Recap of last weekend’s educational “Touch-A-Truck” event in Seattle – building interest in transportation and public service with people of all ages!

Kids and adults gather around our street painting truck at the 2022 Touch-A-Truck community event at Seattle’s Magnuson Park on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Photo credit: SDOT.

This past Sunday, May 1, 2022, our team at the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) participated in this year’s “Touch-A-Truck” event, hosted by the Junior League of Seattle at Magnuson Park. This event was open to the community, and provided a fun hands-on opportunity for families and children of all ages to explore and interact with many types of vehicles. The event was a big success and was attended by thousands of people!

Team SDOT was on-hand to showcase a snow plow and a street painting truck, two of the many vehicles our team uses to keep Seattle’s public transportation system moving forward. Both vehicles were in high demand, with kids lined up all day for their turn to climb up onto the trucks and experience them first-hand.

A youngster checks out the front of the SDOT paint truck while other attendees step into the driver’s seat and walk around the back end.
A youngster checks out the front of the SDOT paint truck while other attendees step into the driver’s seat and walk around on the truck. Photo credit: SDOT
An SDOT team member oversees families exploring the street painting truck during the event.
An SDOT team member oversees families exploring the street painting truck during the event. Photo credit: SDOT.

These current and future transportation enthusiasts enjoyed honking the horns, trying out radio headsets, and seeing the view from the driver’s seat of these official service vehicles.

Community members check out a parked SDOT snow plow at the event.
Community members check out a parked SDOT snow plow at the event. Photo credit: SDOT.

A special thank you to our street maintenance and signs and markings teams for sharing their knowledge, as well as our customer service team for speaking with interested children, family members, and other event attendees!

SDOT’s customer service team answers questions from interested community members of all ages at the event, which took place on a clear, sunny day in Seattle.
SDOT’s customer service team answers questions from interested community members of all ages at the event, which took place on a clear, sunny day in Seattle. Photo credit: SDOT.

Our City of Seattle colleagues at Seattle Parks & Recreation and the Seattle Police Department also contributed to the event, and it was great to see them there interacting with the community as part of our One Seattle approach to serving the entire Seattle community. Other participating agencies and vendors included the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), King County Metro Transit, the Shoreline Fire Department, First Student Transportation, Recology, Vitalitree, Ridwell, Medical Team International, Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel, Routeline, Snap-On, and McKinstry.

We want to share another huge thank you to all of our SDOT employees and teammates who work day and night in service to the entire community and the traveling public. Not only do these dedicated professionals work directly in the street, sidewalk, and other public areas to help keep everything operational, they are themselves community members in our city. Our team members have families, friends, and loved ones who they deserve to come home safely to every day, and we appreciate their ongoing hard work and dedication. If you are interested in learning more, check out our recent blog in April regarding National Work Zone Awareness Week.

Event participants wait to check out SDOT's two vehicles and speak with our team at the Touch-A-Truck event.
Event participants wait to check out SDOT’s two vehicles and speak with our team at the Touch-A-Truck event. Photo credit: SDOT.

We provided a number of handouts including SDOT business cards with our (206) 684-ROAD [7623] phone line and our customer service contact information. We also provided giveaways to promote our Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this event – and we hope you consider attending next year’s event if you can. We appreciate your interest in our work, and for engaging with tomorrow’s future leaders!