Our Living (Leafing) History

We’ve gotten a few questions about Seattle’s street trees on our Q&A page recently, reminding us that lots of readers might not know about the Seattle Department of Transportation’s role in caring for the city’s tree canopy. Not only does SDOT assist drivers, cyclists, freight delivery people, pedestrians and transit… [ Keep reading ]

Pedestrians and Daylight Savings Time

When daylight savings time ends, it takes a few weeks for us to adjust to darker conditions earlier in the evening. After enjoying long hours of daylight in the spring and summer, we are suddenly faced with darkness before 5 p.m. And “falling back” has been shown to have serious… [ Keep reading ]

Update: Weekend Transformations

UPDATE: the rain storm won this one, and has bumped work out a bit. We’ll keep you posted on the newly scheduled weekend transformation! In the meantime, Third Avenue will remain open to traffic.

Weekend Transformations

If you like to see “immediate” results for your tax dollars, take a drive along Third Avenue between Pike and Virginia streets tomorrow, then come back for a look-see on Monday (assuming the work isn’t postponed by rain…). Improvements to Third Avenue are a recent addition to SDOT’s busy 2009… [ Keep reading ]

Family of four thrives with One Less Car

When it is NOT raining, it is a little easier to imagine getting around like this family does. But read on, by the time this story is finished; you might decide it is the Way to Go. A preschooler asking, “Mommy, why can’t we ride a bike to school like… [ Keep reading ]

We’re Looking to Hear from You

Every year, SDOT’s Community Parking Program studies parking in Seattle neighborhoods to see how parking is working. This year, one of the neighborhoods we are working with is the West Seattle Junction. Over the year, we have employed a few outreach methods to keep the community involved, including the classic… [ Keep reading ]

A New Color for Olmsted Boulevard Signs

We’ve received quite a few questions in the past week on the new brown street signs going up at various intersections around the city.  If you’ve been wondering about the signs, here’s the scoop! The brown street name signs highlight the historic Olmsted boulevards that exist throughout Seattle. Responding to a request… [ Keep reading ]

Be Safe When You Use Your Feet to Trick or Treat

Halloween is a fantastic occasion to walk about our city and meet our neighbors. While we embrace the Halloween spirit by adorning our favorite ghoulish attire, it’s important to remember that the chance of a child being hit by a car on Halloween is nearly double that of any other… [ Keep reading ]

Concrete is Flexible

If paving roads is a dry weather sport, why are we starting new projects in the rainy season?  Because concrete isn’t as picky as asphalt.  That’s the simple answer.  More specifically, asphalt is commonly applied at a temperature of 300-degrees-plus and if it cools down too fast the result isn’t… [ Keep reading ]

Think Globally, Act Locally

Last week we posted on Shrinking Big Foot; a program on Climate Change for elementary schools. Well, last Sunday his Excellency the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon attended a performance of the Shrinking Big Foot assembly followed by a discussion with the kids who attended. One of the kids… [ Keep reading ]