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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.

 

Multi-Use Trails Reviewed By Expert User

by Don Brubeck, West Seattle Bike Connections
October 15, 2015 (original letter 9/11/15)
The City of Seattle is in the process of updating both its Pedestrian Master Plan and Trails Plan. There are several opportunities for public input. As an everyday bicycle commuter, Don Brubeck, co-leader of West Seattle Bike Connections, has had a lot of experience as a trail user. Don is also a great thinker and writer. We were so impressed with Don’s suggestions that we got his permission to reprint his letter, below. Thank you Don!

Don Brubeck, West Seattle Bike Connections

Don Brubeck, West Seattle Bike Connections

We are happy to know that SDOT is doing a comprehensive study of the multi-use trails. The trails are valued community assets. They are essential in providing mobility and recreation for people of all ages and abilities. The trails vary widely in age, design, condition and use. It seems timely to step back and look at them as a whole, for safety with Vision Zero, and for connectivity and equity as part of the region’s transportation network.

West Seattle Bike Connections is a volunteer community organization advocating for safe and effective bicycle transportation in, to and from West Seattle. We advocate for pedestrian safety as well, and for use of city streets by all modes of transportation. We represent West Seattle and South Park in the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways coalition. We are the West Seattle branch of Cascade Bicycle Club’s “Connect Seattle” groups. We are part of Sustainable West Seattle. At our last meeting, we developed some suggestions for the Trails Upgrade plan, and followed up with other members in an online brainstorming session. Here are our thoughts.

General issues for all multi-use trails and off-street bike paths:

  1. Vehicle drivers entering and exiting driveways frequently fail to stop and look before crossing multi-use paths, creating serious hazards and causing serious injuries. At all public drives, e.g., into parks, public parking lots, Seacrest marina:
    1. Install stop signs and stop bar markings on pavement for exiting drivers.
    2. Restrict curb cut widths to minimum workable, with required sight triangles.
    3. Hold parking lane parking back from entries.
    4. Add trail crossing warning signs to entries to public and private drives.
  2. Posts and bollards are hazardous to bike riders, especially when trail traffic is heavy, and in hours of darkness. Remove posts where not really necessary to prevent vehicle traffic from entering trail. Mark all bollards and posts and mark pavement at posts per national trail standards. Follow WSDOT Design Manual Chapter 1020 – Bicycle Facilities for setback, daytime high visibility paint and nighttime retro-reflective markers, and pavement warning markings per MUTCD.
  3. Pedestrians, dogs on leashes, skaters, skateboarders, people pushing strollers, and tourists on rental bikes and surreys tend to use the entire trail width when in groups, making it difficult to yield and hazardous to all parties for people on bikes or skates to pass in either direction. Even solo pedestrians and inexperienced cyclists are often encountered on either side of the trail, at random. We recommend design and education to encourage travel on the right, with passing on the left and yielding to oncoming traffic, for all trail users.

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What Did Your Council Candidate Say About Safe Streets?

by Cathy Tuttle, July 16, 2015

I got my ballot in the mail today!

If you live in Seattle and are registered to vote, you will get to choose two at-large City Council candidates, and one Council candidate who represents your District.  For the past year, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has been organizing its advocacy priorities, local groups and volunteers by District as well. We believe District elections will significantly change the face of Seattle projects and policies.

This is a run-off primary election, with ballots due August 4. The top two vote-getters in each position will advance to the November elections when we will choose our nine City Council members. Most of the Districts and at-large positions have many candidates running (there are over 40 people running for nine seats).

I admire every person who has chosen to run for City Council. Every one has made a sacrifice of their time, their money, and their energy to put forward their ideas about how to make Seattle a better and more livable city.

Local Greenways group leaders came up with just two questions that we asked of all 40+ candidates. You can see candidates’ complete responses at the bottom of this post, on this Google spreadsheet, or this Excel pdf.

Here are the two questions each candidate answered:

  • Question 1: What street or transportation projects proposed for your District get you excited? What projects will you push for, and what might you oppose?
  • Question 2: Envision a major street running through a business district in your neighborhood. Now that you’re a City Councilmember, you hear from residents and business owners who are concerned that an SDOT project to increase safety for people walking, biking, driving, and taking transit on this street may impact some on-street parking and slow down traffic by an estimated thirty seconds per mile. You also hear from parents, seniors, and people who live and work in the area that they really want their street to be safer.

How, if at all, would you engage SDOT and the people who live and work in your neighborhood and mediate conflicting project outcomes? This project will impact traffic in the following ways:

(1) remove some on-street parking for better visibility for people walking

(2) narrow some vehicle lanes to encourage drivers to keep to a maximum 25 mph speed;

(3) re-time traffic signals to give slower elders and children more time to safely cross the street;

(4) dedicate some current vehicle traffic lanes to buses and people on bikes so that they can move more quickly and safely

The illustration below is a word cloud of all candidate answers.

Council Candidate Word Cloud in worditout.com

Council Candidate Word Cloud in worditout.com

 

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Seattle Comprehensive Plan 2035

Cathy Tuttle June 24, 2015
(published originally in The Urbanist on 6/17/15)

Northwest Seattle Mode split expectations Seattle 2035.

Northwest Seattle Mode Split Expectations Seattle 2035

A week ago I sat down after work in a Pioneer Square pub with five young men to discuss the Transportation Element and Transportation Appendix of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Seattle 2035, Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan for growth over the next 20 years. Read the rest of this entry »

“Dear Neighbor” Letter Backfires

Roosevelt Way NE SDOT May 2015Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board (SPAB) member Jacob Struiksma took one look at a May 26 letter from Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and called into question the plan for a Complete Street along a busy retail corridor.

Jacob, who is blind, has strong opinions about what constitutes safe streets for all. He wrote:

This is crazy that curb bulbs not going to happen at all the intersections on Roosevelt Way. Why do people that walk have to be second to everything? Why do people that walk get the short end of things all the time?

Jacob’s quick response alerted fellow SPAB members and the Washington State pedestrian group Feet First about safety improvements as SDOT repaves Roosevelt Way NE. Both groups will review this new twist on Complete Streets and Vision Zero in their policy discussions in the near future.

A robust Complete Streets Policy is one of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways 10 advocacy priorities for 2015

SDOT’s letter read in part:

Dear Neighbor,

SDOT will periodically distribute project updates about the Roosevelt Paving & Safety Improvement Project.

We write today to let you know that the expected start of construction has been moved back from late September until the end of the year.  Perhaps more significant, fiscal constraints have forced SDOT to remove construction of most of the curb bulbs and expanded tree pits, which we’d previously indicated would be included in the project.  (The one positive benefit of dropping these elements from the project is that construction will likely be significantly shorter than the ten months previously expected.)

Curb bulbs extend the sidewalk out, typically into a parking lane at intersections, in part to ensure that curb ramps (wheelchair ramps) meet the federally mandated standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  They have the additional benefit of making pedestrians more visible to motorists, and vehicles more visible to those pedestrians.  They also have the effect of shortening the crossing distance for these pedestrians.  As such, curb bulbs increase safety for pedestrians, and seem to enjoy broad community support.

Sadly, the curb bulbs and enlarged tree pits were determined to be the most logical project elements that could be eliminated and bring the budget back into balance.  The curb bulbs were initially included in part to provide adequate room for standard curb ramps.  However, we were able to accommodate the ramps and meet design standards without the curb bulbs in most locations.

We look forward to using a safe, welcoming Roosevelt Way NE in the coming years.

Ride Your Bike in a Gold Level Seattle!

It’s official! Seattle named a GOLD LEVEL Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Go out and ride!

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Seattle with a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community award, joining more than 325 visionary communities from across the country.

With the announcement of 55 new and renewing BFBs today, Seattle joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.

“With new greenways, protected bike lanes, family-friendly biking and broad community and government support for everyday cycling, Seattle is poised to be one of the most bike-able cities in the world!,” enthused Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Executive Director Cathy Tuttle. “Let’s take those steps to Platinum Level!”

The Steps recommended for Seattle to get to Platinum include:

  1. Continue to expand the on and off street bike network, and make intersections safer for cyclists. Focus on network connectivity. On roads with posted speed limits of more than 35 mph, it is recommended to provide protected bicycle infrastructure. Ensure that all Seattle bridges have safe entry and exit points for cyclists, as well as a safe space to cross.
  2. Provide high quality on-street bike parking throughout the community, especially in the historic and landmark districts. Provide convenient and secure bike parking at event venues and major transit hubs.
  3. Expand the Safe Routes to School program.
  4. Dedicate SDOT staff time to encouragement and education efforts and better financially and logistically support bike-related
  5. encouragement and education efforts by advocates and bike groups. Set encouragement and education goals, metrics, and values.
  6. Continue to expand your public education campaign promoting the share the road message.
  7. Host a greater variety of family-oriented, low income and young professional-oriented bike events and rides.
  8. Step up enforcement of the Vulnerable User ordinance , 20mph speed limits, and the Failure to Yield ordinance.
  9. Aggressively implement the new bike plan by increasing funding.

“Visionary community leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of communities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond.”

The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 326 BFCs in all 50 states. The [award level] BFC award recognizes [Community]’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more than 800 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.

To apply or learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.

About the Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM Program
The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

Honoring the Victims: Sher Kung, Rebecca Scollard, Caleb Shoop

Honor the victims. Mobilize for Safer Streets. Educate for Traffic Safety.

Kung Scollard ShoopOn Sept. 5 more than 400 people gathered for a Memorial Bike Ride in downtown Seattle to honor the life of Sher Kung. An attorney and new mother, Kung was hit and killed by a truck driver while biking down 2nd Ave. — just ten days before the new 2nd Ave. protected bike lane was installed. The Memorial Ride, organized by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Cascade Bicycle Club, and West Seattle Greenways, paused at the Garden of Remembrance for a Memorial, and then continued on to Occidental Park to discuss how to make sure this kind of tragedy never happens again.

Sadly, tragedies like this occur all too often. Seattle averages eight pedestrian fatalities and three bike fatalities each year. Over the past 18 months, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has helped local community groups produce 12 Memorial Walks and Rides. In just August and September, there were three: a Memorial Ride for Sher Kung, a Memorial Walk for Rebecca Scollard (Walk supported by Central Seattle Greenways and Women in Black), and a Memorial Walk for Caleb Shoop (Walk supported by Kirkland Greenways and Lake City Greenways). Scollard, a 42-year-old woman known in the homeless community for her generosity, was killed on First Hill on July 30 by an apparent hit-and-run by a CleanScapes garbage truck driver. Shoop, a 19-year-old who hoped to become a firefighter, was hit while biking in a crosswalk in Kenmore last spring.

Top to Bottom: Memorials for Sher Kung, Rebecca Scollard, Caleb Shoop Photo Credits: West Seattle Bike Connection, Joshua Trujillo (Seattlepi.com), Kirkland Greenways

Top to Bottom: Memorials for Sher Kung, Rebecca Scollard, Caleb Shoop; Photo Credits: West Seattle Bike Connection, Joshua Trujillo (Seattlepi.com), Kirkland Greenways

Each new tragedy is a piercing reminder of how much work still needs to be done to achieve safe streets with zero fatalities and serious injuries. Memorial Walks honor the victims and their families, increase general community support for engineered safety improvements (such as reduced speed, parking restrictions, and new signals), and push politicians and city staff into action. An integral part of our Memorial model is a Solutions Meeting to gather the local community, the broader advocacy community, and city leaders with the goal of bringing positive solutions to terrible tragedy.

These Memorials and Solutions Meetings have had an impact. The Memorial Walk to honor James St. Clair helped bring about a multi-year SDOT traffic safety project in the High Point neighborhood. Our actions have also contributed to several legislative changes that address traffic violence. As a direct response to the Schulte family tragedy in the spring of 2013, our otherwise paralyzed state legislature increased penalties for impaired driving, making jail time mandatory after a second conviction and strengthening requirements for alcohol-detecting interlock devices after conviction. Seattle Department of Transportation also instituted numerous engineered safety improvements, including the rechannelization of NE 75th St. within a year after the Schulte tragedy.

In 2012, before we began our Memorial Walks and Rides, Washington State adopted a Vulnerable User Law, providing increased penalties for people driving cars and trucks who injure or kill people walking or biking.  Unfortunately, because law enforcement officers and prosecutors are largely unaware of this law, a huge public education task remains. The man who hit and killed Caleb Shoop was issued a $175 ticket for “failure to yield.”  We are making progress, but we have a long way to go.

In addition to the legal and policy solutions, our Memorial Walks and Rides aim to change the cultural paradigm that defines the automobile as the only “normal” transportation mode. That’s what bikers and walkers do every day — we reframe walking and biking as normal, healthy, safe components of everyday life. When we bring together people from various branches of city government and diverse communities, we challenge the silos within government and within community. We insist that the disease of traffic violence has a cure. We come together as people to heal and create the safe streets we all need. The victims of traffic violence deserve nothing less.

Note: We are developing a template for successful Memorial Walks. We presented a draft on September 11, 2014 at the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh.

Disaster Relief Trials

The first Seattle Disaster Relief Trials on June 21, 2013 were a great success.

Stay tuned for trials next year at the SeattleDRT site!

Flickr site of the 2013 Trials

Fabulous press coverage of the 2013 Trials!

Seattle Disaster Relief Trials

When: Friday, June 21st, 3:00 p.m.

Imagine a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hitting the Seattle Fault. Freeway overpasses crumble, a Lake Washington tsunami takes chunks out of bridges. Motor vehicles are rendered useless, but following the example of Sandy Relief by bike, Seattle residents with bikes and trailers or cargo bikes are able to transport food and medical supplies.

Seattle’s first Disaster Relief Trials will be part of the Bicycle Urbanism Symposium on Friday, June 21st.

The event occurs 3:00-7:00 p.m. with party to follow 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The scavenger hunt starts in the parking lot south of Gould Hall, with the post-event party on the Gould Hall ground floor.

Read more information on the DRT website.

Space is limited–register online.

Safe Routes to Health

We envision a city where every health clinic and hospital can be comfortably reached by walking, biking, wheeling, and transit.  Download the Safe Routes to Health handout!

Spokespeople Ride at Seattle Children’s Hospital April 2011

Staying healthy means staying active!

We hear this every day from doctors, nurses and public health professionals. Through our Safe Routes to Health (c) initiative, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways invites Seattle’s major healthcare institutions to join us in building the safe and welcoming streets and neighborhoods that make it easy and convenient for people of all ages to get out and walk, wheel, or ride bikes.

Both our healthcare institutions and our community will benefit as employees, patients, visitors, and community members choose active transportation.

 

  • Institutions save money as employees are healthier, absenteeism is reduced and fewer expensive parking spaces are needed for employees.
  • Institutions improve patient health outcomes by making an active lifestyle easier and more attractive. Think of greenways as preventive care!
  • Communities benefit as safe, comfortable streets make walking and biking the easiest choices for getting where people need to go: to the health clinic, to the park, to the gym.

Survey patients and visitors about their transportation use

We envision a city where every health clinic and hospital can be comfortably reached by walking, biking, wheeling, and transit.

With significant input from healthcare organizations we are developing and testing a checklist for institutions that want to adopt Safe Routes to Health as part of their institutional master plans.

Rainier Valley

Who Are We?

Rainier Valley Greenways is a group of neighbors like you who are working to make their streets safer and more comfortable for everybody.

Get Involved!

The best way to get involved is to sign up in the form below (or using this link). Welcome!

You can also follow us online:

Get involved or learn more about our top 2016 priority to #FixRainier Ave, Seattle’s most dangerous street.

Our Victories

  • Our Safety Over Speeding campaign pushed the city to improve Seattle’s most dangerous street – Rainier Ave S.
  • We helped scout and advocate for the best route for a N-S and E-W neighborhood greenway in our neighborhood.
  • We brought attention the inequity around traffic signal timing in our community compared with more affluent an whiter communities in Seattle. Since then, some signals now give people walking more time to cross the street.
  • And much more!

Archived Material and Previous Work:

Safety Over Speeding day of action!
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We support safety over speeding on Rainier Avenue South

With 1,243 crashes in the past three years, Rainier Avenue South is the most dangerous street in Seattle. Every crash impacts our community – from cars careening into our businesses to our children being run down by drivers who never even stop. We say enough! Rainier Ave S should be made safe for all people to walk, bike, drive, catch the bus, shop, and live.

We need our neighborhood back. We need,

  1. Safe Speeds of 25 MPH along Rainier Avenue South and 20 MPH engineered in our community centers of Columbia City, Hillman City, and Rainier Beach with enforcement.

  2. Safe & Dignified Crossings of Rainier Ave S where people driving stop for people walking, and people walking have enough to time cross before the traffic light changes.

  3. A Safe Place for People to Bike on Rainier Ave S.


Rainier Valley Greenways Prioritized ACTION PLAN 2014

Rainier Valley Greenways is part of a citywide grassroots movement that is attracting neighborhood residents and businesses eager to transform Seattle into a city where everyone can walk and bike safely. Neighborhood greenways are low-traffic, low-speed residential streets that give priority to people who walk and ride bicycles. Neighborhood greenways also connect community destinations like schools, parks, businesses and transit hubs. Streets designed with people in mind—and especially safe street crossings—are the most important part of neighborhood greenways.

Rainier Valley Greenways formed in August 2012 with a vision for planning and creating safe, healthy streets in our diverse neighborhoods. Bike Works and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways have been providing leadership to a local group of greenway advocates that now includes Columbia City Business Association, Feet First, Rainier Beach Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Sound Steps Program. The group received a grant for assistance from the National Park Service in 2013 to assist with planning and outreach in two Rainier Valley neighborhoods: Columbia City and Rainier Beach. Greenway planning in other Rainier Valley neighborhoods will follow next year.

Please join us to be part of the conversation for creating active, family-friendly neighborhoods and more livable streets. Future events posted on this page and at https://www.facebook.com/RainierValleyGreenways/events.

 

RAINIER VALLEY GREENWAYS OCTOBER 2014 MEETING

Tuesday October 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hudson Building at 3715 S. Hudson Street

This is it! The BIG ONE!

We have a lot of things on the October 21st meeting agenda.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Feet First, the National Park Service (NPS) and others will be in attendance to talk about what’s happening in the Rainier Valley area and give an update on the 7 year old victim of the September 30th Hit N Run accident on MLK Way JR. & Genessee.

Everyone has been anticipating news on what’s up with SDOT and the potential greenways we’ve been advocating for and waiting to hear from since SDOT”s last public meeting on the issue at Emerald City Bible Fellowship last June. They will be in the house sharing info on the North-South Greenways process, East-West Greenways recommendation and first hand info on ” Rainier Beach to Mt. Baker Greenways” November meeting.

Feet First will talk about Rainier Valleys “First Neighborhood Walking Map” of its kind of Columbia City to Rainier Beach and how they can partner with us on making streets safer for people of all ages and abilities that walk and/ ride bicycles in Rainier Valley.

NPS will be in collaboration about the future of Rainier Valley Greenways movement with discussion of action, comments and ways to assist in implementing a strategic plan. I will be sending out copies of the “RVG Community Action Plan” electronically to members prior to 10/21 to review, make comments and suggestions in preparation of the discussion.

Also, up for discussion is the Road Safety Corridor Project, Southeast District Council Bylaws update and more…

We have a lot to cover, so come out and join in the conversation with the group. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Please note- Rainier Valley Greenways meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday of each month at Bike Works @ 6:30-8:30 pm. Entrance and parking is located at the rear of the Hudson Building at 3715 S. Hudson Street in Columbia City.

Refreshments will be served!

 

More Resources:

Draft National Park Service Rainier Valley Greenways Timeline 2013

Map of significant schools, parks, community places in Rainier Valley (pdf)

Community-generated feedback maps November 2012 (pdf 2-pages)

RV Greenways OSE/CAN summary starting up Rainier Valley Greenways organization (pdf)

Please help us translate “Safe Healthy Streets” in multiple languages. Here are our first 26 languages (pdf)

Crossing Rainier Avenue. Signal Timing Study commissioned by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways with UW School of Public Health March 2013.

 

 

 



View Safe Healthy Rainier Valley in a larger map

MAP LEGEND

Solid Green Line: Completed Greenway
Translucent Green: In progress/Greenway Funded
Red: Priority 1 Greenways to build next
Red Pin: Priority 1 intersections to build next
Narrow Purple Lines: Potential Greenway Routes (subject to change)
Purple Points: Potential Greenway intersection treatments
Wide Blue Lines: Cycle tracks and other expensive Low Stress infrastructure recommended

Application to Parks Opportunity Fund for a Children’s Safety Garden in Rainier Valley 2012

Equity Score from SDOT gap analysis work 2012. Based on demographic/economic inputs (i.e., race, poverty, under 18, over 64 and no car ownership) as well as the metric for low service which is the bottom 25% the city’s census tracts based on the amount of existing bicycle facilities they have divided by the total area of the tract.

Southeast Seattle Bikeability Report 2012  Finding #1: Install a separated bicycle facility (i.e., cycle track), on Rainier Ave S and/or MLK Way S. Alternate north/south routes are too hilly for new riders and young children. 2012

Rainier Beach Youth Transit Justice Survey 2012 Rainier Beach does not have sufficient bike infrastructure such as signed bicycle routes. However, several high school students did report riding bikes to school. Overall, people reported very little bicycle usage, with most people surveyed responding that they never ride bicycles. This is a concern because bicycling can be a healthy and cost effective form of transportation.  

King County Metro SE Transit Outreach June 2012 Major destinations that consistently came up in conversations were: downtown Seattle, the International District, Harbor- view and other First Hill medical institutions, community colleges, high schools, Seattle Housing Authority complexes throughout the city, Southcenter, White Center and further south, Seattle Center, and Skyway/Renton. A new travel pattern of note that was consistently reported was more and more people traveling from the Rainier Valley south to Skyway, Renton, Tukwila, and White Center to visit family and friends.  

Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update March 2012 Develop coordinated public realm plan that improves the physical connections (streets, sidewalks) between the smaller centers of activity (schools, library, com- munity center, grocery stores, ethnic markets).

SDOT Intercept Study of Columbia City Visitors 2011 Questionnaires given to better understand visiting and travel behaviors in the Columbia City neighborhood business district.

Walking Audit by Sound Steps around Rainier Community Center 2011. Feet First / Safe Routes to Parks. Top recommendation: Establish a wayfinding system connecting the Columbia City LINK station, the Columbia City business district, and the Rainier Community Center/Genesee Park. 

Sustainable Seattle Rainier Beach Indicators 2009.

Southeast Transportation Study Final Report (SETS). SDOT 2008This study outlines the City’s transportation plan for the area:  http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/ppmp_sets.htm

Rainier Traffic Safety Project Summary 2008 A 2.5 year program to focus on education and enforcement along 7.5 miles of Rainier to reduce collisions on roads using low-cost, near-term solutions through partnerships with community groups, business, engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency services organizations.

Rainier Avenue South Traffic Safety Corridor Study 2007

Seattle Neighborhood Plans and Approval Matrix c. 1999  Work plans written to direct funding investments for Columbia City, MLK@Holly, North Rainier, Rainier Beach.

Meetings for Safe Healthy Streets in 98118 Seattle’s Most Diverse Community! 

    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways Aug 15, 6:30-8:30pm Bike Works
    • Rainier Valley Greenways meeting Monday, August 5th 6:30- 8:30pm at Bike Works 
    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways July 22, 6:30-8:30pm Bike Works 3715 S Hudson St.
    • Filming a video with Rainier Valley Greenways July 22, 3:30-6pm. Come and tell us why safe and healthy streets are important to you. Bike Works 3715 S Hudson St.
    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways July 9, 2013 6:30-8:30pm Bike Works new location 3715 S Hudson St. Lower Level
    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways Wed June 25, 2013 6:30-8:30pm Bike Works new location 3715 S Hudson St. Lower Level
    • Seattle Bike Master Plan Open House Wednesday, June 12th 6:30pm at the Columbia Library.
    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways Wed May 1 2013 6:30-8:30pm Bike Works new location 3715 S Hudson St. Lower Level
    • Rainier Beach meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways Wed May 8 6:30-8:30pm Urban Impact 7728 Rainier Ave S
    • Rainier Beach meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways March 14 2013 at Urban Impact Urban Impact 7728 Rainier Ave S
    • Columbia City meeting of Rainier Valley Greenways March 13 2013 at Bike Works
    • School of Public Health Rainier Valley Signal Timing March 12 2013 UW Health Sciences Building
    • Tues Feb 19 2013 6:30-8pm Rainier Beach meeting of RV Greenways
    • Wed Feb 20 2013 6:30-8pm Columbia City meeting of RV Greenways Bike Works new location 3715 S Hudson St. Lower Level
    • Wed Nov 28 2012 SE District Council discusses Greenways and Bike Plans Rainier CC 6:30-8 Facebook event
    • Friday Nov 9 2012 Community Meeting Rainier Community Center 5:30-7pm Facebook event
    • Wed Oct 17 2012 Planning Meeting Bike Works 6-7:30p
    • Wed Sept 5 2012 at the Rainer Beach Library 6-7:30p 9125 Rainier Ave. S Facebook event
    • Friday August 31 2012 at Bike Works 6-7:30p Columbia City 3709 S Ferdinand St Facebook event
    • Sat August 18 2012 Rainier Summer Streets Table 10am-2pm Columbia City. Facebook event
    • Sat August 11 2012 Rainier Beach Back to School BASH. 10am-2pm Rainier Beach

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