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SDOT Partners with the City Arts Fest 2012 to Make Walking, Biking and Riding Transit the Way to Go

Temperatures are cooling, but the arts and culture scene is warming up. City Arts is throwing their third annual City Arts Fest October 17-20. Music and art events will turn downtown Seattle into a playground for four days and nights. And there is no better way to move between events than to walk, bike or catch a ride on transit.  SDOT’s Way to Go, Seattle! Program partnered with City Art to create an awesome map showing how much time it will take you to walk from the event’s main hub the Culture Club located at Fifth Avenue and Union Street. Little orange triangles illustrate where on-street bike racks can be found and major transit lines are defined. The map is not only useful, but is graphically appealing with Seattle-centric graphics. For example, you’ll notice the Pink Elephant, scarf dancing man, a hot dog vendor (you know you’ve made it as a nightlife venue when the hot dog vendor shows up) and of course in a city that loves their dogs, a dog.


The map should be especially helpful during events like the New Mystics: Art Dash 4 Ca$h part public art tour and part alley cat style bike race. This is a city and county wide bike tour/race of public art, street art, and graffiti. The 12 hour race to find and photograph public art and graffiti throughout Seattle features freak bikes, bands, unexpected locations, clever strategies and cash prizes. Read Amanda Manitach’s article called Psychogeographique on how local artists build on the history of urban exploration to unlock and awaken a city to get inspired.

You’ll also find the map useful if participating in Lit Crawl Seattle: Where Literature Hits the Streets. Lit Crawl Seattle boasts an entire evening of readings in bookstores, bars, art galleries, restaurants, stores, cafés…even an ice cream parlor! The event moves through Downtown, First Hill and Capitol Hill. Read Literature LIVE by Lillian Nikcerson to learn how Lit Craw Seattle turns the shushed book reading on its head.

Obviously there are many more events and uses for the City Arts Fest Map. We loved the collaboration and opportunity to help festival attendees discover how easy it is to walk, bike and ride.

To print, please see an enlarged view of the map.