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SR-520 Design Resolution Improved!

Gordon Padelford
October 9, 2015

Designing better walking and biking connections as part of the SR-520 project is our 2015 District 3 priority.SR-520 desire lines

Exciting news! The new SR-520 interchanges will be easier to walk and bike across. 

In January of this year we sent a consensus letter detailing what needed to change with the SR-520 interchange design to make it safer to walk and bike across.

Then in September we issued a call to action to testify at a City Council hearing to improve a resolution on the proposed design. And you rose to the occasion! You packed the public hearing and we got the message across that we needed a stronger resolution to specifically address:

  1. Safer ways to walk across the Montalke Interchange
  2. Protected bike lanes on Montlake Blvd
  3. A neighborhood greenway on the Lake Washington Loop

O'Brien at City CouncilWith this momentum we worked with Councilmember Mike O’Brien to propose amendments to the the resolution addressing these concerns. Thanks to his leadership and support from other councilmembers amendments to address walking across the Montlake Interchange and biking on Montlake Blvd were approved unanimously! While an amendment to include a neighborhood greenway on the Lake Washington Loop was not put forward, it did raise the profile of project significantly and funds from the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund were allocated to help study the project.

These amendments helped strengthen an already excellent resolution, so now we can truly look forward to a project that reconnects instead of further dividing our neighborhoods.

Thank you to all to the many people made this victory possible!

Specifically we would like to thank Councilmembers Mike O’Brien, Tom Rasmussen, and Kshama Sawant; our local greenway organizers Mike Archambault, Lionel Job, Bob Edmiston, Jerry Fulks, Drew Dresman, Forrest Baum, Brie Gyncild, and Merlin Rainwater; our healthy transportation allies Brock Howell, Kelli Refer, Andrew Austin, Kristi Rennebohm Franz, and the Connect Seattle members who turned out at the hearing. We would also like to thank Andrew Glass-Hasting and Lyle Bicknell for their work making this project work for all people. Thank you.

SR-520 Resolution Needs to be Better

Gordon Padelford
September 10, 2015

montlake blvd interchange

The 520 Montlake Interchange will be a formidable obstacle

The SR-520 and the Montlake Bridge area is one of Seattle’s key geographic chokepoints for walking and biking.

The $1.64 billion SR-520 highway project will be set in concrete for the next eighty years. It must work.

The Seattle City Council has released a draft resolution outlining the City’s official position on how to improve the design.

While there is a lot to like in the draft resolution, unfortunately the current SR520 Draft Resolution does not include the top three needed fixes outlined in a letter sent to the city seven months ago by a coalition of community and healthy transportation groups:

1. Single lane on-ramps and raised crosswalks at the Montlake interchange so that people can safely walk across.
2. Protected bike lanes on Montlake Blvd to allow people to safely bike through the interchange.
3. A neighborhood greenway along the Lake Washington Loop paid for by WSDOT, to provide a key link in the non-motorized system, and protect the neighborhood’s quality of life by mitigating cut-through traffic.

Here’s how you can make an impact

Show up and tell the Seattle City Council we need to get this right at a public hearing at the University Christian Church at 4731 15th Ave. NE, on Wednesday Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m.

While in person testimony is an order of magnitude more impactful, if you can’t make the meeting, you can email, or better yet call, the City Council Transportation Committee Chair Tom Rasmussen directly at 206-684-8808 or [email protected]

For questions or how to get more involved contact gordon <at>
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Thank you!

Tell the City: Public space programs should be equitable, accessible

Support a Stay Healthy Blocks program that works for people!

Seattle’s Stay Healthy Blocks is a DIY open space program that allows people to walk, roll, and play in calm neighborhood streets while remaining socially distanced. While enjoyed by many, the program is currently inequitable and extremely burdensome. Stay Healthy Block permit holders from across the city came together to write a letter asking the city to improve the program.

Click here to send an email in support of an equitable and accessible program that provides open space for people.

When Seattle rolled out the first Stay Healthy Streets in mid April, neighbors all over the city reached out, asking how to make a Stay Healthy Street in their neighborhood. The decrease in traffic was increasing speeding and other unsafe driver behaviors, and people wanted outdoor space to recreate outside of their homes and to get to essential jobs and services. But the City initially focused the program only on existing neighborhood greenways, a network of residential streets that already prioritizes people walking and biking and discourages vehicle traffic.

Last fall, SDOT launched the Stay Healthy Blocks program, in which neighbors could create their own space to walk, roll, and play in the street. We were thrilled, and heard positive feedback from people across the city. Normally reserved Seattleites texted the contact numbers listed on signs, saying, “I can’t say how much this has improved my life.”

Despite the positive reception, the City imposed restrictive rules on the second permit cycle that drastically reduced the effectiveness of the program and ensured that only those privileged with time and money can participate.

  • Limited hours cause confusion for drivers and extra labor for permit holders.
  • Sign requirements are costly.
  • Storage requirements make the program inaccessible for those living in apartments or in Seattle’s densest neighborhoods most in need of public open space.
  • Groups that forget to move signs daily have had to risk citations and fines.

These changes turned an extremely promising program into an unworkable one that only a few can enjoy.

We call on the city to improve the program so that every neighborhood can enjoy the benefits of streets that prioritize people:

  1. Allow the Stay Healthy Blocks to be in place 24/7, mitigating the need to move and store barriers.
  2. Restore all Stay Healthy Blocks applications that have not been renewed.
  3. Provide the necessary equipment to permit holders to close the blocks.
  4. Work with the residents who want to make their Stay Healthy Blocks permanent.
  5. Assist residents to start Stay Healthy Blocks, especially in areas without adequate open space.

By making these changes SDOT will allow the Stay Healthy Blocks program to flourish and grow into a program that provides safe and healthy space for people on all of our city streets.

We need a program that provides public open space where it’s most needed, not just where homeowners can afford it.

Click here tell the City to support a Stay Healthy Blocks program that works for people! 

Thank you for your continued advocacy!


Clara Cantor

Community Organizer
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
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Hear from Seattle City Council Candidates on Transportation, Housing, and Sustainability

A row of people on bicycles in a protected lane share the street with a King County Metrobus.There are currently 58 candidates for Seattle City Council.

Are you overwhelmed, and looking for a candidate in your district that aligns with your values? Look no further!


SNG, the MASS Coalition, and allies are hosting candidate forums in five of the seven Seattle City Council districts this month. We’ll hear from candidates as they answer questions about the biggest issues facing our city: transportation, housing, reducing carbon emissions, and equity. All forums are wheelchair-accessible and CART services will be provided:

  • District 6 Candidate Forum moderated by Heidi Groover
    Tuesday, May 21, 5:30-7:30pm
    Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N
    (District 6 includes Crown Hill, Greenwood, Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Greenlake, Tangletown, and parts of Fremont)
  • District 3 Candidate Forum moderated by Heidi Groover and Dr. Larry Hubbell
    Thursday, May 23, 6:00-7:30pm
    Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S
    (District 3 includes Capitol Hill, Central Area, First Hill, Little Saigon, and parts of South Lake Union, Mount Baker, Montlake and Yesler Terrace)
  • District 2 Candidate Forum moderated by Erica Barnett
    Tuesday, May 28, 7:00-8:30pm
    New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave S
    (District 2 includes Chinatown/International District, Little Saigon, SoDo, Beacon Hill, Georgetown, Mount Baker, Columbia City, New Holly, Othello, Seward Park, and Rainier Beach)
  • District 7 Candidate Forum moderated by Erica Barnett
    Wednesday, May 29, 6:00-8:00pm
    SEIU 775 Auditorium, 215 Columbia St.
    (District 7 includes Pioneer Square, Downtown, Belltown, Denny Triangle, Uptown/Lower Queen Anne, Queen Anne, Interbay, Magnolia, and parts of First Hill and South Lake Union)
  • District 4 Candidate Forum moderated by Erica Barnett
    Thursday, May 30, 5:30-7:30pm
    Cascade Bicycle Club, 7787 62nd Ave NE
    (District 4 encompasses Eastlake, University District, Wallingford, Ravenna Bryant, Roosevelt, and parts of Fremont, Maple Leaf, and Wedgwood)

If you miss the forum or if you live in District 1 (West Seattle and South Park) or District 5 (North Seattle), keep a lookout for candidate questionnaires! You’ll be able to read what candidates in your district have to say about these important issues.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Please join us on the afternoon of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims for a community memorial gathering for those impacted by traffic violence.

If you or a member of your community has been impacted by traffic violence, we welcome you to this space for a community moment of remembrance. This event is free, please RSVP.

Sunday, Nov 18, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Impact Hub Seattle (220 2nd Ave, Pioneer Square) 3rd Floor

There are an average of 20 lives lost and 150 lives altered by major injuries each year on Seattle’s streets. But these statistics don’t share the story of a person’s life, of the way that a crash can effect a family, a friend group, and a community.

This will be a community gathering to remember and honor the friends, family, and community members, who’ve been impacted by road traffic crashes — including those whose lives have been lost, and those whose lives have been forever altered due to serious injury. This free afternoon event will include complimentary snacks and beverages, a short program, a chance to share testimonials, and a simple ceremony where individuals will be invited to add their loved ones’ names to a collaborative community sculpture.

If you are interested in learning more information about an ongoing healing circle or other support, please contact [email protected]


Impact Hub is located at the end of the 2nd Ave protected bike lanes and has ample bicycle parking in the basement. It is located within easy walking distance of most downtown bus routes and the Pioneer Square Light Rail Station. Street parking is free on Sunday, with limited parking available directly in front of Impact Hub and on nearby streets. There are several pay lots in the vicinity.

We will be in the 3rd floor learning space with snacks and beverages.

The facility is wheelchair accessible, has all-gender bathrooms, and is dog-friendly. Kids and families welcome.

Facebook Event Page

This event is free, please click here to RSVP.

District 2: Rainier Ave S

Thanks for your help in 2016! Read about what you helped accomplished.

YES! I want to learn more about how to help Rainier Ave S!

Children hurry across Rainier at S Myrtle St where a safe crossing is our budget priority!

Making children run across a deadly four lane road is not okay.

What is the problem?
Rainier Ave S is Seattle’s most dangerous street.

What is the solution (the 2016 priority)?
Make Rainier Ave S safe for people to walk and bike along and across. Expand the safety corridor project, create safe crossings and build protected bike lanes from Hillman City to Columbia City.

Who is involved?
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is working to empower Rainier Valley Greenways and their extensive community connections.

Campaign Updates

    • Get involved: Sign our petition thanking the city for making part of Rainier Ave safer and calling for further action:

  • Get Involved: We could use your help! Let us know that you support this priority!
  • N-S Rainier Greenway: SDOT will begin building a neighborhood greenway that runs north-south through the entire Rainier Valley in 2016! We have been working to make this route as good as it can be given that SDOT has been unwilling to put protected bike lanes on Rainier Ave itself so far.
  • Accessible Mt Baker: We are actively supporting the Accessible Mt Baker proposal that would dramatically improve safety and accessibility for the northern end of the Rainier Valley. Rainier Valley Greenways is partnering with the Mt Baker Hub and Beacon Safe Streets Community group to make this become a reality.
  • Rainier Ave Safety Project: We are supporting the expansion of the successful (the data shows its working as planned) Rainier Road Safety Corridor Project.
  • Raised Crosswalks for Rainier Beach: We have submitted a proposal for improving the intersection of Henderson and Rainier Ave S which is at the heart of the Rainier Beach community. Key community destinations people must use this intersection to walk to include four schools, the library, the community center, the main neighborhood park, and the light rail station.
  • This priority builds off the momentum from our 2015 Rainier Ave campaign.
Get Well Card for Businesses Hit By Cars held by SNG staff Phyllis Porter & Gordon Padelford on Rainier Ave S

Get Well Card for Rainier Businesses Hit By Cars

Winning Campaign To Fix Seattle's Most Dangerous Street

Winning Campaign To Fix Seattle’s Most Dangerous Street

Rainier Ave S Protected Bike Lanes experiment

Hillman City to Columbia City family friendly bike lane experiment


Return to 2016 campaigns overview

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.


PARKing Day 2015 Makes Successful Streets

Five local neighborhood groups changed their streets on a grand scale on Friday September 18.

People in Rainier, Ballard, Ravenna, Bryant and Fremont were winners of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways first annual PARK(ing) Day Design Competition.

Instead of endless public meetings, design charettes, and flat conceptual drawings, we helped these four groups build protected intersections in Ballard and Bryant, and thousands of feet of protected bike lanes in Rainier and Ravenna. Here’s a look at what happened.

Rainier Ave S Protected Bike Lanes

Rainier Ave S Protected Bike Lanes


The Grand Prize Winner was an ambitious idea to make Rainier Avenue South, Seattle’s most dangerous street, safe enough for a parent to bike with their four-year-old (you must watch this YouTube!)

A crew, led by visionary Shirley Savel, and leaders Adam Dodge and Travis Merrigan, built 2000 linear feet of bike lanes out of white chalk, white duct tape, green butcher paper and traffic cones on both sides of Rainier between Columbia City and Hillman City.

Ballard Greenways Protected Intersection

Ballard Greenways Protected Intersection


The co-leader of Ballard Greenways, Chris Saleeba, also works at one of Seattle’s best bicycle and pedestrian design firms, Alta Planning and Design. Chris, Fred Young, and Steve Durrant of Alta created a protected intersection that was extremely effective at slowing vehicles and allowing people to safely walk and bike across NW 65th and 6th Ave NW, just where the next north-south greenway in Ballard is planned.

The Seattle Department of Transportation concurred NW 65th and 6th NW was a high priority for safety improvements and added a permanent crosswalk in record time.

Chris said the bar owner of Molly McGuires – the most active business in front of the new intersection – came out during the day and talked about how much he loved the improvements and wondered if he could get the crosswalk painted in Irish flag colors as part of Mayor Murray and the Department of Neighborhood’s new community crosswalk program. Read the rest of this entry »

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways throws in the towel

35th Ave SW marchGordon Padelford
April 1, 2015

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has grown from a scrappy group of six neighbors who met in a church basement in 2011, to an advocacy powerhouse with 20 groups and hundreds of volunteers who influence how millions of dollars are invested in safe street improvements. But, we have decided it is time to throw in the towel.

“It was a difficult decision” says Cathy Tuttle the Executive Director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, “But my garden has really been suffering because I’ve been spending so much time on our three citywide priorities; advocating for Complete Streets, Vision Zero, and a progressive transportation levy.”

Donald Brubeck from West Seattle Bike Connections said they had decided to quit advocating for safe crossings of 35th Ave SW and a parallel greenway and instead open a burrito stand. “The burrito traffic light video we made went viral, so we thought we should build on that momentum. Everyone likes burritos.”

Supporters of Safety Over Speeding along Rainier Avenue South

Rainier Valley Greenways leaders realized it was time to give up when they heard making Rainier Ave South safe for everyone would cause up to thirty seconds of delay per mile to prevent hundreds of injuries and deaths: “I mean who has an extra 30 seconds? What’s next – asking us to stop at crosswalks for the elderly?” Read the rest of this entry »

District 6: Ballard & Fremont

Click here to see our 2016 priorities

Local SNG coalition groups involved: Ballard Greenways, Fremont Greenways

What was the 2015 priority? Make 6th Ave NW, including its NW Market Street intersection safe enough for children to get to school.

Campaign Updates: 

  • Big Win! Intersection of Leary, 43rd & 6th Ave NW has new signal and sign improvements, funded by Neighborhood Park & Street Fund application by Fremont Greenways in 2014!
  • Ballard Greenways has been building a coalition of local groups to gather grassroots support for these safe routes to school improvements and have met with SDOT about the issues and opportunities along 6th Ave NW.
  • Big Win! The first Summer Parkway event used 6th Ave NW as its eastern boundary and hundreds of local residents and visitors had the opportunity to ride this route on September 19 2015.
  • Win! Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Executive Director Cathy Tuttle co-led a Jane’s Walk along 6th Ave NW from the Burke Gilman Trail to NW 58th Street.
  • East Ballard Community Association, Groundswell NW, and West Woodland Neighbors completed a 3-hour walking audit of 6th Ave NW on August 22, 2015.
  • Win! PARK(ing) Day entry for 6th Ave NW and NW 65th won the PARK(ing) Day Design Competition. Alta Planning and Design’s Chris Saleeba and Fred Young constructed the winning protected crossing that was in place Sept 18-19, 2015.
  • Win! Pacific Crest Elementary at 6th Ave NW and NW 46th was awarded an SDOT mini-grant to study safe routes for their community.
    6th Ave NW and NW 65th Protected Intersection for PARKing Day and Summer Parkways

    6th Ave NW and NW 65th Protected Intersection for PARKing Day and Summer Parkways

    6th Ave NW Walking Audit with E Ballard Community Association, West Woodland Neighbors, and Groundswell NW

    6th Ave NW Walking Audit with E Ballard Community Association, West Woodland Neighbors, and Groundswell NW


New push button signals & signs to connect people who walk & bike from Burke Gilman Trail across Leary to 6th Ave NW

New push button signals & signs to connect people who walk & bike from Burke Gilman Trail across Leary to 6th Ave NW

Ballard Greenways discussing the intersection of NW Market and 6th Ave with Councilmember Mike O'Brien and business owner Mike Hale

Ballard Greenways discussing the intersection of NW Market and 6th Ave with Councilmember Mike O’Brien and business owner Mike Hale


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