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Seattle Neighborhood Greenways in the News

  • Plans for safer 10th/John crossing to Capitol Hill Station, Melrose enhancements make street fund cut. The East District Council in a meeting Monday ranked the proposals from Central Seattle Greenways as the top choice for funding in the area. The $90,000 continuation of improvements from the group organizing the Melrose Promenade project and the Central Greenways-championed 10th and John project must be approved by the Seattle Department of Transportation before implementation. 10th and John has long been a challenging crossing for pedestrians and drivers and the situation is even more critical with the increased activity in the area with the opening of Capitol Hill Station. The raised intersection could help make it easier to cross and help make the intersection safer for travelers of all types. Capitol Hill Times. 3/30/16.

  • Community Groups Responding To Traffic Safety Concerns At Bailey Gatzert Elementary. Led by Central Seattle Greenways member Brie Gyncild, concerned parents, community group members and Bailey Gatzert principal Greg Imel walked the streets around the elementary school on Wednesday, March 16, documenting dangerous intersections and strategizing how they could be improved. Brandon Macz. Capitol Hill Times 3/18/16.
  •  You Can Bring Your Bike on Light Rail, but Maybe Don’t Bring Your Cargo Bike—For Now In an open letter, the transportation advocacy group Seattle Neighborhood Greenways called on Sound Transit to offer more bicycle lockers that fit cargo bikes, so that families that use cargo bikes can store them before jumping on the train. In the meantime, the group said, the transit agency should purchase “flex” light rail cars with more open space to fit larger bicycles, oversize luggage, mobility devices, strollers, and more.Ansel Herz. Seattle Stranger 3/16/16.
  • Finalists Announced: Who Will Take Home An Advocacy Award? Forget Hollywood. The Oscars may be over, but the best awards show is yet to come. The Alliance will open the envelopes for the 2016 Advocacy Awards, honoring excellence in the walking and biking movement including Cathy Tuttle, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Advocate of the Year and Cascade Bicycle Club, for its winning Move Seattle Levy campaign. Carolyn Szczepanski. Bike Walk Alliance 3/3/16.
  • Ballard Neighborhood Greenway Welcomes Walking and Biking. Also as part of the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway Project, a new public space was created at the intersection of 17th Ave NW and NW Dock Pl. Groundswell NW will work with the community to develop a permanent park within the new public space using Neighborhood Park and Street funds. Norm Mah. SDOT blog 2/24/16
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Gets Federal Award for Safe Streets Work. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will recognize Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Director Cathy Tuttle with a Lifesavers Public Service Award. Yep, the Feds have noticed the work of this humble grassroots safe streets organization, organizing neighborhood-by-neighborhood to develop bike routes and safe streets that everyone can feel safe using regardless of age or ability. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog 2/22/16.
  • Delridge Greenway Update. Project design of the neighborhood greenway is locally funded by the nine-year voter-approved Bridging the Gap Levy. This project is part of a $3.8 million budget to design and construct the 2015 Ballard and Delridge-Highland Park Greenways. Norm Mah. SDOT blog 2/19/16.
  • Pronto for Seattle? Rainier Valley Greenways/Seattle Neighborhood Greenways staff Phyllis Porter, Seattle Bike Blog Editor Tom Fucoloro, SDOT Active Transportation Chief Nicole Freedman, Councilmember Mike O’Brien, and persistently anti-bike Fremont business leader Suzie Burke discuss Pronto Bike Share. Brian Callanan. Seattle Channel Inside/Out 2/12/16.
  • Beacon Hill Safe Streets Walk & Solutions Meeting Wherevent 2/6/16.
  • Students Learn About the Safe Routes to School Program. Monica Sweet, an active member of Lake City Greenways, presented the importance of reflectors for visibility at night. 
  • Choosing to Fund Streets for People. If we are going to create the cities and regions we want, we have to spend more on updating streets for walking, biking and accessible local transit than we do on useless stroads and megaprojects. We’re not close to the level of funding needed to retrofit local streets for people with a desperate need to get safely to school, build thriving local businesses, age in place, and live healthy productive lives. Cathy Tuttle. Strong Towns 1/28/16.
  • Sustainability Segment: Guest Jack Tomkinson. Jack speaks with Diane Horn about the work of Urban Sparks to facilitate the creation and improvement of public spaces references the important public space work of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Diane Horn. KEXP 1/23/16.
  • Doomsday Driverless Scenarios. Queen Anne Greenways from Seattle created a list of over 50 different doomsday scenarios that could occur if driverless cars eventuate. While they’re a bit of fun some also seem scarcely accurate. Matt L. Transportblog New Zealand 1/7/16.
  • Citizen group forms department of ‘transformation’ to make urban fixes. A citizen group calling itself the Seattle Department of Transformation has said it will show how simple fixes can improve street safety, beginning with a move that created a walkway for pedestrians near Roosevelt High School. Natasha Chen. KIRO7 1/11/16.
  • Fixing Rainier. Rainier Avenue has one-fourth the vehicle volume of Aurora, but twice the accidents per mile — over one a day. For Seattle Neighborhood Greenways staff Phyllis Porter, it’s a simple conclusion: “Congestion or injuries. Congestion or collisions. Congestion or fatalities.” Stephen Hegg. KCTS9 1/28/16.
  • Seattle to close even more lanes and sidewalks next year as development booms. The changes were applauded by Cathy Tuttle, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, which advocates for safe walking and biking. The last-resort rule is particularly important, said Gordon Padelford, a member of the city’s Pedestrian Advisory Board, with more Seattleites commuting by foot. “The rule itself is strong,” Tuttle said. “We believe the true test will be in its implementation.” Tuttle worries the city will still not have enough inspectors, and it risks disappointing the millennials who make up much of her organization. “They’re frustrated because they’ve given up their cars” she said, “and they’re still not able to bike, walk and use transit effectively.”
    Bob Young. Seattle Times 12/26/15.
  • #Party4OurStreets 2016. Seattle has been at the forefront nationally to create safer, smarter, and more dynamic street.  Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG) wants to get all of those people in the same room to celebrate. Stephen Fesler Urbanist 12/1/15
  • North Seattle neighbors working for a successful and family-friendly Lake City. Many of the participants holding signs yesterday are part of Lake City Greenways, a local advocacy group working to develop safe streets for pedestrians, bicyclists and cars. To learn more, visit the Lake City Greenways’ Facebook page. 11/30/15. Families for Lake City.
  • Seattle Just Voted to Build 250 Blocks of “Alternative” Sidewalks. In Seattle, traditional sidewalks cost about $300,000 per block if not more. “Nationally, it’s closer to $250,000 a block,” says Gordon Padelford, neighborhood support coordinator for a Seattle walking and biking advocacy group called Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. (Padelford is also a member of the city’s pedestrian advisory board.) “Some of [the higher cost] may have to do with Seattle’s iconic hills … our stringent stormwater requirements, Seattle Public Utilities not paying for drainage improvements [and that cost being borne by the new sidewalk], labor regulations, or over engineering. Whatever the reason, the city and sidewalk advocates think they can get 250 blocks of sidewalk for the cost of 150 by looking at alternative configurations. Rachel Kaufman. NEXT City 11/19/15.
  • Metro Health Convenes Hundreds to Work for a Safer Healthier City. San Antonio, Keynote Speaker Cathy Tuttle said, “suffers from a high incidence of “traffic violence. People should stop calling pedestrian killings by vehicle drivers an accident,” Tuttle said. According to Tuttle, positive change in neighborhood and street safety starts with people. Tuttle encouraged San Antonio to use Seattle Neighborhood Greenways model for engaging residents and urging policymakers to create change.  Lea Thompson. Rivard Report 11/14/15.
  • On Modern Transportation, Seattle Just Voted to Soar. Advocacy group Seattle Neighborhood Greenways celebrated Tuesday’s victory with a call for urgent action on Wednesday for the city to follow up on voters’ mandate by building key parts of Move Seattle in the next year: “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,” the group wrote. “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.” Michael Anderson. People For Bikes 11/5/15.
  • Let’s Get Ready For #NACTO16. 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. Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 11/4/15.
  • City to extend 23rd Ave Greenway route to Montlake If the city wants to repave. 23rd/24th Ave, why build greenways on parallel streets?–why not just make the arterial itself safer for pedestrians and cyclists? At an open house in March, SDOT presented options for widening the sidewalks and adding a two-way cycle track along 23rd through the CD, however they determined that the street width through the corridor was not sufficient to fit it all in (so much for “complete”). Their preference is to optimize parallel residential streets for walking and biking instead. Rainier Metzger. Montlake Net 11/3/15
  • The 2015 Community Impact Awards: Nonprofit of the Year. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways wins Community Impact Silver Award. A coalition of 20 local groups, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways advocates for safe, vibrant streets. Its efforts helped influence the city of Seattle to spend more than $25 million on projects such as Seattle Summer Streets, the Parklets Program and Safe Routes to School. Based on work by coalition members, the Seattle City Council included 245 miles of greenways in the city’s Bicycle Master Plan. Next up: providing input as the city prepares pedestrian and transit master plans. Jeanne Lang Jones. Seattle Business Magazine November 2015.
  • How Seattle is Using a “Frankenbike” to Improve its Bike Trails.  Partially due to my experiences advocating for Neighborhood Greenways in Seattle I realized the Herculean task government has in keeping up to date on their infrastructure. I knew that things that I saw everyday, that could be improved on the road, would never get to planners and engineers at the resolution of my daily experiences. The process of creating the bike really was the process of a hobby getting away from me. I initially wanted to measure one thing in my commute for curiosity’s sake, and it lead to several increases in computing power, more batteries and the addition of more sensors. Heather Hansman. Smithsonian Magazine 10/29/15.
  • In Seattle’s Sidewalk-less District 5, Voters Want A City Council Rep Who Walks The TalkJanine Blaeloch from Lake City Greenways explains Streets without Sidewalks on KPLU: “It’s about dignity. Why should people who are using their feet to get from place to place have to go through such harrowing experiences, feeling they’re in danger and also feeling like they’re being disrespected?” In far-north District 5, many voters point to the city’s densest collection of streets without sidewalks, and hope that walkability will get more attention when one of theirs is on the council. Gabriel Spitzer. KPLU 10/23/15.
  • An interview with Dongho Chang, Complete Streets engineer. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is an amazing, amazing non-profit. They are people living in the community that are focused on the residential streets. They work closely with us to help us understand the needs and barriers. The membership lives in the community. They tell us where people want to cross but are afraid to, which helps us prioritize projects that staff may not know about. Hanna Kite. Smart Growth America 10/22/15.
  • Build Sidewalks Cheaper, Faster To Stretch Seattle Levy Money, Says Mayor. North Seattle doesn’t have enough sidewalks. Just ask Monica Sweet. She’s with a neighborhood group called Lake City Greenways. “I’m watching kids walk in the darkest part of the wintertime and watching cars swing around and being worried about getting people hit,” she said. “Your heart goes out, you want to come up with solutions. And it’s hard when it’s a pricey solution. Sidewalks cost a lot of money.” Joshua McNichols. KUOW 10/21/15.
  • SNG: Imagining a Truly Bike-Friendly Uptown and South Lake Union. Seattle Bike Blog 10/7/15.
  • Let’s Talk About Lane Width. Lane width helps to control speed on urban streets. People driving tend to slow when streets are narrow. As we move towards Vision Zero standards in Seattle, let’s examine the width of our streets as one of the contributing factors of our safety. Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 9/28/15.
  • Seattle Greenways Returns to Park(ing) Day’s Activist Roots. Seattle Greenways decided to add a dash of tactical urbanist rebellion back into the mix during this year’s Park(ing) Day this past Friday. The ped and bike group asked its members to submit Park(ing) Day Plus ideas where they took advantage of the set-aside day to introduce street fixes that they think should stick. Their grand winner: A 2,000-foot protected bike lane on Rainier; here’s awesome video of a parent and their four-year-old biking along the usually treacherous road. Josh Feit. Seattle Met 9/21/15.
  • PARK(ing) Day is Back Again, Opportunity to Transform Space For People. Our friends at Seattle Neighborhood Greenways who are running a fun and smart competition to demonstrate safe street designs using ordinary parking spaces and the ingenuity of volunteers. Stephen Fesler. The Urbanist 9/17/15.
  • Seattle PARK(ing) Day is Friday Ballard NW 65th & 6th NW. In Ballard, Chris Saleeba often bikes with his four-year-old daughter to the Ballard Farmer’s Market. Chris teamed up with his co-workers at Alta Design & Planning to design a protected intersection for people who walk and ride bikes across NW 65th St at 6th Ave NW. Saleeba, along with his friends and neighbors from Ballard Greenways, will build and staff the intersection from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday for PARK(ing) Day and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday during the Ballard Summer Parkways and Sustainable Ballard Festival. Meghan Walker. My Ballard 9/17/15.
  • Greenways Receives Major SDOT Award. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG) received the Transportation Team Award from Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). SDOT gives just one annual award to “individuals or teams from other departments/groups or citizens not employed by the city, such as volunteers or non‑profit groups who help to advance SDOT’s mission, vision, and goals.” 9/10/15
  • Friday’s Park(ing) Day will be Seattle’s biggest yet: Over 50 pop-up parks planned. The most ambitious project, requiring a ton of volunteers and planning, is a couple blocks of protected bike lanes on Rainier Ave in Columbia City. Other SNG safe streets plans include a protected intersection crossing at 6th Ave NW & NW 65th Street in Ballard, an protected bike lane on NE 65th Street at 22nd Ave NE in Ravenna and a safer Burke-Gilman Trail crossing at 40th Ave NE. Tom Fucoloro Seattle Bike Blog 9/16/15.
  • Zeytuna Edo and the New Seattle Traffic Safety MeasuresHow a young girl’s near fatal accident changed the face of Seattle traffic safety. Josh Feit. Seattle Met 7/29/15.
  • Small Businesses Promote Safer Roads in Seattle. Spoke & Food supports Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Seattle’s safe streets advocacy organization. With interviews with Madi Carlson (Wallingford Greenways) and G&O Family Bikery Owner Davey Oil. Natalie Swaby. KING 5 News 7/28/15.
  • Bike to dinner Tuesday to help fund Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Tom Fuculoro. Seattle Bike Blog 7/27/15.
  • District 5: Far North Seattle is Where the Sidewalk Ends. Report on walkable streets without sidewalks with Lake City Greenways leader Janine Blaeloch. Gabriel Spitzer. KPLU 7/24/15.
  • Sprache im Verkehr: Positives Klima danke Kampagne.  Was sich bis jetzt nur nach grauer Theorie anhört, hat sich bereits bewährt. In Seattle startete die Bürgerinitiative „Seattle Neighborhood Greenways” eine Kampagne zur Sprachsensibilisierung in Bezug auf den Verkehr. Stefan Edlerer. Bike Citizens 7/22/15.
  • Primary ballots are in the mail! Here’s what candidates say about safe streets. A brief look at some candidates in each race and where they stand on safe streets and bicycling. Many include quotes from candidates in response to a short and to-the-pointSeattle Neighborhood Greenways questionnaire. (SNG is a 501(c)3, so they can’t endorse candidates. But they can ask candidates questions and publish their answers.)Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog 7/17/15.
  • What’s the Most Important Acronym on Seattle Streets? The Seattle ROWIM or Right Of Way Improvement Manual may be the most important acronym guiding the development of Seattle streets today. Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 7/23/15.
  • Check out the ten miles of car-free Summer Parkways in the Central District and Ballard. These could be some of the best family and community events all year. Tom Fuculoro. Seattle Bike Blog 7/16/15.
  • Salomon: Seattle’s newest protected bike lane just part of normal street maintenance. The lack of driveways make the protected bike lane feel exceptionally safe and comfortable.  However, the intersections have absolutely no improvements at all. Andres Salomon. Seattle Bike Blog 7/11/15.
  • Streets Experiments Made This City Engineer a Celebrity BureaucratFor Cathy Tuttle, executive director of nonprofit Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, it’s Chang’s ability to listen to the community and more. “Dongho has complete and utter passion for his work. He loves to see signs of life on streets as indicators of the success of street improvements. He’s willing to experiment.” Greenways recognized Chang with its 2014 Innovation Awardfor “goofy-looking but super-safe curb bollard extensions.” Josh Cohen. Next City 7/6/15.
  • RIGHT-OF-WAY DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE & BILL OF RIGHTS.  We the people recognize that the ownership or use of a private vehicle does not imply the sole ownership of the public Right-of-Way.Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 7/4/15.
  • Seattle 2035 Transportation Element. Rather than measure and base our transportation network on roadway capacity for vehicle-only level of service, measure the through-put of people – walking, riding buses and trains, in delivery vehicles, riding bikes, driving cars. The metrics we set for “person-trips” will help us fund and build the complete networks we want in the future. Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 6/17/15.
  • Two Experts on the Words and Images That Diffuse Anti-Bike Sentiment. Cathy Tuttle, executive director of the advocacy group Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, works with her colleague Gordon Padelford to develop resources like these that help her fellow biking believers choose language that makes people feel included in the benefits of bike improvements. Michael Anderson. People For Bikes 6/11/15.
  • Group Trudges on To Make Walk to School Safer. Safe streets are a health issue in more ways than one,  said Greenways director Tuttle. Across the U.S., the percentage of students who walk or bike to school has been dropping since the 1970s, even as more children are overweight. Walking and biking to school should be safe choices for more children in all neighborhoods, Tuttle said. Jerry Large. Seattle Times 6/7/15.
  • Walking Advocates Push for Bigger Piece of Seattle Transportation Levy. A late push is on for elected officials in Seattle to move $31 million more toward Safe Routes to School, in a $930 million fall levy. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times 6/6/15.
  • Safe Walk Routes to Schools. Greenways director Cathy Tuttle says she’s well aware of the $47 million figure, but she says much of that—the $33 million from cameras—is already part of SDOT’s ongoing Safe Routes to School budget, levy or no levy. Tuttle says Seattle Greenways wants an additional $40 million in the levy proper, on top of the money that’s part of the regular budgetMelissa Westbrook. Seattle Schools Community Forum 6/5/15.
  • Pedestrian Advocates Continue To Press Mayor. Seattle Greenways wants the Levy to fund a series of pedestrian upgrades. Josh Feit. Publicola 6/4/15.
  • Seattle Residents Weigh In On City’s Transportation Levy. KIROTV 6/3/15.
  • Pedestrian Activists Say Murray’s Transportation Levy Falls Short By Millions. Josh Feit. Publicola 6/3/15.
  • Talking Biking: Language that Defuses Bike Backlash. Words shape thoughts. Two skilled communicators from cities that have successfully overcome intense backlashes against bicycle infrastructure will share their tactics and experiences and take your questions. Featuring Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and Doug Gordon of BrooklynSpoke.com, in conversation with PeopleForBikes staff writer Michael Andersen. Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals 6/3/15.
  • Seattle residents weigh in on city’s transportation levy. Representatives of Seattle Family Biking, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and Cascade Bicycle Club Connect Seattle ask for more levy funding for safe walking and biking. Henry Rosoff. KIRO-TV 6/2/15.
  • Construction Zone Mobility. Room for Improvement. Seattle is a boom town. Until recently, traffic plans during new building construction disregarded the mobility of people walking and biking beside building sites. This disregard is a safety issue, not just an inconvenience. Cecelia Roussel & Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 5/25/15.
  • Seattle’s antidote to aggressive driving on neighborhood greenways. Bike Porlland 5/23/15.
  • Harrell at Rainier Ave Safety Protest: We’re Gonna Take Our Street Back.  At street action organized by Rainier Valley Greenways, Bike Works, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways & Cascade Bicycle Club, Councilmember Bruce Harrell said, “What I have in back of me is basically a freeway,” Hundreds of people have been injured within just a couple blocks of this intersection in the past ten years. “This is the beginning of what we’re gonna do with Rainier Avenue. We’re gonna take our street back.” Tom Fuculoro. Seattle Bike Blog 5/21/15.
  • Community pressuring city for safety fixes on dangerous street. “We’re calling out to the city today to act now to fix the most dangerous street in Seattle,” said Phyllis Porter of Rainier Valley Greenways. Michelle Esteban. KOMO4news 5/20/15.
  • Move Seattle: Wallingford Shows the Council They Care. While we were on the walk all three council members spoke in favor of improving Wallingford’s connection to the U-District, along with several community members. Tom Rasmussen, chair of the Seattle City Council transportation committee, said he would have SDOT draw up a response to our request. Eric Fisk. Wallyhood 5/18/15.
  • Seattle’s Most Dangerous Street. Neighbors are demanding action at Rainier Valley Greenways crosswalk action. Henry Rosoff.  KIRO7TV 5/20/15.
  • Seattle Drops Off Top Ten List Of Best Cities For Bicycles. A Good Thing, Says Advocate. Ross Reynolds speaks with Cathy Tuttle, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, about what a “sharrow” is, how it helped knock Seattle off the top-10 list of most bikeable cities in America and why she thinks that’s a very “healthy” change. Posey Gruner & Ross Reynolds. KUOW The Record 5/15/15.
  • Seattle’s $900 million transportation package just got bigger. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has been advocating for more funding for pedestrian improvements around low-income schools. The revised plan is a big improvement over the original, but the group will continue to advocate for even more. “We’re hoping to have a little bit more for pedestrian safety, for people who walk and bike. We really need to focus on that because we have this opportunity over the next 10 years to transform this city into a very livable place for people,” Tuttle said. Deborah Wang. KUOW 5/7/15.
  • Seattle Neighborhoods want more from transportation levy. Barbara Gordon of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways was in Wallingford for the neighborhood walking tour for residents to show local politicians just how treacherous the journey is along Northeast 45th near I-5.  Deborah Horne, KIRO-TV.  5/17/15
  • For South End hit-and-run victims: Tragedy, then limbo. Community advocates called the apparent lack of follow-up out of character for Mayor Ed Murray, who they said has shown real dedication to pedestrian safety.  Tom James. South Seattle Emerald 5/4/15.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways: A Grassroots Movement On A Roll. We have literally gone from spray-painting bikes on our arterial roads to a Bicycle Master Plan that has a connected network of neighborhood greenways, multiple-use trails, and protective bicycle lanes across the entire city… most of that connected route network came from volunteer greenway scouts in 15 local neighborhood groups. Seattle Parks Foundation Newsletter. Spring 2015.
  • Cathy Tuttle Is The New Face Of Bike Activism. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is shifting the conversation about bikes from spandex to training wheels. Josh Feit. Seattle MET May 2015.
  • How to End the War On Cars. While the SNG publicly advocated for biking, they never publicly labeled themselves cycling advocates. In light of the “war”, they opted for the less inflammatory title, “neighborhood advocates”.. The effect was remarkable. Slowly but surely the war on cars language changed. Hilary Angus. Momentum Magazine 4/22/15.
  • 2015 City Council Makes A More Important Appointment. A policy maker high up the food chain at SDOT recently told me that Seattle Greenways, now made up of 20 neighborhood groups around the city, is replacing the influence of the antiurbanist neighborhood councils. Josh Feit. Publicola 4/21/15.
  • Move Levy: No Moving From Wallingford to the U-District. Detailed ideas for crossing I-5 come out of a policy walk with Wallingford and University Greenways leaders. Eric Fisk. Wallyhood 4/21/15
  • FOLLOWUP: Original 35th SW safety petition reopened, in response to opposition petition West Seattle Bike Connections and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways reopen a speed-limit reduction petition. West Seattle Blog. 4/13/15.
  • Community asks for changes on 7-way intersection. Queen Anne Greenways gets SDOT to consider making improvements. Possible changes include cutting back vegetation to improve sight lines, painting curbs and giving walkers more space. Amy Moreno. KING-5 4/13/15.
  • Transportation in Seattle and Mayor Ed Murray’s Move Seattle proposal. The issues surrounding this $900 million plan. With Scott Kubly at Department of Transportation, Cathy Tuttle of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Suzie Burke from the Fremont neighborhood, and Bob Pishue of Washington Policy Center. Brian Callanan. Seattle Channel 4/3/15.
  • Vision Zero podcast w Jim Curtin & Cathy Tuttle. Half hour discussion of Vision Zero and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways on Mind Over Matters. Diane Horn. KEXP 3/3/15.
  • Neighbors sick of speeders push to create Home Zone. Brianna McDonald consulted the Seattle Greenways organization, and came up with a plan to propose what’s called a Home Zone. It would lower the speed limits from 25 miles an hour to 10 or 15 miles an hour in a neighborhood that has no sidewalks. David Ham. KIRO-TV 3/3/15.
  • The Lucky One (Surviving Rainier Avenue). We are all victims of cowardly traffic violence whether we are physically, emotionally, mentally or socially involved, there is a connection; be it family, friend, neighbor, or an execution of hit-and-run, speeding, or cars jumping curbs, this path will continue  if we don’t do something to end this nonsense.  Phyllis Porter. South Seattle Emerald 2/23/15.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways & Vision Zero. Guests Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and Jim Curtin, Traffic Safety Coordinator, Seattle Department of Transportation, speak with Diane Horn about Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Seattle’s Vision Zero plan. KEXP Mind Over Matters Sustainability Segment Podcast 2/21/15.
  • Road Diet Data: Studies show projects lead to safer roadways. The Seattle Department of Transportation has been performing road diets or road rechannelizations for decades and argues that these projects bring about safer streets without affecting traffic volumes. SDOT collects data on traffic volume, vehicle speeds, and collisions both before and after each project. In a joint effort with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, I’ve reviewed the studies and found SDOT’s claims to be true. Troy Heerwagen. Walking in Seattle 2/16/15.
  • Don’t Say ‘Cyclists,’ Say ‘People on Bikes’ What if you could help make a city’s streets safer simply by the way you talk about them? That may sound fanciful, but some cycling advocates in Seattle—scratch that, some people who ride bikes in Seattle—say that’s exactly what’s been happening there over the past few years. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has made a conscious effort to change the way they talked about biking, walking, and pretty much everything else to do with the way their city’s streets are used by human beings. Sarah Goodyear. CityLab 2/11/15
  • How Smart Language Helped End Seattle’s Paralyzing Bikelash.  No single organization has more to do with the city’s new language than a tiny nonprofit group called Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. SNG was founded in 2011, the year the “war on cars” meme peaked. Their goal: to advocate for a citywide network of low-traffic local streets, modeled on similar systems in Vancouver and Portland, that could be optimized for biking, walking and running. Though the group made no secret of their biking advocacy, they didn’t brand themselves as biking advocates. They branded themselves as neighborhood advocates. Together, the groups fought bad language with good language. Michael Anderson. Streetsblog USA 2/4/15.
  • North Seattle group discusses options for Safe Routes to SchoolNorth Seattle’s recently formed Greenways group came together Tuesday evening to discuss street safety in their neighborhood. Millie Magner. Examiner 1/25/15.
  • 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.
  • A new North Star in bikeway design: “Build it for Isabella”. Bob Edmiston of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways,  has created a useful riff on the concept with a character called “Wendy, the willing-but-wary cyclist.”.  Michael Anderson People for Bikes 9/8/14.
  • 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.
  • Revamped bike plan to have separated lanes, back-street routesThe 2014 version is meant to serve what Councilmember Sally Bagshaw likes to call “willing but wary” riders. That’s a shift from earlier thinking — to apply pavement icons and bike lanes to busy streets, to establish that cyclists deserve their share of the road. But activists here and in other cities think they’re nearing the limit of how many people are willing to bike with other traffic. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times 4/15/14.
  • Seattle to Build Bike Lanes Away from Busy Streets.  “I’m excited to see the Seattle Bike Plan actually call out the language of ‘all ages and abilities’ as its goal,” said Cathy Tuttle, director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Mike Lindblom. Governing The States and Localities Magazine 4/14/14.
  • 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
  • Bands of Green and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. From a tepid interest in 2011, two years later, staff and politicians in the City of Seattle have fully embraced the idea of greenways, with 7 miles completed and investments actually far in excess of $5 million for safe green streets construction that were recommended by local greenways groups all over the city. How did we do it?  The fact is, in most cities close to 30% of land mass is devoted to cars – land is our most valuable resource and we’ve given most of it over to parking and moving cars. Greenways take back just a bit of that land and remake streets as places for people. We’re all about walking and biking and safe streets, but we believe in more than just slowing traffic. Streets can be places for gardens, trees, furniture, storm water retention. Presentation to Seattle Parks Foundation 9/4/13
  • 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.
  • 2012 Summer Study Trip to Portland Oregon Hosted by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Over thirty Seattleites spent the weekend of August 11th and 12th touring Portland neighborhoods collecting information on green streets and innovative stormwater management, Portland’s street design standards, and The Intertwine Alliance. Mike Houck. The Intertwine 8/12.
  • 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.
  • City’s bike plan has more than commuters in mind Seattle’s cycling network — even with its enviable urban trails and a burgeoning network of bike markings on busy streets — doesn’t always make everyday bike commuting easy. Jennifer Langston. Seattle PI, 9/14/08.

Safe Routes to School

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Keep kids safe

What is the problem?

There is tremendous demand for safe routes for children to walk or bike to school, but limited funding.

What is the solution (the 2016 priority)?

School communities will create a prioritized list of the investments that are needed most to get their children to school safely to help give direction to SDOT. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways will work with schools that are crossing-flagsslated to receive funding first from the Move Seattle Levy, which are those that have been historically underserved. Seattle

Neighborhood Greenways will also work to ensure that major projects that are being
constructed near to schools help to create a safe crossings for students to walk to school.

Help PTSAs to prioritize investments needed for children to get to school safely. We will engage first with historically underserved schools. join us!

Who is involved?

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is leading on this issue in Seattle and we will partner with our local groups, Parent Teacher Student Associations, and the SDOT Safe Routes to School Program. We are looking for opportunities to collaborate with Feet First and Cascade Bicycle Club as well.

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Dunlap Elementary young boy after school

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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.

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92nd: One Street To Unite Us All

August 1, 2017

Dedicated leaders in Licton Haller Greenways, Greenwood Phinney Greenways, Ballard Greenways, NW Greenways, Maple Leaf Greenways, and the Aurora Licton Urban Village (ALUV) all had a hand in promoting critical pieces of connected street for people.

Thanks to connected, dedicated, long-term community work, 92nd is a protected, safe street that goes from Holman Road, across Aurora Avenue North, and across I-5,

Lee Bruch and GPGW

Celebrate with a ribbon cutting and kids bike parade!  Facebook Event Page

Join community, friends, and families opening a new walk bike pathway to school
N 92nd and Ashworth Ave N
Sunday, August 27 from 2 to 3:30 PM

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People who’ve lived in Seattle for a while know how difficult it is to travel east to west. Maybe it is because of the steep hills that define our neighborhoods.

Because of the work of multiple local groups, there is a new way for people who walk and bike to go from east to west on NW/N/NE 92nd (the street changes its prefix as it travels). Here are some of the many groups and people who contributed to this safe street corridor.

  • Ballard Greenways champion Selena Cariostis proposed a signalized crossing of Holman Road NW at 92nd NW to get to Whitman Middle School. Her project was awarded more than $1 million in Move Seattle Levy funds and a signalized crossing will be built in 2018.
  • Greenwood Phinney Greenways (GPGW) leader Justin Martin and Forrest Baum from NW Greenways set up scouting rides with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to find optimal east-west streets for people who walk and bike through the north Greenwood area to Greenwood Ave N. Their greenway recommendations will be part of the north end safe routes connections.
  • Robin Randels, Teresa  Damaske from GPGW joined up with Lee Bruch and Suzi Zook of Licton Haller Greenways to scout the best place to way to cross Aurora Ave N.
  • Led by Lee Bruch, these groups all teamed up with Jan Brucker at Aurora Licton Urban Village to get a traffic signal  funded at 92nd and Aurora. Because Aurora is a state highway, these groups also sat down at multiple meetings with the Washington Department of Transportation.
  • Getting Seattle Public Schools to support a walk-bike trail to Cascade and Eagle Staff Schools on 92nd was a multi-year effort of Cathy Tuttle from SNGreenways.
  • Brock Howell and Ian Strader from Maple Leaf Greenways and Janine Blaeloch, Monica Sweet, and Dai Toyama from Lake City Greenways helped to convince SDOT to join up the I-5 crossing to the new protected bike lanes stretching along N/NE 92nd.
  • SDOT staff managed projects all along this corridor including Dongho Chang, Darby Watson, Mark Bandy, Brian Dougherty, Ashley Rhead, Serena Lehman, Dawn Schellenberg, and Dan Anderson.
  • Eagle Staff and Cascade PTSA leader James Dailey is motivating the school community to walk & bike to school.
  • Seattle City Councilmembers Debra Juarez and Mike O’Brien attended several community policy walks.

It really takes a village — or in this case multiple villages — to build safe, connected streets.

Join us in celebration August 27!

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2016 Year in Review

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Safer Speed Limits for Seattle

Sixty years ago, Seattle’s streets were radically remade with the goal of moving vehicles as quickly as possible: sidewalks were narrowed, crosswalk beg buttons installed, an extensive streetcar system dismantled, low income homes bulldozed for roads, and speed limits increased. Ever since we have been paying dearly for these mistakes.

Today there were 30 crashes on Seattle’s streets. Same with yesterday, tomorrow, and every day on average. Every year 150 people suffer life altering injuries and 20 are killed from these crashes. Each serious injury and fatality is a story of tragedy for individuals, families, friends, and communities.

speed-limit-end-of-year-collageOne day, Brie Gyncild had had enough. Brie lives in the Central District, walks everywhere, loves cats, deeply cares about her community, and is a passionate advocate who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. At the annual meeting where our grassroots neighborhood group leaders set our priorities, Brie reminded us all that Vision Zero isn’t just a goal to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030, it’s a commitment to transform our streets into safe places for people. She persuaded us that the next step was safer speed limits.

One person can spark a movement. Because of Brie, in 2016 Seattle Neighborhood Greenways mobilized people just like you throughout the city to build support for safer speed limits by talking to their neighbors, community groups, and local business owners. By the end of the year 22 groups had sent the Mayor and City Council letters of support, dozens people testified to City Council, and hundreds who emailed or called in their support.

Our advocates continued to build positive support until the Mayor and City Council voted proposed and unanimously approved safer speed limits. Now all 2,400 miles of Seattle’s non-arterial streets are designated for 20 MPH, and all of Downtown’s streets have been designated for 25 MPH.

The story isn’t over yet. We all know that designating new speed limits isn’t enough – we must design our streets to be safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. That’s why in 2017 one of our priorities is to increase funding for the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Vision Zero safety program. This is only one piece of the puzzle, another piece is you.

Please donate to keep us going, and join with our amazing volunteers as we work to make our streets safe and comfortable for all people.  

Thank you,

Cathy Tuttle and Gordon Padelford
Executive Director and Policy Director

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Low Income Schools Set Safety Priorities

We all want our children to be able to safely walk or bike to school. Unfortunately, there is limited funding for engineering safety improvements at all of our schools. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG) interns Ranju Uezono and Raymond Pacheco led SNG outreach to very low income schools in 2016 to help prioritize spending in ways that were meaningful and effective to local communities.

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SNG also worked with historically underserved school communities to develop a set of ideas, translated into 6 languages, of Low Cost Ideas for SDOT Mini Grants. Schools are now working on crossing flag programs, school patrols, walking audits, and other inexpensive but highly effective programs.

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The SNG staff and interns also hosted assemblies, led walk audits, and met with parents and school staff to create a prioritized list of the investments that local people felt was most needed most to get their children to school safely. All of this work helped to shape the major projects being built with Move Seattle Levy funding by Seattle Department of Transportation at Seattle’s low income schools.

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Read more about the SNG Safe Routes to School 2016 priority program here.

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Making the Case for Complete Streets

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Roosevelt Way was not easy for people to cross

In 2016 we advocated for policy and street projects that create safe access for all people.

On the policy side we worked to ensure that Seattle’s Comprehensive Master Plan (the highest level plan the city has), Right of Way Improvement Manaul (blue prints for street design), and other policies and plans supported complete streets.

After years of advocacy work by University Greenways we finally celebrated the opening of the Roosevelt Way complete street project. Originally SDOT planned to only repave the

Families open the Roosevelt Way Complete Street

Families open the Roosevelt Way Complete Street project. Photo by SBB

dangerous street, but we successfully advocated to include safety upgrades for people walking and biking. The biggest change you’ll see on the street if you visit is the new protected bike lane, curb bulbs to make it easier to walk across the street, and more happy families getting to where they need to go safetly.

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, along with our local groups and partners, have been advocating for multimodal corridor projects to fund walking and biking improvements – not just transit. We worked on the Roosevelt-Downtown corridor and Madison BRT projects in 2016, and we will continue to make sure these and other projects truly work for everyone in 2017.

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 9 Highlights from West Seattle and the Duwamish Valley (District 1)

  1. The Duwamish Valley Safe Streets group got up and running! The Seattle Neighborhood Greenways coalition now has a fantastic group of committed neighbors and advocates in South Park and Georgetown.
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  2. The Duwamish Valley Safe Streets group helped shape the Georgetown Open Space Plan.
  3. Local group West Seattle Bike Connections successfully advocated for SDOT to begin working on a neighborhood greenway paralleling 35th Ave SW.
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  4. West Seattle saw the completion of the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway, and SNG conducted an audit work to fix some of the remaining issues.
  5. West Seattle won a Neighborhood Streets Fund grant for major improvements at the key intersection of SW Spokane St/ Alki Trail/ Harbor Ave SW/ SW Avalon Way.
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  6. West Seattle Bike Connections hosted a bike rodeo at Summer Parkways and helped host the Disaster Relief Trials.
  7. The SW Admiral Way safety project on the west side, including buffered bike lanes, new cross walks, narrower traffic lanes, and radar speed feedback signs was completed.
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  8. West Seattle Bike Connections successfully campaigned to get full funding for the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project added to the 2017 budget. This project will make this currently dangerous corridor a safer place for people walking, biking, taking transit, and driving.
  9. West Seattle Bike Connections successfully campaigned to repair a problematic hazard spot on the Duwamish Trail.
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Building the Base for Big Change in Rainier Valley and Beacon Hill (District 2)

Thanks to you we achieved three major wins in 2016 in Rainier Valley and Beacon Hill: full funding for the expansion of the Rainier Ave Safety project to Rainier Beach, acceleration Accessible Mt Baker, and funding to improve the Beacon Hill Town Center.

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Rainier Ave S has been Seattle’s most dangerous street for years. Rainier Valley Greenways worked for the second year in a row to make Rainier Ave S safe for people to walk and bike along and across. We sought to expand the safety corridor project, create safe crossings and build protected bike lanes from Hillman City to Columbia City.

A year after the implementation in Hillman and Columbia City, the data shows the Rainier Ave Safety Corridor Project is working: injuries for people walking and biking are down 41%, top end speeding is down 50% northbound and 84% southbound, and transit travel times haven’t changed southbound and have improved northbound.

But we knew there was more to be done. All neighborhoods in Rainier Valley deserve a safer Rainier Ave S, not just Columbia and Hillman City. That’s why we rallied with other neighborhood groups from Friends of Mt Baker Town Center to Rainier Beach Merchants Association to extend the safety corridor project. Thanks to your help, we successfully worked with Bruce Harrell to get a million dollars added for the project to the City’s budget!

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We worked with the Friends of Mt Baker Town Center and the Mt Baker Hub Business Association to successfully accelerate funding for the exciting community building and safety project, Accessible Mt Baker. Accessible Mt Baker will fix this nasty and dangerous intersection. It will make it easier to catch the bus, bike to downtown, and walk across the street to the light rail station or high school.

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Beacon Hill Town Center

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Beacon Hill Safe Streets got interim safety improvements in front of the library and transit station

Beacon Hill Safe Streets successfully advocated this year to improve the heart of North Beacon Hill. They worked with the Beacon Hill Merchants Association and the community to get the city to implement near term pedestrian safety improvements (the new curb bulbs by the library), create a transportation plan in 2017. Their efforts will make it safer to catch transit, easier to walk and bike to the library and stores, and create a thriving and accessible town center for all.

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Beacon Hill Town Center concept

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8 Steps Forward for Capitol Hill, the Central District, and Madison Valley (District 3)

Thank you to everyone who helped our local groups take so many steps forward this year! We couldn’t have done it without everyone who volunteered for Central Seattle Greenways, Madison Greenways, or the First Hill Improvement Association. We hope you will continue to support this important work 2017, but first let’s reflect on what we accomplished together:

  1. Our proposed Columbia Neighborhood Greenway was built this year, providing an east-west connectivity in the Central District.
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  2. Thanks to our auditing and advocacy SDOT is planning to improve the Central North-South Neighborhood Greenway – such as smoothing jarring speed humps, correcting signs, and connecting it successfully to Montlake where it currently dead ends.
  3. Central Seattle Greenways worked with the cool community at Bailey Gatzert to win safe routes to school improvements. The curb bulb and stop sign change at 14th & Washington will make it much safer.
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  4. The First Hill Improvement Association worked with a developer to include building and maintaining a public plaza Pavement To Parks project.

    Photo by SDOT

    Photo by SDOT

  5. Central Seattle Greenways won a grant to improve the crossing near the light rail station at 10th & John.
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  6. Central Seattle Greenways own a grant to make it easier to walk across John/Thomas St. all from Broadway to 23rd Ave!
  7. Madison Park Greenways won grants for outreach and design for neighborhood greenways in Madison Valley.
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  8. The Melrose Promenade, which Central Seattle Greenways helped get started, won funding from the Puget Sound Regional Council.

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Two Dads Take on I-5 Safety (District 4)

Two dads from NE Seattle Greenways have joined forces to make crossing I-5 safer for all (the SNG 2016 Priority for District 4).

Andres Salomon and Scott Cooper were awarded Northeast District Council support during the Neighborhood Park & Street Fund process in 2016.

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Andres and Scott know crossing i-5 is important for people of all ages walking to and from Green Lake Elementary, grocery stores, senior housing, Roosevelt High School, local business districts, and many other other important community assets. Andres and Scott know these community connections will become even more important when light rail opens in Roosevelt in 2021.

In addition to support from NE District Council, Andres and Scott have successfully lobbied WSDOT and SDOT to consider safety improvements over and under I-5 that use paint and posts to control traffic speeds.

More safe and dignified I-5 crossings in 2017 are being planned by the coalition that includes NE Seattle Greenways and neighbors who want to #Fix65th.

Find more details of their ideas here.

Thank you Scott and Andres

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Making Connections Across North Seattle (District 5)

Lee Bruch from Licton Haller Greenways gathered a coalition of people from Greenwood Phinney Greenways, Aurora Licton Urban Village and other community groups that wanted to make sure 1600 kids had a safe way to walk to the new Robert Eagle Staff school opening in 2017. Their campaign center around safe routes to school along N 90th and 92nd Streets.

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Lee and his team did walking and biking audits, gave presentations to local councils, and reached out to neighbors. They found sympathetic staff at the Washington Department of Transportation, Seattle Department of Transportation, and Seattle Public Schools who shared their vision.

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Licton-Haller Greenwood Phinney Greenways received both a Neighborhood Park & Street Fund and Neighborhood Street Fund award for their work. Their hard work resulted in more than $1 million for street improvements including a signal on Aurora Avenue North.
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In 2017, the coalition of District 5 safe streets groups is turning their attention to getting funding for safer routes to the new transit stations opening soon in Northgate, 130th N and 145th N. Stay tuned!

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Progress For NW Seattle (District 6)

In 2015 and 2016, Ballard Greenways made safer routes to school along 6th Ave NW their highest priority. Students at four elementary schools — Pacific Crest, West Woodland, Greenwood and St. John’s — would benefit from a north-south route on the eastern side of Ballard.safe-routes-to-school-along-6th-ave-nw

West Woodland neighbors led policy walks, talked to City staff and elected officials, and tried to get Neighborhood Park & Street funding for their safer route to schools.

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In 2015, Ballard Greenways leader, dad, and Alta Design & Planning landscape architect Chris Saleeba took a slightly different approach. He worked with a group of neighbors and business owners on a Tactical Urbanism project to let people in Ballard experience a safer route to local schools. Chris’s design won the first PARKing Day Plus Design Competition award and neighbors got to see a safer crossing at 6th Ave NW and NW 65th.

2nd Prize Winner 6th NW & NW 65th Street Crossing

2nd Prize Winner 6th NW & NW 65th Street Crossing

This year, Chris has been helping Seattle Department of Transportation to build this clever protected intersection permanently in the West Woodland Ballard neighborhood.

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The D6 district, that also includes Greenwood-Phinney, is looking to make another protected intersection work better for people who walk and ride bikes at NW 83rd and Greenwood NW in 2017.

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7 Wins this year for Queen Anne, Uptown, and District 7

  1. Walking surges! Pedestrian commuters increased a stunning 50.2% reports the SeattleMet. And this isn’t starting from a small base: “people who walked to work went from a legit 29,070 (8.6 percent of all commuters) in 2010 to 43,665 (nearly 11 percent) in 2015.” Thank you for your work to make our streets more walkable – it’s working!
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  2. Queen Anne Greenways successfully advocated for the city to build the direct connection between the Westlake bike path and the Mercer St underpass. This connection will be built when the property that is currently owned by the city between 9th and Dexter is redeveloped. We also applied for a grant to upgrade the Roy St bike lane, but were unsuccessful this year. cascade-uptown-mercer-segment

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    Photo of Mercer St underpass by SBB

  3. The First Hill Improvement Association won a grant to make Freeway Park more accessible and welcoming.

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    Freeway Park Entrances

  4. Queen Anne Greenways hosted a community building play street.
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  5. Finally, the intersection at 7th and McGraw near Cole Elementary got some safety improvements – a wider crosswalk and curb.
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  6. We worked to make to incorporate safety improvements for people walking in the Nickerson St repaving.
  7. Last, but not least, Queen Anne Greenways continues to work with SDOT on designs to fix the scary 7-way intersection on Queen Anne.
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Our Priorities for 2017

  • Vision Zero: Work to double the funding for the Vision Zero budget so that all our communities can get much needed safety improvements.
  • Multimodal Corridors: Collaborate with transit advocates to create walking, biking, and transit improvements for the Move Seattle multimodal corridors.
  • Tactical Urbanism: Help people make quick and bold safety improvements that build livable streets.
  • District 1: Connect Georgetown to South Park.
  • District 2: Extend the Rainier Ave Safety Corridor Project north and south.
  • District 3: Make it easier and safer to walk and bike to and from the Capitol Hill light rail station.
  • District 4: Safe and dignified crossings of I-5
  • District 5: Safe routes to transit stations from “coast to coast.”
  • District 6: Make the 83rd and Greenwood intersection, the gateway to Greenwood, safe for families to cross.
  • District 7: Safe east-west route between Uptown and South Lake Union.

Volunteer and donate to help make these priorities a reality in 2017!

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Child-Friendly Transit

by Andres Salomon, NE Seattle Greenways

Andres and Atom travel around Seattle by bus and bike

Andres and Atom travel around Seattle by bus and bike

December 7, 2015

Seattle voters recently approved the Move Seattle levy, which contains funding for a number of exciting transit projects. Seattle’s Department of Transportation is currently planning at least two of these projects; a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line running along E Madison St, and another BRT line running from Northgate to Downtown.

Bicycles and transit go hand-in-hand, with bicycles (and bike share) helping with transit’s “last mile” problem. Transit also compliments biking, allowing people on bikes to increase their range, skip dangerous segments of roadway, bypass hills, or act as a backup option when they can’t or don’t want to ride. Unfortunately, our current public transit systems are failing families who want to bike. Even when bicycle facilities are integrated with transit, they are often designed for only certain types of bikes – non-standard bikes such as family/cargo bikes don’t fit.

If we can design our BRT and other public transit systems to be truly family-friendly, not only do we allow families to reduce or completely eliminate car ownership, but we also create a transit system that works for all ages and abilities. In order for a BRT system to be truly family-friendly, families should be able to safely and comfortable walk or bike to stations. However, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has already talked a lot about safe routes, so this will focus on BRT itself. Some of these things are more important than others, and people have different preferences, so I haven’t attempted to prioritize anything. This is simply my ideal, family-friendly BRT system.

Let’s start with waiting for the bus:

* High-frequency. Kids aren’t going to want to sit still for 30 mins while waiting for the bus, and when you have multiple kids (and a spouse), it’s pretty hard to check OneBusAway and time it right. Someone’s going to lose a shoe (or hide your keys), you’re going to leave the house and have to go back for someone’s favorite stuffed bear, or maybe everyone will be already outside and ready to go. Once you’re outside, there will be stops to look at a caterpillar, or wanting to go into a store, potty breaks, etc. You just can’t time public transit with kids. You need a bus or train that just comes regularly. Ideally, every 5 minutes. Without kids, I’m fine waiting 15 minutes while I read a book or check email. With kids, every minute is spent telling them to behave, trying to find something to keep them entertained, etc.

* Safe. The bus stop needs to feel safe. This means good lighting, a good distance away from fast-moving cars, and clean (especially no broken glass, random liquids, garbage, etc). It also means that there’s nothing capable of being broken. For 1-3 year olds, parents will have to make sure they’re not going to fall or touch anything that will hurt them. For 3-6 year olds, parents will have to keep them from breaking/destroying things or venturing out into traffic.

* Entertaining. Stops with things that keep kids (and adults) entertained are the best.
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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.

 

Re-engineering a safety corridor on PARK(ing) Day

A few of the harworking and happy Park(ing) Day crew.

A few of the hardworking and happy Park(ing) Day crew.

University Greenways and NE Greenways teamed up for the September 19th PARK(ing) Day to create a successful pilot of a safer street, bridge, and corridor for people who walk, bike, and drive. The design was so well-produced that Seattle City Traffic Engineer Dongho Chang and SDOT Director Scott Kubly blogged about it and vowed to explore the design for future implementation.

SDOT Chief Engineer impressed w Park(ing) Day

NE Greenways leader Andres Salomon enlisted help from multiple Greenways groups and friends. Ballard Greenways and Madison Park Greenways got curb ramps donated from a construction site, Jackson Commons and Franz Bakery provided the homemade cornstarch paint that had also been used for a giant Hopscotch game in Jackson Park (Cascade Bicycle Club used the same recipe, but dyed green — for their pop-up protected bike lane on 9th Ave), UW Transportation loaned orange cones, and SDOT approved.

Andres, Mika, Sage, Max, Sander, Jeff, and Kristin worked through the night to paint the temporary bike lanes and curb bulbs (finishing up at 2am!). Various folks from different groups helped staff the event throughout the day, including Jeff who went out of his way to help remind drivers to yield to people crossing 15th Ave NE. Volunteers brought coffee, snacks, books, greenery, chairs, tables, and even a rug, while Convoy Coffee brought a self-contained bike trailer with heat, water, & all manner of drink.

This project used protected bike lanes to slow down cars and provide a comfortable space for people on bikes. Curb ramps and curb bulbs were used to help people cross a wide, busy intersection. An unused street (a “slip lane”) was closed and temporarily returned back to the community.

It’s not too soon to be thinking about PARK(ing) Day 2015. By using some inexpensive or donated materials, a community can completely change the feel of a normally dangerous street for a day. How can YOUR neighborhood group collaborate on ideas that are fun for the day and perhaps model how streets can be improved in the future?

More photos (click to enlarge):

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Safer family crossing Park(ing) Day

Design essential for easy frieght transit movement Park(ing) Day

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Toddler approved Park(ing) Day street

Plant donations for Park(ing) Day

Find old curb ramps from construction site debris Park(ing) Day

A temporary curb ramp, as this crossing connects multiple park trails, and is widely used by the disabled, kids on bikes, and others who have difficulty with the curb.

Red = protected bike lanes

Red = protected bike lanes

Park(ing) Day Design by Andres Salomon

Red = protected bike lanes
Purple = curb bulb/extension

Painting all Night Park(ing) Day

The freshly painted street the night before

Local Leaders Discuss Wary Bikers, Family Rides on KUOW

Did you catch this KUOW segment on what it will take to get more Seattleites on bikes? (Listen here) The segment features a couple of our passionate Seattle Neighborhood Greenways leaders, Madison Park Greenways Bob Edmiston (also on our Board), and Wallingford Greenways Madi Carlson (she’s also our webmaster!)

Madi Carlson bikes with her kids.

Madi Carlson bikes with her kids.

Edmiston talks on KUOW about the characters he’s come up with to illustrate different sectors of the potential biker population.There’s Franz, in heavy spandex who will ride “anywhere, at any time, on any streets” as part of the “Tour de Franz”.  Franz represents about 5% of possible bikers. Then there’s Eddy, the seasoned bicycle commuter who takes bike lanes, wears reflective gear, and represents perhaps 10% of potential bikers, (75% of them men).

Finally there’s Wendy, the “willing but wary” bike rider, who represents about 60% of the population—those who would ride more if biking felt safer and was more convenient. “She’s a woman in her mid 30s,” says Edmiston. “She’s got some kids in a little burley trailer pulling behind her bicycle, she’s wearing ordinary clothes, she’s not wearing cycling specific clothing.”

For Edmiston, bicycle infrastructure can be evaluated with a simple question: “Would Wendy use it?” KUOW’s Posey Gruen describes what Wendy-friendly infrastructure might look like in Seattle: “It means bike routes with a comfortable separation from cars. It means safe intersections, speed bumps, green painted pathways, and clearly marked routes. It means making sure those bike routes are within a quarter mile of every home in Seattle.”

Neighborhood greenways are a huge part of the equation for safer and more convenient bike routes. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is working towards a linked city-wide network of low-speed, low-traffic greenways, with clearly marked routes to parks and schools that even the most wary bikers among us would use.

Although biking infrastructure still has a ways to go, that isn’t stopping some of Seattle’s awesome family biking movement from taking to the streets. Gruen spoke to Madi Carlson as she rode to a safe streets event at Seattle Children’s Hospital with a group of  20 other adults and children. “They call themselves Kidical Mass” and bike along greenways routes and in large groups for increased safety. These are “friendly, family rides” says Carlson. Family Bike Seattle hosts Kidical Mass rides about once a month.

Thanks KUOW for your in-depth story about Family-Friendly, All Ages and Abilities biking and the streets needed to support us! Thanks Bob, Madi (and Davey Oil and Suzy too!) for spreading the word about safe streets for all with such enthusiasm and good humor!

About Us

Kids Crossing Into ParkOur Vision

Imagine your neighborhood, knitted together with quiet residential streets where children and adults safely walk, ride bicycles, play and run. Imagine these streets are close to where you live and connect you to the places you want to go — the grocery store, your favorite coffee shop, your community center, your child’s school. Imagine traveling along a whole city network of streets designed first for children and adults who are walking and biking. Places where people are alert when they drive, and open their car doors carefully after they park. Welcome to Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

Our Mission

We identify, advocate for, and activate safe and healthy streets for all. How? Check out our strategic plan. What are we doing in 2014? Maps, supporting diverse communities, holding meetups, advocating for, and celebrating safe healthy streets —  you can see we have a lot planned for 2014!

Who Are Greenways People?

We all are!

Formed in August 2011, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is a rapidly growing volunteer coalition representing many neighborhoods across Seattle to plan and advocate for safe, equitable, and comfortable streets connecting us to the places we use, whether we walk, drive, ride a bike, push a stroller, or move by wheelchair. We have a Core Group of about 30 people who lead their local neighborhood groups. Read Core Group bios here.

We have a small staff and a Steering Committee who focus on citywide operations as well as stay involved at the local level. Read Staff and Steering Committee bios here.

Contact Information

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

See the Neighborhoods page to find your local group.

We can  be reached at info (at) seattlegreenways (dot) org

 

 

 

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