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2014 SNG Fact-Finding Award Goes to BMP Update

Bicycle Master Plan Update meeting at Gould Hall 2014 @SNG photo

Bicycle Master Plan Update meeting at Gould Hall 2014 @SNG photo

What took thousands of hours of volunteer, City, and consultant time? It is difficult to imagine a more dedicated fact-finding effort than the update of the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan in 2014.

Kudos to Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Alta Planning & Design, SvR Design, Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Sally Bagshaw as well as the rest of City Council that unanimously passed the plan, Mayor Ed Murray, SDOT staff Sara Zora, Kevin O’Neill and Chad Lynch, the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, former SDOT Director Peter Hahn, former Mayor Mike Mike McGinn and his transportation advisor  Becca Deehr & every Seattle Neighborhood Greenways local group that dedicated hours to identifying and advocating for nearly half of the miles of bike infrastructure proposed in the BMP update.

Honorable Mentions are also in order for The person or group that has done the most impactful research, on-the-ground scouting, mapping, or other data collection to inform safe streets projects.

  • Silly Hilly Group: Montlake Greenways, Cascade Bicycle Club, Central Seattle Greenways, Madison Park Greenways, McKayla Dunfey, Merlin Rainwater, Lionel Job, Bob Edmiston, Brie Gyncild, Dennis Shaw, Brian Connolly, and Madi Carlson.
  • Right of Way Improvement Manual review group: Barbara Gordon, Bob Edmiston, Brock Howell, David Goldberg, Fred Young, Jeff Aken, Jodi Connolly, Lauren Squires, Lydia Heard, Mark Ostrow, Robin Randels, Seth Geiser, Sue Costa, Timothy Shaw.
  • Evaluation of Neighborhood Greenways: Seattle Neighborhood Greenways’ Bob Edmiston, Mark Ostrow, and Raezel Arca and SDOT’s Emily Ehlers, Dawn Schellenberg, and Ross McFarland.
  • Greenways Safe Routes to School Mapping Team: Casey Gifford, Bob Edmiston, Alon Bassok, Peter Schmiedeskamp, Jeff Linn, Drew Redmond, Laura Strauss, Isaiah Mathieu, Wendy Gable Collins, Becca Aue, Caitlin Kehoe, Josh Kawinski (REI Foundation).

 

#Party4OurStreets Program: 2014 Nominees for Greenways Awards

 

#Party4OurStreets Thursday Dec 11. Join the Fun!

2014 #Party4OurStreets 12-11-14

5:00 Doors Open, 6:00 Dinner, 6:45 Raffle,

7:00 Awards Ceremony, 7:40 Cake

 

2014 Greenways Awards

 

The Fact-Finding Award

The person or group that has done the most impactful research, on-the-ground scouting, mapping, or other data collection to inform safe streets projects.

  • Silly Hilly Group: Montlake Greenways, Cascade Bicycle Club, Central Seattle Greenways, Madison Park Greenways, McKayla Dunfey, Merlin Rainwater, Lionel Job, Bob Edmiston, Brie Gyncild, Dennis Shaw, Brian Connolly, and Madi Carlson.
  • Right of Way Improvement Manual: Barbara Gordon, Bob Edmiston, Brock Howell, David Goldberg, Fred Young, Jeff Aken, Jodi Connolly, Lauren Squires, Lydia Heard, Mark Ostrow, Robin Randels, Seth Geiser, Sue Costa, Timothy Shaw.
  • Bicycle Master Plan update: SDOT, Alta Planning, SvR Design, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Mayor Ed Murray, Peter Hahn, Becca Deehr, former Mayor Mike McGinn & every Seattle Neighborhood Greenways local group, Sara Zora, Kevin O’Neill, Bob Edmiston, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, and Chad Lynch.
  • Evaluation of Neighborhood Greenways: Seattle Neighborhood Greenways’ Bob Edmiston, Mark Ostrow, and Raezel Arca and SDOT’s Emily Ehlers, Dawn Schellenberg, and Ross McFarland.
  • Greenways Safe Routes to School Mapping Team: Casey Gifford, Bob Edmiston, Alon Bassok, Peter Schmiedeskamp, Jeff Linn, Drew Redmond, Laura Strauss, Isaiah Mathieu, Wendy Gable Collins, Becca Aue, Caitlin Kehoe, Josh Kawinski (REI Foundation).

 

The Amazing Advocacy Award

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
  • Ballard Greenways Policy Ride: Andrew Natzel, Barbara Swatt, Bob Hall, Chris Saleeba, Ellen Butzel, Jennifer Litowski, Mark Ruebel, Michael Wolf, Mike Hale, Robin Randels, Selena Carsiotis, Steven Redpath
  • 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.

 

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.

  • Caleb Shoop Memorial Walk: Glen Buhlman, Caron LeMay, Tammy & Ben Shoop, and Janine Blaeloch.
  • Sandhya Khadka Memorial: Renee Staton, Shraddha Kakshapati, and Wirtu Kakshapati.
  • James St. Clair Memorial Walk: Deb Vandermar, Shukri Olow, Gene Tagaban, and Odin Lonning.
  • 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.
  • Sher Kung Memorial Ride: Jake Vanderplas and Brock Howell.
  • Zeytuna Edo Vigil Walk: Phyllis Porter, Deb Salls, Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Abdul Yusef, and Mohammed Arden.
  • Original Artwork for Memorial Walks: Karen Stocker.

 

Community Builder Award

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.
  • Rainier Valley Greenways: Deb Salls, Devor Barton, Jawara O’Connor, Lauren Squires, Phyllis Porter, Susan Gleason, Alexandra Stone, Sue Abbott & many others for extensive outreach.
  • 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.

 

The Wendy Award

The person or group that has done the most to encourage new people to walk, bike on, and love our shared streets.

  • Alison Campbell Schwartz: Rainier Vista safety education.
  • Merlin Rainwater: S.L.O.W. (Senior Ladies on Wheels) rides.
  • Seattle Family Biking: Facebook page & events. Tasha Walston, 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, Jason Kiker, and many more.
  • Critical Lass / CycloFemme / Kidical Mass: Madi Carlson, Morgan Scherer, Robin Randels, Barbara Gordon, and Jennifer Litowski.
  • West Seattle Bike Connections: Summer Streets Bike Rodeos. Kathy Dunn, Maddie Dunn, Al Jackson, Theresa Beaulieu, Bob Winship, Jay Guettler, and Don Brubeck.

 

Exemplary Street Experiment

The person or group who tested a creative new idea in our streets.

  • 15th Ave NE PARK(ing) Day: 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.
  • Rainier Valley Greenways Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane and Neighborhood Greenway: Deb Salls, Lauren Squires, Phyllis Porter, Lara Normand, Susan Gleason, Robin Randels, Alex Stone, Sue Abbott
  • West Seattle Piano Crosswalk: Anonymous
  • Dorffel Drive Experiment & Report: Bob Edmiston, Bob Minnott, Mary Virelli, Alice Lanczos, Dongho Chang

 

 Outstanding New Infrastructure Award

This award goes to the people that helped create the most outstanding all ages and abilities friendly infrastructure.

  • 2nd Avenue Protected Bike Lane & Signals: Mayor Ed Murray, Scott Kubly, Dongho Chang, Kristen Simpson, Sandra Woods, SDOT construction team, and SDOT walk/bike team.
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital Greenways and Burke Gilman Connections: Paulo Nunes-Ueno.
  • Olympic Hills Greenway: Brian Dougherty, Dawn Schellenberg. Emily Ehlers, Janine Blaeloch and Lake City Greenways.

 

Innovation Award

A project, program, or idea that pushes the leading edge of safe streets in Seattle.

  • Play Streets: Jennifer Wieland.
  • Rackathon: Brock Howell and Bob Edmiston.
  • Bollard Curb Extension: Dongho Chang.

 

 Most Improved Greenways Group

The local group that has grown or improved the most in the past year, from zero to 20 mph.

  • Licton-Haller Greenways: Lee Bruch, Megan Horst, Christian Rusby, Suzi Zook, National Park Service, Alexandra Stone, and Sue Abbott.
  • University Greenways: Drew Dresman, Forrest Baum, Dave Rodgers, Megan Horst, Scott Bonjukian, Max Taran, Jacob Struiksma, and Andres Salomon, with re-launch help from Bob Edmiston.
  • Queen Anne Greenways: Michael Herschensohn, Mark Ostrow, Bill and Jody Lemke.
  • First Hill Improvement Association: Mary Ellen Hudgins, Alex Hudson, Jim Erickson, and Kendall Baker.

 

Public Servant Award

The public official who has most advanced the cause of safe streets in Seattle.

  • Dongho Chang
  • Jim Curtin
  • Councilmember Mike O’Brien
  • Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
  • Bill LaBorde

 

Greenways Champion

The individual who has most advanced the cause of safe streets in Seattle.

  • Janine Blaeloch
  • Andres Salomon
  • Bob Edmiston
  • Tom Fucoloro
  • Merlin Rainwater

 

 

 

#Party4OurStreets Donors and Volunteers

 

Food & Drink: Fremont Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Hilliard’s Brewery, Puget Consumer’s Coop, Grand Central Bakery, QFC

Necessities: Bike Works Bike Racks, Chef Emma Notkin

Exceptional Volunteers: Madi Carlson, Joni Ross, Robin Randels (Cascade Bicycle Club), Selena Carsiotis, Jeff Linn, Don Brubeck, Jawara O’Connor, Tom Fucoloro, Bob Edmiston, Merlin Rainwater, Forrest Baum, Alice Lanczos, Michael Herschensohn, Akiva Notkin, Lev Klarnet, Anne Fote, Karen Stocker, Lauren Squires, Brie Gynclid, Ally Siedel, Dave Rodgers

SNG staff at this event: Cathy Tuttle, Gordon Padelford, Natalie Lubsen, Phyllis Porter, Amanda Dessert

 

 

 

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Support Prop 1 for Seattle Parks on August 5 2014

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways endorses Seattle Proposition 1 to fund our parks. We support this stable and Tim Eyman-proof funding source that will allow us to pass down a beautiful and functional park system – not a park maintenance backlog – to our children and grandchildren.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 10.01.37 PMThe Seattle Neighborhood Greenways community coalition envisions a Seattle Parks system where our kids can safely bike to and through parks for fun, or simply to get home. We envision a Seattle Parks system where grandparents can safely walk and go through as they enjoy staying active. The Seattle Parks ballot measure calls out “Activating and Connecting to Greenways” as a good first step towards this vision.

In order to create an equitable system that serves all Seattleites, parks need to be accessible on foot or by bike. “Activating and Connecting to Greenways” will provide $315,848 per year to allow the Parks Department to work across silos and collaborate with Seattle Department of Transportation to make our parks more accessible to everyone. In addition, “Activating and Connecting to Greenways” will give the Parks Department funding to help provide valuable expertise when Seattle starts to host open streets events (similar to Portland’s Sunday Parkways) that link together multiple parks.

We recognize that equity goes beyond physical accessibility, and park investments should proactively enrich all communities. Proposition 1 will also enhance Parks facilities such as community buildings with drinking fountains and restrooms that will make it easier to comfortably choose to walk or ride bicycles throughout Seattle. We are pleased Proposition 1 will continue to emphasize providing resources to areas of high economic and cultural diversity, so that everyone will have access to clean, safe, green public places.

We look forward to Seattle’s parks being well-maintained and accessible places for people for many generations to come.

Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
On behalf of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Core Leaders

Greenway Wonkathon 2014

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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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SDOT 2014 Greenways Workplan

 

 

Since 2011, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Core members have identified and advocated for specific routes to begin a 250-mile greenway network of safe, healthy, family-friendly streets throughout Seattle.

Here are our annual requests for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Our goal is to see a complete network built in the next 10 years, by 2023.

This map shows of some of the routes the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) intends to work on in 2014. We’ll be supporting SDOT and advocating for these routes and more in the coming year!

Thank you SDOT and thank you Seattle Neighborhood Greenways supporters for all you do!

 

SNG pushes for Racial Equity within our organization, our movement, and our City

In so many aspects of an individual’s daily life — where they can afford to live, their ability to own a private vehicle, how far they need to go to get to work or even the nearest grocery store, what kind of access they have to the public transit systems, how safe they are when crossing the street, and how they are viewed by law enforcement on our streets — race and racism play a huge role in determining a person’s ability to get where they need to go in Seattle.

A graph showing percentage of pedestrian fatalities relative to population. The graph shows that share of pedestrian fatalities is higher than the relative percentage of population for people who are Native, Hispanic, Black/African American, and 65 and older.

National statistics from Dangerous By Design, 2014 – Smart Growth America.

Only by changing the underlying systems that create race-based disparities in our community can we achieve racial equity.

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways works to make every neighborhood a great place to walk, bike, and live — for all people. Achieving this vision requires addressing racial disparities in our transportation systems and accurately advocating for the needs of all communities. As a historically white-led organization working in transportation and environmental movements that are predominantly white, we have both a responsibility to address how systemic racism influences our movements and also the privilege that will help us to make a difference in changing it.

That’s why, at the beginning of 2019, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways ratified a Racial Equity Action Plan. In it, we make two pledges:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Ziyi Liu presents research on feelings towards bike routes in the International District.

We also outline a plan of action over the next three years. This includes individual racial equity plans for our neighborhood groups, many of whom have already begun this important work, as well as continued education, outreach, and relationship-building.

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is dedicated to a vision in which every neighborhood in Seattle is a great place to walk, bike, and live. Great places reflect the needs of all people, and lift up their values and culture, because they are co-created by people of every race, age, language, ethnicity, gender, ability, level of wealth, and immigration status. While SNG recognizes that an individual’s intersectional identity impacts their ability to feel safe on the street and in public spaces, this Action Plan focuses intentionally on racial equity — we believe this targeted, race-first approach will ensure that racial equity goals are not diluted, and will provide a foundation for understanding and addressing intersectional challenges related to other forms of oppression.

Three people smile in front of a festively decorated DVSS booth at a summer festival.

We seek participation of people of color as group members, leaders, staff, and partners. We welcome and embrace the diversity of experiences and knowledge of everyone in our city, particularly with regard to race, age, language, ethnicity, gender, ability, level of wealth, and immigration status.

Find out more about our Racial Equity Action Plan here, or get involved in your local Greenways chapter today! 

New Bike Parking Regs for the Win!

Images and story courtesy of Bicycle Security Advisors.

There can only be as many people biking as there are safe, convenient, and accessible places to lock-up their bikes at destinations. Every year, more people are biking in Seattle, and that means we need to support them with new, better standards that will help ensure this growth continues over the next decade.

Fortunately, on April 2, the Seattle City Council passed major improvements to the city’s bike parking requirements in new buildings. The improved standards will help ensure people will always have a safe, convenient, and accessible location to park their bicycle, whether it’s in a building or on the sidewalk for a short errand or trip.

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In addition to improving the bicycle parking requirements, the legislation, CB 119221, also updated many off-street parking requirements, aiming to reduce the city’s dependence on single-occupancy vehicles and to support transit-oriented development.  

In support of CB 119221, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways worked in a broad coalition alongside Bicycle Security Advisors, Cascade Bicycle Club, Capitol Hill Housing, Futurewise, Transportation Choices Coalition, Transit Riders Union, Sierra Club, and 350 Seattle to meet with councilmembers, send supportive email messages, and provide public comment at the city council hearings. This work built on bike parking advocacy in previous years such as the Rackathon event we co-hosted.

bike parking reform 2018The new legislation brings Seattle’s bicycle parking requirements closer in line with the other major Pacific Northwest cities of Portland and Vancouver, B.C., as well as other peer cities across the nation.

A centerpiece criteria for determining how much bike parking would be required was the City of Seattle’s performance target to quadruple bicycle ridership by 2030, the equivalent of one-in-eight trips being by bike. Here are a few of the key highlights:

  • Increases the amount of required bicycle parking. In comparison to eight peer cities, Seattle now has the highest requirements for long-term parking for 13 “land use categories,” and the highest requirements for short-term parking for 8 land use categories.
  • Requires office buildings with more than 100,000 square-feet to provide commuter showers for different genders, and exempts the shower facilities from a new building’s size limits.
  • Improves the incentive policy for bicycle parking by allowing developers to trade 1 car stall for two bicycle parking spaces, and increased the cap on this provision to now allow up to 20 percent of the required car parking to be removed.
  • Requires bike parking to be accessible without the use of stairs.
  • Requires bike rooms to accommodate family, cargo, and electric bikes.
  • Requires more temporary bike parking, aka “bike valet” parking, for major events such as Sounders games.

bike valetMore work still needs to be done.  Many of the code’s new provisions, such as definitions of “safe” and “convenient,” and the new bike valet allowance, will need to be implemented through new guidelines to be adopted by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

The parking reform legislation was stewarded by Councilmember Rob Johnson, chair of the Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee, and his staff. In addition, Councilmember Mike O’Brien, vice-chair of the PLUZ Committee, also worked tirelessly with bicycle, transit, housing, and environmental stakeholders in helping to shape the final legislation.

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*This post is a modification of a blog post by Bicycle Security Advisors. Follow Bicycle Security Advisors on Twitter.

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Neighbors Celebrate New Safe Routes to 3 Schools

Safe streets advocacy can be a long, arduous haul. But sometimes we just get to throw our hands up in the air and shout “YES!! We did this!!” On August 27 we celebrated a key step in knitting North Seattle neighborhoods together, easing walking and biking between east and west, and bringing critical safety improvements to the routes to and from three newly-opened schools. Our ribbon-cutting gathering of 100+ neighbors took a moment on a sunny afternoon to cheer, in all: a protected bike lane on North 92nd Street; a new mixed-use trail running along the multi-school complex and connecting two parts of 92nd; and a new bike and pedestrian signal on 92nd at Aurora Ave North.

92nd trail ribbon cutting compressedIdentifying a familiar problem in Seattle: fragmented, disconnected neighborhoods

It’s endemic across the city: a lack of safe and comfortable east-west routes for walking and biking. In 2012, Northend neighbors began gathering to talk about the safety and mobility issues of their local streets. To start, they identified three major issues fragmenting their neighborhoods:

  • For seven blocks between North 90th Street and North 97th Street there had been no east-west through-route connecting Aurora with Wallingford, College Way, and North Seattle College. A traveler on foot or bike had to wind one’s way on several discontinuous streets.
  • In the 30 blocks between North 80th Street and Northgate Way, the only option for crossing I-5 by bike or foot was at the North 92nd Street overpass. And efforts to go west from there had been frustrating — 92nd Street was discontinuous between Ashworth Ave North and Stone Way North. To continue to the west one had to jog to North 90th  Street or North 85th Street. Due to heavy traffic, those east-west streets weren’t conducive to biking or walking and the intersections of those streets at Aurora were two of the most dangerous intersections on the state highway.
  • Aurora Avenue (SR 99) is a traffic moat that splits several northern neighborhoods. With few signalized crossings, major traffic activity, and frequent injury collisions — it’s simply unsafe for biking and walking.

The safety challenges surrounding North 92nd Street and Aurora Ave were about to get worse. In 2013, Seattle Public Schools applied for permits to build three schools for 1,660 K-8 students on one multi-block campus — located on North 90th Street between Stone Way North and Wallingford Avenue North, a block east of Aurora. The safety issues were plain to see: many of the students in the schools’ catchment area would have to cross Aurora and I-5; and neighborhood-street traffic would increase considerably on 92nd Street east of the schools, and on 90th Street, in front of the schools.

Local SNG volunteer Lee Bruch said, “It was critical – something had to be done.”

SNG Coalition Groups Take the Lead on Safety Solutions

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Licton-Haller Greenways and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways took the initiative and led community groups, including Licton Springs Community Council, Aurora Licton Urban Village alliance on a multi-prong approach.

They studied the situation and identified needs and alternatives, and proposed and prioritized solutions. The highest priorities included:

  • Make North 92nd Street a safer and continuous east-west link from the Maple Leaf/ Northgate neighborhoods on the east of I-5 through to Greenwood and Crown Hill to the west.  Solution:  Make 92nd a traffic-calmed greenway where possible; and where it’s a main arterial across I-5, create protected bike lanes.
  • 92nd was discontinuous behind the schools; the school site extended across what normally would have been the 92nd Street right-of-way.  Solution:  Convince the schools, the city’s development permit reviewers, and SDOT to establish a multi-use trail across school property to link both portions of 92nd.
  • Create a pedestrian signal at 92nd and Aurora, complete with right-in right-out diverters. Solution:  obtain funding and convince WSDOT and SDOT to implement it.
  • Improve safety on North 90th Street in front of the schools, including providing new marked crosswalks and RRFB’s (rectangular rapid flashing beacons).  Solution: obtain funding and convince SDOT to implement it.
  • Create traffic calming on streets surrounding the schools.  Solution: obtain funding and convince SDOT to implement it.

Effective Community Organizing — Seattle Neighborhood Greenways-Style

The SNG neighborhood groups began a concerted effort in late 2014 that is still ongoing — creating concern and interest amongst the neighborhood, community groups, decision makers, funding sources, and technical personnel.

Licton-Haller Greenways and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways volunteers began making presentations to the city’s development permit reviewers to affect terms of the permit. They approached the School Traffic Safety Committee for their support in convincing the school district and SDOT to create the missing link trail behind the schools. They held a series of on-site Safe Routes to School audits by Greenways members, parents, and members of SDOT and the School Traffic Safety Committee and produced a substantial study documenting their findings. They  held separate personalized walks for three councilmembers and continually lobbied them and their staffs. They participated in a Find It Fix It walk with the mayor and city department heads and lobbied them. They leveraged their working relationship with the staff in SDOT’s Safe Routes to Schools and greenways groups.

speed humps 92nd donghoBuilding Community Will … and Locating the Funding Too!

In 2015, the SNG groups applied for Neighborhood Park and Street Fund and Neighborhood Street Fund grants. They weren’t successful. They redoubled their efforts, adjusting as needed, and in 2016 applied again —  this time winning part of the funding. Critically, their timing coincided with the citywide Move Seattle funding victory and with SDOT’s own greenways team getting ready to build out part of a network in north Seattle.

Lee Bruch: “By patching together various interests and various funding sources we got a partial victory.”

On August 27 this year, the SNG groups hosted dozens of kids and supporters celebrating the completion of the multi-use trail behind the schools, the completion of the protected bike lane on 92nd from Wallingford across I-5 to 1st Avenue NE, and the completion of the pedestrian signal at Aurora and 92nd.

But, as Lee says, “Our work isn’t done. There’s lots of advocacy, monitoring, and cajoling still needed.”

Safety provisions on North 90th Street and on Stone Way North adjacent to the schools have been planned, but are still not implemented – kids still must dart across the street to and from their school, without crosswalk markings and without the promised RRFB’s.  And the North Seattle greenways network is not yet totally planned. Hope are they’ll be implemented in 2018.

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

Ready for Safe Routes to Sound Transit?

August 4, 2017
by Cathy Tuttle

What do the new Sound Transit Link light rail stations opening in 2021 in Northgate, Roosevelt, and Brooklyn have in common?

All three have active coalitions of local groups dedicated to getting safe routes for people who want to walk or bike to transit.

#Fix65th Coalition Calls for Roosevelt Station Access

#Fix65th Coalition Calls for Roosevelt Station Access Safety

All of these community coalitions are meeting with SDOT, Metro, Sound Transit and other agencies to make sure access for people who walk and bike is front and center at the new Sound Transit stations. Seattle Council Member Rob Johnson has been a strong ally for all of these coalitions.

UGreenways Hosted Meetings for Walk/Bike Brooklyn Link

UGreenways Hosts Early Meetings for Brooklyn Link Access

As their August 9 public meeting, Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board will tour the three new Link stations. A separate community tour of the University/Brooklyn Station is planned soon. Stay tuned and get involved!

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Northgate Station Proposed Walk/Bike Access Routes

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