Posts for 'Public Safety'

Parks and Neighborhoods Committee recap: Parks saves taxpayer money, Levy Oversight committee spends it wisely

January 20th, 2012

We held the first meeting of the new Parks and Neighborhoods committee Thursday, January 19, 2012. See the meeting agenda. Our committee attendance was VERY small, due to icy conditions on the roads.  I missed our usual crowd, but I’m glad people were wise and stayed warm and safe at home. One important note for […]

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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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King County Council recognizes the work of Robin Abel & Norm Maleng

July 6th, 2011

About 400 motor vehicle collisions caused by debris falling from a moving vehicle happen every year on Washington roadways. The result can be horrendous injuries and even fatalities, all of which could be avoided if drivers secured what they’re hauling. The statewide emphasis and tougher new laws on securing loads is largely due to the […]

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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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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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Peace on Wheels

May 20th, 2011

You may have noticed a lot of bicyclists on our streets this sunny morning.  It’s Bike to Work Day!  I have written many times (here, here, and here) about Neighborhood Greenways on my blog, and I am working with other leaders in our community to create alternatives for those bicyclists, who, like me, want safe and […]

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South Park Bridge groundbreaking & celebration on Thursday

May 3rd, 2011

It’s tough to beat an afternoon party, especially one that features a 20-foot pinata and officially kicks off the construction of a new bridge reconnecting the South Park neighborhood to the rest of the city. Check out the West Seattle Blog for details on the pinata replica of the 16th Avenue Bridge, which will be suspended from a crane before it’s […]

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Of turkey sandwiches, personal responsibility, and emergency preparedness

April 20th, 2011

Thomas Goldstein (of Washington Bus fame) and I had lunch together Tuesday, and although it may sound like a  snore-inducing discussion, we talked about Seattle’s emergency preparedness opportunities. We met at Bakeman’s on Cherry Street, where a typical disaster only involves dribbling cranberry sauce off a turkey sandwich  down my front. I am sure you […]

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Neighborhood Greenways: Questions, Possible Answers, and Food for Thought – The FAQ’s.

April 11th, 2011

Following my ride last weekend with a number of bike advocates, Cathy Tuttle from Spokespeople invited me to provide further information about my vision for Neighborhood Greenways. The answers that follow are mine and only meant to provide information and inspire discussion. I welcome your input and further refinement, as these ideas could become the […]

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Pedaling toward proposed Bicycle Greenways

April 11th, 2011

I spent last Saturday pedaling neighborhood streets with two dozen bicyclists in Northeast Seattle. Our goal was to identify a few residential streets that could become part of our first Neighborhood Greenway, much like what we saw in Portland last month. Many of these riders brought their kids, who rode in trailers, wagons, and some […]

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