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:

Scott Kubly

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

What do you think about the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle?

Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for coffee in the coming weeks to learn more and share your feedback on the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle. Lots of other opportunities to engage, as well.

Last month, Mayor Murray announced a proposal 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.

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.

 

Here are ways to participate:

  1. Take the survey (it is available in multiple languages) to share your transportation priorities at: www.moveseattlesurvey.com
  2. Participate in an online meeting where you’ll hear from SDOT Director Scott Kubly and have the opportunity to ask questions on Monday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please click here to sign up.
  3. Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for coffee and informal conversation at one of these local coffee shops:
  • Central District: Starbucks 2300 South Jackson on Monday, April 13, 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Chinatown/International District: Eastern Café 510 Maynard Ave S on Tuesday, April 14, 8 to 9 a.m.
  • Lake City: Kaffeeklatsch Seattle 12513 Lake City Way NE on Friday, April 17, 8 to 9 a.m.
  • South Park: Via Vadi Caffèe 8600 14th Avenue S on Monday, April 20, 8 to 9 a.m.
  • Fremont: Milstead & Co Coffee 770 N 34th St on Thursday, April 23, 1 to 2 p.m.

 

Also, be on the lookout for city staff providing information and seeking feedback around the city at farmers markets, community centers, and other public places. For the full list of engagement opportunities and more information on the levy proposal, visit www.seattle.gov/levytomoveseattle.

 

What’s next?

Mayor Murray will send his final proposal to the City Council in early May, and the Council will discuss the proposal and engage the public throughout the spring. For a levy to be considered for inclusion on the November ballot, the City Council will need to send a final proposal to King County by early August.

Your feedback now will help shape the Mayor’s final proposal. We encourage you to get involved – take the survey, join us for coffee, sign up for email updates, and learn more at www.seattle.gov/levytomoveseattle.

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If you have questions or feedback on the levy proposal, please contact SDOT’s Levy Outreach Lead Allison Schwartz at allison.schwartz@seattle.gov or (206) 386-4654.

April 15 at 6 p.m.“Changing Lanes: Blueprints for a New Road Order” featuring Transportation Expert Janette Sadik-Khan

The second of four Transportation Forums features 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

 

Please register for this free event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/changing-lanes-blueprints-for-a-new-road-order-with-janette-sadik-khan-tickets-16006792748

Speaker-Series-Banner

 

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

New public space on Lake Washington in Laurelhurst

The public access point where 51st Avenue NE in Laurelhurst ends at Lake Washington is now a more approachable environment. The beautiful new look was constructed in less than three months by the Seattle Conservation Corps. This work is part of the Shoreline Street Ends Program to improve public access to waterways.

BEFORE: Shoreline Street End at 51st Ave NE

BEFORE: Shoreline Street End at 51st Ave NE

AFTER: New Shoreline Street End public access improvement at 51st Ave NE

AFTER: New Shoreline Street End public access improvement at 51st Ave NE

The improvements at 5st Avenue NE included clearing and grubbing to create a usable gathering space with a picnic table and water viewing area. You can view the project design at this link. Design elements listed below not only address equitable waterway access; they also support native tree and plant species.

  • Creating an entry to the street end
  • Removing overgrown vegetation and weeds
  • Constructing a curb ramp per Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
  • Planting new, native vegetation
  • Installing timber steps to the water
  • Replacing two parking spaces with new bicycle racks

Nearly 150 public streets in Seattle end on waterfronts. The current project is to improve nine of those–one being 51st Avenue NE. For more information on the other eight street ends we’re working on or the Shoreline Street Ends Program, contact the team at StreetEnds@seattle.gov or call 206-615-0925.

Seattle Downtown Traffic Signal Re-Timing Project

Do you feel you need to wait too long or that you stop too often for traffic signals in downtown Seattle? If so, you might be interested in this on-going Seattle downtown traffic signal re-timing project.

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2nd Avenue

Seattle’s signal lights were timed around 10 years ago, but rapid growth, significant construction activity, fast growing employment, increased biking and walking activity, and special events have caused new bottlenecks that can result in abrupt traffic backups throughout the city.

Second Avenue at University Street

2nd Avenue at University Street

Seattle Department of Transportation is studying overall metropolitan traffic patterns to determine the most efficient way to optimize 300 signals in the Central Business District. Traffic signal retiming is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce delays for people driving, biking, and taking transit, thereby making our downtown streets safer and more efficient. Comprehensive signal retiming programs have documented benefits of 7 to 13 percent reduction in overall travel time, 15 to 37 percent reduction in delay and 6 to 9 percent fuel savings (Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2009).

The purpose of this project is to develop and introduce enhanced signal timing models that respond to real-time traffic volume fluctuations, incidents, special events and traffic condition on freeways. A unique element of this project is the inclusion of a system that will change signal timing patterns in response to current travel time data. This will improve travel times, freeway access, transit speed and reliability.

Downtown Traffic Retiming Map

Downtown Traffic Retiming Map

SDOT plans to implement and fine-tune the new signal timings at the end of 2015 and expects drivers to see an improvement in travel times through downtown at the beginning of 2016.

SDOT Grants for Projects that Encourage Walking and Biking to School

Did you know SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program provides funding to any K-12 public school, private school, non-profit, or PTA for projects that encourage kids to walk or bike to school safely? The Mini Grant program has been supporting grass-roots efforts at increasing safe biking and walking since 2009.

Take, for example, Denny International Middle School’s Bike to School program. Last year the Denny PTSA hosted donut and fruit days for kids who biked to school, handed out lights, reflectors and gloves during the winter months to keep kids safe on their bikes, kept kids hydrated with water bottles during warmer months, and made sure kids knew how to bike safely all year round by broadcasting safety information.

Last May the PTSA hosted their annual Denny-Lincoln Classic family bike ride and doubled their attendance! They handed out snacks and student-designed t-shirts to all participants and made sure to give each bike a thorough check through the A (air), B (brakes), Cs (chains). The student bike riders wound their way through the neighborhood down to Lincoln Park and were joined by the West Seattle Bike Connections group, Denny M.S. staff, and Principal Jeff Clark. The ride ended with a barbeque and prizes at the park. What a fun day!

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Denny International Middle School students/staff joined by West Seattle Bike Connections group.

If you have a great idea you’d like to make a reality at your school, we can help you make it happen. There are two chances every year to apply for funding: April and October. The application is simple, just tell us what you plan to do and how that will improve safety at your school and encourage more kids to bike and walk. Send in a letter of support from the school principal and your application is complete!

For more information visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/ped_srts_grant.htm. For questions, contact ashley.harris@seattle.gov or 206-684-7577.