Seattle Neighborhood Greenways: 2020 Campaigns

COVID-19 Update: Due to the this outbreak we are reorienting our work from the campaigns listed below to these 8 strategies that will help communities stay healthy and moving. It remains to be seen how many of our original 2020 campaigns we will be able to continue in addition to our COVID-19 response strategies.

Despite some early set backs, 2019 was a banner year for progress on safe streets initiatives. 2020 is also shaping up to be a big year with many opportunities and challenges. With your help we will make progress towards creating a city where every neighborhood is a great place to walk, bike, and live. Read more about our efforts below, and don’t hesitate to get involved — no experience necessary!

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is a grassroots, people-powered movement. This is an ambitious list of projects that we simply can’t bring to fruition without the energy and hands-on involvement of our local neighborhood chapters — and engaged volunteers like you!

Get involved.

A huge crowd of people stand outside City Hall at the Ride 4 Safe Streets.

 Photo Credit: @4SafeStreets

 

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Safe Routes to School

We believe that every child deserves to be able to walk or bike to school safely and comfortably.

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is pushing for systemic solutions to help improve the Safe Routes to School program citywide. Last year, we secured funding for a new full-time Active Transportation Coordinator for Seattle Public Schools and built relationships at schools citywide to help each community identify and advocate for their own needs.

In 2020, we will organize school communities and work with agencies to:

  • Improve programs such as the School Crossing Guard program, which currently has vacant positions at one in three schools, and Walking/Biking School Bus programs.
  • Increase funding for safe streets near schools (crosswalks, sidewalks, speed humps, etc.) to create more walking and biking routes to school.
  • Reform transportation planning when schools are refurbished or rebuilt.
  • Expand outreach to individual school communities and champion community-identified priorities.

Get involved: Join the kickoff organizing meeting on Wednesday, February 26th, Join the campaign here or email [email protected] for details.

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Get Vision Zero Back on Track

Vision Zero is based on the idea that no one should die or suffer serious injury in traffic. The City of Seattle has committed to reaching Vision Zero by 2030. But sadly, 2019 was the deadliest year of the decade for people walking. 

In 2020 we will:

  • Hold the city accountable to implementing safer speed limits on all streets. 
  • Focus city attention on Seattle’s three most dangerous streets: Rainier Ave, Aurora Ave, and Lake City Way. 

Get involved: Join the kickoff organizing meeting on Thursday, February 13th or email [email protected] for details.

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Complete The Basic Bike Network

We know that safety is a major barrier — 60% of the population in Seattle wants to bike more, and concern about street safety is the number one reason they choose not to. The downtown Basic Bike Network will offer safe and comfortable bike connections to get people where they need to go in and around the center city.

We will continue to advocate for closing the gaps in the #BasicBikeNetwork with a focus on on 4th Ave, 12th Ave, Pike St, and the Uptown area. For more see: http://seattlegreenways.org/basicbikenetwork

Get involved: Join the Basic Bike Network Kickoff Meeting Thursday, March 12, 6:00 – 7:30 pm or Join the discussion group to stay in the know. Email [email protected] with questions.

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Traffic Signals for People (not cars)

All people deserve traffic signals that allow them to walk and roll safely and with dignity.

In 2020 we will advocate for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to adopt a comprehensive signals policy that:

  • Gives people enough time to cross the street.
  • Limits how long people have to wait for a walk light. 
  • Eliminates “beg buttons” except in rare circumstances. Beg buttons require a person to push a button before the traffic light will allow them to cross, rather than automatically giving pedestrians a green light with parallel vehicle traffic.

Take action and get involved and join the discussion group.

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Home Zones

With current funding, it’s going to take between 200 and 1,800 years to build sidewalks in all of Seattle’s neighborhoods. That’s way too long.

A Home Zone is a neighborhood that uses traffic calming to discourage speeding cut-through traffic while maintaining local access for residents, emergency vehicles, and deliveries. It is a cost-effective and community-focused solution to make non-arterial streets safer to walk and roll on. Click here for our Home Zone FAQ.

In 2020 we will help bring new Home Zones to:

  • Greenwood (north)
  • New Holly (south)

And we’ll support finishing the Home Zones in Licton Springs, Broadview, and South Park.

Get involved: Email [email protected] for more information.

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Implementing our Racial Equity Action Plan

Internally, SNG commits to becoming a racially, culturally, and socially diverse organization that treats all people with respect and dignity and recognizes the interconnected nature of overlapping systems of oppression and discrimination. Within our organization and in each of our neighborhood groups, we are continuing our work to build meaningful relationships within our communities, assess white cultural norms, and educate ourselves and our communities.

Externally, SNG strives to redress the historical and systemically-rooted inequities in transportation and city investments. We endeavor to do this work in solidarity with communities of color as a trustworthy and respectful partner. We are continuing to advocate to fund and support the Department of Transportation’s Equity Agenda and ensure that this work is sufficiently staffed, resourced, and implemented.

Get involved: Join our Equity Book Club (March 31), get involved with your local group, or email [email protected] for more information.

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Fix Rainier Ave

Rainier Ave is Seattle’s most dangerous street, averaging a crash every day. In 2020, we will continue to advocate for full implementation of the Rainier Ave Safety Corridor Project, which has been delayed for years.  

Get involved: Email [email protected] or join Rainier Valley Greenways Safe Streets at a monthly meeting.

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Beacon Ave

People deserve safe routes to bike from SE Seattle to the rest of the city. 

We will partner with the city and community organizations to craft a route down the spine of Beacon Hill that connects people to where they need to go. 

Get involved: Email [email protected] or join Beacon Hill Safe Streets at a monthly meeting.

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Thomas Street

We will continue to work with our community allies to advocate for a world class walking and biking corridor to connect people from South Lake Union transit hubs to the Seattle Center and the new arena. This design includes a wide 36’ trail-like design on the north side of the street, a new plaza next to MoPOP, and two protected intersections. 

Get involved: Email [email protected] to get plugged in.

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Georgetown to South Park Trail

Georgetown and South Park are a short, flat, 1.8 mile distance apart. In these adjacent neighborhoods, more than 8,500 people live, 30,000 work, and countless thousands play in parks, schools, festivals, and local establishments. Each southend community hub has essential goods and services that the other doesn’t — however, the lack of safe walking or biking infrastructure keeps the two neighborhoods divided.

In 2020 we will work to keep the construction of the Georgetown-to-South Park Trail on track to connect these two neighborhoods. 

Get involved: Email [email protected] to join Duwamish Valley Safe Streets at a monthly meeting.

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If you read this far please get involved and donate — we are truly a people powered movement!