SDOT just installed the city’s first bike box at E Pine Street eastbound at 12th Avenue. As part of the Bicycle Master Plan, SDOT will add more boxes this year at E Madison Street eastbound and westbound at 12th Avenue, and Seventh Avenue S northbound at S Dearborn Street. [Read more…]
Archives for September 2010
Driving into downtown Seattle can be stressful, especially knowing which way to turn for a parking spot. Imagine signs pointing you toward different garages in downtown. Imagine a display with the number of spots available. What if you could check all this an more before leaving the house? SDOT is making it all a reality with e-Park, a parking guidance system improving the downtown Seattle experience by providing real-time, short-term parking information.
Mayor McGinn and Downtown Seattle Association President Kate Joncas flipped the switch to launch e-Park last Thursday. The e-Park system has dynamic, electronic signs at key downtown entrance points to guide you to garages with more than 4,500 spaces at six garages. SDOT plans to expand into Pioneer Square and the Central Waterfront in 2011 and 2012. E-Park is planning ahead to make it easier for visitors when construction related to the Central Waterfront reduces short-term spaces available in the years ahead. The system aims to keep traffic moving and avoid rubber-necking while looking for spots. It lets people know where there’s plenty of parking, so they are comfortable visiting, shopping and dining.
You can plan ahead too by checking out e-Park online. The Seattle Parking Map is linked up to e-Park so you can see where participating garages are, how many spaces are available, and the rates and hours at that location.
Last Wednesday, September 22, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) honored King County traffic safety professionals, including our very own, Jim Curtin, for their outstanding contributions to traffic safety. For the 25th year, the WTSC recognized outstanding citizens who go beyond their job duties and make necessary contributions, changes, and improvements that affect everyone’s safety on our roads. [Read more…]
By the end of the coming weekend, Stone Avenue N between N 80th Street and Green Lake Drive N will be adorned with a beautiful “Water Swirls” street mural. On Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 25, Stone Avenue N between N 80th Street and Green Lake Drive N will be closed each day to traffic from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. while the community paints the Water Swirls design on the pavement. In order to prepare the “street canvas,” on Saturday the street will be pressure washed, and brush-scrubbed. On Sunday the design will be chalked in, painted and dried.
Nearly half of all collisions that occurred on Aurora Avenue North between April 2005 and March 2008 were caused by driver inattention. Aurora is a bustling street where drivers can easily be distracted. Local businesses line the roadway, Metro’s Route 358 provides frequent transit service and pedestrians walk to and from destinations like schools, bus stops, and Green Lake. Put simply, there’s a lot happening on Aurora. Toss 35,000 to 85,000 vehicles into the mix on an average weekday and Aurora can be quite challenging for drivers and pedestrians alike.
No matter how you’re traveling along Aurora, it’s important to be alert and ready for anything at any time.
The Aurora Traffic Safety Project aims to reduce collisions on this busy arterial by 25 percent. One component of the project’s efforts to improve safety is a public information and education campaign. The project is currently running pedestrian safety oriented billboards along Aurora to remind drivers to stop for pedestrians. Previous billboard campaigns have highlighted issues like speeding and texting while driving and future educational efforts will focus on inattention featuring the project’s tagline “Expect the Unexpected”.
On Wednesday, September 22nd, the Aurora Traffic Safety Project was presented with a 2010 Target Zero Award by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Target Zero is Washington State’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan that aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways by 2030. The Aurora Traffic Safety Project was recognized for efforts to reduce distracted driving.
Tuesday evening, at the first public open house for the very early in design Mercer West project, 155 people signed in and brought their questions and comments. After signing in, attendees gathered near a looping 3-minute narrated PowerPoint presentation to gain a general understanding of the project, before moving on to the different stations to ask questions and hear more details. From there attendees put their comments in writing and placed them in comment boxes that ended up filled to the gills, as they say. But we still want more… If you weren’t at the September 21 event you can still submit your thoughts!
There are three ways to do that:
- Send comments in an e-mail directly to: MercerWest@Seattle.gov
- Print and mail in the comment *form posted at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercer_west.htm
- Fill out the *form in Acrobat Reader, save it and then e-mail the PDF to us at MercerWest@Seattle.gov
FYI, view the above referenced project Web page to see what open house attendees saw – minus the human experts.
Now that fall is here and we have new routines to get to school and work – make sure you think about the Way to Go.
Check out the WALK, BIKE, RIDEr SDOT’s fun, fact-filled monthly newsletter on walking, biking, riding transit and other tips on how to leave your car at home more often. This month’s theme is transit—and there’s a lot happening. From new sidewalks for a smooth walk to your stop, to info on Metro’s Oct 2 changes to bus service, to smart phone apps that make riding transit easier.
One exciting feature is the coming debut of Metro’s RapidRide, a premium bus service between Tukwila and Federal Way with faster, more frequent service on specially branded buses. Starting in 2012, RapidRide will connect West Seattle and Ballard to downtown Seattle.
Walk to School Month starts in October and the newsletter links you to more information.
Interested in how transit accessible Seattle’s neighborhoods are? It’s in the newsletter check it out. To subscribe visit SDOT’s Way To Go Web site and click on “subscribe” on the right. This page is also a great way to learn more about SDOT’s drive less programs.
The Seattle Department of Transportation has announced that james corner field operations (hyperlink to site: www.fieldoperations.net) has been selected to design Seattle’s new Central Waterfront.
Parks, DPD and SDOT went through a highly rigorous process to identify the winning firm. The project attracted international attention with 30 firms submitting their qualifications for the work and the selection involved careful review of qualifications, extensive interviews with four short-listed teams and a public presentation to a group of 1,300 interested members of the public.
Selected from the final field of four internationally renowned firms, the award-winning james corner field operations is known for its innovative thinking, context based design and effective public engagement, and will prove a valuable asset to the City in the hundred-year decision of designing a new waterfront.
For the press release, click here.
Planning to get out and walk for fun and/or exercise? Now SDOT has a map just for you! The Seattle Walking Map was designed to help you choose a walking route that best suits your interests and fitness level. Now there’s no reason not to get out and explore Seattle. Whether you are new to Seattle or have lived here forever, the map will help you view the city up close and personal.
The routes identified on the map come from a variety of sources including Feet First, King County, and SDOT and include routes that follow sidewalks, shoulders on quiet streets, and park trails. This new series of city walking maps divides Seattle into three sections: north, central, and south. Adjoining sections of the map include a limited amount of overlap, should your route cross from one section to another.
To help you plan your excursion, all of the routes and paths on the map have been labeled with the approximate amount of time in minutes it will take to walk each segment based on the distance to be covered. These estimates do not account for the steepness of the street or the physical condition of the walker, so some routes may take more or less time than suggested.
Seattle streets vary in slope from flat (or almost flat) to very steep. Those streets with a steeper grade have been colored yellow on this map. If you want to follow an easy route, avoid those streets with yellow shading; if you’re up for a more challenging and varied route, the yellow streets are for you!
Today is worldwide PARK(ing) Day, an annual event to celebrate public parks and highlight the need for more urban green space. Throughout the city more than 70 on-street parking spaces have been transformed into mini-parks for the day. These parks are supporting a wide variety of activities that vary from urban agriculture to golf. Many local media outlets have documented PARK(ing) Day. Find more coverage here, here, here, and here. Below are a few scenes from downtown Seattle:
Feet First, Streets for All Seattle, and The People’s Parking Lot are hosting a PARK(ing) Day After-Party at 500 East Pine Street on Capitol Hill. The party will take place at “Central Park”—a large cluster of temporary parks in an empty private lot. The party will begin at 5:00 p.m. with an award ceremony for the best parks in the city held at 6:00 p.m. Live music and entertainment will continue until 10:00 p.m.
Happy PARK(ing) Day!