The call for neighborhood greenways just keeping gaining momentum. Within just the past week, Central Seattle Greenways held its first meeting (post on that coming soon!), West Seattle Greenways has announced its first big meeting and NE Seattle Greenways is holding a formative organizational meeting.
The people behind the West Seattle group have already had some success, as the city has two Delridge neighborhood greenways on their to-do list. However, the group is looking to reach out to more of West Seattle. They are holding a meeting 3 p.m. Sunday at Pearl’s Coffee for people who want to learn more or get involved.
The city of Seattle has committed to funding eleven miles of greenways in 2012, and twelve new miles per year thereafter. Because of the work of several local advocates, two West Seattle routes are under consideration for 2012: 21st ave SW between the West Seattle Bridge and White Center, and 26th Ave SW along the Longfellow Creek Trail through North Delridge. This is just a beginning: we hope to form a vision of bicycle and pedestrian connectivity through West Seattle as a whole, and prioritize greenway routes for future development.
Please join us at Pearl’s Coffee in North Delridge this Sunday, Feb 19 at 3pm. We’ll meet with neighbors from around West Seattle to begin discussing our vision for bicycle and pedestrian routes throughout our part of the city. Plan to buy a coffee or sandwich to help support a great local business. We hope to see you there!
Time: Sunday, February 19, 3-5pm
Location: Pearl’s Coffee, 4800 Delridge Way SW (map)
NE Seattle Greenways (working name) is in the early stages. Initiated by Andres (a longtime Seattle Bike Blog commenter!), the group is holding a meeting 11 a.m. Saturday at Zoka Coffee (2901 Northeast Blakeley St) to discuss things like what areas should be included, what potential partnerships exist (Seattle Children’s, obviously) and to find people who want to get involved.
First order of business: How far should its boundaries stretch? It will have Ravenna, Bryant and View Ridge, for sure, but it could also be a lot bigger and include everything from Sand Point to Roosevelt and Laurelhurst to Wedgwood (here’s the city clerk’s map to give you an idea or where the boundaries roughly lie).
On top of all this, groups promoting biking to school are really picking up steam, especially at Eckstein MS and Bryant Elementary. The Eckstein kids are even getting free Top Pot doughnuts Friday just for biking to school. THAT’s good marketing (both for biking and Top Pot)!
There are several other schools in town with active bike trains and walking school buses. With Seattle Public Schools making a safe route map for every K-8 school and citizen groups forming all over town, this is a great time for interested parents to get involved and build momentum behind biking and walking to school.
To finish this post, here’s an awesome little video from a Seattle art class using bike tubes. My art classes definitely weren’t this cool.