Rains do nothing to slow livable Seattle work – How to get involved this week

Some are surprised that driving in the US has continued it’s half-decade decline. But one look at our Events Calendar, and you’ll see why. Biking and walking is all people are talking about, and there are a bunch of opportunities to get involved this week. If we missed anything, let us know in the comments and, of course, add it to the Events Calendar.

Beacon BIKES 2040 Vision Award Ceremony – Today

Puget Sound Regional Council gives Beacon BIKES their 2040 Vision award. City Council award ceremony 2 p.m. today (Monday).

Safe Kids Walking Audit – Tuesday

As part of Mercer’s Safe Kids grant to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety around the school, we are conducting an observation of the school’s drop-off and pick-up procedures on Tuesday, December 4th. This observation will allow us to quantify the data we see regarding how children are dropped off, and the safety hazards we notice. Once we obtain this data we will use it to work with the school to create an updated circulation map for Mercer, which will highlight the safest way to arrive and depart from school.

In order to conduct the observation we’d like at least 8 – 10 volunteers, but more are welcome!. Before the observation I’ll supply each volunteer with a clipboard, a checklist, and a demonstration on how to use the checklist. Then I’ll assign each volunteer to a location around the school, where they’ll stand during drop-off/pick-up and mark what they see. Here is the general time frame and commitment:

Tuesday, December 4th
Morning observation: 7AM – 8:15AM (There will be coffee!!)
Afternoon observation: 1:45PM – 2:35PM

You are welcome to attend either or both.

UW Student work on Greenways Charette – Wednesday

This term our interdisciplinary ScanlDesign studio is working in the “West of 15th” University District and we have two students who are working on proposals for the 12th Ave. Neighborhood Greenway, plus others working on streetscape design and connections.

We have students working on 14 different projects, ranging from the new transit station to the proposed waterfront park, and will spend the first hour with them briefly introducing each project. Then from around 2:30 – 4:30 we’ll have small review teams discussing and giving feedback to individuals on their projects, ending with a short wrap-up session.

Lynnwood looking to fix its Missing Links – Wednesday

Details from Cascade Bicycle Club:

The City of Lynnwood will be hosting an open house to provide information regarding two new projects that will address critical missing links of the Interurban Trail. The missing link sections are located between 208th Street and 52nd Avenue West, and from 212th Streets to the south section of the existing trail. The project would complete the trail by providing a continuous Class I bicycle/pedestrian corridor that is separated from traffic.

The City is interested in hearing from you about their proposed trail improvements!

If you are unable to attend the open house, you can still comment on the project by contacting the City of Lynnwood’s Project Manager, Jesse Perrault at (425) 670-5214 or [email protected].

Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board Meeting – Wednesday

The Board will be diving into the draft Bicycle Master Plan Update map (as we have been doing here). Also in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting: Mayor Mike McGinn.

Contrary to what the commenters at KOMO or the Seattle Times may have you believe, McGinn rarely appears at these meetings, so it should be an interesting chance to hear from him on his thoughts about the draft plan.

As always, the meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Room L280 at City Hall. The building doors and elevators lock promptly at 6, so get there early.

University District Through ECO-ECO – Thursday

How can the University District be more economically and ecologically sustainable?
Through ECO – ECO
December 6, 2012
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th Street


January 31, 2013
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Alder Commons
1315 NE Campus Parkway
How do we move forward together?

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