A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Safe Routes to School celebrates new schools on Aurora at 90th with fun activities Aug. 26-27

August 17th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School is celebrating upgrades to pedestrian and bike safety near the new schools opening this fall just off Aurora Avenue North at North 90th Street (Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and Cascadia Elementary School).

From 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 26 at Greenwood Park, 602 NW 87th St., bring your bike for a bike rodeo, helmet giveaway to the first 50 people who don’t already have a helmet, free basic bike repair, music, food, story time with Seattle Public Library, raffle for bike gear, prizes and gift cards from local businesses, and a scavenger hunt. Learn more about bike safety and skills and the safest routes to school.

The following day, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, Licton-Haller Greenways and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways are hosting a Safe Routes to School Celebration and Ribbon Cutting at the corner of North 92nd Street and Ashworth Avenue North, behind the new schools.

After the ribbon cutting, a bike and walking parade will celebrate the new trail and improved Safe Routes to School.

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Public meeting July 19 on SDOT’s proposal to remove pedestrian ramp when renovating traffic signals on Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW

July 10th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is planning major upgrades to the intersection of Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW, including a new pedestrian and bicycle signal, additional lighting at the nearby bus stop, and a possible new public plaza on the NE corner, where the pedestrian bridge stairs are now.

But the proposal also calls for demolishing the pedestrian bridge. Many community members have expressed concern that many pedestrians feel safer using that bridge while crossing to and from Crown Hill Center and nearby Whitman Middle School, so SDOT will hold a public meeting with City Councilmember Mike O’Brien to discuss more about the plan.

The meeting will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW, in the gym.

“You’ll get to learn more about why the current design is recommended, have your questions answered about why we’d consider removing the pedestrian overpass, and discuss how the street would operate with these changes,” according to the press release.

You can more about SDOT’s plan on its blog, which includes numbers of how many pedestrian use the overpass and the street crossing at various times of the day.

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SDOT to begin pedestrian and biking safety improvements at Aurora Avenue and North 92nd Street

July 6th, 2017 by Doree

SDOT will soon begin improving the intersection of Aurora Avenue North and North 92nd Street to make it safer for pedestrians and bikers.

SDOT crews will add a new signal, curb ramps, and add a median island to reduce cut-through traffic.

The improvements are designed to help the Safe Routes to School connection between the existing neighborhood greenway on Fremont Avenue North and the new school complex on the east side of Aurora. The plan is to turn on the new signal in September in time for the first day of school (Sept. 6 for Seattle Public Schools).

During construction, be prepared for vehicle lane and parking restrictions, as well as pedestrian detours on sidewalks. Normal work hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with some night and weekend work.

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Wednesday is national Bike to School Day

May 9th, 2017 by Doree

Wednesday is national Bike to School Day, with thousands of students expected to bike to and from school in Seattle and beyond.

Please drive extra carefully on Wednesday, during the morning commute and in the afternoon after schools let out. Many kids are new bikers, so give them some extra room on the road, slow down, and make sure you don’t get distracted by electronics.

And May is Bike to School Month, so expect to see extra bikers on the roads and sidewalks throughout the month.

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City Cycle opening in Janus apartment building April 29

April 17th, 2017 by Doree

City Cycle indoor cycling is opening in the Janus apartment building at 117 NW 85th St. Its soft opening will be April 29 through May 5, with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 6, with free classes at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., plus snacks and a Lorna Jane trunk show.

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Washington Bikes’ ‘Ride in the Rain Challenge’ comes to Lower Phinney-Ballard tonight

November 3rd, 2016 by Doree

Washington Bikes wants to show everyone that it’s okay to ride in the rain, so it’s hosting a month long “Ride in the Rain Challenge.” Teams are challenged to bike as much as possible and log their trips for the month.

Tonight they’ve got a special event, “Free Laundromat Takeover with Nikwax,” from 6-8 p.m. at Lunar Laundry, 700 NW 65th St., across from Goodwill.

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Spoke & Food fundraiser July 26 to raise money for Hunger Intervention Program

July 18th, 2016 by Doree

The 7th annual Spoke & Food fundraiser is from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at 19 restaurants throughout the city, including three in our neighborhood. Just bike to one of the locations and they will donate 20 percent of your bill to the Hunger Intervention Program.

In our neighborhood, participating locations are the Barking Dog Alehouse, 705 NW 70th St.; Razzi’s Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.; and Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N. The first 20 cycling patrons at each location will get a Spike & Food drawstring backpack with goodies inside.

The Hunger Intervention Program provides meals, basic cooking skills and nutrition education to needy families.

See the Spoke & Food website for a list of all participating locations.

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Focus Session on Safe Routes to Schools for Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School, and Licton Springs K-8 on Sunday

February 29th, 2016 by Doree

Licton-Haller Greenways is hosting a follow up to an online survey conducted in January and February about safe routes to the three new schools being built on the old Wilson-Pacific site at 1330 N. 90th St., just across Aurora Avenue from Greenwood. The meeting is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Blue Building, on the second floor. It is wheelchair accessible via the elevator.

This focus group will look at maps to explore issues and brainstorm potential solutions. Anyone whose child will attend any of the schools, as well as nearby businesses and residents, are encouraged to attend.

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Reminder: Safe Routes to School audits of Wilson-Pacific site are Wednesday and Saturday

November 10th, 2015 by Doree

Remember, neighbors can take part in a Safe Routes to School audit for the Wilson-Pacific schools site near Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street. The first audit starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday; the second audit starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both start at The Woodlands Pizza at 8314 Aurora Ave. N.

Three new schools will open on the site. Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Many students will have to cross major streets, including Aurora, 85th, I-5 and Northgate Way. The purpose of the audits is to find safe routes for those students to get to school, and to suggest pedestrian improvements to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police and City of Seattle.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits, which will be conducted by walking and biking. The walks will be between 1-1/2 and 2 hours long, followed by a review session. Food and refreshments will be supplied during the review session.

For more information or to RSVP to attend an audit, please email LictonHallerGreenways@gmail.com.

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