The neighborhood “greenway” meeting originally scheduled for March 8, has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 5, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Organizers tell us they want more time for planning and outreach.
The City of Seattle is bringing greenways to several neighborhoods over the next year or so, including Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. A greenway is a road that parallels an arterial, but is designed to be more pedestrian- and bike-friendly and less car-oriented, to help people get around their neighborhoods without fighting car traffic.
Here’s the city’s description:
Neighborhood Greenways are slow-speed, low-traffic residential streets made even more pleasant for the people who live, walk, and bike on them. By adding new park-like amenities and limiting cut-through traffic, Greenways are naturally attractive both for families, and for anyone seeking a safer, more connected community experience. By placing Greenways a block or two away from major arterials, Neighborhood Greenways create a great option for people who prefer to walk or bike away from congested streets. While many new dedicated walking and bicycling trails are beyond the reach of our City’s budget, 10 miles of Greenways can be built for the cost of a single mile of new trail, offering the potential to bring a high-quality network to all Seattle neighborhoods at a comparatively low cost. Greenways have the potential to serve neighborhoods where many people cannot afford a car. Neighborhood access by emergency service vehicles and freight delivery vehicles — and parking — is preserved along Greenways.
The Phinney-Greenwood Greenways groups is discussing possible routes through the neighborhood, including along 1st Avenue NW.
Before the April 5 meeting, you can get involved by joining the Google group ([email protected]), the Facebook group, and check out the interactive map of suggested neighborhood routes and leave a comment.
After April, another meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 3.