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Community survey for Safe Routes to School for three new schools coming to Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street

January 18th, 2016 by Doree

Several community groups are working together to make safer routes for children to get to school at the three new schools opening in the fall of 2017 at Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street.

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Many students will have to cross major streets, including Aurora, 85th, I-5 and 105th/Northgate Way.

The groups already conducted safety audits of the area, and now would like community input on pedestrian safety so they can provide that information to the city’s School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police and the City of Seattle.

Take the survey here. The survey is being conducted by Licton-Haller Greenways, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. At the end of the survey, you can enter a drawing for raffle prizes for gift certificates from Woodlands Pizza, Fred Meyer and other local businesses.

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Safety improvements coming to Bitter Lake after Mayor’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk in November

January 17th, 2016 by Doree

Following the Bitter Lake neighborhood’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk with Mayor Ed Murray on Nov. 14, several city agencies are making improvements:

  • Parks has a contractor lined up and is working with Bitter Lake P-Patch gardeners to coordinate the installation of the gunite encapsulation of the gabions to prevent further injuries
  • The North Precinct has increased patrol on Linden Ave
  • 3 incidences of graffiti removed
  • Parks pruned vegetation along Bitter Lake shoreline
  • Traffic calming on N 143rd St (in process)
  • Department of Transportation (SDOT) is meeting next week to review the Linden Ave corridor and anticipates key improvements and updates will be made (in process)

SDOT representatives will be present at the Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133) on January 21st, from 7-8pm to address the traffic calming project and additional SDOT improvements in Bitter Lake.

In addition, community groups, using grants distributed as part of the Find It, Fix It Community Walk, are implementing neighborhood projects:

  • PTA’s playground cleanup project at Broadview Thomson K-8
  • Interpretive sign at Bitter Lake shoreline (in process)
  • Community Center art project (in process)
  • P-Patch art project (in process)
  • What do you love about Bitter Lake? (in process)

As a reminder, please continue to use the Find It, Fix It App to report issues. The app can be found in the iTunes and Google Play stores. In addition, please take our new survey and give us feedback on the walk.

At the Mayor’s Find it Fix it Tour on November 14, 2015 the community expressed strong concerns with traffic on N 143rd St. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) confirmed this corridor is used as a cut-through route from Aurora to Greenwood. People driving should use N 145th St, one block to the north.

At the meeting on January 21, we will provide traffic data to the community and discuss potential improvements. If the community chooses to pursue improvements, the best funding source is the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund. Project applications are due February 8. Find the application and learn more atwww.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-park-and-street-fund.

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Greenwood Community Council to discuss pedestrian issues Tuesday

November 16th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council will discuss pedestrian issues at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Join the Greenwood Community Council to hear from guest speakers and engage in discussion of pedestrian and safety issues including sidewalks, safe routes to schools, dedicated facilities for non-motorized transport (e.g. the Interurban Trail), Seattle’s update to the Pedestrian Master Plan, and more.

The recent passage of the Move Seattle Transportation levy will see new investments in Seattle’s pedestrian infrastructure; and Greenwood and North Seattle are sure to see many new pedestrian-focused projects in the coming years. Come out to hear from representatives from the Seattle Department of Transportation, as well as community members engaged in various pedestrian issues.

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Neighborhood groups conducting audits of safe routes to new schools at North 90th Street

November 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Licton-Haller Greenways and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways are conducting audits of safe routes for children to get to the three new schools that will open in fall of 2017 on North 90th Street, one block east of Aurora.

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including many students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits of potential routes, which will be conducted by walking and biking. The walks will be between 1-1/2 and 2 hours long, followed by a review session. Food and refreshments will be supplied during the review session.

The audits will result in a report to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police, and City of Seattle to encourage the implementation of needed safety improvements prior to the schools’ opening.

Audits are currently scheduled for the afternoons of Wednesday Nov. 11 (Veterans Day, a school holiday), and Saturday, Nov. 14. A third day could possibly be added, depending on interest.

For more information or to RSVP to attend an audit, please email LictonHallerGreenways@gmail.com.

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Prop. 1 proponents to lead public safety walk through Greenwood today

October 27th, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, Feet First and Cascade Bicycle Club will be walking through Greenwood today in support of the Prop 1 Let’s Move Seattle levy.

They’ll start at Greenwood Elementary School, 144 NW 80th St., at 3 p.m. and walk until about 4:30 p.m., highlighting safe – and dangerous – places for adults and children to walk and cross the streets, areas where new sidewalks should be constructed, and advocating for other safety improvements. The public is invited to join them.

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Reminder: Pedestrian improvements to 3rd Ave NW and NW 56th St starting today

June 15th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation began making pedestrian improvements at 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place today (Monday), as part of its Neighborhood Street Fund and Safe Routes to Schools program.

Project elements include:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way, southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian crossing safety, especially for West Woodland Elementary students
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb extensions on 3rd Avenue NW and at the intersection of NW 55th Place and NW 55th
  • Street to shorten the length of pedestrian crossings
  • Upgrading curb ramps to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
  • Adding minor drainage improvements

Project Benefits:

  • ADA-compliant curb ramps, for smoother and better access
  • Curb bulbs to facilitate safer, shorter crossings for pedestrians and bike riders
  • Adding signage to reduce vehicle speeds and notify drivers of pedestrian crossings

3rd Ave & 56th St improvements June 2015

Work will take about eight weeks, depending on the weather. Construction will result in short-term parking and lane restrictions on NW 56th Street, NW 56th Place and 3rd Avenue NW; temporary road closures on NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place (residential access will be maintained); temporary pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas; and tree trimming at intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street. Work will typically be done between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, with some weekend work possible.

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Reminder: Community safety meeting tonight

March 31st, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that tonight (Monday) is a community safety meeting with members of Seattle Police Department, in the wake of last month’s murder in Greenwood. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St. SPD offices will offer updates on the recent homicide, educate the community about the North Precinct’s resources, and talk about crime prevention, street safety and how-to’s of 9-1-1 usage.

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Community safety meeting next Monday

March 25th, 2014 by Doree

Community liaisons from the Seattle Police Department will hold a safety meeting for residents who are concerned after last month’s fatal shooting in Greenwood. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St.

The purpose of the meeting will be to offer updates on the recent homicide, to educate the community about the North Precinct’s resources, and to talk about crime prevention, street safety and how-to’s of 9-1-1 usage.

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Join Greenwood Community Council members to document walking along unsafe areas of Greenwood Avenue

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 info@greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org.

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