Like parks, safe streets become places where people gather and play. They become spaces where neighbors can be neighbors as well as safe ways to get from homes to destinations.
So why not embrace streets that lead to a park as a vital part of the park itself?
That’s why Cascade Bicycle Club is organizing an effort to include $2 million a year in Safe Routes to Parks funding as part of the 2014 Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy.
One of my favorite things about Seattle is our parks. Magnuson, Green Lake, Discovery, Seward, Alki … I could go on and on.
But too often parents find the streets and sidewalks too unsafe to walk or bike with their kids to their local park.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Right now, a citizens advisory committee is drafting Seattle’s next levy that will be on the ballot in the fall of 2014 and will fund new investments in our parks.
We’re calling for this next parks levy to fund safe routes to parks by transforming low-speed, low-traffic streets into park-like environments that are safe for families to walk and bike on.
And then show your support at a public hearing on Nov. 7.
The number one reason people use Seattle parks is for exercise. So shouldn’t it be safer for families to walk, run and bike to their parks?
That’s why Cascade is working with the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways group to build a coalition of organizations to change this. We’re calling for next year’s city parks levy renewal to include $2 million a year to make routes to and through our parks safer — especially in neighborhoods in the most need of safer streets and access to parks.
To show support, we’ll be delivering a petition with hundreds — maybe thousands — of signatures at a key public hearing next Thursday, November 7.
Then let us know that you’ll attend the public hearing on Nov. 7 too.
When caring neighbors work together, we see time and time again how we can create a better world for our children. Thank you for all that you do.
Policy & Government Affairs Manager
Cascade Bicycle Club
We are asking for $1.9 million per year for the life of the Parks Legacy levy to help the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Transportation work together to:
- Provide equitable access to parks
- Help kids, grandparents and everyone in-between safely and comfortably walk or bike across busy streets to parks
- Create “gateways” between parks and neighborhood streets to welcome community members safely into their parks
- Upgrade trails through parks for people of all ages and abilities who want to walk or slowly bike comfortably, safely, and conveniently to where they want to go.
- Weave our parks into the fabric of our city by creating mini parks along neighborhood greenways similar to the popular street end parks.
- Create family friendly recreation events for people of all ages and abilities
- Create popular Portland Oregon style Sunday Parkways events that showcase our parks and local businesses and create a family friendly environment for walking and biking. These events will be free to the public and spread throughout the city providing equitable access to fun and healthy recreation.
- Continue to support walking recreation programs such as the Sound Steps Walking Program that seeks to “increase physical activity and social connection by working with people age 50 and older in a member-directed community walking program that is accessible and welcoming to all.”For more information see our potential cost breakdown of the $1.9 million per year.