Seattle Neighborhood Greenways in the News

  • Mike McGinn: Fighting Bikelash with Seattle’s Former Mayor. Bikelash is a chance for new voices and new leaders to rise who can help lead the conversation beyond simply fighting for bike lanes here and there and toward a complete shift in how the city approaches safe streets. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is the perfect example of this, and their energy has completely flipped bikelash on its head. Because bikelash is a knee-jerk response to the difficult concept that streets are not simply pipes for cars, and death and injury is not the acceptable cost of doing business in our city. It’s a culture shift, and no culture shift is easy. Josh Cohen. The Bicycle Story 11/25/14.
  • A Mom Rediscovers Her Bike Neighborhood greenways don’t just benefit bikers. They help pedestrians—particularly the elderly, disabled, toddlers, or anyone else who needs a little more protection when crossing a busy street. They can also make residential streets safer and more pleasant for everyone who lives on them by reducing speeding and inattentive cut-through drivers. Jennifer Langston. Sightline. 11/18/14.
  • 2014 Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities #8 Seattle. Last December, dozens of residents draped in green scarves packed the city council chambers for a public hearing on a transformative new bike plan. They wore green to signify their allegiance with thousands of others who’ve joined the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways coalition since it was founded in 2012. 10/14 Bicycling Magazine.
  • SDOT in the construction process of U-District Greenway. “The greenway will really preserve the characteristics of the neighborhood and the streets,” said Gordon Padelford, the neighborhood support coordinator with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. “At the same time, it will create a really calm and friendly place where parents and kids feel safe to bike to the farmers market, or UW students can walk to the school without facing heavy traffic in street intersections.”  Zezhou Jing. The Daily 10/27/14.
  • New neighborhood greenways coming to Rainier Valley. According to SDOT, neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets that are easier for people to cross, discourage cut-thru traffic and keep speeds low, without banning cars or adding bike lanes. Rainier Valley Post. 9/21/14.
  • MP visade Lunds farliga cykelmiljöer. Swedish Green Party Member or Parliament joins Cathy Tuttle to demand better and greener bike paths. Bjöen Sjö. Sydsvenskan 8/28/14.
  • Complete Streets: More to Go. The unique contribution of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways—and what distinguishes greenways that came top-down from Vancouver and Portland from the grassroots greenways ideas developed by communities in Seattle—is the idea of greenways as places for people. Many of Seattle’s grassroots greenways groups are blending ideas from many cities to develop ideas for street networks that serve local needs—shared streets, park space, trees and great places to walk and bike all have found a place along Seattle’s neighborhood greenways. Cathy Tuttle. Roads and Bridges 8/5/14.
  • It’s time to give Summer Streets and Bicycle Sunday an energizing makeoverI had the opportunity to join [Seattle Neighborhood Greenways] members, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, various city staff and Cascade Bicycle Club staff for a study trip to Northeast Portland’s Sunday Parkways event over the weekend. It was the second time I’ve been to a Sunday Parkways event there, but it’s still an overwhelmingly awesome thing to witness. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog. 7/31/14.
  • Seattle’s friendliest insurgent group visits Portland, eager for wisdom and dispensing their ownSince its founding in 2011, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has almost singlehandedly convinced the city to install 35 miles of bike routes modeled on Portland’s internationally famous 60-mile network of low-stress side streets. Now, by leading a weekend trip to Portland, the organization is paving the way for another import: a series of one-day summer open-streets festivals. Michael Anderson. Bike Portland. 7/30/14.
  • Do neighborhood greenways increase cycling? Oh yes. If you were wondering whether the city’s investments in neighborhood greenways are effective, here’s your answer: A resounding yes. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog. 7/23/14.
  • What Does It Take To Get Seattleites on Bikes? Bob Edmiston is on the steering committee for the Seattle bike group Neighborhood Greenways. He liked Geller’s data, but wanted to make it more accessible. So he created “Wendy,” a simple persona meant to represent “the interested but concerned.” Posey Gruener. KUOW. 7/11/14.
  • Seattle’s new bike plan: ride on calmer backstreets.  The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan update passes unanimously in City Council. “I’m excited to see it actually call out the language of  ‘all ages and abilities’ as its goal,” said Cathy Tuttle, director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. She said most of the greenways were “crowdsourced” by neighbors’ suggestions. Tuttle said the city is getting more serious about sheltering greenway users,  by adding speed humps and stop signs in new Delridge and Beacon Hill routes, for instance. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times 4/14/14.
  • Building, expansion of Seattle greenways to cost $1.8M. 6.2 miles to be constructed this year. Cathy Tuttle … said greenways are important because “they allow people mobility regardless of their age or their ability or their choice of the way that they get around and allows people to start using their streets as public places.” Safiya Merchant. Seattle Times 3/11/14.
  • Partners for Progress. Partnership … We are working better with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, a group that has electrified the conversation around livable streets and engaged a whole new generation of advocates. Elizabeth Kiker. Cascade Bicycle Club Blog 3/5/14.
  • Special report: How Portland stopped building neighborhood greenways. Cathy Tuttle, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, said in an interview Wednesday that Portland should be proud of its role in popularizing greenways, which she said aren’t so much a cheap way to build bikeways but a new way of thinking about what a city street can be. ”People love their parks, and we’re trying to get people to love their streets the same way,” Tuttle said.  The real “missing piece” in Portland’s neighborhood greenway network, Tuttle said, is that its biggest advocates have come mostly from the city government, not from private citizens. ”It really does have to come from the community,” Tuttle said. “It can’t be something that comes from the government. Because once it does come from the government, people lose that sense of ownership. … To actually get that funding, we need to own them in that way.”  Michael Anderson. Bike Portland 2/28/14.
  • Cascade Bicycle Club’s new parth: more riding less politics. Tuttle said the new Cascade is more open to partnerships and more thoughtful in its advocacy. Emily Heffter. Seattle Times 2/23/14.
  • KEXP Diane Horn interviews guests Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and Deb Salls, Executive Director Bike Works about progress made on implementing Seattle greenways, including the work of the Rainier Valley Greenways group 2/3/14.
  • City Leaders Announce Multi-Year Traffic Safety Study. After years of discussions about safety improvements on 35th the city is now committing to action.West Seattle Blog 2/11/14.
  • Neighbors Demand Action After Car Kills Elderly Pedestrian. The organizer of today’s march says St. Clair’s death is the fifth fatal accident along 35th Ave. since 2006. ”It’s a place that really needs some focus and city attention,” says Cathy Tuttle, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, an organization that advocates for safe streets for people and cars. Mark Miller. KOMO News 1/20/14.
  • 35th SW Memorial Walk organized by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and peninsula-based groups included members of Mr. St. Clair’s family, High Point residents, and safety advocates from around the city, including former Mayor McGinn and City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. West Seattle Blog 1/18/14.
  • Memorial Walk for Pedestrian Killed in West Seattle. Family & friends of James St. Clair, who died walking across the street the night of Dec. 30, will march in his memory Saturday afternoon with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times Blog 1/16/14.
  • Health in Action: Seattle Bike Blog’s Tom Fucoloro. One of the most amazing stories I’ve had the privilege of covering on Seattle Bike Blog is around neighbors organizing groups to promote safe streets where they live. These groups are mostly organized under the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways umbrella that was started by Cathy Tuttle, who is now the group’s director. In essence, neighborhood greenways are routes that connect friendly, but disjointed, residential streets to create complete walking and biking routes that link homes with neighborhood destinations (business districts, community centers, schools, parks and more). But, even more than just routes, neighborhood greenways can become places for neighbors to be neighborly and for kids to play. If we can slow the movement of cars just a bit, the feeling of safety increases immensely. ActivelyNorthwest 11/30/13.
  • Rainier Valley Greenways “Crossing Guard” Action. Let’s envision safer, friendlier streets for all in Hillman City. The Tin Umbrella 11/21/13.
  • Advocating for Safe Streets along LCW. Lake City Greenways members were out promoting pedestrian safety along Lake City Way. Families for Lake City 11/13/13
  • Greenways Group Bringing Safer Streets to Seattle.  In the most recent Seattle Bike Master Plan, 95 percent of the proposed greenways were suggested by local groups. Sarah Radmer. City Living 11/15/13
  • Madison Park residents want major changes to neighborhood crosswalk. Vigil Walk in a crosswalk with multiple collisions each year gathers community, Mayor, and City staff to come up with solutions. Linzi Sheldon. KIRO 8/31/13
  • A Little More Courtesy Could Save a Life. Greenways Vigil Walk for Trevon Crease-Holden and changing the Seattle culture of safe streets.  Jerry Large. Seattle Times 8/5/13
  • Building a bicycling renaissance in Seattle. Seattle used to be the vanguard of bicycling in North America and should reclaim it with a network of neighborhood greenways. John Pucher. Seattle Times 7/13/13.
  • Candidates Talk Safe Streets at Livable Streets Forum. Candidates for the next Seattle Mayor focus on how they would make Seattle safer and more inviting for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders at forum hosted by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Erica C. Barnett. Seattle Met 7/3/13.
  • Seattle group re-imagines streets as places for people. Building on the success of their first study trip to Vancouver, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways studies the green and safe streets of Vancouver through a similar lens. Kelsea Bloxam. Urban Systems Vancouver 7/6/13.
  • Worse than Manhattan? Bike expert rattled by ride through city. Residential neighborhoods are bike friendly, but Seattle is falling behind its peers in creating safe routes, especially downtown, says Rutgers professor John Pucher. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times 6/25/13. (2 page 11×17 print of article)
  • In a disaster, could bikes be part of the answer?  a report on Seattle’s first Disaster Relief Trials sponsored by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Carolyn Adolph. KUOW. 6/22/13.
  • Remembering Lance David: West Seattleites’ memorial ride. Local bicycling/safety advocates from West Seattle Bike Connections and West Seattle Greenways organized tonight’s ride to both honor a fellow rider and emphasize the urgent need for safety improvements. West Seattle Blog 5/7/13.
  • Locals share ideas at SDOT Ballard Greenways Open House. Local resident Susan Griffith was among many others who thought the greenways project will bring positive changes to the neighborhood. “Bikers come in all ages now, so it is good to have separation between people who want to go faster and people who go slower,” said Griffith. Kevin Lee, My Ballard 4/14/13.
  • Wedgwood crash victims remembered by hundreds. The march marked one week since Judy and Dennis Schulte lost their lives to a suspected drunken driver while crossing Northeast 75th Street at 33rd Avenue Northeast with their daughter-in-law, Karina Ulriksen-Schulte, and her 10-day-old son, Elias. Casey McNerthney, Seattle PI 4/2/13
  • Memorial Walk for Safer Streets. Around 200 participated in a Seattle Neighborhood Greenways-hosted memorial walk to the intersection where two pedestrians were killed and two critically injured. NE Seattle Greenways identified the intersection as problematic for pedestrians and cyclists. “Our roads really need to be designed for safety,” said Andres Salomon, with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. “It really should be a Seattle-wide discussion.” Cara Brannan. Seattle Times 4/1/13.
  • UW Public Health Students Release Little Brook Study. The month-long study was commissioned from students of University of Washington Public Health by the Lake City Greenways project in order to discover barriers to connecting the Little Brook Neighborhood to future proposed Lake City Greenways projects. Lake City Live 3/12/13.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways featured at the Institute of Traffic Engineers. Cathy Tuttle and Eli Goldberg share ideas for engaging citizen groups, business leaders, and city interdepartmental teams, and building support for safe, healthy, walkable, and bikeable communities. Presentation deck. ITE Washington News Feb 2013.
  • Seattle’s Path to Neighborhood Greenways. Portland Bureau of Transportation Presentation deck. 1/17/13.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways wins Sustainable Seattle award. The most powerful result has been simply empowering residents in homes all over the city to retake control of their often dangerous local streets. It’s a simple idea that spread like wildfire. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog 11/16/12.
  • Jeffrey Linn’s personal claim on the public realm puts children first.  After a “near-miss” pedestrian crash with his daughter in a stroller, Linn starts Green Lake Greenways to support safe routes to school. Lisa Quinn. Feet First 10/12.
  • Cathy Tuttle, Director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, speaks with Diane Horn on Mind Over Matters about Seattle’s neighborhood greenways–dedicated residential streets where bicycles, pedestrians and neighbors’ safety are given priority. KEXP 9/15/12.
  • Greenways Get Going in Fremont. What is a greenway from the perspective of a newly formed group, Fremont Greenways. Kirby Lindsay. Fremocentrist 7/30/12.
  • On Seattle’s Neighborhood Greenways, cute kids can roam free. Within just a few years, the Greenway network will connect every neighborhood in the city, providing comfortable, safe access on foot and by bike to retail areas, parks, playgrounds, schools, gardens, and homes. Elly Blue. Taking the Lane 7/27/12.
  • Community Packs Open House for Ballard Greenway. Discussions on implementing a new Ballard Greenway. Zachariah Bryan. Ballard News Tribune 7/27/12.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways: Creating Healthy Streets for All Seattle Residents Interview with Eli Goldberg and Cathy Tuttle. Jessica Roberts & Luke Lamon. Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals, July 2012.
  • Seattle opening first ‘greenway’ in Wallingford. Marks a shift in the city’s bike-planning efforts and a milestone for residents who advocated for greenways to encourage healthier lifestyles and make it safer for everyone from dog-walkers to kids trudging to school. Scott Gutierrez. Seattle PI, 6/16/12.
  • Community to celebrate first city greenway with big bash. As an advocacy group we are going to try and get the city to increase the number of miles turned into greenways over the next 10 years. We would love to see the whole city have safe and healthy ways to get around. Kiersten Throndsen. KOMO Communities, 6/15/12
  • Seattle wants to attract willing but wary bikers. Any talk of bike improvements in Seattle is sure to stoke resentment from some, who believe the city’s policies favor bike and transit over cars. Phuong Le. Salon, 6/3/12
  • Will Seattle’s ‘greenways’ get people out of their cars? Greenways offer residents a way to travel between neighborhoods without jumping behind the wheel of a car. Teresa Yuan. KING 5 News 4/20/12
  • Neighborhood Greenways, F*ck Yeah! Six months after starting a citywide conversation about strategically altering non-arterial streets to prioritize walkers and cyclists, neighborhood greenway activists have a lot to brag about. Cienna Madrid. The Stranger, 3/22/12
  • Greenways Supporters Discuss Future of Safe Streets. If you want to learn more about creating safe and livable streets in Seattle then you don’t want to miss this event. Kiersten Throndsen, KOMO Communities Reporter 3/22/12
  • West Seattle Greenways hears from Councilmember Rasmussen. West Seattle Blog, 3/19/12
  • Neighborhood Greenways Update: SDOT leaders will talk at Phinney meeting. A crew of city officials and neighborhood greenway organizers went to a walk and bike ride around Ballard Sunday, hitting some of the planned and proposed neighborhood greenway options in the area. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog, 3/15/12
  • New city program hopes to help cars and bikes coexist. A new program taking shape in Seattle hopes to tackle the age-old problem of getting cars and bikes to safely coexist on local roads. Eric Johnson. KOMO News, 3/6/12.
  • Cyclists, pedestrians find oasis in Seattle’s urban ‘greenways’ Pedestrians, bikers, others are pushing for greenways — designated streets that offer safer ways of getting around without having to drive. Sonia Krishnan. Seattle Times, 2/12/12.
  • Seattle Advocates Use Winning Campaigns Training to Win Bike Boulevards. A successful campaign to increase walking and biking sometimes take years, but the right amount of perseverance, skill and timing can lead to a quick win. That’s exactly what happened for Neighborhood Greenways in Seattle. Mike Samuelson, Alliance for Biking & Walking. 2/7/12
  • Seattle Greenway Organizers – grassroots at its finest. Less than a year after they officially started working together, the Seattle Greenway Organizers have their first big win! Max Hepp-Buchanan, Cascade Bicycle Club Blog.
  • City’s 10-year bike plan obsolete after 4 years? Just four years after Seattle published its $300,000 Bicycle Master Plan, city officials are considering spending $400,000 more to revise it. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times, 11/1/11.
  • Seattle Greenways Push Cycling to Side Streets. For some less adventurous riders, the main streets are a little too hectic, a safety issue that often keeps people from even considering a bike commute. The city of Seattle is hoping to change their minds by meeting them halfway. Nate Berg. Atlantic Cities, 10/4/11.
  • Seattle plans side-street pathways for cyclists. Bicycling greenways — networks of residential roads that are outfitted to give cyclists and pedestrians priority over cars. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times, 9/30/11.
  • Neighborhood greenways create more cycling and walking choices alongside cars. Guest editorial on “neighborhood greenways” that would create more — and more pleasant — choices for bikers and pedestrians in our communities. Dylan Ahearn, Cathy Tuttle and Michael Snyder. Seattle Times, 7/6/11.