact Gordon @ SeattleGreenways.org to join. Actions are already happening!

The ideas from the Wonkathon are organized into four high-level themes that emerged and cut across all six topic areas:

  1. Experiment and cut red tape
  2. Empower local communities
  3. Activate the streets
  4. Measure and communicate our successes
Wonkathon outcomes

Wonkathon panorama

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UW students tap wisdom of Greenwood-Phinney Greenways

Greenwood Phinney Greenways meets UW Landscape classFor the second year, students of UW Landscape Architecture Professor Julie Johnson have made Seattle Neighborhood Greenways the focus of their studio work.

This year, the focus on Greenwood-Phinney Greenways centers around safe streets, and, in particular, how to design safer streets in places without sidewalks. We know this 2014 UW class will bring great solutions to Greenwood-Phinney Greenways!

In 2013, Landscape Architecture 402 students worked on a design plan for Lake City Greenways. Several of the student plans for safer, greener streets are already being implemented by the Lake CIty community and Seattle Department of Transportation.

 

  • Facebook photos of the first community-student meeting at Greenwood Branch Library January 16 2014.
  • Sign up here

    to get updates about future meetings in Greenwood and at the UW on the Greenwood Phinney Greenways project.

 

 

Vigil Walk for Trevon Holden 8/5/13

A family and community are devastated as 15-year-old Trevon Crease-Holden fights for his life with a head injury after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on Friday, July 19.

The Rainier Valley community is gathering on Monday, August 5 at 5:30pm the QFC on Rainier, 2707 Rainier Ave S, and walking four blocks to the site of the tragedy at MLK and South Walden Street. Trevon’s mother, Quianna Holden and other community leaders intend to speak at the Walden collision site. Representatives from local advocacy organizations and the Seattle Mayor’s Office plan to attend.

Trevon was on his way home with his little brother from a late night open gym at a local community center when they entered a marked crosswalk at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Walden Street. A vehicle travelling south on MLK struck Trevon and continued without stopping to provide information or render aid.  Seattle Fire Department responded and Seattle Police continue to search for the hit-and-run driver.

Quianna Holden says she can forgive the driver for hitting her son, but she cannot forgive the driver for not coming forward.  She went on KIRO TV to make a heartbreaking plea­ for the person responsible to come forward so she can at least have answers. His mother says Trevon is a good son, and a good athlete who hoped to start football this year at Franklin High School.

 

Nearby transit: 7, 8, 9, 14, 48 Metro buses and the Mt. Baker Transit Station

 

While the pedestrian fatality rate has decreased in recent years in the Rainier Valley thanks to improvements by Seattle Department of Transportation, until we start to prioritize streets for people, drivers will continue to speed along Rainier Valley arterials at dangerously high rates of speed. New investments in pedestrian safety will continue to make the Rainier Valley a safer and more welcoming community.

 

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Bike Works, and Rainier Valley Greenways support the goals of Seattle’s Road Safety Action Plan to achieve zero fatalities and serious injuries by taking action. With more effective public policy, better engineering, stricter enforcement and more responsive education, thousands of deaths and injuries can be prevented.

 

Community leaders will walk with us. Please join us to pay your respects and to show your support for Trevon and his family and safe and healthy streets in Seattle!

 

 

Seattle Children’s Greenway Open House

Open House for Seattle Children’s Greenway UW Gould Hall.
Sat Jun 23 10-2. http://construction.seattlechildrens.org/livablestreets/

Wallingford Greenway Celebration

Celebration/block party for our new Greenway!
Saturday, June 16, 4 to 7pm.
44th is being cordoned off., from Bagley to Sunnyside

Tentative Schedule:
3:00pm – close N 44th St between Sunnyside & Bagley (parking/local access O.K.)
4:00pm – Bike blender and crafts
5:00pm – ribbon cutting
5:15pm – kids parade
5:30pm – dog parade
5:30pm – hot dogs and ice cream
6:00pm-7:00pm – Walk or bike tour along the Greenway

How you can help: This celebration is like August Night Out.

  • Can you bring out any tables and chairs?
  • Bring boom box, extension cord & music (& your favorite CDs!)
  • Garbage/Recyling cans to close o. streets and for waste
  • Can you bring out your grill for hot dogs?
  • Hoola hoop, basketball hoop, foosball, bring out your toys!
  • Let Adrian (44th and Bagley) know if you can let visiting kids use your bathroom.

Advocating for more safe & comfortable streets for all people who choose or need to walk, drive, use a wheelchair or ride a bicycle

Bike-ability Tours

  • Beacon and Rainier Valley Tuesday, May 22. 6-8pm bike ride meets at Daejeon Park. 8-9pm debrief at El Quetzal. RSVP to Cascade Bike Club. 10-mile ride.
  • Queen Anne Sunday June 10. Meet at 1:30-3:30 bike ride meets at Gas Works Park restrooms. 3:30pm debrief at Nickerson Street Saloon. RSVP to Cascade Bike Club. Hilly, 20-mile ride.

Critical Lass

WHO: Women (children welcome) interested in easy, social bike rides
WHEN: Sunday May 13th, 2012 (2:00 PM)
WHERE: Ballard Library
5614 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA Directions
RSVP: Please RSVP on Facebook

Come to Seattle’s first Critical Lass bicycle ride! An easy, social bicycle ride for ladies lasting 45 minutes to an hour, with time for stopping to take photos and chat. READ an article and see photos from the ride at http://www.ballardnewstribune.com/2012/05/14/features/riding-reporter-dozens-come-out-first-seattle

How to Design Streets for Everyone!

WHO: Everyone interested in safe and livable streets for Seattle!
WHEN: Thursday May 3rd, 2012 (6:00-8:00 PM)
WHERE: Capitol Hill Library
425 Harvard Avenue East, Seattle WA. Directions
RSVP: Please RSVP!

We are thrilled to welcome Michael Hendrix, “Traffic Mike,” at our Thursday April 3rd Neighborhood Greenways Meetup, held at the Capitol Hill Library.

Have you run across an intersection that seems impossible to cross? Do you feel that cars are moving too fast to let your kids ride their bikes in the street? Is your elderly neighbor having trouble crossing the street? These are issues that all neighborhoods are facing as they develop low-stress routes to connect people to places. Please join us on Thursday, May 3rd for a discussion on how we can design streets to accommodate all users.

We will learn

  • what tools engineers and planners are using to analyze existing conditions and proposed conditions
  • what traffic engineers need to make decisions
  • how much different tools cost and why
  • what challenges neighborhoods are facing
  • a quick look at other cities and why they work or don’t

Our guest will be Mike Hendrix who has been working on designing neighborhood greenways and other bike facilities for over 10 years. Some of the work Mike has worked on has been sidewalk design and construction throughout Seattle including the 30th Ave NE sidewalk in the U District which, in addition to helping pedestrians get around, also reduced vehicle speeds by 4 mph. Mike was in charge of SDOT’s neighborhood traffic section for a bit and brought speed humps to 42nd Ave NE and chicanes to NE 143rd St. Also, Mike has just finished a study on two signals that SDOT has installed for a proposed greenway along Fremont Ave N. He will share his results with us before presenting this to the Institute of Transportation Engineers District 6 Annual Meeting.

Mike is a registered Professional Engineer in both Washington State and Arizona and a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He has been on committees for pedestrian safety including school zones and crosswalks for the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He has also conducted research on bike facilities, some of which will be included in the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide’s new chapter on Neighborhood Greenways.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity to become citizen engineers and become more educated advocates for safer streets!

If you’re interested in Seattle Neighborhood Greenways but can’t make this meeting, please be sure to join our mailing list and groups:
http://groups.google.com/group/seattle-greenways-organizers
http://www.facebook.com/SEAGreenways
http://twitter.com/#!/SNgreenways

WHY YOU SHOULD COME:

Seattle’s Neighborhood Greenways movement is attracting many newcomers to bike and pedestrian advocacy who are eager to transform Seattle into a city where everyone can bike and walk safely. Neighborhood Greenways are residential streets with low traffic volumes and speeds where bicycles, pedestrians and neighbors receive priority. To learn more about Greenways development in neighboring Portland, check out this video.

We continue to build a coalition at our citywide Greenways meetups to complement the hard work that’s already been done to make Seattle one of the nation’s most respected cities for bicycling and walking.