Family Friendly Transportation Improvements Coming to Wallingford

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways are safer, calm residential streets for you, your family and neighbors. The Wallingford neighborhood greenway was envisioned in 2009 by the community, funded in 2011 with Neighborhood Project Funds (now the Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund) and constructed in 2012. This was Seattle’s first greenway and helped shift the City’s approach toward safer streets.

In 2014, we evaluated the existing greenway, which met some of our current guidelines, but lacked speed humps to encourage calm speeds. It’s also missing another common feature, stop signs at streets crossing the greenway. Stop signs pause people driving and increase the likelihood they will see people walking and biking along the street. The greenway is located on N 43rd St from N Stone Way to Meridian Ave N and along N 44th St to Latona Ave NE.

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Speed humps encourage slower speeds so people see more of their surroundings and have more time to avoid crashes.

Project features:

  • Improve safety by installing 20 mile per hour speed limit signs and adding about one speed hump per block.
  • Benefits: People driving at slower speeds see more of their surroundings and have more time avoid crashes.
  • Make it easier to cross streets for people walking and biking by adding crosswalks at Latona Ave NE and NE 44th St and Thackeray Pl NE and NE 44th St. Also, new crossing beacons are being installed at N Stone Way and N 43rd St with the Neighborhood Parks and Street Funding.
  • Benefits: Supports affordable, healthy travel options that get you to local parks, schools, shops and restaurants.
  • Increase visibility of people walking and biking by installing stop signs and stop bars on streets intersecting the neighborhood greenway.
  • Benefits: More neighbors feel comfortable walking and biking, which helps create a sense of community.

Neighborhood greenways are not car free zones, do not add bike lanes and have minimal if any on-street parking impacts.

Construction is occurring between July and October. Here are some things to expect:

  • Short-term street closures
  • Possible detours
  • Noise, dust and vibration

Visit our neighborhood greenway page to learn more about what they are at www.seattle.gov/transportation/greenways.htm.

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Neighborhood Street Fund Concepts Completed

Streets, sidewalks, and everything in between are about to get improvements as part of our Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program!

This U-District proposal called for adding lights, a bike rack, and other improvements to turn this alley off 42nd into a common space for the community.

This U-District proposal called for adding lights, a bike rack, and other improvements to turn this alley off 42nd into a common space for the community.

Communities came together to come up with areas for improvement, decided which projects to prioritize through their Neighborhood District Councils, and sent us their top choices in May. Now, after reading proposals, visiting locations, and reviewing the data, we’ve finished turning those ideas into 65 conceptual designs which could help with safety, accessibility, livability, and more.

This Rainier Valley proposal called for building sidewalks and street calming improvements near S Charleston Street to improve safety for kids walking to school.

This Rainier Valley proposal called for building sidewalks and street calming improvements near S Charlestown Street to improve safety for kids walking to school.

The Neighborhood District Councils will now have chance to read the designs and rank their priority, before sending them to the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee for review later this fall. The list of funded projects is expected by the end of October. Projects will be finalized in 2017 and constructed in 2018. Public engagement for each project will begin once the project list is finalized. We look forward to working with you!

This West Seattle proposal called for traffic calming with curb bulbs, pedestrian signals, and a new marked crosswalk to make the SW Oregon and 39th intersection safer.

This West Seattle proposal called for traffic calming with curb bulbs, pedestrian signals, and a new marked crosswalk to make the SW Oregon and 39th intersection safer.

The NSF Program is funded by the Levy to Move Seattle. The 9-year, $930 million levy provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city. The levy includes $24 million to continue the Neighborhood Street Fund program over the next 9 years.

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Great Turnout in Magnolia to Talk About Interbay Trail Connections

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SDOT staffer Jason Fialkoff talks with residents about the proposed streets in Magnolia and Interbay that are part of the Interbay Trail Connections project.

We heard from more than 30 people at a ‘pop up’ event in Magnolia last Saturday to talk about two-way protected bike lanes that could connect Magnolia, Interbay and Ballard as part of the Interbay Trail Connections project. SDOT staff was there with a tent, table, and maps to connect with people who live, work, and travel in the area.

The weather was sunny and warm and there were dozens of people on bikes going up and down Gilman Ave NW as we talked with neighbors about the proposal and heard feedback.

Some people let us know that they were concerned about street safety where families ride bikes next to parked cars. Others were excited about a protected bikeway that will directly link them from the Ship Canal Trail to the Elliot Bay Trail. They talked about using the connection to get from Magnolia to work in South Lake Union, and to Myrtle Edwards Park and downtown for a fun weekend ride.

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Interbay Trail Connections Project Area Map

In addition to traditional community presentations and public meetings, we’re trying out pop-up events on the street where people can drop-in anytime, and online open houses and surveys so people who can’t make it to the event can still learn about our projects and weigh-in. So if you see a tent and signs in your neighborhood, please stop by and have a conversation about transportation with us!

To learn more about Interbay Trail Connections, visit the project website or contact Dan Anderson at 206-684-8105 or dan.a.anderson@seattle.gov.

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New Opportunity in Open-Air Dining

In Seattle, we love our summers and the chance to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Eating is no exception, and we have hundreds of sidewalk cafes throughout our city. To help these sidewalk cafes proliferate, and make the process easier, we’re piloting a new design for sidewalk cafes.

Thanks to a recent change by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, restaurants can now outline permitted sidewalk cafes with pavement markers instead of the standard 42-inch high fences. Modeled on the sidewalk seating used in many European cities, this fence-free option will allow Seattle restaurants to integrate their sidewalk cafes with adjacent public space and improve customer movement. Other U.S. cities, such as Portland and San Francisco already allow fence-free sidewalk cafes similar to those that will be tested in Seattle’s pilot program.

 

San Francisco sidewalk café. Source: Map data ©2016 Google

San Francisco sidewalk cafe. Source: Map data ©2016 Google

We will work with participants to install pavement markers on the sidewalk to outline the boundary of the cafe, as shown in the diagram below. Through this pilot permit, we will test the viability of a fence-free sidewalk cafe with applicants who are willing to provide feedback during our evaluation. Although the fence-free sidewalk cafes are intended to activate streets, create more vibrant neighborhoods, and support economic vitality, ultimately SDOT is committed to ensuring that our streets and sidewalks serve the traveling public. As such, City staff will pay particular attention to any negative impacts on pedestrian mobility and safety that may arise during the pilot phase.

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Are you a restaurant owner curious about what this would look like for your business? Review our fact sheet and keep an eye on our webpage for additional information as the pilot progresses. Feel free to reach out to us with questions or interest in participating: 206-733-9707 or casey.rogers@seattle.gov.

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Enjoy Your Seafair Weekend!

Seafair Weekend is one of the biggest, busiest weekends of the summer in Seattle and that means a LOT of people will be out and about – it’s a good time to remind people to look out for others when heading out for summertime activities.

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Whether you’re hopping a bus to the waterfront to tour a US Navy ship, biking to a friend’s waterfront home to watch the Blue Angels or packing up the family to drive down to Genessee Park to catch the hydros, here are a few reminder safety tips:

Allow Enough Time to Reach Your Destination

Plan your trip and be sure to allow enough time to get where you’re going. That usual 30 minutes to get downtown will take longer than normal because thousands of others are headed that way as well! Speeding can lead to trouble. So please slow down and be courteous.

Plan Ahead if You Plan to Partake

Help keep our streets safe by not driving while under the influence of alcohol – which remains the single biggest contributing factor to traffic fatalities – or marijuana. As part of our Vision Zero campaign, we are partnering with rideshare services Uber and Lyft to give you options for safe rides home this Seafair weekend and beyond.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Your phone will likely be pinging you all day long while you plan your weekend. There’s no need to check it while you’re behind the wheel (1, 2 or 4 wheels). Whether you’re driving, walking, or biking, we recommend that you focus on the road instead of other things.

Stop for Pedestrians

We are having an amazing stretch of weather (which doesn’t always happen during Seafair) and that brings more people outdoors, everywhere. As drivers, always be watchful, courteous, and remember to stop for pedestrians. Don’t forget to wave!

Headed down to Genessee Park for Seafair? Check out the map below to see which streets are closed and where parking has been restricted.2016_Seafair_StreetParking_Map newHave a fantastic Seafair Weekend!

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Progress on the Roosevelt Paving and Safety Project

IMG_0474Over the last 2 weekends, crews have been hard at work preparing the University Bridge surface for paving as part of the Roosevelt Paving & Safety ProjectWeather permitting, this weekend marks the third and final closure of the bridge while crews waterproof and pave the bridge surface. For closure details, go here.

This work marks a major milestone for the Roosevelt Paving & Safety Project, completing the third of five construction zones.

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  • Zone A, between NE 65th St and NE Ravenna Blvd – complete!

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  • Zone B, between NE Ravenna Blvd and NE 53rd St – substantially complete
  • Zone C, between NE 53rd and NE 45th streets – in progressIMG_0018
  • Zone D, between NE 45th and NE 40th streets – expected to begin as soon as August 15
  • Zone E, between NE 40th St and Fuhrman Ave E – in progress

SDOT is making improvements along Roosevelt Way NE between NE 65th Street and the University Bridge for people who drive, bike, walk and use transit. RooseveltProjectMap10-21-15Construction began on March 14 and we expect work will be done in October. Thank you to everyone who lives, works, travels, shops, and visits the University District and Roosevelt neighborhoods – we appreciate your patience during construction!

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How We’re Improving Access in Downtown Seattle

Seattle is renowned for our arts, outdoors, and well, rain. Less well known is that we have some serious hills, rivaling San Francisco’s steeps, which pose an obstacle to accessibility for wheelchair users.

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Steep Street: Cherry St. between 4th and 5th avenues.

Manual wheelchair users face a steep climb, and power chairs can deplete their battery motoring uphill, so how can we make downtown accessible for everyone? Creative solutions, collaboration, and recognizing challenges.

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Steep Street: Madison St. between 4th and 5th avenues.

This summer, we’re bringing together transportation agencies, regional Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinators, accessibility advocates, and people with disabilities to discuss solutions and obstacles to make getting around easier for everyone.

Our first meeting focused on how to improve existing elevators and tunnels by improving signage, introducing shuttles, extending elevator hours, and building new accessibility features. The group also discussed how maps and apps could be used to share information, including tactile features for people with visual impairments, and make trip planning easier.

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Downtown Seattle Accessibility Map

The group will meet again in the near future, and in the meantime is working to improve existing maps of downtown accessibility features. The current map is available online here.

If you have any questions about accessibility within the Seattle public right-of-way, we encourage you contact SDOT’s ADA Coordinator, Michael Shaw. He can be reached at (206) 615-1974 or by email at Michael.Shaw@seattle.gov.

 

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Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit Design Input Open House Dates: August 3, 4, 9  

Please join SDOT at upcoming open houses to learn more about Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which will begin construction in 2018. SDOT has worked closely with the community to design Madison Street BRT and is continuing to seek community input. Madison Street BRT will provide high-frequency, fast, reliable, and safe public transportation between First Ave and Madison Valley.

At the open houses, the public is encouraged to speak with SDOT staff and provide feedback on the updated design, including roadway and station designs, along with access improvements planned along the corridor. Open house dates are:

  • Wednesday, August 3 

5-7 p.m.

Seattle University, Campion Ballroom

914 E Jefferson St

  • Thursday, August 4

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Town Hall

1119 8th Ave

  • Tuesday, August 9

5-7 p.m.

Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA

1700 23rd Ave

 

To give feedback online, visit MadisonBRT.participate.online from August 2-16.

Madison Street BRT will serve the Downtown, First Hill, Capitol Hill, Central Area, and Madison Valley neighborhoods. The project will improve transit access on the corridor, especially for neighborhoods south of Madison Street that may have fewer transit options.

Madison Street BRT is the first of seven new RapidRide lines to be delivered in Seattle as part of the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle. Service on Madison Street is anticipated to begin in 2019.

Find out more about Madison Street BRT at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/MadisonBRT.htm.

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Many Neighborhoods Will Enjoy Smoother Streets This Summer

Residents in several Seattle neighborhoods will soon be enjoying the benefits of a special pavement treatment called “microsurfacing.”

ms1Microsurfacing seals minor cracks with a coating that’s less than one-third of an inch thick. It protects the pavement and extends the life of neighborhood streets. This helps the city avoid larger and more expensive repairs later.

We choose the streets to be resurfaced based on the age of the pavement and an on-site inspection. When left untreated, road surfaces can eventually become brittle and may crack. After microsurfacing, it is estimated the pavement will last an additional 7 to 10 years.

2016 Microsurfacing Projects

Between late July and mid-August, people living in the neighborhoods listed below can expect to see our crews hard at work. Check out the neighborhood webpages to learn more about the work and what to expect during microsurfacing.

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In the summer of 2015, we microsurfaced 44 lane miles, the total length of traveled pavement surface, spread across 4 neighborhoods. This year we plan to microsurface approximately 60 lane miles.

Questions?

Please feel free to contact the project team at (206) 727-3669 or by emailing 2016Microsurfacing@seattle.gov.

Want to learn more?

Click here to read more information on the process and benefits of microsurfacing.

Stay current with this project on Twitter or on our On the Move blog, where you will find up-to-date information about road closures, project start and completion dates and times, and project accomplishments.

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Two Weeks Left to Apply for PARK(ing) Day Plus+ Permits!

Only two weeks left to reserve your space for PARK(ing) Day Plus+!

PARK(ing) Day Plus+ Permit applications and Small Sparks Grant applications are due by Friday, August 5, for the event on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17.

You’ll want to get started now, because:

  • To apply, you need to know which parking spaces you plan to use and you have to submit details of your plan, including a sketch.
  • If you want to apply for a Small Sparks grant, the application process can take up 48 hours once you register before you can apply.

Now is the time to gather your team of friends, neighbors and colleagues to reimagine your street! A temporary park?  A street safety improvement? What would a walkable, livable, and healthy city look like on your block?

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Looking for more details or inspiration? Check out the PARK(ing) Day Plus+ Guidelines or SDOT’s flickr album for some fun examples. PARKing day

More about Seattle’s PARK(ing) Day Plus+:

  • Plus+ 2 days of fun
    • This year, we extended the event into two days – Friday September 16, and Saturday, September 17. Participate either day, or both!
  • Plus+ Temporary street improvements
    • In addition to pop-up parks, you can test out temporary bike lanes or sidewalks to enhance the walking and biking environment.
  • Plus+ Small Sparks grants
    • We’re partnering with Department of Neighborhoods to offer funding through the Small Sparks grant program. You can apply for up to $1,000 to support a project or event that helps build stronger and healthier communities. Contact NMFund@seattle.gov to learn more.

See our previous post about PARK(ing) Day in Seattle here.  Remember to submit your permit application to David.Burgesser@seattle.gov by August 5!

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