Change is afoot in Seattle. That’s the refrain that precedes a lot of conversations these days whether the topic is housing; public safety; business development; or transportation. Where many of us feel the stresses that growth and change put on the city is through our day-to-day movements and in dealing with the increased congestion of more cars and more limited parking.
So what is to be done? What are the common goals for mobility and access that we all share?
Join members of the Greenwood Community Council and the Phinney Ridge Community Council on Monday February 1st at 7:00 PM at 74th Street Ale House for a discussion around mobility and specifically parking for personal vehicles. We’ll use examples from the neighborhood as a jumping off point to discuss existing city parking policies.
We hope to see you there!
The GCC membership meeting on January 16, 2018 featured a panel discussion of transportation issues in Greenwood. Here are the presentations:
First, Rob Fellows gave a survey overview of transportation issues in the neighborhood. Rob is the GCC President and a member of the board of Feet First.
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Justin Martin and Robin Randels presented on what the local neigborhood greenways group and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is working on in Greenwood and elsewhere
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Finally, Doug MacDonald, a Greenwood resident and former State Transportation Secretary, commented on a variety of pedestrian issues in Greenwood and across Seattle.
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Doug also handed out some useful handouts (Unfortunately more investigation is needed to make the links work):
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and also this handy handout from SDOT:
Client Assistance Memo 2208: Sidewalk Maintenance and Repair
NOTE: This post has been updated to include links to presentations and handouts used during the meeting
7:00 Tuesday January 16, 2018
8016 Greenwood Ave. N
The pace of growth in Seattle leads to crowded streets, crowded buses and crowded sidewalks; meanwhile Seattle is making changes to respond. Tuesday’s GCC meeting will survey the many issues and changes to transportation in Greenwood, and discuss strategies for mobility, safety and maintaining and improving walkability in the neighborhood. After short presentations, we’ll open the floor for your observations and thoughts.
- Rob Fellows (GCC president and Feet First) will provide an overview of transportation changes and issues in Greenwood
- Justin Martin (Phinney-Greenwood Greenways) will discuss what Seattle Greenways is working on in Greenwood and elsewhere
- Douglas MacDonald (former State Transportation Secretary and Greenwood resident) will discuss sidewalk maintenance and safety
Presentations and Handouts
Forwarding this email from SDOT:
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My name is a Cayla Ravancho and I’m emailing you on behalf of the Seattle Department of Transportation and the Northgate ped/bike bridge project. I hope this message finds you well.
You may know about (or got the chance to attend) our open house that took place earlier this month. In addition to the event, we have an online open house that will be live through this Thursday 8/24. The link includes a survey that will help inform the next phase of design planning, and also has comment spaces for bikers/walkers to provide feedback. We’d love to hear from as many community members as possible, and would greatly appreciate it if you invited members of the Northgate Coalition to participate by sending the link along.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and consideration. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Help Decide Transportation Areas of Advocacy and Action for 2017
Transportation Committee Meeting
Monday, February 20, 7:00 pm
Flying Bike Brewery
Thank you to everyone who left a comment on the Greenwood Community Council’s website with your suggestions for issues to focus on in 2017. The feedback was great, and please feel free to add your thoughts ahead of our next GCC Transportation Committee Meeting on Feb. 20 at Flying Bike Brewery.
In our meeting on Feb. 20 we’ll look at the list of suggested items, drill into specifics, and decide on actions or advocacy we might take on in the year ahead. Please dave the date, I hope to see you there!
The Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee wants to hear from you! What issues are of interest to you in 2017? What transportation items would you like to learn more about? Are there specific issues that you’d like to advocate around?
Please leave a comment on this page indicating what transportation issues are of interest. We’ll follow-up with a meeting in February, 2017 which will be an opportunity to drill down into any ideas that have been offered.
What’s in the Sound Transit 3 package and how much will it cost?
This November residents of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will vote on the next iteration of expansion of Sound Transit services, known as Sound Transit 3 (ST3). The package includes more than 60 miles of new light rail lines across Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, and the Eastside. As well as Eastside bus rapid transit service, expansion of Sounder commuter rail, and the addition of parking capacity at various transit stations. Needless to say, ST3 is big. Passage of the ballot measure will mean our region will make an approximate $54 billion investment in transit expansion and will see big new transit projects come on line every few years between now and 2041.
The Greenwood Community CouncilWe wants to help Greenwood residents make an informed voting decision on ST3. In our September general meeting we’ll delve into the details of the proposed projects in the plan, the project timelines, and the funding structure and projected costs to Puget Sound residents.
Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.
7:00 Welcome and introductions
7:10 Committee Reports
Health & Safety
Call for volunteers
7:30 Update from the property owner on plans for Greenwood explosion site
7:45 Sound Transit 3
- Context and background
- Overview of ST3 Projects
- How will ST3 affect NW Seattle?
- Project timelines
- Funding structure and costs
8:10 Open Question and Answer Session
Sound Transit 3 website
Seattle Transit Blog coverage
Seattle Times ST3 cost calculator
Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee Meeting
Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan Update
Monday, August 1st, 7:00 PM, Couth Buzzard Books
Please join the Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee on Monday, August 1st for a meeting focused on the recently updated Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan. (PMP) We will be joined by representatives from the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board and SDOT to go over the updates to the PMP and their process for updating the plan. SDOT is soliciting feedback and comments on the PMP through August 12th, and this will be a great opportunity to learn about the PMP’s content and offer input. We hope to see you there!
About the Pedestrian Master Plan:
The Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP) is a long-term action plan to make Seattle the most walkable and accessible city in the nation. SDOT uses the PMP to prioritize pedestrian investments throughout the city including new sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, and many other improvements that make it easier to walk in our neighborhoods. The Plan lays out the key strategies and actions that SDOT will use to achieve its vision of making Seattle the most walkable and accessible city in the nation, and it establishes the performance measures we will use to gauge our success.
Greenwood Community Council Transportation will not be meeting in April. Please check out Sound Transit and Metro Long Range Plan!!
April is a big month for our region’s two significant transit agencies. The Draft Plan for Sound Transit 3, a 25-year $50 billion proposal to expand our light rail network, was released for review and public comments. We also saw King County Metro release their release a draft of their Long Range Plan, a vision for vastly expanded service between now and 2040.
Both agencies are currently soliciting input from the public, and they will be joint-hosting a Community Open House at Ballard High School on April 19th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Both agencies also have very good websites for the respective plans and are seeking feedback through on-line surveys. (Sound Transit 3 Survey can be found here, and the Metro Long Range Plan survey here).
Please join the Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee for our March meeting, on Monday March 7th at 7:00 PM at Flying Bike Brewery in Greenwood.
Out topic will be a discussion on speed limits on neighborhood streets and we’ll be joined by our neighbors from Greenwood-Phinney Greenways to discuss their work around advocating for speed limit reductions on neighborhood streets.
I hope to see you there!
Greetings friends! The Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee has been on hiatus for a while from our usual monthly meetings, BUT, we’re going to gear-up and get rolling once again in 2016!
Please take note that our next meeting will be held on Monday, January 4th, 2016 at the Flying Bike Brewery.
The topic for this meeting is To Be Determined, and we’d love your input as to what topics, initiatives, projects, etc. the Transportation Committee might take up in 2016. Please reach out to Ben Mitchell at email@example.com with any suggestions.
Take care and have a great December and New Year!
Pedestrian Issues in Greenwood
November Membership Meeting
Tuesday November 17, 7:00 – 8:30
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.
This will be a great opportunity to hear about projects that are going on right now, chime in on your issues and priorities, and find out how to be engaged. We hope to see you there!
- Welcome/overview of meeting agenda (7:00 PM)
- Overview of upcoming GCC meeting topics
- Overview of committees and Board
- Committee Report Outs – Committee Chairs
- Land use
- Health and Safety
- Outreach – call for interested volunteers
- Guest Speakers, Pedestrian Issues
- Pedestrian Master plan – SDOT
- Greenwood/Phinney Greenways – Lee Bruch
- Update on Interurban Improvement Project – Keith Bates
- Audience Q&A
- Poll areas of interest
- How to stay involved
- Meeting Close (8:30 PM)
Please note that the Library’s garage closes at 8PM, so if you park in the library you will need to move your car before then.
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The Community Council normally meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, but for April and May we will meet on the fourth Tuesday instead.
April Membership Meeting
Tuesday April 22, 7:00 – 8:30
Greenwood Public Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N
Greenwood Transit/Sidewalk Project
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is working on a design for transit improvements and new sidewalks on Greenwood Ave. between N. 90th and N. 105th. SDOT representatives will present their plans and answer questions.
This project would bring long-desired sidewalks to Greenwood Ave.! It includes funding to build sidewalks on the east side of the street, and to design sidewalks on the west side that would be well-positioned for funding. Sidewalks design will affect where on-street parking is available.
The transit improvements are intended to remove the need for buses to wait for traffic to clear before they pull back into traffic after stopping for passengers. Instead of pulling out of traffic, the buses would stop in-lane, and cars would wait while passengers get on and off the bus. Bicycles would be routed behind a bus “island” so they could continue without stopping behind the buses, similar to the operation on Dexter Ave. N. This is a somewhat controversial approach worth discussion.
7:00 Introductions and Agenda Review
7:10 SDOT Presentation (Rob Gorman, Paul Elliot), followed by Q&A and discussion
7:50 Around the Table Updates
– Report from the Neighborhood Summit
– Comprehensive Plan update
– Greenwood Library Park update
– Microhousing and low-rise development regulations update
8:20 Announcements and Next Meeting Topic
SDOT is having an open house this evening between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girl’s Club on proposed improvements to Fremont Ave. N. An announcement for the meeting is here. The Boys and Girls Club is at 8635 Fremont Ave. N.
There is a competing proposal you should know about to continue the Interurban Trail that now connects from 105th up to Lynnwood using the old Interurban/City Light right of way. The right-of-way still exists south of 105th a half block from Fremont, and could be a better option for walking and biking if funding could be found to implement it. The proposal to extend the trail on the Interurban right of way is here.
My apologies for the last minute notice on this – just learned about the meeting today.
UPDATE: Due to rain this event will be rescheduled for a different night – watch for a new date and time soon.
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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.
Who: We invite any concerned residents, employees, employers and local city officials to join the GCC on this walk.
When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20th
Where: Meet at Naked City Taphouse at 8510 Greenwood Ave N at 8:30 p.m. Leave Naked City at 9 p.m., travel north to 105th St., then return.
Greenwood Community Council
7:00 PM Tuesday May 21
Greenwood Public Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N
Topic: Improving Greenwood for Walking and Biking
• 7:00 – Welcome and Introductions
• 7:05 – Round robin updates and announcements
• 7:15 – Discussion: what is the experience of walking and biking around Greenwood?
• 7:45 – Short presentations on specific projects/proposals
• 8:15 – (Separate topic): Presentation on proposed project at 1st NW and NW 85th (Pizza Hut)
• 8:30 – Adjourn
This meeting will provide an open forum about pedestrian and biking and how to improve the experience of walking and biking in our neighborhood. We are also inviting people who have specific proposals or agendas to make brief presentations.
We’ve also been asked by the developers of a proposed project at the old Pizza Hut site across from Fred Meyer for an opportunity to share their thinking and get your feedback. They are still at the planning stage, when new ideas can be incorporated.
The Greenwood Community Council usually meets on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months at 7PM in the Greenwood Library.