I recently had the pleasure of spending some time riding on the world-class bikeways of Vancouver, B.C. and Portland, OR, and I can tell you this - our neighbors to the north and south are beating us when it comes to making sure our streets work for everyone.
Both cities have built expansive networks of neighborhood greenways - streets where everyone, from an eight-year-old child to her eighty-year-old grandmother, feels safe and comfortable riding a bike or walking to where they need to go. Seattle can do it too, but we need to speak up now to make it happen in the North Delridge neighborhood.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has scheduled two meetings to discuss the potential for a neighborhood greenway in North Delridge. At the first meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, SDOT will provide you with an overview of what neighborhood greenways are all about and they want to hear from you on issues like:
- What it’s like to bike and walk in North Delridge?
- Where it’s most challenging to bike and walk?
- Where you want to bike and walk?
- What the goals of a Delridge neighborhood greenway should be?
At the second meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 (same time and place), SDOT will present you with recommendations for where to build the greenway and what it will look like, along with listening to your feedback on their proposal and describing next steps with the project. We will follow up with more details on this meeting soon, but for now, please save the date.
Neighborhood greenways are residential streets generally parallel to main arterials with low volumes of auto traffic and low speeds, where people who walk and ride bicycles are given priority. Greenways have been improved for travel by people of all ages and abilities with things like safe arterial crossings, signage, paint, refuge medians and traffic diverters.
This is your chance to gather with your friends and neighbors in your community who are committed to making it safe and comfortable to walk and bike in your neighborhood.
Thanks for helping to make Delridge safer for everyone.