We have a tremendous opportunity to support a more bike-friendly future- please submit your comments by Friday to make the right choice for our region.

The Puget Sound Regional Council is updating the current regional transportation plan. Five alternatives have been analyzed, and the choice made will greatly impact how we plan our communities and get around. (You can read the draft environmental impact statement of Transportation 2040 here.)

Out of five alternatives:

- Only Alternative Five makes significant reductions in all harmful pollutants measured.

- Only Alternative Five comes close to meeting the goals established in state law for reducing vehicle miles traveled.

- Only Alternative Five makes significant investments in bicycling for transportation. It would use only one percent more of our transportation funding to build 600 more miles of bicycle trails and other facilities!  None of the other options focus on walking, biking or transit to solve congestion and health problems.

Click here and tell the Puget Sound Regional Council it’s time to change our transportation priorities.

Your voice will help create more sustainable communities.

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BACKGROUND
The Low Impact Vehicle project aims to retrofit our transportation system around the human body, instead of 40-ton trucks. This would reduce the amount of land needed for streets and parking, allowing us to reclaim land for vegetation to improve our watersheds. Other benefits include carbon reductions for manufacturing and operations; improved public health; and social justice. Most of all: improved mobility for both freight and people.

The first phase of the LIV project will kick-off on August 22 in Seward Park. A Low Impact Vehicle exhibition (aLIVe) invites artists, artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers, inventors and designers of all types to create visions for the future. Areas of exploration include vehicles designed around the human body; streets designed for people; and communities built around the need for trees and unpaved spaces, clean air and clean water. The purpose of aLIVe is to present new ideas in various formats such as prototypes, designs, works in progress and to also present metaphorical art to stimulate a conversation that will help us change our culture, one mind at a time. We’re looking for everything from prototypes to poetry.

Hosted by Great City. 4Culture, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Parks, greenmuseum.org and SvR Design are all early sponsors. The art critic Jen Graves has written about aLIVe and posted a podcast http://podcasts.thestranger.com/invisible/

Also, there’s an aLIVe Group on the Seattle Network: http://seattlegreatcitynetwork.ning.com/group/alive. It includes an “illustrated guide.”

"Nicole Kistler's All-Terrain" Low Impact Vehicle will be one of many items on display at the exhibit

"Nicole Kistler's All-Terrain" Low Impact Vehicle

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SDOT is currently in the studying on-street parking in a large area of Capitol Hill. They’ve just published their initial findings and plan to use this research to develop a parking demand management strategy for the neighborhood. You can see their findings here.

Ruth Harper, program’s project manager will be at our next September Streets for People meeting to discuss the study. Hope to see you there.

September 14th
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Nyhus Communications (Map)
1525 4th Ave

Image: StreetsBlog

Image: StreetsBlog

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Its been a few months now since I wrote a couple of posts about placing the new streetcar line from the ID to

Loop Map

Loop Map

Capitol Hill on 12th Ave instead of up on Broadway. Well, I am happy to report that the movement has only taken off since then:

  • A number of city council members have met with The 12th Ave Streetcar Group to walk and talk about the 12th Ave alignment. Richard Conlin said their arguments were “persuasive” and promised to make sure that the City Council was involved in choosing a route.
  • SDOT has also taken notice of 12th and has actually started using the 12th/Broadway Loop images in their presentations!
  • Lest we forget that 12th Ave is a critical cycling route, the International Bicycle Fund will be studying the route and hopefully giving us some great design ideas on how to make sure that cyclists and streetcar goers both have a happy commute.
  • The 12th Ave Streetcar Group has also joined the Seattle Streetcar Alliance and has been engaging various other neighborhood organizations to get more people on board. The group will be presenting to the 37th District Democrats in the very near future.

If you are interested in getting involved 12th Ave business owner Tri Nguyen has started a facebook group which now boasts over 100 members.

Also, if you are interested in learning more it looks like a number of neighborhood groups on Capitol Hill will be sponsoring a public form to explore the various alternatives. Dates are tentative but it looks like it will be in September.  So stay tuned!

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Please join Great City as we bid farewell to Allison and welcome our new volunteer coordinator Paul Chasan this Friday at 5:30 pm at Molly Moon’s on Capitol Hill.

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Mark you calendars for Great City’s Summer Street Scene on July 16th from 5-8 pm on Bell St. between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave.

Please join Great City as we celebrate our progress this year, honor our amazing volunteers, and embrace summer in Seattle as a community!

Festivities will include live music with Orkestrar Zirkonium, street food from Skillet, drinks, and of course, good company.

In the spirit of our work, teams are invited to transform ordinary parking spaces along Bell St. into innovative, sustainable, and inviting places for people as a harbinger of the new Bell St. Boulevard.

Come view the results, learn more about Great City, and enjoy the party – new faces are always welcome!

Thursday, July 16th from 5-8 pm.  Belltown on Bell St. between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave.

Sponsors
Gold: Vulcan, Stellar Holdings, Clise Properties, Heartland, SvR Design Company
Silver: GeoEngineers, JC Mueller LLC., Lorig, Hewitt, Roosevelt Development Group
Bronze: Brady Montz, Harbor Properties,  Renee Staton, Caron Architecture
CoSponsored by the Belltown Community Council and the Belltown Business Association

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Thursday, July 9th
12:00-1:00 pm
GGLO
Space at the Harbor Steps
1301 1st Ave. Level A

The vision of Seattle’s Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee is to build neighborhood-based coalitions around creating and preserving community amenities in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Please join Great City to learn about the the genesis of Seattle’s Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee (CODAC). Matthew Kwatinetz of Heartland will discuss the underpinnings of a policy framework for thinking about culture in the context of districts and economic development.

Matthew Kwatinetz is the Special Projects Manager at Heartland where he is leading their efforts in creating a broad platform to explore projects and public policy surrounding the Cultural Ecology Mapping, Cultural Economic Development and the development and ongoing operations of arts, entertainment, cultural and community spaces. From 2002-08, he was the developer and Producing Artistic Director of Capitol Hill Arts Center, a Seattle-based arts center and business incubator. Prior to that, he worked for a variety of arts, entertainment and festival organizations in producing, production management, technical management and business strategy.

Great City’s brownbag lunch forum series is generously hosted by GGLO

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