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On Monday, April 1, a week after a suspected drunk driver hit four pedestrians in front of Eckstein Middle School, killing two people and severely injuring two more, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways will be leading a memorial walk.
On the afternoon of Monday, March 25, the Schulte family was crossing the street on Northeast 75th Street and 33rd Avenue Northeast when the driver, Mark Mullan, ran into them with his pickup truck, killing Dennis and Judy Schulte and leaving their daughter-in-law and her infant son critically injured.
Trying to send the message that “Crossing streets with dignity is our right as people everywhere in Seattle,” Seattle Neighborhhood Greenways are encouraging people to come out for the memorial walk and pay respect to the couple killed while calling for safer neighborhood streets.
Leaving at 4 p.m. from Top Pot Doughnuts, 6845 35th Ave NE, the walk will visit the crash site as well as the proposed Northeast Seattle Greenway.
People are encouraged to bring flowers or canned food, which will be taken to the University Food Bank. One can also donate to an online medical fund for Karina and baby Elias or memorial fund for Dennis and Judy Schulte.
Memorial Walk details:
When: Monday, April 1. 4 – 5 p.m.
Start: Top Pot Doughnuts, 6855 35th NE.
- To pay your respects to the retired couple that was killed.
- To call for safer streets and support changes now that will save hundreds of lives in the future.
- Walk for yourself, your family and your community.
In February, Max announced that he’d be leaving Seattle and Cascade Bicycle Club to lead a grassroots bike walk initiative on the East Coast. Max is Sports Backers’ first director of Bike Walk RVA, a new regional program to support bike- and pedestrian-friendly policies, programs and infrastructure projects in Central Virginia.
The Richmond Times Dispatch caught up with Max to talk about the new job, the experience he brings from Seattle, greenways and what making Richmond a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly city would mean for its citizens.
“Richmond is smaller than Seattle, but there are bike infrastructure things they can do. They can learn from Seattle. Seattle learned a lot from Portland.
So, there’s this sort of evolution of learning and best practices that I think Richmond can benefit from quite a bit.
…Seattle is starting to build a network of what’s called “neighborhood greenways.” Put simply, they’re residential streets that are engineered for low vehicle speeds and low vehicle volumes — just kind of envision your quiet neighborhood street. Portland has a whole citywide network of those from one end of the city to the other.
…I think that Richmond would benefit from a high-impact, high-visibility urban protected bikeway.
It’s an on-street bikeway that’s physically protected from cars. I wouldn’t say that’s low-hanging fruit because that’s going to take a lot of political will to get built, but it’s something that would be very beneficial to the city.
…What’s really appealing about this job is there’s some stuff out there, there’s some infrastructure on the ground, but it’s much more of a blank canvas. I know it’s going to take a lot of time, but it’s going to be really exciting to see that network develop over time.
I’m really excited about working with other advocates in the communities to create a shared vision for what that should look like.”
We’re excited to see that Max has hit the (East Coast) ground running. Good luck, Max!
Read the full story, here.
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