The trail is especially popular during the warm spring and summer months. Photo by the author.
On Thursday night the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) hosted an open house on the alternatives for completing the unfinished part of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard. The 1.4 mile “missing link” is the only incomplete portion of the trail, and advocates have been trying to build it for decades. Planning and design was finally underway until 2009, when a group of industrial businesses along Shilshole Avenue sued; they argue its unsafe for their trucks and trains to interact with bicyclists and pedestrians. SDOT is now moving to complete a $2 million environmental impact statement (EIS) of three possible routes by spring 2016.
Posted in Biking, Government, Industrial, Land Use, Public Participation, Rail, Roads, Transportation, Walking
Tagged alternatives, Ballard, Ballard Bridge, Ballard Chamber of Commerce, bicycles, bikes, Burke, Burke-Gilman, Cascade Bicycle Club, community, cost, department of transportation, eis, environmental impact statement, Environmental Science Associates, ESA, Gilman, hospital, improvements, injuries, intersections, lawsuit, meeting, missing link, pedestrians, process, safety, SDOT, Seattle, Seattle Bike Blog, Shishole, Shishole Avenue, study, timeline, trail
In April I had the pleasure of presenting with fellow urbanists and writers at the 2015 National Planning Conference in Seattle. Our panel, “Planning with Grassroots Media”, sought to enlighten city planners on how local blogs and neighborhood websites can greatly improve planning processes and boost public participation. The audience was spilling out the door and we had some great questions, so the presentation and audio recording are now being made available in this post.
Posted in Editorial, Event Writeup, Government, Public Participation
Tagged 2015, American Planning Association, APA, blogs, conference, engagement, grassroots media, Josh Feit, National Planning Conference, neighborhoods, Nick Welch, Northwest Urbanist, NPC, online, Owen Pickford, presentaiton, public participation, PubliCola, Scott Bonjukian, Seattle, The Urbanist, traditional media
The SLU line at its southern terminus. (Photo by the author)
Two at-large candidates for the 2015 Seattle City Council election, John Roderick and Alon Bassok, have jointly proposed a vision for a citywide municipal rail system. Documents released on Wednesday propose a 75-100 mile network built within a decade and funded with a $1 billion property tax levy. It harkens back to the streetcar system Seattle had before it was dismantled in the 1940s. The bold concept goes far beyond what any local transportation agency is planning, and until the election in November it’s uncertain whether the idea can gain momentum.
Posted in Government, Rail, Transportation
Tagged Alon Bassok, candidates, district 8, district 9, election, funding, head tax, historic, history, John Roderick, length, levy, map, municipal rail, neighborhood, plan, position, property tax, proposal, Seattle City Council, streetcar
The U-District parklet on 43rd Street opened during the neighborhood’s popular street fair. (Photo by Andres Salomon)
During the University District Street Fair last weekend the neighborhood welcomed its first official parklet. Located on 43rd Street at University Way, the parklet replaces two parking spaces and complements a Pronto bike share station outside of an ice cream shop and near several restaurants. It’s the latest example of the City of Seattle’s efforts to create open spaces in public right-of-way, and another is on the way just across the street.
Posted in Biking, Parking, Parks, Policy, Public Space
Tagged bike share, City of Seattle, Cory Crocker, design, features, First, materials, neighborhood, Park(ing) Day, parklet, pilot program, Prono, streaterie, street fair, streetfair, U District Square, U-District, university district
Traffic congestion at Denny and Stewart. Photo by the author.
Today King County Metro released a more refined “Alternative 3″ for how bus service can be restructured around Seattle’s two new light stations opening early next year. This proposal is a hybrid of two earlier options and incorporates a wide variety of public feedback. And, critically, this version includes Prop 1 service hours approved by Seattle voters last year. Throughout May Metro and Sound Transit are conducting another round of public outreach to see where tweaks can be made, and then a final proposal will be sent to the King County Council this summer and implemented March 2016. Check the Metro website for more information.
Posted in Buses, Rail, Transportation
Tagged alternative 3, Capitol Hill, Central District, changes, connections, deletions, Eastside, frequency, light rail, Link, metro, northeast Seattle, proposal, restructure, routes, service, sound transit, Sounding Board, SR-520, summary, U-District, U-Link, university district
Eastbound on Ravenna Boulevard. Photo by the author.
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) staff hosted an open house on Tuesday to present conceptual plans for improving bike routes in northeast Seattle between East Green Lake Way N and 20th Avenue NE. Most of the project will simply be the installation of standard plastic posts between the existing bike lanes and vehicle lanes on Ravenna Boulevard. The project will also extend protected bike lanes (PBL) east to 15th Avenue NE, install new PBLs on Cowen Place and the Cowen Park Bridge, and create a two-way route for bicyclists on NE 62nd Street.
Posted in Biking, Cars, Schools, Transportation, Walking
Tagged 15th Avenue, 62nd Street, Boulevard, budget, Cascade Bicycle Club, Cowen Park, Cowen Place, department of transportation, features, Green Lake, improvements, intersections, Olmstead, Parks Department, PBL, project, protected bike lanes, Ravenna, Ravenna Park, redesign, safety, SDOT, Seattle, timeline, University Greenways