Posts for 'Transportation'

Proposed 2013 budget keeps greenways and cycle tracks moving forward

October 2nd, 2012

Today, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Peter Hahn gave his department’s presentation (PDF) to the City Council Budget Committee. (Download the SDOT section or the entire proposed budget from the Mayor for 2013-2014 from this page – see the left navigation pane). SDOT described two categories of investment: Addressing the maintenance backlog (street repair, bridge maintenance and […]

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Don’t forget: Ride free area ending and Metro routes changing

September 13th, 2012

If you ride the bus, please get ready for what we call a “period of transition” in early October. By now you’ve probably already heard that the downtown ride free area (or RFA) is ending on Saturday September 29.  It was eliminated (after 40 years of service) by the King County Council to help the […]

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Ballard’s greening of an old streetcar line: 14th Ave NW Park Boulevard

May 16th, 2012

You might have heard about the 14th Ave NW Park Boulevard to be constructed in Ballard; it’s been getting significant media coverage lately: A question of a park or parking in Ballard (KING) Plan for new Ballard park stirs up battle over parking (Seattle Times) Seattle Times turns park discussion into battle over parking (Publicola) […]

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Neighborhoods take action against crime

January 25th, 2012

On Monday night I joined a nighttime walk-about with the Southeast Seattle Crime Prevention Council (SSCPC), a nonprofit community group committed to addressing crime and public safety issues. Roughly 25 neighbors from the Rainier Beach, Beacon Hill, Mt. Baker, and Othello neighborhoods joined security officers from Sound Transit and Seattle Police officers from the South […]

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Crossing the Cascade Curtain: Seattle for Washington

January 17th, 2012

Yesterday I went to Olympia with fellow Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Richard Conlin, and Sally Clark as part of our Seattle for Washington strategy. Being in Olympia yesterday was like being inside a snow globe. Outside, that is. Inside the Capitol Building, it was abnormally calm and quiet because of the weather forecast. We Councilmembers divided […]

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Lower speed limits protect public health and safety and set the stage for Neighborhood Greenways

October 27th, 2011

Last year’s HR 1217, a state bill designed to make it easier for Washington cities to lower speed limits on non-arterial roadways, received bipartisan support in the House and passed unanimously – unanimously! – thanks to Shoreline’s Representative Cindy Ryu’s leadership. Alas, it stalled in the Senate. This year, Rep. Ryu is again leading the […]

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The Comp Plan: a roadmap for the next 20 years

July 26th, 2011

I’ve posted this reminder before, but here’s a new push to remind people that the decisions the city makes now will have great implications in the future. We need your thoughts on updating Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan – the vision for how Seattle will evolve over the next two decades. There’s a great YouTube video that explains the purpose of the Comp Plan and directs […]

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Planning & Development needs your help with the Comprehensive Plan

July 5th, 2011

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is updating Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan – the vision for how Seattle will evolve over the next two decades. A population increase of 20% is predicted, and the City needs to plan on how best to improve opportunities in housing and business and provide for public services. DPD has […]

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July/August Walk Bike Ride Challenge starts today

July 1st, 2011

  Seattle Department of Transportation has been running the Walk Bike Ride Challenge for about a year.  This program encourages folks to switch to walking, cycling and transit.  Participants become part of a community making a difference on many fronts, including personal health and improved air quality in Seattle. When you enroll, you’ll receive weekly […]

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Positive Motion: Putting us in our Places!

June 15th, 2011

For decades in Seattle we have argued over road real estate. We all want our space on the road, whether we drive a truck or bus, commute by car, walk to work, or ride a bike. Sharing that space — especially when we are in a hurry — brings out our cranky side, and our […]

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