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Come join us as we kick-off a study to improve transit service, pedestrian and bike connections, and public space along Madison St. Learn more about the study and bus rapid transit, and share your knowledge and ideas with the project team. The ultimate goal of the project is to give people along the corridor a more reliable, convenient, and enjoyable way to get around.
When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
5 – 7 p.m., with a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Silver Cloud Hotel
1100 Broadway (at Madison)
Seattle, WA 98122
This open house will launch a year-long study of bus rapid transit along Madison St from Colman Dock to 23rd Ave E. What is bus rapid transit (BRT), you might be asking yourself? It’s the cream of the crop in bus service. It features things like dedicated transit lanes, frequent service, level boarding, and off-board fare payment.
Since June, we’ve been collecting information about existing conditions and talking with community members, businesses, and other organizations to help inform the scope and approach to the study. At the open house, we’ll have information to share about the project timeline, existing conditions, and the basis for the project. Hint: it was a priority corridor identified in our Transit Master Plan.
We hope to engage a broad cross section of the community in a conversation at the open house to ensure we’ve captured the range of issues and opportunities for the study as we move forward.
You can learn more about the project at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/madisonBRT.htm. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to get in touch with the project manager, Maria Koengeter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 733-9865.
Neighborhood greenways are safer, calm residential streets prioritized for people walking and biking of all ages and abilities. Common neighborhood greenway elements include signs, pavement markings, pavement and minor sidewalk repair, traffic calming, and safer crossings at busy streets: small things that can add up to a big difference. The city of Seattle has an ambitious plan to build a network of 250 miles of neighborhood greenways in 20 years. To make sure we build the best projects in the coming years, we’re evaluating how our current neighborhood greenways serve you, your family, your visitors and customers. The purpose of this evaluation is to better inform current design standards and to identify potential improvements to existing neighborhood greenways. We want to know what you think!
Follow the survey link below and give us your input by October 10 and share this link with others so we can get even more feedback.
The neighborhood greenways in Ballard, Beacon Hill, Delridge, PhinneyWood, Wallingford, and Wedgwood are just the start of what will continue to grow into a full network of streets on which people of all ages and all abilities feel comfortable biking and walking!
Neighborhood Greenway Evaluation survey link:
To learn more about our Neighborhood Greenways, head here:
Schools and play streets are a perfect pair…just like peanut butter and jelly! Our Pilot Play Streets program launched at St. Therese Academy in Madrona back in May, and the start of the school year is a great time to think about a play street at your child’s school.
Relay game and hula hoop fun during play street at St. Therese Academy in Madrona in May
The program has been a big hit so far, with 24 recurring play streets and 12 one-time play streets. Neighborhoods all over the city are part of the fun, and now there’s an opportunity for more schools to jump on the play streets bandwagon. Street closures for school play streets integrate well with Safe Routes to School, signaling to motorists that kids are around and are are using the street in their own creative ways.
Even if your school already has a good deal of playground space, a play street allows you to close the street that connects two spaces (say, the school building and the play field) to create a safe space for students. This new space can provide a great surface for kids to learn and improve their safe biking and rollerblading skills, can be used to create temporary art installations and student-led chalk “messages of the day,” can provide space for special events with messy programming, or can host festivals or races during field day events. School play streets don’t have to be organized by school staff—they’re a great way for parent-teacher associations and other school-related groups to support regular classroom activities.
The free pilot program runs thru May 31, 2015, so there’s still plenty of time to get involved, either in your own neighborhood or through a school. More information is available on our website: www.seattle.gov/transportation/playstreets.htm.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) partners with Commute Seattleto provide services to employers that help reduce drive alone trips. This summer, SDOT and Commute Seattle worked together to bring out the creative side of commuters hoping to encourage use of every mode of transportation that does not involve driving alone to work. The two organizations partnered to conduct a two month long contest: Creative Commute. The contest encouraged commuters to share the stories of what they love about their commute to work, as long as they were not alone in a car.
Commute Seattle designed and created the contest and while SDOT help promote the contest in the city-wide with employers through the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program. The contests was a resounding success, hundreds of submissions were received. Commuters showed their creativity and made beautiful art to tell their travel journeys’ by bike, bus, train, feet and ferry. Amongst the Haiku, poems, essays, short videos, cartoons and even the one act play submitted; there was one entry that caught everyone’s attention: Lester Tran’s: “Think of our Future.”
In less than two minutes; “Think of our Future” goes to the heart the issue. Why it is important to reduce drive alone commutes. You can see Tran’s whimsical submission here:
To view all of the entries, visit the event’s Flickr page.
Construction is booming all over the city, with Seattle currently the fastest growing large city in America. All that development can create mobility impacts, especially when multiple projects happen simultaneously and in close proximity. Access Seattle calls such areas construction hubs. West Seattle is one of those hubs and right now it’s experiencing concentrated construction taking up more than half of the 4700 block of California Avenue SW/42nd Avenue SW. The Access Seattle team stepped in to help, bringing public and private entities to the table.
A major goal of Access Seattle is to maintain mobility, for thriving communities. This is done with business and community support; traveler engagement; and construction coordination. Much of the coordination work takes place behind the scenes, proactively bringing community concerns to the early phase planning of area contractors. The result often reduces what might otherwise be more significant cumulative construction impacts. Other Access Seattle work is more visible, as with a free parking program in the West Seattle Junction, and 3.5-feet by 7-feet signs guiding pedestrians to area businesses.
The new free parking program launching today in West Seattle is the result of many weeks of discussion and coordination. The Access team brought contractors; area businesses; and the West Seattle Junction Association to the table to come up with a solution. Projects at 4203 SW Alaska St (Andersen Construction) and 4724 California Ave SW (Compass General Construction) were taking up more than 20 parking spaces in one block with construction expected to last until early 2015. In the brokered agreement Andersen and Compass agreed to help fund free parking for people visiting area businesses. Here’s how it works:
Customers get up to two hours of free parking in Jefferson Square’s underground parking garage, at SW Edmunds St. and 42nd Ave. SW. The only requirements are that customers:
- Use Diamond Parking’s Call to Park service (www.calltopark.com)
- Go directly to a participating business to provide their license plate number (Wallflower Custom Framing, Elliott Bay Brewery and Talarico’s Pizzeria)
The brokered mitigation effort is in effect until January of 2015.
To further assist the businesses struggling with the concentrated cumulative construction impacts in this city block, the Access Seattle team created a pedestrian detour map, complete with the names of area businesses and walking paths to reach them. The Seattle Department of Transportation created several of the 3.5-feet by 7-feet signs and attached them to construction fencing in the area (and posted smaller versions in public places). Again, Andersen Construction Company and Compass Construction shared the cost, showing commitment to maintaining access in our fast-growing city.
Access Seattle is an initiative seeks to keep businesses thriving; travelers moving safely; and construction coordinated during peak construction periods—working specifically in areas identified as construction hubs. At present these hubs are West Seattle, Ballard, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, North Westlake, the Central Waterfront and Alaskan Way Viaduct North.
To learn more visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/hub.htm
Public hatred of biking culture is actually a natural part of its evolution into the mainstream.
It’s all a part of the cycle of social change: Ridicule > Violent opposition > Acceptance.
Don’t forget Park(ing) Day is today and it’s Seattle’s biggest yet with more than 50 pop-up parks!
The makers of this gyrating Do Not Cross signal say it reduces jaywalking by 81 percent.
The wildly successful Lawn on D Street is a temporary park that took no tedious city planning. Should we let more urban design emerge organically?
Swing Time is an interactive playscape composed of 20 illuminated ring-shaped swings designed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture.
As the summer construction season transitions to fall, Seattle residents will still see lots of work going on in their neighborhoods, thanks to the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative passed by Seattle voters in 2006. Seattle Department of Transportation crews continue to be very busy making Seattle streets a little smoother and easier to navigate.
SDOT crews focus on striping and marking streets during the long, dry days of summer, including traffic lanes, crosswalks, and bicycle facilities. So far this year, more than 306 crosswalks have been remarked, 533 lane miles of arterial lanes have been restriped, 33 miles of bicycle facilities have been maintained and more than two miles of new facilities have been installed.
Two major paving projects – the North 105th Street and North/Northeast Northgate Way project and the Holman Road project – will be finished this fall. More than 16 lane miles will be repaved as part of these projects. For more information on each of these projects please visit the Bridging the Gap paving web site.
In addition to paving projects, work actively continues on several sidewalk projects across the city. SDOT expects to construct seven blocks of new sidewalk in 2014. For more information about the projects and to see a list of locations please visit see their web page.
SDOT is working hard to make Seattle more vibrant city for all of us. Yes, construction projects can be a small inconvenience, however, the improvements will be worth it in the long run.
It’s important to remember to slow down and give workers a little extra space. The arrival of fall brings shorter days, waning light and rain – all of which can make it more difficult to see. Give yourself a few extra minutes to get to where you are going and enjoy the many new facilities that sprung up over the summer!
For more information on Bridging the Gap and its accomplishments please visit the web site.
Please join us at an open house next week to learn more about the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway most promising routes for Phases 2 and 3 (the south and north ends of the greenway, respectively) and share your input. We will review the evaluation criteria of previously studied routes, the most promising route from Rainier Avenue S. to E. Roanoke Street, and some of the design elements that may be applied.
This greenway is being developed in close coordination with the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project and will provide a bicycle and pedestrian facility off of 23rd Avenue. The modified 23rd Avenue is being designed to improve mobility through the corridor, but it will not include a protected bike lane. People on foot and riding bikes may prefer a calmer route. For those reasons, and to help achieve Seattle’s goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030, SDOT is installing the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway near this busy arterial.
Neighborhood greenways are safer, calm residential streets that provide a more comfortable environment for people to walk, run and bike. Starting with a good foundation (a street with already low car volumes and speeds), small improvements are made that add up to a big difference. Improvements can include adding speed humps, signage, and pavement markings, reducing the speed limit, and making crossings easier by adding curb extensions, rapid flashing beacons, crosswalks, medians, or traffic signals at busy intersections.
The project is separated into three phases.
- Phase 1 (E John Street to S Jackson Street)
- Phase 2 (S Jackson Street to Rainier Avenue S)
- Phase 3 (E Roanoke Street to E John Street)
We are completing final design for Phase 1 now and anticipate that its construction will begin this fall. Phases 2 and 3 will begin design this fall and we anticipate construction will begin in summer 2015.
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Ever wish you could temporarily close the street in front of your house so kids (and adults!) in your neighborhood could play freely and safely? Now you can!
On May 30 of this year, Seattle’s first Play Street took place as part of the new Pilot Play Streets program. Since then, Play Streets have been popping up all over Seattle, giving communities more room to play, exercise, have fun and get to know their neighbors.
So what exactly is a Play Street? In short, it’s whatever you want it to be.
Play Streets are neighborhood streets that are temporarily closed to traffic and opened up for a wide variety of activities. What you and your neighbors do in your Play Street is up to you! Possible activities include dance parties, hopscotch, jump rope, basketball, chalk art projects, potlucks, yoga, street hockey, unstructured playtime — you get the idea.
Ballard residents made the sign shown here to raise awareness of their recurring Play Street…
Want to make YOUR street a Play Street?
The first thing to do is to make sure the street you have in mind will have clear visibility from intersections at each end.
Play Streets can only be one block long and must be on a non-arterial (see this map to determine if your street is a non-arterial).
Next, talk to all of your neighbors and see if they want to join you in setting up a Play Street. Then, if everyone is on board, fill out your free application here!
Play Streets can be set up as a one-time event (i.e. street dance) or can be recurring (see photo above). So, meet your neighbors, break out the soccer balls and squirt guns, and set up your very own Play Street!
One essential element of making it easier to move around in Seattle is the installation and maintenance of the bicycle and pedestrian trail system across the city. Thanks to the Bridging the Gap transportation initiative approved by Seattle voters in 2006, more than four miles of new trail have been constructed and annual trail maintenance performed by the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Trail segments constructed include: the Burke Gilman Extension along Shilshole, the Duwamish Trail in West Seattle, the Lake Union Ship Canal Trail on the south side of the canal, the Bradford Street Connector in the Mount Baker neighborhood, and the Burke Gilman-Magnuson Park Spur. These segments help make connections to the larger network of trails in the city and across the region providing key links between neighborhoods.
While building the trail system is the first step, maintaining it is the second step! Bridging the Gap provides funding to help inspect the trails and make necessary spot improvements to keep them in working order. Since 2007, SDOT has inspected more than 176 miles of trail and made more than 173 spot improvements. Spot improvements include things like patching broken pavement, restoring missing signs, trimming trees, landscaping and general trail repair. In 2014, SDOT crews will inspect 40 miles of trail and make 10 spot improvements to keep us moving along smoothly!
Bridging the Gap is making Seattle a more vibrant city through improvements to roads, sidewalks, bike facilities and key improvements to key transit routes, all of which make it easier to navigate from one place to another using a variety of modes. For more information on Bridging the Gap, please visit SDOT’s Bridging the Gap Web page.