Want to get involved in making it easier and safer to bike and walk in West Seattle? At least one neighborhood is getting organized, and they are looking for people interested in joining up.
North Delridge Greenways will hold it’s first ride and meet-up October 15. Councilmember Sally Bagshaw will be there, as well as other interested neighbors and folks from other neighborhood greenways groups around the city. The meet-up starts at 10 a.m. with a discussion, followed by an easy two-mile group ride to explore opportunities.
It seems the first order of business is how to find an alternative to Delridge Way, the main drag through the neighborhood and a major connector to many West Seattle bike trails.
I have heard there’s interest in fixing the east sidewalk on Delridge just south of the W Seattle Bridge. This sidewalk is not wide, but it is a major connection for the neighborhood. Perhaps a solid neighborhood greenway combined with an improved trail connection of some kind could go together, making biking to, from and within North Delridge far more appealing and safe.
Grab your bicycle and come join us Saturday morning, October 15th for a slow bike ride (~2 miles) and discussion with councilmember Sally Bagshaw about the possibility of creating a neighborhood greenway in Delridge!
As many neighbors know, 26th Ave SW is a popular bypass for many motorists when Delridge Way has heavy traffic. Many of these drivers are in a hurry, and choose to travel through the neighborhood at unsafe speeds. 26th also happens to be the only direct north/south route through the Delridge neighborhood for pedestrians and cyclists who wish to avoid the noise and traffic of Delridge Way.
A greenway is a street that the city chooses, through small modifications, to make more accessible to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, while making it less accessible to automobile through-traffic. This concept has been applied very successfully in Portland, and the idea is spreading. Many neighborhoods in the city, from Wallingford to the University District to Beacon Hill to Ballard have begun exploring how this can be implemented in their neighborhood. Greenways can be implemented quickly and affordably, and with Prop 1 on the ballot this November, Seattle may soon have the funds to make it happen.
Please come by and share your questions, ideas, and vision with like-minded neighbors! Meet at the Delridge Community Center Saturday morning, Oct. 15 at 10:00am. We’ll have a brief discussion about the greenway concept, then take a bicycle tour of the neighborhood to discuss our vision.
Any other ideas for greenways in North Delridge?