June 17th, 2013 by Doree
Members of the Greenwood Community Council are asking neighbors to join them on a walk along Greenwood Avenue North, to explore the areas north of North 90th Street, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
The state of Greenwood Ave north of 90th is of great concern for many Greenwood residents. The lack of sidewalks, sufficient lighting and a busy arterial create an unsafe atmosphere for pedestrians. To shed light on this issue, the Greenwood Community Council (GCC) invites individuals to join us on a Greenwood Ave walk and adventure beyond where the sidewalk ends.
Purpose: To document the experience of walking Greenwood Ave north of 90th in the evening. Documentation of this experience will be used to generate awareness of the conditions pedestrians face on north Greenwood Ave.
Meet at Naked City Taphouse & Brewery at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. at 8:30 p.m. Walkers will leave Naked City at 9 p.m., walk north to North 105th St., then return.
If you can’t make it to the walk, but want to send feedback about your own experiences walking along that stretch of road, email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: Greenwood Avenue, greenwood community council, pedestrians, safety, sidewalks, traffic
March 8th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation’s Neighborhood Traffic Operations (NTO) is hosting a series of traffic safety meetings around the city, for residents concerned about speeding on their residential street.
The next meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at the Broadview Public Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
The meetings will include a power point presentation, with a brief overview of different traffic calming options, what steps a neighborhood must take to be considered for traffic calming, criteria staff use to prioritize projects, and possible funding sources. Residents will also become familiar with the proper use of radar speed guns.
If residents want to enroll their street in the Traffic Calming Program, a representative from their street must attend one of these meetings.
Tags: safety, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, traffic calming
November 3rd, 2012 by Doree
Broadview-Thomson K-8 School, at 13052 Greenwood Ave. N., is one of four Seattle schools to receive school zone speed cameras to increase student safety.
The cameras went live on Thursday. Besides Broadview-Thomson, the cameras were installed at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Olympic View Elementary School and Gatewood Elementary School.
The sites were chosen after Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) analyzed 50 schools where they had installed flashing beacons to encourage drivers to go the speed limit through the school zone, and determined those four school zones would get the most benefit from reduced speeds and better speed enforcement.
The cameras will only issue tickets when the school zone yellow beacons are flashing (during school hours). A written warning period will be in effect from November 1st to November 26th. During the written warning period only warning citations will be mailed to violators caught speeding in the listed school zones.
Starting on Monday, November 26th, which is the day kids return from Thanksgiving break, actual citations (tickets) will be mailed to motorists who disregard the speed limit in the monitored school zones. The fine amount will be a fixed $189.00, the same cost as a ticket that would otherwise be issued by an officer.
The goal of this program is not to issue tickets, but to improve safety and reduce collisions by raising awareness that speeding in school zones is particularly dangerous for children and pedestrians.
The Seattle Police Department encourages all motor vehicle operators and bicyclists to be familiar with and obey all local and state traffic laws and to always drive with due regard for all others on the roadway.
Tags: Broadview-Thomson, safety, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, Seattle Police, SPD
February 13th, 2012 by Doree
Recently we told you about a new city program that is bringing “greenways” to several neighborhoods, including Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. A greenway is a road that parallels an arterial, but is designed to be more pedestrian- and bike-friendly and less car-oriented, to help people get around their neighborhoods without fighting car traffic.
Our neighborhood greenway group has had two meetings so far, and is soliciting more input and participation. The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday,
March 8 April 5, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
There are a number of ways to get involved:
For more information about greenways in other neighborhoods as well as Portland, The Seattle Times had a lengthy article today.
Tags: biking, cycling, greenways, pedestrian, safety, traffic
February 3rd, 2012 by Doree
A neighborhood “greenway” is coming to Greenwood and Phinney Ridge, and you can help make it happen. The next meeting of our neighborhood greenway group is from 6-7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
The City of Seattle is creating 11 miles of greenways through seven neighborhoods this year as part of a pilot program. Greenwood-Phinney’s greenway could be along 1st Avenue NW from NW 85th Street to NW 58th Street.
“Greenways connect parks and schools, community centers and neighborhood business districts. Neighborhood Greenways help with transportation, and they help with getting people where they want to go within their own communities,” City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw said in a recent press release.
The Neighborhood Greenways under SDOT review total 11 miles: seven miles in Ballard, Beacon Hill, Greenwood, North Delridge, Wallingford, and the University District and an additional four miles in Laurelhurst (funded by Seattle Children’s Hospital). These projects are intended to form the backbone of a new network of Greenways that effectively connect people to the places they want to go by giving them a choice to travel on quieter, safer streets around the city.
Neighborhood Greenways are slow-speed, low-traffic residential streets made even more pleasant for the people who live, walk, and bike on them. By adding new park-like amenities and limiting cut-through traffic, Greenways are naturally attractive both for families, and for anyone seeking a safer, more connected community experience. By placing Greenways a block or two away from major arterials, Neighborhood Greenways create a great option for people who prefer to walk or bike away from congested streets. While many new dedicated walking and bicycling trails are beyond the reach of our City’s budget, 10 miles of Greenways can be built for the cost of a single mile of new trail, offering the potential to bring a high-quality network to all Seattle neighborhoods at a comparatively low cost. Greenways have the potential to serve neighborhoods where many people cannot afford a car. Neighborhood access by emergency service vehicles and freight delivery vehicles — and parking — is preserved along Greenways.
Motivated by concerns for public safety and a grassroots movement of citizens across Seattle demanding greater community connection, SDOT staff has been studying how other cities link people with their desired neighborhood destinations. By 2015 in Portland, for example, 85% of all residents will live within a half-mile of a Greenway. Portland’s safe streets policies have made streets safer for everyone whether they choose to walk, ride a bicycle, or drive. Portland’s traffic fatality rate is falling six times faster than the rest of the United States. Infrastructure that makes it safer for walking and bicycling automatically benefits drivers through improved safety and saved lives.
Tags: biking, neighborhood greenways, pedestrian, safety, traffic
December 29th, 2011 by Doree
The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is accepting applications for new members.
The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1993, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).
Board members serve a two‐year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. They are frequent walkers of a variety of ages, levels of mobility, and walks of life, and from areas throughout the city. Members must be Seattle residents, and may not be city employees. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall on Fifth Avenue between James and Cherry.
Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by January 20, 2012 to Brian Dougherty at email@example.com.
For more information, call Brian Dougherty at (206) 684‐5124, or send e‐mail to the address above.
Tags: pedestrians, safety, Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board, traffic, walking
November 15th, 2011 by Doree
The city wants to know how you feel about the safety of Seattle streets. You can tell them from 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE, as part of its Road Safety Summit. This is the second of three public forums on road safety.
The City of Seattle envisions a transportation system with no traffic fatalities or serious injuries, where all users share responsibility for their safety and that of others they encounter in their travels.
The Road Safety Summit, through…public forums, an online survey, and in-person outreach, is providing a chance for the public to give their input on three questions:
- What do you think are the highest priority safety problems to solve on Seattle roads?
- What do you think are the most important things to do to make Seattle roads safer?
- We often talk about what government can do to promote safety. What are the ways that non-governmental groups and individuals can promote safety?
We have asked a broad cross section of stakeholders — elected officials, experts, roadway users, major employers, advocates, business leaders, and community leaders—to listen to the public and to come up with action items that will address the public’s top road safety concerns.
Working together, we will develop a shared citywide commitment to safety and an action plan that will help us work toward our goal of no traffic fatalities or serious injuries.
The third public forum is next Monday at the Southwest Community Center, and a final Road Safety Summit Meeting is on Dec. 12 at City Hall.
Tags: roads, safety, transit, transportation
July 16th, 2011 by Doree
Seattle City Light has begun installing 12,000 LED streetlights from North 65th Street to the northern border of City Light’s service area. According to City Light, the LED lights are brighter and increase public safety, while reducing energy costs.
Last year City Light installed 6,000 LED streetlights between the Ship Canal and North 65th Street.
According to Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell, the new LED lights installed last year saved the city about $300,000. Savings are expected to reach $2.4 million each year once all streetlights are converted.
A side-by-side comparison of old high-pressure sodium streetlights (on the left), and new LED streetlights (photos courtesy of City of Seattle):
Tags: LED, safety, Seattle City Light, streetlights, streets
June 14th, 2011 by Doree
The national Night Out block party extravaganza is set for Aug. 2, and neighborhoods all across the country will participate by blocking off their streets to cars, hauling out the barbecues and getting to know their neighbors a little better. The Seattle Police Department’s Crime Prevention unit is the local sponsor of the event, which is designed to bring neighbors together to help prevent crime.
A Night Out 2010 block party at North 89th St. and Linden Avenue North in Greenwood.
Register your block party with SPD, and then, on Aug. 2, put up some kind of barricades (those large green recycling bins work pretty well). You can even print off block party invitations or Night Out logos to create your own.
In addition to registering your block, you can also add your event to a city-wide calendar, so everyone can see where their nearest block party is.
SPD is providing updated information on Night Out on a Facebook page. It’s also a good place to ask questions and get answers about the event.
Night Out is always the first Tuesday of August.
Tags: crime, Night Out, safety
May 11th, 2011 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is improving several traffic signals in the neighborhood this year.
At the intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 80th Street, SDOT will install left turn signals onto Greenwood Avenue from both the eastbound and westbound lanes.
The intersection of Aurora Avenue North and Winona Avenue North, near the Green Lake PCC, will get a northbound left turn signal installed.
And the intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 73rd Street, by Ken’s Market and Fire Station 21, will be upgraded to a full traffic signal in all directions. (There is currently a stop sign only for eastbound and westbound, meaning those cars usually must wait for someone to hit the crosswalk light for the north and south lanes to stop.) That signal will have a preemptor installed for when fire trucks pull out for an emergency call.
Tags: safety, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, traffic lights, traffic signals, transportation
May 2nd, 2011 by Doree
At its monthly meeting last week, the NW District Council chose three projects from a list of nine community-submitted ideas as priorities for city funding.
Every year, each of the city’s 13 district councils selects three projects they consider to be priorities in their district. Projects are submitted by community members and groups, and are for small-scale safety improvements to streets or parks. The Neighborhood Projects Fund (NPF) provides about $90,000 per district per year for the priority projects.
The projects that the NW District Council selected are:
- Improve safety for vehicles and pedestrians at the five-way intersection where North 66th Street intersects with Woodland Place North and Linden Ave North on the far east side of Phinney Ridge by Green Lake.
- Pave and make necessary repairs and adjustments to existing walkway along the southern edge of the Woodland park Zoo; north of North 50th Street from Fremont to Phinney avenues.
- Paint, or otherwise establish a better separation on the Inner Green Lake Loop and sign with stenciled “heels vs. wheels.”
The NW District Council has also asked Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to evaluate cost and feasibility for an additional two projects:
- Install two radar speed display signs on 8th Avenue NW from NW 85th Street to NW 100th Street.
- Construct textured crosswalks along NW 85th Street for at least one intersection; to be incorporated into SDOT’s major repaving project of 85th Street from I-5 to 15th Avenue NW, set to begin this fall. Textured crosswalks provide better visibility for motorists and pedestrians.
SDOT and Seattle Parks and Recreation will submit their analysis of the five projects by late June.
Tags: NW District Council, parks, safety, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, seattle parks & recreation, transportation
April 15th, 2011 by Thea Chard
Note: This post is from our sister site Queen Anne View.
Beginning at approximately 7 a.m. and running through the rest of the day on Thursday, April 14, Seattle Police Department and Washington State Patrol officers conducted a major safe driving enforcement patrol along Aurora Ave N.
Over the course of the day patrol officers tracked a total of 677 violations, wrote up 509 citations, clocked 331 speeders and doled out 198 warnings to drivers, according to the SPD Blotter. These numbers include 62 people caught driving while talking on their cell phones, 80 driving without insurance, 23 without a license, and a total of six who were arrested and charged with DUIs. Here’s the breakdown of violations, and subsequent tickets, for the day:
Tickets issued for the following violations:
Aggressive driving – 19
DUI Arrest – 6
Negligent Driving – 2
High speed – 66 in a 40 MPH zone
Cell phone – 62
No insurance – 80
No Operators License – 23
FTY to Pedestrians – 1
FTY Right of Way – 2
Unsafe Lane Change – 21
Follow to close – 2
School zone – 8
School zone (speed van) – 42
Bicycle – 2
Inattention – 2
Defective Equipment – 8
Illegal turns – 16
Signs Obey – 15
No seatbelt – 30
Vehicle License – 5
While SPD did dish out quite a lot of tickets along Aurora yesterday, officers say the primary aim of the patrol was safety. “The overall goal of the Aurora Avenue emphasis patrol is to promote safe driving behavior, not necessarily to write tickets. Tickets are however, a product of traffic law enforcement,” SPD said in a statement.
What do you think? Did the patrol help remind the public to drive safely along Aurora, which has an extremely high collision incident rate, or was it just an excuse for officers to hand out more tickets in a shorter amount of time? What do you think SPD and the city could do to make Aurora safer?
Tags: Aurora Avenue, DUI, safety, Seattle Police, speeding, traffic