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

 

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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Neighborhood groups conducting audits of safe routes to new schools at North 90th Street

November 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Licton-Haller Greenways and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways are conducting audits of safe routes for children to get to the three new schools that will open in fall of 2017 on North 90th Street, one block east of Aurora.

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including many students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits of potential routes, 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.

The audits will result in a report to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police, and City of Seattle to encourage the implementation of needed safety improvements prior to the schools’ opening.

Audits are currently scheduled for the afternoons of Wednesday Nov. 11 (Veterans Day, a school holiday), and Saturday, Nov. 14. A third day could possibly be added, depending on interest.

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

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Annual Spoke & Food biking and dining fundraising event is Tuesday

July 24th, 2015 by Doree

Tuesday, July 28, is the annual Spoke & Food fundraising event, where people are encouraged to bike to participating restaurants and breweries, where 20 percent of their bill will be donated to the non-profit road safety group Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

While you’re encouraged to ride your bike, it’s not required. Each participating establishment will donate 20 percent of their total sales from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday.

The goals of Spoke & Food are to improve local community by creating an event that people can do in their own neighborhoods; to promote a healthy lifestyle; to improve Seattle’s regard for its environment; to showcase how easy it is to use bicycles for everyday activities; and to help raise funds for a deserving non-profit.

You can find the full list of participating venues online. Those in our neighborhood include The Barking Dog Alehouse and Razzi’s Pizzeria.

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Three days left to apply for mini-grants for safe routes to school

October 22nd, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will provide mini-grants of up to $1,000 to school groups to educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety, and encourage walking and biking to school.

Private and public schools, PTAs and other school-related nonprofit groups may apply. The activities must support the overall goal of educating about safety and encouraging more walking and bicycling to school.

Mini-grants have helped schools start student safety patrols, attentive-driving programs, anti-idling campaigns, as well as bike safety education programs. Last year, Loyal Heights Elementary created an eight-week urban cycling club to teach fourth and fifth grade students bike safety and practice bicycling skills on neighborhood streets. McDonald Elementary School purchased safety supplies, including safety vests and flags, for their walking school buses. Mercer Middle School brought an Undriver Licensing Station to school for students who choose to walk and bike to school.

For more information and to apply for a Mini Grant, visit www.cityofseattle.net/transportation/ped_srts_grant.htm. In addition to the application, a letter of support from the school principal must be e-mailed or mailed by the application due date. For questions, contact Ashley Harris at ashley.harris@seattle.gov. Completed applications are due by the close of business Oct. 25, 2013 and recipients will be announced by Dec. 6, 2013.

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