Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board Accepting Applications for New 2-Year Members

bikesThe Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) is accepting applications for new members to advise the City on the concerns and needs of the growing bicycling community. The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1977, plays an influential role in implementing the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Current members represent all types of cyclists and skill levels, from casual weekend riders to year-round commuters.  Members must be Seattle residents and may not be city employees. The board meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Seattle City Hall, 5th Ave. & James St. downtown, in the Boards and Commissions Room, L280.

Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council are committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, youths, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are encouraged to apply. Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by June 6th to walkandbike@seattle.gov with “SBAB” in the subject line. Interested persons without internet access may call 206-684-7583.

To learn more about the board or join the mailing list for agendas and other board updates, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/sbab/default.htm.

West Seattle Transportation Coalition: How Would You Would Fund Buses?

RR C @ Fauntleroy FerryThe West Seattle Transportation Coalition has launched a funding poll in response to city plans to provide additional funding to King County Metro to support Seattle bus routes.

There have been heated debates discussing funding sources for Metro and WSTC wanted to see what the public wants. Please take the very short survey:

http://www.westseattletc.org/metro-funding-poll-may-2014

On May 13, 2014 in response to King County Proposition 1 failing countywide, but passing inside of the City by 66% in favor, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his funding proposal for preserving King County Metro bus services inside of the city only (details here on Murray’s website). Prior to this announcement, another, now suspended, ballot initiative was filed by the group Keep Seattle Moving. The core funding differences for the plans are as follows:

  • Murray plan: $60 car tab fee and a 0.01% sales tax.
  • Keep Seattle Moving plan: $0.22 per $1000 of value property tax.

Results of the WSTC poll will be forwarded to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council.  There are no selections for “other,” nor are there selections for charging developers impact fees or for raising bus fares.

Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition Hosting Special Sustainable Practice Walks

Rain2RiverExperience your neighborhood on foot while discovering how you can make it a better place. The event is called Rain2River and there are two dates when you can participate:

  • April 27, Sunday – Rain2River Walk South Park
    • 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave. S, South Park
    • RSVP by clicking here, participation is free
  • May 4, Sunday – Rain2River Walk West Seattle
    • 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, West Seattle
    • RSVP by clicking here, participation is free

The event consists of two different parts: a walk and a boat tour. The focus of the walk will be to learn about grey and green infrastructure, sustainable practices, polluted runoff (stormwater), easy solutions to keep contamination from reaching our rivers and Puget Sound, and what’s being currently being done by local neighbors/organizations to prevent this from happening. In addition to informing and educating, the program will also be providing tangible, realistic solutions to this problem.

Everyone who attends the walk also gets to go on a two-hour boat tour on the Duwamish River on a later date roughly two to three weeks afterwards.

For more information contact Anna Mines, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group, by email at anna@duwamishcleanup.org, or by phone at 206-427 1475.

Register Now for Your Spot on Alki Avenue – Summer Streets Returns May 18

AlkiSummerStreetsGet Ready.  Alki Summer Streets is back on Sunday, May 18 from 11:oo am to 5:00 pm!

This free event opens the city’s largest public space – the streets – so people can walk, bike, roll, run, skip and shop – without having to watch out for vehicles.

As in the past, Summer Streets is partnering with the West Seattle High School PTSA 5K Run/Walk.
Get Involved. Sign up to participate on the city’s website by April 4 to ensure a spot and get on our activity map. Alki always looks forward to the event. Host an activity, promote a special sale and expose your organization to thousands of neighbors!

Seattle Summer Streets fosters civic pride and represent investments in Seattle’s vitality, livability and diversity. Show you care about your neighborhood and engage thousands of fellow Seattleites during this fantastic Sunday party. If you have participated before, you know how fun and rewarding Summer Streets is, and you’re invited back to come and play.
Get Updates. Follow the program on Facebook to get the latest scoop and see videos and pictures of past events. Email questions to Summer.Streets@Seattle.gov.

Make sure you sign up to participate on the city’s website by April 4 so you can get a prime spot on Alki Avenue. 

Lowman Beach Combined Sewer Overflow Project Update, Soil Wall Being Built

MurraySoilWallFlyerDuring the week of March 17, King County’s contractor will begin work to stabilize the Lincoln Park Way SW hillside behind the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Facility project site. Stabilizing the hillside will control erosion and protect nearby private property and streets during excavation for the facility’s one-million gallon storage tank. The facility will help keep sewage and polluted stormwater out of Puget Sound.

To build a soil nail wall, crews drill steel rods into the hillside and attach them to a screen. The screen will then be covered in concrete to complete the wall and reinforce the hillside.

Crews will first improve access to the site from Beach Drive SW for heavy machinery needed to build the soil nail wall. The machinery will be tested during the week of March 17, and work to begin building the soil nail wall will start during the week of March 24.  The work is expected to take about one month to complete.

What to expect:

  • Work will occur on weekdays from 7:00 am through 6:00 pm
  • Continued access to Beach Drive SW, Lowman Beach Park’s facilities and beach
  • No parking on the eastern side of Beach Drive SW; imited parking on the western side of Beach Drive SW
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists are encouraged to use Beach Drive SW’s western sidewalk
  • Increased noise and activity
  • Heavy equipment and truck traffic on and around the project site

For more information or to comment call the 24-hour project information line: 206-205-9186, or search “Murray tank” at kingcounty.gov. Send questions to the online feedback form.  For further information contact Doug Marsano, Community Relations Lead, King County Wastewater Treatment Division by phone at 206-477-5549, or cell at 206-423-0480, or email at Doug.Marsano@kingcounty.gov

City Asks for Citizen Input via Survey for Selecting New SDOT Chief

Mayor'sLogoSeattle Mayor Ed Murray yesterday said he will conduct a national search to find an experienced, visionary, accountable executive to lead the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). As part of that process he’s asking Seattle citizens and residents to weigh in on the process by taking a survey which asks what Seattle wants in a Transportation Chief.  Take the survey here.

“We’re looking for a leader who can develop a comprehensive strategy to harmonize the many transportation options available in our city,” Murray said. “As Seattle continues to grow, our multi-modal offerings must be coordinated with one another and with regional systems. We need to stay true to the goals of our City’s pedestrian, bicycle, transit and freight plans, but the larger goal is to integrate these modes to move people and goods seamlessly and efficiently.”

Similar to the process for identifying Seattle’s next Police Chief, the Mayor’s office is moving quickly to name a new Director of Transportation while allowing time to encourage and consider community input with the help of a Community Advisory Committee. The committee is co-chaired by Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl and former SDOT Director John Okamoto and is comprised of transportation experts with representatives from Transportation Choices Coalition, Feet First, Cascade Bicycle Club and WA Bus, among other organizations.

An eight-member Search Committee will then integrate those community perspectives into the search and will work with a firm to review applicants and present finalists to the Mayor for his consideration. The Search Committee is also co-chaired by Earl and Okamoto.

There are several ways the public can engage in this process beginning today:

  • The Mayor’s Office is inviting the community to comment on desired qualities for the Transportation Director. Those community perspectives will be shared with the Advisory Committee for their review and consideration in creating selection criteria for the Search Committee. To participate, please visit http://murray.seattle.gov/sdotdirector to participate in a short survey which will be available until mid-April.
  • The Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit, to be held April 5 at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, will offer another opportunity to provide feedback. Learn more about the Summit at http://seattle.gov/sns2014.

By mid-April, the Community Advisory Committee will finalize their assessment criteria for use by the Search Committee. A national search will then commence. It’s expected that interviews will be conducted in late May with a decision by June.

Learn more about the process and participate in the feedback process by visiting http://murray.seattle.gov/sdotdirector.

The Director of Transportation reports to the Mayor and has management oversight of more than 750 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $400 million.

The Community Advisory Committee members are listed below:

  • Joni Earl (Co-Chair), CEO, Sound Transit
  • John Okamoto (Co-Chair), Former SDOT Director
  • Kate Joncas, President, Downtown Seattle Association
  • Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director, Cascade Bicycle Club
  • Jessyn Farrell, 46th District State Representative, WA State Legislature
  • David Kalberer, Transportation Consultant
  • Rob Johnson, Executive Director, Transportation Choices Coalition
  • Tom Rasmussen, Transportation Committee Chair, Seattle City Council
  • Lisa Quinn, Executive Director, Feet First
  • Josh Kavanagh, Director of Transportation, University of WA
  • Kurt Beckett, Chief of Staff, Port of Seattle
  • Toby Chrittenden, Executive Director, WA Bus
  • Kevin Desmond, General Manager, King County Metro Transit
  • Martin Duke, Editor and Founder, Seattle Transit Blog
  • Barb Chamberlain, WA Bikes
  • Hilary Franz, Executive Director, Futurewise
  • John Franklin, HDR Inc.
  • Warren Aakervik, Chair, Seattle Freight Advisory Board
  • Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Director of Transportation, Children’s Hospital
  • Ann Martin, Co-Chair, Seattle Transportation Levy Oversight Committee
  • Aaron Ostrom, Executive Director, Fuse WA
  • Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
  • Lara Normand, Member, Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board
  • Keith Weir, Assistant Executive Secretary, Seattle Building Trades
  • Genesee Adkins, Government Relations Director, King County Executive’s Office
  • Joe Vinson, SDOT employee
  • Jennifer Wieland, SDOT employee
  • Shiv Batra, Transportation Engineer

Apply Now for Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board, Deadline Is January 6

pmp4_headerHelp Get Seattle Walking

Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board seeks new members

The City of Seattle is accepting applications for new Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board members to help make walking in Seattle safer, easier and more attractive.  The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1993, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. The board should include people who walk (or travel via wheelchair or other mobility device) frequently, who are of a variety of ages, levels of mobility, and walks of life, and who are from areas throughout the city. Members must be Seattle residents, and may not be city employees. The board meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at City Hall on Fifth Avenue between James and Cherry streets.  The meetings are in the Boards and Commissions Room, on the lower level (L280) of City Hall.

Devor Barton, current chair of the Pedestrian Advisory Board, says “A walkable community benefits everyone, . . . Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board members work to make our community healthier, our streets safer, and our neighborhoods more livable.”

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. Women, young persons, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.  Interested Seattleites should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by 5:00 pm on January 6, 2014 to:  Howard Wu at howard.wu@seattle.gov.  For more information, call Howard Wu at 206-684-3902, or send e-mail Howard.Wu@SEATTLE.GOV.

2014 Neighborhood Park & Street Fund Improvement Applications Now Available

traffic circleThe 2014 Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) applications are now available. Do you have a park or street improvement project in mind for your neighborhood?  Applications are due on February 3, 2014.

Click here to download the NPSF 2014 fact sheet or here to download the NPSF 2014 application

What is the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF)? Each year a portion of Seattle’s city budget – approximately $1.2 million in 2014 – is set aside for neighborhood streets and parks improvements. This means that each of Seattle’s 13 neighborhood districts will receive approx. to $90K to go towards neighborhood projects that are proposed by the COMMUNITY (that is you!).

Some examples of park projects include: playground improvements, trail upgrades, tennis or basketball court resurfacing, park benches or tables, natural area renovations, and accessibility improvements.

Examples of street projects include: crossing improvements such as marked crosswalkscurb ramps, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circlesmedian islands, and speed feedback signs. This funding source may be used for sidewalk repair and, rarely, for short segments of sidewalk construction (less than 100 feet, or one third of a block).

SDOT has created a list of approximate project costs per project type.

Who decides which projects will be funded?  The NPSF is a competitive process and not all projects will be funded. Each Neighborhood District Council will review applications and select three projects to forward to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) for detailed feasibility and cost analysis. Funding decisions are based on recommendations from District Councils, Parks and SDOT, with the final decisions made by the Mayor. For more information, contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator.

How are proposals evaluated?  Neighborhood District Councils are looking for projects which meet the fund source criteria listed above and also will consider the following:

  • Significant Impact:  The project will have a widespread positive impact on the neighborhood as a whole.
  • Broad Support: The project has the support of multiple neighborhood or community groups. Both residential and business groups are encouraged to apply.
  • Leveraging Opportunities: The project also qualifies for funding from another City source, and therefore leaves more NPF money available for other projects.
  • Equity: Funding is to be equitably shared among the districts over time. Neighborhoods that are already receiving significant public investment from other sources may be also given lower priority.

For more information about this funding opportunity, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/npsf/default.htm or contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator.

2014 Neighborhood Park and Street Fund Fact Sheet and Timeline

2014 TIMELINE

February 3rd

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February/March

Neighborhood District Councils review applications.

Early April

Neighborhood District Councils forward top 3 projects to SDOT/Parks for feasibility review and initial cost estimates

Early June

SDOT/Parks return project feasibility reviews and cost estimates to Neighborhood District Councils

June, July

Neighborhood District Councils review and submit final project rankings to DON

September

DON notifies applicants of award/no award project status. Project award recommendations are included in Mayor’s proposed budget

November

City Council considers recommendations and adopts 2015 budget

December

DON announces final project awards

2015

Project implementation

How do I propose a project?

Complete the application form which is available from your Neighborhood District Coordinator or on-line at http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/npsf/default.htm. Both residential and business groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications may be submitted by mail, (PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649, Attn: Wendy Watson) fax 206-233-5142 or emailed to: NeighborhoodParkandStreetFund@seattle.gov

Questions or Assistance?

Bike Master Plan Update Now Online, Presentations Scheduled for December

BMP2013UpdateSeattle Department of Transportation Bicycle Master Plan Update was transmitted by Mayor Mike McGinn to Seattle City Council yesterday.  SDOT says the plan is based on the vision that riding a bicycle is a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities.

Click here to go directly to the updated Bicycle Master Plan.

On the Bicycle Master Plan website you’ll be able to download the following sections of the plan:

  1. A reader’s guide that summarizes major changes in the Mayor’s recommended BMP as compared to the public review draft plan, which SDOT published in June;
  2. The new Recommended plan (by chapter);
  3. Recommended bicycle network maps; and the
  4. Appendices

The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) determination for the Bicycle Master Plan will be published and posted to the BMP website on Monday, December 2. A 14-day comment period will follow and close on December 16, 2013.

Future dates to be aware of:

  • Wednesday, December 4: SDOT presentation and discussion with the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board
  • Tuesday, December 10: SDOT presentation to City Council Transportation Committee
  • Wednesday, December 11: Special meeting of the City Council Transportation Committee to take public input on the recommended plan
  • Additional deliberations by City Council on the recommended plan will occur in early 2014; dates of subsequent meetings will be posted on the project website

For further information contact the Bicycle Master Plan folks at bmpupdate@seattle.gov

PARK(ing) Day Returns To Seattle Sept. 30; Application Deadline is August 30

EasyStreetParkingDayIt’s that time again! PARK(ing) Day is just around the corner, and this is your chance to build a park for a day. PARK(ing) Day 2013 will be held on Friday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the deadline for applications is August 30.  PARK(ing) Day is sponsored by Seattle Department of Transportation.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a business, an individual, or a community group—anyone can participate in PARK(ing) Day.

Each year, PARK(ing) Day provides an opportunity to create fun and interactive public spaces to engage our community. People all around Seattle will be installing temporary mini-parks in on-street parking spaces to help start a conversation about healthy, sustainable, and livable cities.

It’s really easy to participate; you can apply for a park space under the free PARK(ing) Day street use permit. You can propose a park in either two mid-block parking spaces on an arterial street or in one mid-block space on a residential street. To ensure that your park will meet some basic safety standards, you’ll need to submit a site plan and location description for SDOT review. But don’t worry; you don’t have to be a professional architect, engineer, or artist to draw a site plan! Your site plan and location description must be emailed to Jennifer.Wieland@seattle.gov no later than August 30.

For additional information about PARK(ing) Day, including basic guidelines for your park, please visit our updated website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/seattleparkingday.htm.

And while you’re thinking about your park, here are a few more things to consider:

  • The City’s Department of Neighborhoods (DON) has a Small Sparks Fund that provides grants of up to $1,000 to support community activities. So if you have a cool idea for a park but could use some extra cash to buy the “stuff” you want to put in the space, you should consider applying for a Small Sparks grant.
  • This year, PARK(ing) Day falls within the Seattle Design Festival, which runs September 13-22. The festival includes a Pop-Up Park Design Competition inspired by PARK(ing) Day. More information on the design competition can be found here, and entries are due August 16.
  • The more people that participate in PARK(ing) Day, the better! Let your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and other contacts know about this opportunity. Feel free to forward this email, and you can also share the attached poster (in either digital or printed form) to help spread the word.

If you have any questions about PARK(ing) Day or about preparing your application, please contact Jennifer.Wieland@seattle.gov. We look forward to seeing your creative designs!