Summer approaches and Kids will be out of School and out and about soon

A friendly SDOT reminder that Summer break for kids is just a few weeks away and that they’ll be out and about, so please be mindful by watching out for them as you would at any other time by driving and riding safely.

Part of the city’s Vision Zero campaign launched earlier this year is to make our streets safer for all.

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While the kids prepare for summer, pedestrian safety is a year-round priority.

Here are some details about the School Road Safety Initiative

The School Road Safety Initiative is one part of the Road Safety Action Plan. This initiative aims to increase safety on streets near schools through a combination of education, street improvements, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation, and builds on work already being done through our Safe Routes to School program.

In fall of 2013, the planning process for a School Road Safety Plan began. This planning process consisted of several different tasks:

  • Best practices for school road safety reviewed, and changes to current programs recommended.
  • Existing funding sources and long-term implementation strategies reviewed, and methods for increasing capacity for school road safety recommended.
  • School road safety education and encouragement curriculum, materials, and implementation strategies developed, in conjunction with the Be Super Safe campaign.
  • School zones and walking routes for all schools reviewed, and adjustments recommended.
  • A toolkit of engineering treatments for increasing safety near schools developed.
  • Existing enforcement practices reviewed, and strategies for maximizing effectiveness recommended.
  • Conceptual plans for a minimum of 12 schools developed.

 

What is Safe Routes to School? Why Safe Routes to School?

Walking and biking to school has increased at 26 of 28 schools evaluated in Seattle from 2007 to 2013.

Engineering: To build new sidewalks and curb ramps, improve crosswalks, coordinate with neighborhood greenways, and promote safe driving.

Encouragement: To get more parents involved in their kids’ schools and get kids more familiar with their neighbors and community.

Evaluation: To make sure our programs are achieving their goals.

Safety is our number one priority at SDOT. If you notice a potential traffic safety issue near a school, contact SDOT’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator so we can address the issue: brian.dougherty@seattle.gov or 206-684-5124.

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Connecting Families through Outreach and Cycle Tracks

The area around Westlake Avenue N is growing, which means more people are traveling to and through the Westlake area, whether for work or for fun. And like the rest of Seattle, a lot of those people are on bikes. Westlake is especially popular because it’s a direct, flat and scenic connection between Lake Union and the Fremont Bridge.

To provide a safer place for people biking, walking and driving in the Westlake area, SDOT is building the Westlake Cycle Track – a protected bicycle lane along Westlake that improves safety, connectivity and accessibility for all travelers.

We’ve been hard at work reaching a diverse group of community members – including the bicyclists of tomorrow: kids!

Last summer, we met some aspiring future bicyclists at the South Lake Union Block Party, and shared the importance of always wearing a helmet when riding a bike.

Interactive games such as Pin the Helmet to the Cyclist were used to engage kids and instill life-long riding safety habits such as wearing helmets.

Pin the Helmet on the Cyclist education game

Later in the fall at a project open house, we had hands-on activities for kids…

Open House attendees getting lessons in biking.

 

So they could learn the rules of the road…

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And tell us what they love about their bikes:

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On Tuesday, May 26from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  at the MOHAI – we’re hosting a “meet the artist” event. Westlake users will be able to meet Jennifer Dixon, the selected artist for the Westlake Cycle Track, share what they love about the Westlake area, and see Jen’s past art experience.  And, like all Westlake events, friends and families are welcome.

The Westlake Cycle Track will open in early 2016. We are looking forward to a safer, more predictable corridor that welcomes ALL ages and abilities!

Click here to sign up for email updates!

Project Information Line: 206-909-8578
Project Email: WCT@Seattle.gov
SDOT Communications Lead: Dawn Schellenberg

 

Seahawk Michael Bennett, Mayor Murray celebrate Bike to Work Day

Seahawk Michael Bennett and Mayor Ed Murray celebrated Bike to Work Day by riding along the Lake Washington Ship Canal near Fremont and were joined by community members.

Seahawk Michael Bennett (on SPD bike) Mayor Murray and Elizabeth Kiker, Cascade Bicycle Club on Bike to work Day ride.

Seahawk Michael Bennett, Mayor Murray, Elizabeth Kiker with Cascade Bicycle Club and community members on Bike to work Day ride.

Bennett famously took a victory lap around Century Link Field on a Seattle Police Department bike after the Seahawks won the NFC Championship game on the road to the Super Bowl last season. SPD again provided Bennett with a bike to use on today’s ride.

Bennett supports biking and recently launched the Bennett Foundation to battle childhood obesity, he encouraged everyone to get out and ride because it’s a healthy and fun way to get out and enjoy the city. He bikes with his family and gets out at least twice a week.

Michael Bennett and Mayor Murray encourage biking; SPD loan Michael a helmet and bike for the ride.

Michael Bennett and Mayor Murray encourage biking; SPD loan Michael a helmet and bike for the ride.

Bike trips on Seattle’s major bike routes are up 12 percent during the first 4 months of 2015, compared the same period last year. On the 39th Ave NE greenway, which provides a bike friendly corridor through Seattle neighborhoods of Wedgewood and Bryant to the Burke-Gillman trail, bike traffic has increased 40 percent.

Fremont Bridge’s bike counter tallied more than one million riders in 2014. The Pronto! cycle share program now has 50 stations throughout Seattle, and will be adding two new stations this month.

The Mayor transmitted his proposed Transportation Levy to Move Seattle to the Seattle City Council, which will consider sending the measure to the voters in November. Move Seattle will implement major pieces of the Bicycle Master Plan, including funding for 170 miles of neighborhood greenways and protected bike lanes over 9 years.

SDOT continues to improve bicycle access and mobility enhancements throughout the city. Last year SDOT completed the 1.2 mile Second Avenue protected bike lane now used by more than 1,000 cyclists a day.

This year, SDOT begins construction of the permanent Roosevelt Way protected bike lane and the Westlake cycle track. The department will build a total of 12 miles of neighborhood greenways and seven miles of bike lanes in neighborhoods throughout Seattle in 2015.

Mayor and Michael Bennett BTWD 5-15-15

Thanks to everyone that participated in today’s ride. For useful bicycling information and an online bike map, please visit SDOT’s biking webpage.

 

How Should Seattle Grow? You Tell Us!

Today’s an important milestone in planning the future of Seattle. Why, you ask? Because the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has  released the Seattle 2035 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for review and comment!

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Hold on, don’t leave! Yes, the name is super technical, but the Draft EIS is something you need to pay attention to.

  • Do you care about traffic and wish that it was easier to get around Seattle?
  • Do you ever wonder about where you might live in the future and whether you’ll be able to afford it?
  • With so many new people moving to Seattle, do you want to know where all that growth might go?
  • How can we minimize impacts to low-income people, people of color and English-language learners and ensure that everyone in Seattle benefits from growth?

 

The Draft EIS looks at several different ways that Seattle could grow over the next 20 years and potential impacts and mitigation measures for each.

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Ok, so how can I actually see what’s in the Draft EIS and share my thoughts? Here’s what to do:

  • If you’ve ever thought about any of these things for even a few minutes, then you need to know what’s in the Seattle 2035 Draft EIS.
  • “Seattle’s new Comprehensive Plan will be our blueprint for a more walkable, livable community,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Race and social justice must be a foundational value as we update our plan. In the coming years, we need to encourage healthy growth and prosperity for all our diverse communities.”
  • From now until June 18, you can check out the Draft EIS and provide your comments.

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  1. Don’t have hours to spend reading a Draft EIS? Click here to check out our online open house and take the survey.
  2. Have questions you want to ask us? Attend our Draft EIS Open House and Public Hearing on May 27 and chat with us in-person
  3. More of a policy wonk? You can view the full Draft EIS here

 

And here’s how to submit a comment…

  • Email: Send comments to 2035@seattle.gov
  • By mail: Send comments to the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Gordon Clowers, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124.
  • In Person: Attend our open House and public Hearing on May 27, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall and provide a comment in person.

 

All surveys and written comments must be submitted by June 18, 2015. Written comments will be addressed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which is scheduled to be released in fall 2015, and which will inform future goals, policies and guide how Seattle grows over the next 20 years.

Seattle 2035 is a yearlong, citywide conversation about change – where we’ve been, where we are now, and where want to go over the next 20 years. Connect with Seattle 2035 so you can help shape the future of Seattle.

 

Mayor, City Announce Revised Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

On March 2, 2015, Mayor Ed Murray launched Move Seattle, a vision for transportation in our city for the next 10 years. Move Seattle connects and integrates existing plans for walking, biking, transit, and freight into a holistic 10-year strategy that will help the city meet present demands while also looking ahead to the future as we continue to grow

For the past year, the Mayor and SDOT have worked together to prepare a draft transportation levy proposal to replace the current transportation levy, called Bridging the Gap (BTG), that expires at the end of 2015. Approved by voters in 2006, BTG has helped address our maintenance backlog, increase transit reliability, and improve safety.

Mayor Murray announces the Levy to Move Seattle.

Mayor Murray announces the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle.

On March 18, Mayor Murray and SDOT unveiled the draft Transportation Levy to Move Seattle and began a citywide conversation about our next major investment in transportation.

The proposed 9-year, $900 million draft Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal aimed to:

  • Take care of the basics by paving streets, retrofitting bridges, and improving road safety
  • Invest in our transportation system to keep pace with our growing city
  • Improve safety and mobility for all travelers – people walking, biking, driving cars, moving goods, and taking transit
  • Contribute to an integrated and connected system that is easy-to-use, affordable, and convenient

Improvements proposed in the draft levy were organized around Mayor Murray’s vision for Seattle: a city that is safe, affordable, interconnected, and vibrant.

It was the City’s goal that this levy reflect the needs of our communities and improve the day-to-day realities of getting around a growing Seattle. To accomplish this, from mid- March through April 2015, SDOT and the Mayor’s Office engaged in a citywide outreach effort to better understand the public’s transportation priorities and receive feedback on the draft levy proposal.


The draft levy proposal was revised in early May to reflect community priorities communicated during the public engagement process.

Mayor Murray and SDOT released the revised levy proposal on May 6, 2015.

Mayor Murray presents revised proposal (upper left; clockwise as follows), Community supporters, SDOT Director Scott Kubly, Rebecca Saldana, Puget Sound Sage

Mayor Murray presents revised proposal (upper left; clockwise as follows); Community supporters; SDOT Director Scott Kubly with Kelly Aramaki, Seattle Public Schools; Rebecca Saldana, Puget Sound Sage with Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Mike O’Brien.

 

Reflecting Community Priorities

During the public engagement process, we heard that the people of Seattle view safety, particularly for people on foot and on bicycle, as a top priority. We also heard support for greater investments in transit reliability and access, improved connections to light rail, and making it safer and more comfortable for people to walk throughout Seattle. We have revised the proposal to reflect these community priorities.

The revised levy proposal that Mayor Murray will submit to City Council responds to community feedback by increasing funds for neighborhood priority projects, transit investments, and pedestrian safety and mobility. It would fund $930 million in investments over nine years – $30 million more than the draft proposal released in March. The additional funding would come from levy revenue growth caused by growth in Seattle property value and number of households. The final levy’s cost to taxpayers ($275 annually for the owner of a median value home) would remain the same as proposed earlier.

Once the levy legislation is submitted to City Council, SDOT and the Mayor’s Office will coordinate closely with Councilmembers as they review it and will continue to encourage community feedback on the proposal.

Learn more about the levy and share your feedback with us. There are many ways you can get involved in the discussion.

Questions? Contact Allison Schwartz, Levy Outreach Lead, at allison.schwartz@seattle.gov or (206) 386-4654

 

SDOT invites you to join our West Seattle Walk and Talk Safety Discussions on 5/16 and 5/20

It’s Spring, and it’s a great time to go out for a walk.  SDOT will be out and about in West Seattle and we invite the public to join our Walk and Talk to discuss safety along 35th Avenue SW, and SW Roxbury Street corridors.

35th Avenue SW Walking Tour on Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more click here.

  • We will begin our walking tour along 35th Ave SW starting at SW Avalon Way and work our way south

Roxbury Walking Tour on Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more click here.

  • We will begin the tour at SW Roxbury Street starting at 4th Ave SW on and work our way west.
35th Avenue SW and SW Roxbury Street.

35th Avenue SW and SW Roxbury Street.

SDOT wants to provide community members a one-on-one opportunity to take a look at the corridor, ask questions, and participate in this process to improve the safety of our communities.

Come for the complete walk, or meet us at specific times and location shown in the graphic.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

35th  Roxbury Road Safety PosterIf you have questions about the  35th Avenue SW or SW Roxbury Street safety projects, please contact Jim Curtin at 206-684-8874 jim.curtin@seattle.gov or James Le at 206-684-3174 james.le@seattle.gov

SDOT is Rolling in to May, Bike to Work Month!

 

May is Bike to Work Month. SDOT added a host of new bike facilities to Seattle’s already strong bicycling network in 2014. Our city has more lanes, trails, racks and signs than ever before, so now is your chance to join the ride. If you are a regular bike commuter, try to hit every day in May. And if you have never commuted in by bike before, why not use Bike to Work Month as an opportunity to give it a try? Seattle is a hilly city, so if looking find a route that has less incline, check out our Bike Map which can help sort out some routes for you to take.

Newly painted Bike Lane and BGT Leaning Rail

Newly painted Bike Lane and BGT Leaning Rail

Scott Kubly, SDOT’s Director challenged other city department directors this week and was joined by Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and Seattle Public Utilities Director Ray Hoffman to encourage all city staff to participate in Bike to Work Month.

SDOT Dir. Scott Kubly joind by Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and SPU Director Ray Hoffman at BTW Challenge

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and SPU Director Ray Hoffman accepts SDOT Director Scott Kubly’s Bike to Work Month challenge.

We look forward to seeing you biking throughout the month of May enjoying a Spring ride. For Bike Share, Bikes on Buses and other useful links and resources please click here.

Chat with SDOT Director Scott Kubly to learn more and share your feedback on the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for morning coffee and informal conversation in South Park or online Monday evening:

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Scott Kubly

  • Via Vadi Caffèe, 8600 14th Ave. S  Monday, 4/20, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Online Meeting from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please Register at

 

 

 

 

Here is a Calendar of Upcoming Events (calendar will continue to be updated):

  • 4/19/15 – West Seattle Farmers Market 10 AM – 2 PM at California Ave SW & SW Alaska
  • 4/20/15 – Online Open House 6 – 6:45 PM – Register online, see above.
  • 4/20/15 – Coffee with Scott Kubly 8 – 9 AM at Via Vadi Caffee, 8600 14th Avenue S
  • 4/21/15 – Seattle Freight Advisory Board 9:30 – 11:30 AM at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue Rm. L-280
  • 4/22/15 – Greater Duwamish District Council 6:30 PM at Georgetown City Hall, 6202 13th Ave S
  • 4/22/15 – Southeast District Council 6:30 PM at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S
  • 4/22/15 – Northwest District Council 7 PM at Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St
  • 4/23/15 – Coffee with Scott Kubly 1 – 2 PM at Milstead & Co Coffee, 770 N 34th St
  • 4/23/15 – Drop-in session 5 – 7 PM at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S
  • 4/25/15 – U District Farmers Market 9 AM – 2 PM at University Way NE between 50th & 52nd
  • 4/26/15 – Fremont Sunday Market 10 AM – 5 PM at Corner of 3410 Evanston Ave North
  • 4/26/15 – Broadway Farmers Market 11 AM – 3 PM at Broadway Ave E and E Pine St
  • 4/26/15 – Ballard Farmers Market 10 AM – 3 PM at 5345 Ballard Ave NW
  • 4/26/15 – West Seattle Farmers Market 10 AM – 2 PM at California Ave SW & SW Alaska
  • 5/6/15 – Columbia City Farmers Market  3 – 7 PM at 37th Ave S and S Edmunds St

 

Mayor Murray announced a proposal last month for a nine-year, $900 million levy to replace the existing $365 million Bridging the Gap levy that expires at the end of 2015. The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal focuses on taking care of the basics, maintaining our streets, bridges, and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that give us more transportation choices to move more people and goods in and around our growing city.

Mayor Murray announces Levy to Move Seattle

Mayor Murray announces Levy to Move Seattle

Since introducing the levy proposal, we’ve hosted three open houses in different parts of the city, and presented to numerous community and business organizations, as well as city advisory boards and commissions. We’ll continue these community briefings, and throughout April, will be hosting an additional round of opportunities for the public to learn about the proposal and provide feedback.

 

 

 

Share your input: Take this short survey to tell us what you think of the proposal and share your transportation priorities: www.moveseattlesurvey.com

http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/LevytoMoveSeattle.htm

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In Lake City, Pedestrian Safety and Stormwater Solutions go hand-in-hand

Polluted stormwater is a big problem. Much of the pollution in Puget Sound comes from runoff that starts in our neighborhoods. Rain gardens and other green stormwater infrastructure help slow down and clean stormwater runoff before it reaches our streams, lakes and Puget Sound.

Example of Ballard neighborhood rain garden

Example of Ballard neighborhood rain garden

Project to improve safety and help protect Thornton Creek

In the Lake City neighborhood, SDOT is working closely with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to build new pedestrian safety improvements and rain gardens that will clean and slow stormwater, reducing the pollutants that reach Thornton Creek and Puget Sound.

The Plan:

The project is located along 30th Avenue NE. It is currently in early design and includes:

  • A new sidewalk, curb and gutter along the east side of 30th Avenue NE between NE 130th Street and NE 137th Street.
  • New rain gardens between the sidewalk and road in the same area.

SPU will work with SDOT to build and maintain the rain gardens. Construction may begin as early as 2016, pending grant funding.

The Benefits:

Sidewalk and drainage improvements such as rain gardens provide safer, more comfortable and accessible sidewalks, reduce polluted stormwater runoff, and make walking and biking more pleasant. Building a sidewalk on 30th Avenue NE is a high priority because it is currently difficult to walk along and cross the road. Many people in the area depend on walking as a form of transportation.

This project would help protect Thornton Creek from polluted stormwater runoff. Currently, when rain falls on roads, parking lots and rooftops, it cannot soak into these hard surfaces. Instead it flows across them, picking up a variety of pollutants (oil, grease, heavy metals, pesticides) along the way. The rainwater – now called polluted stormwater runoff – carries the pollutants downstream to Thornton Creek and ultimately Puget Sound. Rain gardens, like those already constructed in several Seattle neighborhoods, are proven technologies for managing stormwater.

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about the project please contact:

Maribel Cruz, Public Information Officer Maribel.Cruz@seattle.gov

Want to know more about green stormwater solutions?

Reminder for tonight’s “Where are We Going”? forum at 6 p.m. featuring Janette Sadik-Khan, former Transportation Commissioner of New York City.

 

Janette Sadik-Khan

Janette Sadik-Khan

Transportation remains one of the most important civic issues in the Puget sound, and this lecture will explore potential future transportation options for the Seattle area. Drawing on her expertise as  will describe potential challenges to changing our city’s infrastructure, and offer a glimpse at what the future of regional transportation could hold. This discussion, moderated by KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, will also offer Sadik-Khan’s analysis of opportunities for improvement in transportation planning.

April 15 at 6 p.m. “Changing Lanes:  Blueprints for a New Road Order”

  • Guest Speaker: Janette Sadik-Khan of Bloomberg Associates, former NYC Transportation commissioner under Mayor Bloomberg
  • Moderator:  Ross Reynolds, KUOW Public Radio
  • Great Hall at Town Hall – 1119 Eigth Avenue

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The Where are we Going? speaker series will generate excitement and conversation around potential futures for transportation in Seattle. From March to June, four national and international speakers will visit Seattle and will use demographic trends, lessons learned from other cities, and advances in technology to educate the general public and media on unique challenges and opportunities of planning for transportation. This series will provide an opportunity for civic-minded and engaged individuals to learn new ways of thought in transportation, while also attracting new voices to the conversation.

For more information: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/SpeakerSeries/default.htm

Sponsors: Seattle Department of Transportation, Office of Arts & Culture, KUOW