We had an informative meeting in the Aegis on Galer “Pike Market” meeting space.
Queen Anne Greenways
General Meeting Notes – October 25, 2016
We invited Cathy Tuttle, the Executive and Founding Director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG) to present to our group
- SNG was started 5 years ago
- Advocates for safe and comfortable streets for all ages, to walk or bike to where they need/want to go.
- Project type – safe streets for pedestrian and bike that are outside main thoroughfares.
- Organized through a coalition of local/neighborhood groups. There are 20 neighborhood Greenways.
- Each neighborhood group brings projects to SNG to support through advocacy. QA Greenways brought the Uptown and SLU connection as a focus to SNG.
- Organizing model is that each neighborhood group determines their priorities are. SNG supports with mapping, advocacy, advice, support.
- Focus has expanded to include broader goals beyond just safe byways outside of major thoroughfares to include: signals, crosswalks, and accessible routes across major thoroughfares.
Notes on accomplishments:
- One of SNG focuses/priorities was the speed limit change, 20mph/25mph for residential/arterial streets. This was a 3-year project. Next is to now get $$ for engineering to support the 20mph. Small projects that make big impact on safety (example: crossing lights, curb bulbs)
- In past 5 years SNG has influenced $30-40m street funding towards safe streets.
- Of the 13th projects that were given NSF $ this year, 11 were neighborhood Greenway groups.
- Bike Master Plan is slow in implementation by SDOT. SNG is advocating that signage happens soon, even if not ready to do road improvements
Questions for Cathy/SNG:
Negative perception of safety improvements interpreted as causing congestion, but doesn’t feel accurate. Is it?
- Of the 34 road ‘diets’ implemented and tracked – peak speeds are reduced but metro speed better, traffic flow has improved, injury dropped by ½.
What is Vision Zero?
- Developed 30 yrs ago in Sweden
- Streets should be designed for people to use safely so that no one is injured = zero.
- City has bought into in theory but has not yet allocated $$.
There 20 groups, is the whole city covered or are there gaps?
- Yes, there are gaps – Magnolia is one; West Seattle has only one group, but the area is too big for one group; Downtown should have one.
- Cascade Bicycle club is becoming more of an advocacy and was looking at downtown, but now more focused on statewide
- FeetFirst doesn’t really do advocacy
- Connected network of safe streets for people of all ages, incomes to get around.
- We are looking at adding “streets as place”, not just as corridors
What has QA Greenways proposed as our lead projects to SNG?
- Mark O attends core meetings (monthly, on the 23rd) and communicates these to SNG.
- QA Greenways need to determine our key projects for 2017.
Available Grants and Events to keep in mind:
- Laurie Ames reminds us to keep in mind the Neighborhood Matching Fund – including Small Sparks for up to $1000- applications year-round.
- Safe-routes to School – mini-grant (up to $1000) Paperwork is easy. Need to get school principle support (end April+ end Oct). SNG has lots of ideas of what we can do. Up to $1000.
- Plan a “Night Out” with a Small Sparks grant – apply by July 1
- Plan a Parking Day parklet – Sept event
Neighborhood Street Fund update/discussion –
- Queen Anne did not get any applications approved.
- Discussion – grants rewarded to communities where inclusion (race and social justice), equity are redressed and where there is density.
- Generally grants appear to address terrible situations in need of improvement. Ours were, maybe, more “nice to have”.
- We learned a lot from the application process
- We need to think how our proposals serve citywide needs.
- Next opportunity will be in three years – 2019.
Play Street meeting for next year –
- Proposed that Shaun and Juliette to run the planning for next year’s Play Street.
- Considering applying for a Festival Street to make it easier to put on many Play Streets per year. Application needs to be approved by the District Council, the status of which is still unknown.
- Michael has information about complaint(s) expressed to the QA Farmer’s Market about the Play street. Requires follow-up with Ms College (president of Farmer’s Market board) and market director, Brittany Ryan.
Upper/Lower loops defining
- Plan to initiate community involvement in designating loops and access at the next General Meeting.
- Consider inviting Bill’s Magnolia contact, who is working on a bike trail access from the waterfront, to this meeting.
- TO DO – follow up with Cathy to get big laminated map (Juliette).
Queen Anne Elementary and use of the Boulevard
- Buses are loading/unloading 8 buses delivering 4 doz students from various parts of the city.
- There is concern that this use compromises the Boulevard’s park-like quality and adversely affects bike/pedestrian safety.
- Bus zone was put on the Boulevard without parks approval.
- Alternatives: Boston or 4th
Next General Meeting: January 24th.