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In The News

2016

  • The Burke Gilman Trail is Getting a New Paint Job. Safety improvements are in the works for the trail crossing at 40th Ave NE. SDOT plans to roll out new paint, flexible posts, and signs to slow motorists along 40th Ave NE and make the trail crossing easier for people walking and biking. The inspiration for the design comes from the work that community advocates with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways commissioned as part of last year’s Park(ing) Day Plus demonstration. Stephen Fesler. The Urbanist 8/24/16.
  • Community-led Melrose Promenade project gets $3 million from Feds.Back when I was active in Central Seattle Greenways, the group helped project volunteers (like dedicated visionary Mike Kent) win some city grant funding for planning and community outreach. So though I have not been personally involved in the project since then, it’s amazing to see all that work come to fruition with $3 million in funding for construction. I can’t wait to see it in action. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog 8/22/16.
  • Rally to Tame Wild, Wild Rainier Avenue. Rainier Valley Greenways has organized a safe streets rally in Columbia City. In a normal world, there would be no need for such a thing. A transportation agency would address this matter in much the same way a power agency deals with problems on a grid. Charles Mudede. The Stranger 8/16/16.
  • 39th Ave NE Greenway Improvements Wrapping Up in 2016. As a neighborhood Greenway, the existing 39th Ave NE corridor sees relatively positive numbers of people riding bikes. SDOT started keeping hourly counts of bicycle traffic in 2014 with a bike counter at NE 62nd St. According to the data, about 251 people riding bikes use the lower portion of the Greenway on a daily basis. That number has been relatively steady since the counts began. Analyzing data for the first six months of each of the past three years, SDOT has logged daily averages of 215 (in 2014), 275 (in 2015), and 251 (in 2016) people riding bikes. Stephen Fesler. The Urbanist 8/11/16.
  • Care About Madison Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)? When you are evaluating the Madison BRT plans, ask first if people of all ages and all abilities will easily be able to cross the street, walk or bike to transit, and enjoy the experience of walking, shopping, and socializing along East Madison Street. Madison is filled with young people starting families, retirees, people using major hospitals, amid a wealth of residential and commercial property. Several street safety advocacy groups, including local groups along the corridor–Central Seattle GreenwaysMadison Park Greenways, and the transportation leaders of First Hill Improvement Association–have been closely following the Madison BRT project for several years. They shared their top five concerns about the current Madison BRT proposal. The Urbanist 8/10/16.
  • Community Weighs in on 30% Madison BRT Design. Brie Gyncild with Central Seattle Greenways said she sees ways to work with SDOT to find better solutions. Gyncild said the city needs to meet its Complete Streets mandate for big projects and consider all modes of transportation. Gordon Werner, chairman for the First Hill Improvement Association’s transportation committee, said he’s happy the group was successful in getting center BRT lanes from downtown to First Hill. Bob Edmiston, a user experience engineer with Seattle Greenways focused on Madison Park, was disappointed that a 27th Avenue greenway project was removed from the project scope. Brandon Macz. Capitol Hill Times 8/5/16.
  • PSRC Commits Millions to Madison BRT, Central Greenway.  Mike Kent, founding director for Melrose Promenade, said he’s excited about SDOT’s support of the project the group worked on with Central Seattle Greenways, which since the beginning has focused on a greenway that includes wider sidewalks with benches, trees, lighting and public art. Brandon Macz. Capitol Hill Times 8/1/16.
  • 35th Ave SW Safety Corridor and Neighborhood Greenway. Over the past two years, SDOT has been working with the community to redesign 35th Ave SW to improve safety as part of its Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. The first phase of the safety corridor project focused on the southern part of 35th Ave SW, from SW Holly St south to SW Roxbury St. The second phase of the safety corridor calls for a safer, calmer neighborhood greenway to be built parallel to 35th Ave SW to create a street that prioritizes people walking and biking. West Seattle Herald 7/18/16.
  • Memorial Walk for BicyclistKiro 7 News. 6/21/16.
  • After Desiree McCloud’s Death, Bike Advocates Demand Changes Near Streetcar Tracks. “All of us here need to commit to making streets safer in memory of Desiree,” Cathy Tuttle, director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, said. “She was just such a tremendous young woman doing what she should be doing, which is enjoying life and commuting by bicycle.” To the city officials in the room, Tuttle promised, “We are going to hold you accountable.” Heidi Groover. Slog 6/21/16.
  • At memorial for fallen bike rider, call for safety changes near First Hill Streetcar tracks. About 30 people, including members of Central Seattle Greenways, SDOT reps, and McCloud’s family and friends, gathered near the area where McCloud crashed at Yesler and 13th for Monday’s memorial, The service took place near McCloud’s bike now displayed as a “ghost bike” that was left in memory of the rider. Speakers talked about McCloud’s intelligence, passion, and determination. Her friends said she moved to Seattle on her own, always tried to help others, and had aspirations to be a neuroscientist. A petition has been started to improve the biking infrastructure where tracks are laid. Mariah Joyce. Capitol Hill Seattle Blog 6/21/16.
  • Memorial walk for Desiree McCloud highlights her life, puts streetcar lines under scrutiny. “No one should have to be the one to sacrifice,” said Desiree’s mother Penny, “to point out how unsafe it is.” The city’s Vision Zero policy says traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable, and street design is a core factor in safety. SDOT consistently says safety is the agency’s top priority. So what possible justification is there for streetcar lines that don’t include safe bike lanes? I’m honestly asking because I have yet to hear a single answer from anyone, whether from a city official or a streetcar advocate. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog 6/21/16.
  • ‘We thought it would be safe route’: Cyclists call for bike-lane changes near streetcar tracks after woman dies. The memorial, organized by Seattle Greenways, was for Desiree McCloud, a 27-year-old cyclist who was killed in a collision about a month ago near streetcar tracks on East Yesler Way. Police are investigating whether the streetcar tracks played a role. Cyclists were most concerned about the intersection of 14th Avenue and East Yesler Way. Riders traveling west face a number of obstacles at that intersection, said Adam Dodge, a friend of Desiree McCloud’s and leader of Rainier Valley Greenways. Evan Bush. The Seattle Times 6/21/16.
  • Another injured on Seattle Streetcar tracks; friends of woman killed push for change. Adam Dodge of Rainier Valley Greenways is among those helping plan a march and meeting on Monday night in McCloud’s honor. Dozens are expected to gather at the spot where she crashed her bike. Family members will speak, and then the crowd will engage in a discussion with city leaders about improvements they would like to see along the tracks. Lindsay Cohen. Komo News 6/20/16.
  • Desiree McCloud Memorial Walk & Solutions Meeting. Central Seattle Greenways will lead a Memorial Walk and Solutions Meeting to honor the life of Desiree McCloud and to bring attention to the many collisions that have happened to people who bike along streets with streetcar tracks including East Yesler Way and where Desiree McCloud crashed on her bicycle. Capitol Hill Seattle Blog 6/20/16.
  • Neighbors Call for Changes on 65th Street. Andres Salomon, leader of NE Seattle Greenways, dug into Seattle Department of Transportation stats and discovered there were 66 injuries, one serious injury, and one fatality these last three years. “There are four schools along this road, a senior center, light rail soon and more housing coming online. It just isn’t working for anyone.” resident Katherine Mackinnon said. “Many of the cars on the street travel too fast, and it can be really difficult to turn left, meaning cars pass on the right.” King 5 News 6/16/16.
  • Neighbors March for a Safer NE 65th Street. Led by a coalition of NE Seattle Greenways, Ravenna Bryant Community Association, Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, and Maple Leaf Greenways, around 60 people, including many children, joined an 8 a.m. walk and rally calling on the city to make NE 65th Street safer for everyone. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog 6/16/16.
  • How these Seattleites are getting the city’s attention on traffic problems. Andres Salomon, leader of NE Seattle Greenways, says the idea isn’t just to advocate for pedestrians and bicyclists. He thinks these kinds of projects and improvements will also benefit drivers, all of whom have been involved in 68 collisions along the main Ravenna drag of 65th Street between June of 2013 and June 2016. Colleen O’Brien. My Northwest 6/15/16.
  • Group worried about traffic safety plans to march in Ravenna. Kiro 7 News 6/15/16.
  • Seattle Should Impose a 20 MPH Limit on its Streets. If Seattle wants to end the war on cars soon (and there is a war on cars, in much the same way cars constitute a war on the city), then all it has to do is impose this speed limit on all of its streets. 20 is enough. 20’s plenty. 20 saves all lives. Charles Muede. Stranger Slog 6/2/16.
  • During #FindItFixIt Walk, North Seattle Residents Voice Concerns About Safe Crosswalks, Needles, and More. The issue of sidewalks and crosswalks is a big concern among Aurora and Licton Springs community residents. Members of the Greenwood-Phinney Greenways group including Justin Martin, are particularly concerned about the young students who will be walking to school when the campus housing Cascadia Elementary School, Eagle Staff Middle School, and Licton Springs K-8 opens in 2017. Ana Sofia Knauf. Stranger Slog 6/1/16.
  • How to Improve Access to Capitol Hill Station. Central Seattle Greenways volunteers met at Capitol Hill Station to conduct an accessibility audit of the station area. We focused on three priorities: safety of street crossings, obstructions in crosswalks and along sidewalks, and sidewalk capacity. The station is expected to serve 14,000 riders every day in 2030, making safety and accessibility of the entrances a significant priority. David Seater. Seattle Transit Blog 5/31/16.
  • City Inside/Out: Bike Plan Backpedal? The Seattle cycling community is crying foul over the city’s roll-out of a pared-down Bicycle Master Plan. Bicycle and street-safety advocates say they had hoped for more improvements in light of last year’s passage of the Move Seattle levy. Why have bike lanes and greenways been delayed or cut? Does the Seattle Department of Transportation need to backpedal on its new five-year proposal? How does the city proceed when transit priorities collide?  Includes Phyllis Porter, Cathy Tuttle, and Shirley Savel interviews. Brian Callanan. Seattle Channel 5/27/16.
  • Build a Livable City (2nd letter in this list) Cathy’s Letter to editor in Seattle Times. Cathy Tuttle. The Seattle Times 5/27/16. 
  • Missed Tuesday’s amazing meeting on the Bike Master Plan? Seattle Channel recorded it! Click here for lively discussion + cute babies. ‪#‎WeCantWait‬ 5/17/16. 
  • Frustrated Seattle bikers say Bicycle Master Plan pared own, delayed. Bicycle and street-safety advocates rallied at Seattle City Hall Tuesday and shared disappointment that the city’s Bicycle Master Plan has been scaled back and delayed over the next five years. Cathy Tuttle, “It’s not the miles, it’s the attitude. There’s not a single politician who says walking and biking is my top priority. There has to be a champion for it.” Evan Bush. The Seattle Times 5/17/16. 
  • Protesters want downtown Seattle bike network! TV news on the rally at City Hall. King 5 5/17/16.
  • Part 2: How Seattle Can Rescue Residents Stranded By An Incomplete Bike Network. Our city is growing fast. Our urban villages, the places our city has designated to grow the fastest, desperately need better transportation connections. We must build a network of trails, protected bike lanes, and neighborhood greenways that link our fastest growing neighborhoods together. We must provide safe, time competitive, and comfortable routes that entice people of all ages and abilities to try biking for some of their daily transportation needs. Gordon Padelford. The Urbanist 5/15/16.
  • Part 1: Seattle’s Stranded Biking Families Gordon Padelford. Gordon in the Urbanist about SLU and the Bicycle Master Plan. Gordon Padelford. The Urbanist 5/13/16.
  • Capitol Hill, Central Seattle lose in updated bike master plan. “Like everyone else we’re frustrated,” said Brie Gyncild, co-leader of Central Seattle Greenways. “These sorts of [changes] make you wonder, how accurate is any of this?” said Gyncild. “We’re always just about get our next project.” Gyncild of Central Seattle Greenways says the loss of the E Denny Greenway particularly stung. “We were incredibly frustrated that Denny was left off. The Denny Greenway is very important to us because it leads to the light rail station.  They talk a good game, they got us excited, and then they dropped the ball, and we need them to pick it back up,” said Gyncild. “It’s just not clear to me how these decisions are being made. It feels very opaque to me,” said Merlin Rainwater, bike advisory council board member, and co-leader of Central Seattle Greenways with Gyncild. “We’d like to see the Greenway on Denny that connects to the light rail station prioritized and that has just disappeared from the plan. That leads us to the question of how we’re defining ‘connectivity’?” Josh Kelety. Capitol Hill Seattle Blog 5/12/16.
  • NHTSA honors the contributions of dedicated safety champions at annual Lifesavers Conference. Cathy Tuttle / Executive Director Neighborhood Greenways – Seattle: In recognition of working to reshape roadways into safer, more equitable, and comfortable streets for pedestrians and bicyclists through community engagement across Seattle. Jose Alberto Ucles. NHTSA 4/4/16
  • Plans for safer 10th/John crossing to Capitol Hill Station, Melrose enhancements make street fund cut. The East District Council in a meeting Monday ranked the proposals from Central Seattle Greenways as the top choice for funding in the area. The $90,000 continuation of improvements from the group organizing the Melrose Promenade project and the Central Greenways-championed 10th and John project must be approved by the Seattle Department of Transportation before implementation. 10th and John has long been a challenging crossing for pedestrians and drivers and the situation is even more critical with the increased activity in the area with the opening of Capitol Hill Station. The raised intersection could help make it easier to cross and help make the intersection safer for travelers of all types. Capitol Hill Times. 3/30/16.
  • Help Beacon Hill Safe Streets improve area near the light rail station. This group was among the first neighborhood safe streets groups that formed during Seattle’s great safe streets awakening back in 2010 and 2011. The Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway — among the first in the city — only happened due to a strong and organized push from these neighbors. Now the group has focused its attention on the area around the light rail station, library and new housing development where the fatal January collision occurred. They are working on a Neighborhood Street Fund application that will help the area grow safely and improve safe access to these major destinations for all road users, but especially people walking and biking. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog 3/24/16.
  • Janette Sadik-Khan, You Are Wrong. Mayors around the world may be looking enviously at Seattle, but they aren’t looking enviously at our streets clogged with cars, our missing sidewalks, or our broken bike networks. Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 3/22/16.
  • Community Groups Responding To Traffic Safety Concerns At Bailey Gatzert Elementary. Led by Central Seattle Greenways member Brie Gyncild, concerned parents, community group members and Bailey Gatzert principal Greg Imel walked the streets around the elementary school on Wednesday, March 16, documenting dangerous intersections and strategizing how they could be improved. Brandon Macz. Capitol Hill Times 3/18/16.

  •  You Can Bring Your Bike on Light Rail, but Maybe Don’t Bring Your Cargo Bike—For Now In an open letter, the transportation advocacy group Seattle Neighborhood Greenways called on Sound Transit to offer more bicycle lockers that fit cargo bikes, so that families that use cargo bikes can store them before jumping on the train. In the meantime, the group said, the transit agency should purchase “flex” light rail cars with more open space to fit larger bicycles, oversize luggage, mobility devices, strollers, and more.Ansel Herz. Seattle Stranger 3/16/16.

  • Vision Zero Cities 2016. After a year-long sabbatical in Sweden, Cathy Tuttle, who has a PhD in Urban Design & Planning, returned inspired to advocate for safer streets for everyone. March 2016.
  • Finalists Announced: Who Will Take Home An Advocacy Award? Forget Hollywood. The Oscars may be over, but the best awards show is yet to come. The Alliance will open the envelopes for the 2016 Advocacy Awards, honoring excellence in the walking and biking movement including Cathy Tuttle, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Advocate of the Year and Cascade Bicycle Club, for its winning Move Seattle Levy campaign. Carolyn Szczepanski. Bike Walk Alliance 3/3/16.
  • Show your Support for Safety Improvements at 6th Ave NW & NW 65th St. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG) and Ballard Greenways will be presenting, on behalf of the West Woodland neighborhood, at the Ballard District Council meeting. SNG is asking for funds to create pedestrian safety improvements at the corner of 6th Ave NW & NW 65th Street, currently a dangerous crossing along the proposed 6th Ave NW Greenway. West Woodland Ballard Blog 3/2/16.
  • Ballard Neighborhood Greenway Welcomes Walking and Biking. Also as part of the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway Project, a new public space was created at the intersection of 17th Ave NW and NW Dock Pl. Groundswell NW will work with the community to develop a permanent park within the new public space using Neighborhood Park and Street funds. Norm Mah. SDOT blog 2/24/16
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Gets Federal Award for Safe Streets Work. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will recognize Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Director Cathy Tuttle with a Lifesavers Public Service Award. Yep, the Feds have noticed the work of this humble grassroots safe streets organization, organizing neighborhood-by-neighborhood to develop bike routes and safe streets that everyone can feel safe using regardless of age or ability. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog 2/22/16.
  • Delridge Greenway Update. Project design of the neighborhood greenway is locally funded by the nine-year voter-approved Bridging the Gap Levy. This project is part of a $3.8 million budget to design and construct the 2015 Ballard and Delridge-Highland Park Greenways. Norm Mah. SDOT blog 2/19/16.
  • CascadiaCast Episode 5: Cathy Tuttle | The Northwest Urbanist Learn more about Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways through CascadiaCast! 2/16/16.
  • Pronto for Seattle? Rainier Valley Greenways/Seattle Neighborhood Greenways staff Phyllis Porter, Seattle Bike Blog Editor Tom Fucoloro, SDOT Active Transportation Chief Nicole Freedman, Councilmember Mike O’Brien, and persistently anti-bike Fremont business leader Suzie Burke discuss Pronto Bike Share. Brian Callanan. Seattle Channel Inside/Out 2/12/16.
  • Beacon Hill Safe Streets Walk & Solutions Meeting Wherevent 2/6/16.
  • Students Learn About the Safe Routes to School Program. Monica Sweet, an active member of Lake City Greenways, presented the importance of reflectors for visibility at night. 
  • Choosing to Fund Streets for People. If we are going to create the cities and regions we want, we have to spend more on updating streets for walking, biking and accessible local transit than we do on useless stroads and megaprojects. We’re not close to the level of funding needed to retrofit local streets for people with a desperate need to get safely to school, build thriving local businesses, age in place, and live healthy productive lives. Cathy Tuttle. Strong Towns 1/28/16.
  • Sustainability Segment: Guest Jack Tomkinson. Jack speaks with Diane Horn about the work of Urban Sparks to facilitate the creation and improvement of public spaces references the important public space work of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Diane Horn. KEXP 1/23/16.
  • Community survey for Safe Routes to School for three new schools coming to Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Licton-Haller Greenways and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways are conducting audits of safe routes for children to get to the three new schools that will open in fall of 2017. Doree. Phinneywood Blog 1/18/16.
  • Doomsday Driverless Scenarios. Queen Anne Greenways from Seattle created a list of over 50 different doomsday scenarios that could occur if driverless cars eventuate. While they’re a bit of fun some also seem scarcely accurate. Matt L. Transportblog New Zealand 1/7/16.
  • Citizen group forms department of ‘transformation’ to make urban fixes. A citizen group calling itself the Seattle Department of Transformation has said it will show how simple fixes can improve street safety, beginning with a move that created a walkway for pedestrians near Roosevelt High School. Natasha Chen. KIRO7 1/11/16.
  • Fixing Rainier. Rainier Avenue has one-fourth the vehicle volume of Aurora, but twice the accidents per mile — over one a day. For Seattle Neighborhood Greenways staff Phyllis Porter, it’s a simple conclusion: “Congestion or injuries. Congestion or collisions. Congestion or fatalities.” Stephen Hegg. KCTS9 1/28/16.

2015

  • Capitol Hill Champion Nets $10K For Transit-Oriented Development OutreachSmall and Simple Projects Fund granted to Capitol Hill Champion to push for the inclusion of community goals in the transit-oriented development (TOD) around the link light rail station at Broadway Avenue East and East John Street. Joe Veyara. Capitol Hill Times 12/30/15.
  • Seattle to close even more lanes and sidewalks next year as development booms. The changes were applauded by Cathy Tuttle, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, which advocates for safe walking and biking. The last-resort rule is particularly important, said Gordon Padelford, a member of the city’s Pedestrian Advisory Board, with more Seattleites commuting by foot. “The rule itself is strong,” Tuttle said. “We believe the true test will be in its implementation.” Tuttle worries the city will still not have enough inspectors, and it risks disappointing the millennials who make up much of her organization. “They’re frustrated because they’ve given up their cars” she said, “and they’re still not able to bike, walk and use transit effectively.”
    Bob Young. The Seattle Times 12/26/15.
  • Rainier Valley Greenway Ride to Hell, TWICE. As you know, I am not kidding when I want a protected bike lane on Rainier Ave. I’M NOT KIDDING!! RAINIER AVE. PBL AHORRA, pendejos! Everyone in the group worked as a test dummy. If we got hit by a car then we had an SDOT employee to witness our demise, how wonderful. Several of us though, f–this, I’m going across anyway. I got across and served as the flashing beacon pressing button person. It’s an offical title I granted myself, “Queen of the flashing beacons”. Nobody cares. You could be wearing bright florescent paint on your naked body and nobody is going to stop for you. Shirley Savel. No Spandex Required 12/20/15.
  • #Party4OurStreets 2016. Seattle has been at the forefront nationally to create safer, smarter, and more dynamic street.  Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG) wants to get all of those people in the same room to celebrate. Stephen Fesler. The Urbanist 12/1/15.
  • North Seattle neighbors working for a successful and family-friendly Lake City. Many of the participants holding signs yesterday are part of Lake City Greenways, a local advocacy group working to develop safe streets for pedestrians, bicyclists and cars. To learn more, visit the Lake City Greenways’ Facebook page. Families for Lake City 11/30/15.
  • Seattle Just Voted to Build 250 Blocks of “Alternative” Sidewalks. In Seattle, traditional sidewalks cost about $300,000 per block if not more. “Nationally, it’s closer to $250,000 a block,” says Gordon Padelford, neighborhood support coordinator for a Seattle walking and biking advocacy group called Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. (Padelford is also a member of the city’s pedestrian advisory board.) “Some of [the higher cost] may have to do with Seattle’s iconic hills … our stringent stormwater requirements, Seattle Public Utilities not paying for drainage improvements [and that cost being borne by the new sidewalk], labor regulations, or over engineering. Whatever the reason, the city and sidewalk advocates think they can get 250 blocks of sidewalk for the cost of 150 by looking at alternative configurations. Rachel Kaufman. NEXT City 11/19/15.
  • Metro Health Convenes Hundreds to Work for a Safer Healthier City. San Antonio, Keynote Speaker Cathy Tuttle said, “suffers from a high incidence of “traffic violence. People should stop calling pedestrian killings by vehicle drivers an accident,” Tuttle said. According to Tuttle, positive change in neighborhood and street safety starts with people. Tuttle encouraged San Antonio to use Seattle Neighborhood Greenways model for engaging residents and urging policymakers to create change.  Lea Thompson. Rivard Report 11/14/15.
  • On Modern Transportation, Seattle Just Voted to Soar. Advocacy group Seattle Neighborhood Greenways celebrated Tuesday’s victory with a call for urgent action on Wednesday for the city to follow up on voters’ mandate by building key parts of Move Seattle in the next year: “Important as it is to maintain what we have, we passed a nearly billion dollar transportation levy because we’re ready to transform Seattle, not just to maintain it,” the group wrote. “Seattle is playing host to the ‘Olympics’ of street engineers and activists next September when NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) comes to town. Since NACTO centers around walking and biking tours of the best each city has to offer, it is a perfect opportunity to ramp up our visible, transformational infrastructure.” Michael Anderson. People For Bikes 11/5/15.
  • Let’s Get Ready For #NACTO16. Our local Seattle Neighborhood Greenways groups and volunteers worked hard to get the Move Seattle Levy passed. Thank you voters! Our challenge now is to SDOT and the Mayor: We’re inviting the neighbors over to see our streets. Let’s get Seattle ready for ‪#‎NACTO16Now it is time get to work to quickly transform Seattle into a safe, healthy, equitable city where people can safely walk, roll, and bike. Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 11/4/15.
  • City to extend 23rd Ave Greenway route to Montlake If the city wants to repave. 23rd/24th Ave, why build greenways on parallel streets?–why not just make the arterial itself safer for pedestrians and cyclists? At an open house in March, SDOT presented options for widening the sidewalks and adding a two-way cycle track along 23rd through the CD, however they determined that the street width through the corridor was not sufficient to fit it all in (so much for “complete”). Their preference is to optimize parallel residential streets for walking and biking instead. Rainier Metzger. Montlake Net 11/3/15.
  • The 2015 Community Impact Awards: Nonprofit of the Year. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways wins Community Impact Silver Award. A coalition of 20 local groups, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways advocates for safe, vibrant streets. Its efforts helped influence the city of Seattle to spend more than $25 million on projects such as Seattle Summer Streets, the Parklets Program and Safe Routes to School. Based on work by coalition members, the Seattle City Council included 245 miles of greenways in the city’s Bicycle Master Plan. Next up: providing input as the city prepares pedestrian and transit master plans. Jeanne Lang Jones. Seattle Business Magazine November 2015.
  • How Seattle is Using a “Frankenbike” to Improve its Bike Trails.  Partially due to my experiences advocating for Neighborhood Greenways in Seattle I realized the Herculean task government has in keeping up to date on their infrastructure. I knew that things that I saw everyday, that could be improved on the road, would never get to planners and engineers at the resolution of my daily experiences. The process of creating the bike really was the process of a hobby getting away from me. I initially wanted to measure one thing in my commute for curiosity’s sake, and it lead to several increases in computing power, more batteries and the addition of more sensors. Heather Hansman. Smithsonian Magazine 10/29/15.
  • In Seattle’s Sidewalk-less District 5, Voters Want A City Council Rep Who Walks The TalkJanine Blaeloch from Lake City Greenways explains Streets without Sidewalks on KPLU: “It’s about dignity. Why should people who are using their feet to get from place to place have to go through such harrowing experiences, feeling they’re in danger and also feeling like they’re being disrespected?” In far-north District 5, many voters point to the city’s densest collection of streets without sidewalks, and hope that walkability will get more attention when one of theirs is on the council. Gabriel Spitzer. KPLU 10/23/15.
  • An interview with Dongho Chang, Complete Streets engineer. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is an amazing, amazing non-profit. They are people living in the community that are focused on the residential streets. They work closely with us to help us understand the needs and barriers. The membership lives in the community. They tell us where people want to cross but are afraid to, which helps us prioritize projects that staff may not know about. Hanna Kite. Smart Growth America 10/22/15.
  • Build Sidewalks Cheaper, Faster To Stretch Seattle Levy Money, Says Mayor. North Seattle doesn’t have enough sidewalks. Just ask Monica Sweet. She’s with a neighborhood group called Lake City Greenways. “I’m watching kids walk in the darkest part of the wintertime and watching cars swing around and being worried about getting people hit,” she said. “Your heart goes out, you want to come up with solutions. And it’s hard when it’s a pricey solution. Sidewalks cost a lot of money.” Joshua McNichols. KUOW 10/21/15.
  • SNG: Imagining a Truly Bike-Friendly Uptown and South Lake Union. Top Four Recommendations from SNG to make South Lake Union more safe for people who walk and bike, of all ages and abilities. Gordon Padelford. Seattle Bike Blog 10/7/15.
  • Let’s Talk About Lane Width. Lane width helps to control speed on urban streets. People driving tend to slow when streets are narrow. As we move towards Vision Zero standards in Seattle, let’s examine the width of our streets as one of the contributing factors of our safety. Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 9/28/15.
  • Seattle Greenways Returns to Park(ing) Day’s Activist Roots. Seattle Greenways decided to add a dash of tactical urbanist rebellion back into the mix during this year’s Park(ing) Day this past Friday. The ped and bike group asked its members to submit Park(ing) Day Plus ideas where they took advantage of the set-aside day to introduce street fixes that they think should stick. Their grand winner: A 2,000-foot protected bike lane on Rainier; here’s awesome video of a parent and their four-year-old biking along the usually treacherous road. Josh Feit. Seattle Met 9/21/15.
  • PARK(ing) Day is Back Again, Opportunity to Transform Space For People. Our friends at Seattle Neighborhood Greenways who are running a fun and smart competition to demonstrate safe street designs using ordinary parking spaces and the ingenuity of volunteers. Stephen Fesler. The Urbanist 9/17/15.
  • Seattle PARK(ing) Day is Friday Ballard NW 65th & 6th NW. In Ballard, Chris Saleeba often bikes with his four-year-old daughter to the Ballard Farmer’s Market. Chris teamed up with his co-workers at Alta Design & Planning to design a protected intersection for people who walk and ride bikes across NW 65th St at 6th Ave NW. Saleeba, along with his friends and neighbors from Ballard Greenways, will build and staff the intersection from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday for PARK(ing) Day and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday during the Ballard Summer Parkways and Sustainable Ballard Festival. Meghan Walker. My Ballard 9/17/15.
  • Greenways Receives Major SDOT Award. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG) received the Transportation Team Award from Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). SDOT gives just one annual award to “individuals or teams from other departments/groups or citizens not employed by the city, such as volunteers or non‑profit groups who help to advance SDOT’s mission, vision, and goals.” 9/10/15
  • Friday’s Park(ing) Day will be Seattle’s biggest yet: Over 50 pop-up parks planned. The most ambitious project, requiring a ton of volunteers and planning, is a couple blocks of protected bike lanes on Rainier Ave in Columbia City. Other SNG safe streets plans include a protected intersection crossing at 6th Ave NW & NW 65th Street in Ballard, an protected bike lane on NE 65th Street at 22nd Ave NE in Ravenna and a safer Burke-Gilman Trail crossing at 40th Ave NE. Tom Fucoloro Seattle Bike Blog 9/16/15.
  • First Phase Of Central North-South Greenway Work Nearly Complete. Brie Gyncild, co-leader of Central Seattle Greenways, which advocates for people-focused neighborhood streets in Capitol Hill, the Central District, Madrona and Leschi as part of a citywide coalition, said the changes are two-fold.“It’s about traffic calming and intersection taming,” Gyncild said. Along with slower speeds along the roadways, the greenway work also attempts to create safer crossings for bikers and walkers. Gyncild said biking as a mode of transportation isn’t feasible for many because of the fear of traffic, but this kind of work could change some perceptions. “A lot of people just aren’t going to make that leap,” Gyncild said, “but if you give them a quiet residential street and a way to get across those intersections, suddenly you’ve opened up a whole new way to get around.” Gordon Padelford, neighborhood support coordinator for Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, said the addition of greenways around the city breaks down a key obstacle to community building. “Busy streets are often the biggest barriers of our communities — Indeed often dividing one neighborhood from another,” Padelford stated in an email. “By creating safe crossings we can not only enhance the transportation system for people who walk or bike, but also reconnect our communities to each other.” Joe Veyara. Capitol Hill Times 8/19/15.
  • Zeytuna Edo and the New Seattle Traffic Safety MeasuresHow a young girl’s near fatal accident changed the face of Seattle traffic safety. Josh Feit. Seattle Met 7/29/15.
  • Small Businesses Promote Safer Roads in Seattle. Spoke & Food supports Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Seattle’s safe streets advocacy organization. With interviews with Madi Carlson (Wallingford Greenways) and G&O Family Bikery Owner Davey Oil. Natalie Swaby. KING 5 News 7/28/15.
  • Bike to dinner Tuesday to help fund Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Tom Fuculoro. Seattle Bike Blog 7/27/15.
  • District 5: Far North Seattle is Where the Sidewalk Ends. Report on walkable streets without sidewalks with Lake City Greenways leader Janine Blaeloch. Gabriel Spitzer. KPLU 7/24/15.
  • Sprache im Verkehr: Positives Klima danke Kampagne.  Was sich bis jetzt nur nach grauer Theorie anhört, hat sich bereits bewährt. In Seattle startete die Bürgerinitiative „Seattle Neighborhood Greenways” eine Kampagne zur Sprachsensibilisierung in Bezug auf den Verkehr. Stefan Edlerer. Bike Citizens 7/22/15.
  • Primary ballots are in the mail! Here’s what candidates say about safe streets. A brief look at some candidates in each race and where they stand on safe streets and bicycling. Many include quotes from candidates in response to a short and to-the-pointSeattle Neighborhood Greenways questionnaire. (SNG is a 501(c)3, so they can’t endorse candidates. But they can ask candidates questions and publish their answers.)Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog 7/17/15.
  • What’s the Most Important Acronym on Seattle Streets? The Seattle ROWIM or Right Of Way Improvement Manual may be the most important acronym guiding the development of Seattle streets today. Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 7/23/15.
  • Check out the ten miles of car-free Summer Parkways in the Central District and Ballard. These could be some of the best family and community events all year. Tom Fuculoro. Seattle Bike Blog 7/16/15.
  • Salomon: Seattle’s newest protected bike lane just part of normal street maintenance. The lack of driveways make the protected bike lane feel exceptionally safe and comfortable.  However, the intersections have absolutely no improvements at all. Andres Salomon. Seattle Bike Blog 7/11/15.
  • Streets Experiments Made This City Engineer a Celebrity BureaucratFor Cathy Tuttle, executive director of nonprofit Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, it’s Chang’s ability to listen to the community and more. “Dongho has complete and utter passion for his work. He loves to see signs of life on streets as indicators of the success of street improvements. He’s willing to experiment.” Greenways recognized Chang with its 2014 Innovation Awardfor “goofy-looking but super-safe curb bollard extensions.” Josh Cohen. Next City 7/6/15.
  • RIGHT-OF-WAY DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE & BILL OF RIGHTS.  We the people recognize that the ownership or use of a private vehicle does not imply the sole ownership of the public Right-of-Way.Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 7/4/15.
  • Seattle 2035 Transportation Element. Rather than measure and base our transportation network on roadway capacity for vehicle-only level of service, measure the through-put of people – walking, riding buses and trains, in delivery vehicles, riding bikes, driving cars. The metrics we set for “person-trips” will help us fund and build the complete networks we want in the future. Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 6/17/15.
  • Two Experts on the Words and Images That Diffuse Anti-Bike Sentiment. Cathy Tuttle, executive director of the advocacy group Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, works with her colleague Gordon Padelford to develop resources like these that help her fellow biking believers choose language that makes people feel included in the benefits of bike improvements. Michael Anderson. People For Bikes 6/11/15.
  • Group Trudges on To Make Walk to School Safer. Safe streets are a health issue in more ways than one,  said Greenways director Tuttle. Across the U.S., the percentage of students who walk or bike to school has been dropping since the 1970s, even as more children are overweight. Walking and biking to school should be safe choices for more children in all neighborhoods, Tuttle said. Jerry Large. Seattle Times 6/7/15.
  • Walking Advocates Push for Bigger Piece of Seattle Transportation Levy. A late push is on for elected officials in Seattle to move $31 million more toward Safe Routes to School, in a $930 million fall levy. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times 6/6/15.
  • Safe Walk Routes to Schools. Greenways director Cathy Tuttle says she’s well aware of the $47 million figure, but she says much of that—the $33 million from cameras—is already part of SDOT’s ongoing Safe Routes to School budget, levy or no levy. Tuttle says Seattle Greenways wants an additional $40 million in the levy proper, on top of the money that’s part of the regular budgetMelissa Westbrook. Seattle Schools Community Forum 6/5/15.
  • Pedestrian Advocates Continue To Press Mayor. Seattle Greenways wants the Levy to fund a series of pedestrian upgrades. Josh Feit. Publicola 6/4/15.
  • Seattle Residents Weigh In On City’s Transportation Levy. KIROTV 6/3/15.
  • Pedestrian Activists Say Murray’s Transportation Levy Falls Short By Millions. Josh Feit. Publicola 6/3/15.
  • Talking Biking: Language that Defuses Bike Backlash. Words shape thoughts. Two skilled communicators from cities that have successfully overcome intense backlashes against bicycle infrastructure will share their tactics and experiences and take your questions. Featuring Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and Doug Gordon of BrooklynSpoke.com, in conversation with PeopleForBikes staff writer Michael Andersen. Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals 6/3/15.
  • Seattle residents weigh in on city’s transportation levy. Representatives of Seattle Family Biking, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and Cascade Bicycle Club Connect Seattle ask for more levy funding for safe walking and biking. Henry Rosoff. KIRO-TV 6/2/15.
  • Construction Zone Mobility. Room for Improvement. Seattle is a boom town. Until recently, traffic plans during new building construction disregarded the mobility of people walking and biking beside building sites. This disregard is a safety issue, not just an inconvenience. Cecelia Roussel & Cathy Tuttle. The Urbanist 5/25/15.
  • Seattle’s antidote to aggressive driving on neighborhood greenways. Bike Porlland 5/23/15.
  • Harrell at Rainier Ave Safety Protest: We’re Gonna Take Our Street Back.  At street action organized by Rainier Valley Greenways, Bike Works, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways & Cascade Bicycle Club, Councilmember Bruce Harrell said, “What I have in back of me is basically a freeway,” Hundreds of people have been injured within just a couple blocks of this intersection in the past ten years. “This is the beginning of what we’re gonna do with Rainier Avenue. We’re gonna take our street back.” Tom Fuculoro. Seattle Bike Blog 5/21/15.
  • Community pressuring city for safety fixes on dangerous street. “We’re calling out to the city today to act now to fix the most dangerous street in Seattle,” said Phyllis Porter of Rainier Valley Greenways. Michelle Esteban. KOMO4news 5/20/15.
  • Move Seattle: Wallingford Shows the Council They Care. While we were on the walk all three council members spoke in favor of improving Wallingford’s connection to the U-District, along with several community members. Tom Rasmussen, chair of the Seattle City Council transportation committee, said he would have SDOT draw up a response to our request. Eric Fisk. Wallyhood 5/18/15.
  • Seattle’s Most Dangerous Street. Neighbors are demanding action at Rainier Valley Greenways crosswalk action. Henry Rosoff.  KIRO7TV 5/20/15.
  • Seattle Drops Off Top Ten List Of Best Cities For Bicycles. A Good Thing, Says Advocate. Ross Reynolds speaks with Cathy Tuttle, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, about what a “sharrow” is, how it helped knock Seattle off the top-10 list of most bikeable cities in America and why she thinks that’s a very “healthy” change. Posey Gruner & Ross Reynolds. KUOW The Record 5/15/15.
  • Seattle’s $900 million transportation package just got bigger. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has been advocating for more funding for pedestrian improvements around low-income schools. The revised plan is a big improvement over the original, but the group will continue to advocate for even more. “We’re hoping to have a little bit more for pedestrian safety, for people who walk and bike. We really need to focus on that because we have this opportunity over the next 10 years to transform this city into a very livable place for people,” Tuttle said. Deborah Wang. KUOW 5/7/15.
  • Seattle Neighborhoods want more from transportation levy. Barbara Gordon of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways was in Wallingford for the neighborhood walking tour for residents to show local politicians just how treacherous the journey is along Northeast 45th near I-5.  Deborah Horne, KIRO-TV.  5/17/15
  • For South End hit-and-run victims: Tragedy, then limbo. Community advocates called the apparent lack of follow-up out of character for Mayor Ed Murray, who they said has shown real dedication to pedestrian safety.  Tom James. South Seattle Emerald 5/4/15.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways: A Grassroots Movement On A Roll. We have literally gone from spray-painting bikes on our arterial roads to a Bicycle Master Plan that has a connected network of neighborhood greenways, multiple-use trails, and protective bicycle lanes across the entire city… most of that connected route network came from volunteer greenway scouts in 15 local neighborhood groups. Seattle Parks Foundation Newsletter. Spring 2015.
  • Cathy Tuttle Is The New Face Of Bike Activism. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is shifting the conversation about bikes from spandex to training wheels. Josh Feit. Seattle MET May 2015.
  • How to End the War On Cars. While the SNG publicly advocated for biking, they never publicly labeled themselves cycling advocates. In light of the “war”, they opted for the less inflammatory title, “neighborhood advocates”.. The effect was remarkable. Slowly but surely the war on cars language changed. Hilary Angus. Momentum Magazine 4/22/15.
  • 2015 City Council Makes A More Important Appointment. A policy maker high up the food chain at SDOT recently told me that Seattle Greenways, now made up of 20 neighborhood groups around the city, is replacing the influence of the antiurbanist neighborhood councils. Josh Feit. Publicola 4/21/15.
  • Move Levy: No Moving From Wallingford to the U-District. Detailed ideas for crossing I-5 come out of a policy walk with Wallingford and University Greenways leaders. Eric Fisk. Wallyhood 4/21/15
  • FOLLOWUP: Original 35th SW safety petition reopened, in response to opposition petition West Seattle Bike Connections and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways reopen a speed-limit reduction petition. West Seattle Blog. 4/13/15.
  • Community asks for changes on 7-way intersection. Queen Anne Greenways gets SDOT to consider making improvements. Possible changes include cutting back vegetation to improve sight lines, painting curbs and giving walkers more space. Amy Moreno. KING-5 4/13/15.
  • Transportation in Seattle and Mayor Ed Murray’s Move Seattle proposal. The issues surrounding this $900 million plan. With Scott Kubly at Department of Transportation, Cathy Tuttle of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Suzie Burke from the Fremont neighborhood, and Bob Pishue of Washington Policy Center. Brian Callanan. Seattle Channel 4/3/15.
  • Vision Zero podcast w Jim Curtin & Cathy Tuttle. Half hour discussion of Vision Zero and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways on Mind Over Matters. Diane Horn. KEXP 3/3/15.
  • Neighbors sick of speeders push to create Home Zone. Brianna McDonald consulted the Seattle Greenways organization, and came up with a plan to propose what’s called a Home Zone. It would lower the speed limits from 25 miles an hour to 10 or 15 miles an hour in a neighborhood that has no sidewalks. David Ham. KIRO-TV 3/3/15.
  • The Lucky One (Surviving Rainier Avenue). We are all victims of cowardly traffic violence whether we are physically, emotionally, mentally or socially involved, there is a connection; be it family, friend, neighbor, or an execution of hit-and-run, speeding, or cars jumping curbs, this path will continue  if we don’t do something to end this nonsense.  Phyllis Porter. South Seattle Emerald 2/23/15.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways & Vision Zero. Guests Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and Jim Curtin, Traffic Safety Coordinator, Seattle Department of Transportation, speak with Diane Horn about Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Seattle’s Vision Zero plan. KEXP Mind Over Matters Sustainability Segment Podcast 2/21/15.
  • Road Diet Data: Studies show projects lead to safer roadways. The Seattle Department of Transportation has been performing road diets or road rechannelizations for decades and argues that these projects bring about safer streets without affecting traffic volumes. SDOT collects data on traffic volume, vehicle speeds, and collisions both before and after each project. In a joint effort with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, I’ve reviewed the studies and found SDOT’s claims to be true. Troy Heerwagen. Walking in Seattle 2/16/15.
  • Don’t Say ‘Cyclists,’ Say ‘People on Bikes’ What if you could help make a city’s streets safer simply by the way you talk about them? That may sound fanciful, but some cycling advocates in Seattle—scratch that, some people who ride bikes in Seattle—say that’s exactly what’s been happening there over the past few years. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has made a conscious effort to change the way they talked about biking, walking, and pretty much everything else to do with the way their city’s streets are used by human beings. Sarah Goodyear. CityLab 2/11/15
  • How Smart Language Helped End Seattle’s Paralyzing Bikelash.  No single organization has more to do with the city’s new language than a tiny nonprofit group called Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. SNG was founded in 2011, the year the “war on cars” meme peaked. Their goal: to advocate for a citywide network of low-traffic local streets, modeled on similar systems in Vancouver and Portland, that could be optimized for biking, walking and running. Though the group made no secret of their biking advocacy, they didn’t brand themselves as biking advocates. They branded themselves as neighborhood advocates. Together, the groups fought bad language with good language. Michael Anderson. Streetsblog USA 2/4/15.
  • North Seattle group discusses options for Safe Routes to SchoolNorth Seattle’s recently formed Greenways group came together Tuesday evening to discuss street safety in their neighborhood. Millie Magner. Examiner 1/25/15.

2014

  • Mike McGinn: Fighting Bikelash with Seattle’s Former Mayor. Bikelash is a chance for new voices and new leaders to rise who can help lead the conversation beyond simply fighting for bike lanes here and there and toward a complete shift in how the city approaches safe streets. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is the perfect example of this, and their energy has completely flipped bikelash on its head. Because bikelash is a knee-jerk response to the difficult concept that streets are not simply pipes for cars, and death and injury is not the acceptable cost of doing business in our city. It’s a culture shift, and no culture shift is easy. Josh Cohen. The Bicycle Story 11/25/14.
  • A Mom Rediscovers Her Bike Neighborhood greenways don’t just benefit bikers. They help pedestrians—particularly the elderly, disabled, toddlers, or anyone else who needs a little more protection when crossing a busy street. They can also make residential streets safer and more pleasant for everyone who lives on them by reducing speeding and inattentive cut-through drivers. Jennifer Langston. Sightline. 11/18/14.
  • 2014 Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities #8 Seattle. Last December, dozens of residents draped in green scarves packed the city council chambers for a public hearing on a transformative new bike plan. They wore green to signify their allegiance with thousands of others who’ve joined the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways coalition since it was founded in 2012. Bicycling Magazine 10/14.
  • SDOT in the construction process of U-District Greenway. “The greenway will really preserve the characteristics of the neighborhood and the streets,” said Gordon Padelford, the neighborhood support coordinator with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. “At the same time, it will create a really calm and friendly place where parents and kids feel safe to bike to the farmers market, or UW students can walk to the school without facing heavy traffic in street intersections.”  Zezhou Jing. The Daily 10/27/14.
  • New neighborhood greenways coming to Rainier Valley. According to SDOT, neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets that are easier for people to cross, discourage cut-thru traffic and keep speeds low, without banning cars or adding bike lanes. Rainier Valley Post. 9/21/14.
  • A new North Star in bikeway design: “Build it for Isabella”. Bob Edmiston of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways,  has created a useful riff on the concept with a character called “Wendy, the willing-but-wary cyclist.”.  Michael Anderson People for Bikes 9/8/14.
  • MP visade Lunds farliga cykelmiljöer. Swedish Green Party Member or Parliament joins Cathy Tuttle to demand better and greener bike paths. Bjöen Sjö. Sydsvenskan 8/28/14.
  • Complete Streets: More to Go. The unique contribution of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways—and what distinguishes greenways that came top-down from Vancouver and Portland from the grassroots greenways ideas developed by communities in Seattle—is the idea of greenways as places for people. Many of Seattle’s grassroots greenways groups are blending ideas from many cities to develop ideas for street networks that serve local needs—shared streets, park space, trees and great places to walk and bike all have found a place along Seattle’s neighborhood greenways. Cathy Tuttle. Roads and Bridges 8/5/14.
  • It’s time to give Summer Streets and Bicycle Sunday an energizing makeoverI had the opportunity to join [Seattle Neighborhood Greenways] members, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, various city staff and Cascade Bicycle Club staff for a study trip to Northeast Portland’s Sunday Parkways event over the weekend. It was the second time I’ve been to a Sunday Parkways event there, but it’s still an overwhelmingly awesome thing to witness. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog. 7/31/14.
  • Seattle’s friendliest insurgent group visits Portland, eager for wisdom and dispensing their ownSince its founding in 2011, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has almost singlehandedly convinced the city to install 35 miles of bike routes modeled on Portland’s internationally famous 60-mile network of low-stress side streets. Now, by leading a weekend trip to Portland, the organization is paving the way for another import: a series of one-day summer open-streets festivals. Michael Anderson. Bike Portland. 7/30/14.
  • Do neighborhood greenways increase cycling? Oh yes. If you were wondering whether the city’s investments in neighborhood greenways are effective, here’s your answer: A resounding yes. Tom Fucoloro. Seattle Bike Blog. 7/23/14.
  • What Does It Take To Get Seattleites on Bikes? Bob Edmiston is on the steering committee for the Seattle bike group Neighborhood Greenways. He liked Geller’s data, but wanted to make it more accessible. So he created “Wendy,” a simple persona meant to represent “the interested but concerned.” Posey Gruener. KUOW. 7/11/14.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. The Delridge Greenways let us ride from the Alki Trail to White Center on safe, quiet, beautiful streets.  We have more Greenway routes waiting to be built!  Seattle Neighborhood Greenways connects groups like ours, coordinating and supporting our efforts for bike routes that work for all ages and abilities, with equity. West Seattle Bike Connections 5/5/14.
  • Revamped bike plan to have separated lanes, back-street routesThe 2014 version is meant to serve what Councilmember Sally Bagshaw likes to call “willing but wary” riders. That’s a shift from earlier thinking — to apply pavement icons and bike lanes to busy streets, to establish that cyclists deserve their share of the road. But activists here and in other cities think they’re nearing the limit of how many people are willing to bike with other traffic. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times 4/15/14.
  • Seattle to Build Bike Lanes Away from Busy Streets.  “I’m excited to see the Seattle Bike Plan actually call out the language of ‘all ages and abilities’ as its goal,” said Cathy Tuttle, director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Mike Lindblom. Governing The States and Localities Magazine 4/14/14.
  • Seattle’s new bike plan: ride on calmer backstreets.  The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan update passes unanimously in City Council. “I’m excited to see it actually call out the language of  ‘all ages and abilities’ as its goal,” said Cathy Tuttle, director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. She said most of the greenways were “crowdsourced” by neighbors’ suggestions. Tuttle said the city is getting more serious about sheltering greenway users,  by adding speed humps and stop signs in new Delridge and Beacon Hill routes, for instance. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times 4/14/14.
  • Building, expansion of Seattle greenways to cost $1.8M. 6.2 miles to be constructed this year. Cathy Tuttle … said greenways are important because “they allow people mobility regardless of their age or their ability or their choice of the way that they get around and allows people to start using their streets as public places.” Safiya Merchant. Seattle Times 3/11/14.
  • Partners for Progress. Partnership … We are working better with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, a group that has electrified the conversation around livable streets and engaged a whole new generation of advocates. Elizabeth Kiker. Cascade Bicycle Club Blog 3/5/14.
  • Special report: How Portland stopped building neighborhood greenways. Cathy Tuttle, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, said in an interview Wednesday that Portland should be proud of its role in popularizing greenways, which she said aren’t so much a cheap way to build bikeways but a new way of thinking about what a city street can be. “People love their parks, and we’re trying to get people to love their streets the same way,” Tuttle said.  The real “missing piece” in Portland’s neighborhood greenway network, Tuttle said, is that its biggest advocates have come mostly from the city government, not from private citizens. “It really does have to come from the community,” Tuttle said. “It can’t be something that comes from the government. Because once it does come from the government, people lose that sense of ownership. … To actually get that funding, we need to own them in that way.”  Michael Anderson. Bike Portland 2/28/14.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways “Wonkathon”. Yesterday members of the Seattle grassroots and planning community met to have a “wonkathon” with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Nicholas Richter 2/23/14.
  • Cascade Bicycle Club’s new parth: more riding less politics. Tuttle said the new Cascade is more open to partnerships and more thoughtful in its advocacy. Emily Heffter. Seattle Times 2/23/14.
  • KEXP Diane Horn interviews guests Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and Deb Salls, Executive Director Bike Works about progress made on implementing Seattle greenways, including the work of the Rainier Valley Greenways group 2/3/14.
  • City Leaders Announce Multi-Year Traffic Safety Study. After years of discussions about safety improvements on 35th the city is now committing to action.West Seattle Blog 2/11/14.
  • Neighbors Demand Action After Car Kills Elderly Pedestrian. The organizer of today’s march says St. Clair’s death is the fifth fatal accident along 35th Ave. since 2006. “It’s a place that really needs some focus and city attention,” says Cathy Tuttle, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, an organization that advocates for safe streets for people and cars. Mark Miller. KOMO News 1/20/14.
  • 35th SW Memorial Walk organized by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and peninsula-based groups included members of Mr. St. Clair’s family, High Point residents, and safety advocates from around the city, including former Mayor McGinn and City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. West Seattle Blog 1/18/14.
  • Memorial Walk for Pedestrian Killed in West Seattle. Family & friends of James St. Clair, who died walking across the street the night of Dec. 30, will march in his memory Saturday afternoon with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times Blog 1/16/14.

2013

  • Health in Action: Seattle Bike Blog’s Tom Fucoloro. One of the most amazing stories I’ve had the privilege of covering on Seattle Bike Blog is around neighbors organizing groups to promote safe streets where they live. These groups are mostly organized under the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways umbrella that was started by Cathy Tuttle, who is now the group’s director. In essence, neighborhood greenways are routes that connect friendly, but disjointed, residential streets to create complete walking and biking routes that link homes with neighborhood destinations (business districts, community centers, schools, parks and more). But, even more than just routes, neighborhood greenways can become places for neighbors to be neighborly and for kids to play. If we can slow the movement of cars just a bit, the feeling of safety increases immensely. ActivelyNorthwest 11/30/13.
  • Rainier Valley Greenways “Crossing Guard” Action. Let’s envision safer, friendlier streets for all in Hillman City. The Tin Umbrella 11/21/13.
  • Advocating for Safe Streets along LCW. Lake City Greenways members were out promoting pedestrian safety along Lake City Way. Families for Lake City 11/13/13
  • Greenways Group Bringing Safer Streets to Seattle.  In the most recent Seattle Bike Master Plan, 95 percent of the proposed greenways were suggested by local groups. Sarah Radmer. City Living 11/15/13
  • Bands of Green and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. From a tepid interest in 2011, two years later, staff and politicians in the City of Seattle have fully embraced the idea of greenways, with 7 miles completed and investments actually far in excess of $5 million for safe green streets construction that were recommended by local greenways groups all over the city. How did we do it?  The fact is, in most cities close to 30% of land mass is devoted to cars – land is our most valuable resource and we’ve given most of it over to parking and moving cars. Greenways take back just a bit of that land and remake streets as places for people. We’re all about walking and biking and safe streets, but we believe in more than just slowing traffic. Streets can be places for gardens, trees, furniture, storm water retention. Presentation to Seattle Parks Foundation 9/4/13
  • Madison Park residents want major changes to neighborhood crosswalk. Vigil Walk in a crosswalk with multiple collisions each year gathers community, Mayor, and City staff to come up with solutions. Linzi Sheldon. KIRO 8/31/13
  • A Little More Courtesy Could Save a Life. Greenways Vigil Walk for Trevon Crease-Holden and changing the Seattle culture of safe streets.  Jerry Large. Seattle Times 8/5/13
  • Building a bicycling renaissance in Seattle. Seattle used to be the vanguard of bicycling in North America and should reclaim it with a network of neighborhood greenways. John Pucher. Seattle Times 7/13/13.
  • Candidates Talk Safe Streets at Livable Streets Forum. Candidates for the next Seattle Mayor focus on how they would make Seattle safer and more inviting for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders at forum hosted by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Erica C. Barnett. Seattle Met 7/3/13.
  • Seattle group re-imagines streets as places for people. Building on the success of their first study trip to Vancouver, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways studies the green and safe streets of Vancouver through a similar lens. Kelsea Bloxam. Urban Systems Vancouver 7/6/13.
  • Worse than Manhattan? Bike expert rattled by ride through city. Residential neighborhoods are bike friendly, but Seattle is falling behind its peers in creating safe routes, especially downtown, says Rutgers professor John Pucher. Mike Lindblom. Seattle Times 6/25/13. (2 page 11×17 print of article)
  • In a disaster, could bikes be part of the answer?  a report on Seattle’s first Disaster Relief Trials sponsored by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Carolyn Adolph. KUOW. 6/22/13.
  • Remembering Lance David: West Seattleites’ memorial ride. Local bicycling/safety advocates from West Seattle Bike Connections and West Seattle Greenways organized tonight’s ride to both honor a fellow rider and emphasize the urgent need for safety improvements. West Seattle Blog 5/7/13.
  • Locals share ideas at SDOT Ballard Greenways Open House. Local resident Susan Griffith was among many others who thought the greenways project will bring positive changes to the neighborhood. “Bikers come in all ages now, so it is good to have separation between people who want to go faster and people who go slower,” said Griffith. Kevin Lee, My Ballard 4/14/13.
  • Wedgwood crash victims remembered by hundreds. The march marked one week since Judy and Dennis Schulte lost their lives to a suspected drunken driver while crossing Northeast 75th Street at 33rd Avenue Northeast with their daughter-in-law, Karina Ulriksen-Schulte, and her 10-day-old son, Elias. Casey McNerthney, Seattle PI 4/2/13
  • Memorial Walk for Safer Streets. Around 200 participated in a Seattle Neighborhood Greenways-hosted memorial walk to the intersection where two pedestrians were killed and two critically injured. NE Seattle Greenways identified the intersection as problematic for pedestrians and cyclists. “Our roads really need to be designed for safety,” said Andres Salomon, with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. “It really should be a Seattle-wide discussion.” Cara Brannan. Seattle Times 4/1/13.
  • UW Public Health Students Release Little Brook Study. The month-long study was commissioned from students of University of Washington Public Health by the Lake City Greenways project in order to discover barriers to connecting the Little Brook Neighborhood to future proposed Lake City Greenways projects. Lake City Live 3/12/13.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways featured at the Institute of Traffic Engineers. Cathy Tuttle and Eli Goldberg share ideas for engaging citizen groups, business leaders, and city interdepartmental teams, and building support for safe, healthy, walkable, and bikeable communities. Presentation deck. ITE Washington News Feb 2013.
  • Seattle’s Path to Neighborhood Greenways. Portland Bureau of Transportation Presentation deck. 1/17/13.

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  • City’s bike plan has more than commuters in mind Seattle’s cycling network — even with its enviable urban trails and a burgeoning network of bike markings on busy streets — doesn’t always make everyday bike commuting easy. Jennifer Langston. Seattle PI, 9/14/08.