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


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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Time running out to comment on Seattle Bicycle Master Plan

July 17th, 2013 by Doree

There’s still time to give your input on Seattle’s new Bicycle Master Plan, but comments must be received by July 26. The proposed plan adds a combination of cycle tracks, trails and neighborhood greenways.

Using public input, the draft plan was developed over the past year and reviewed by the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. Two phases of outreach have been conducted to date, including an online survey and mapping tool, and a series of public meetings in November 2012. The draft includes an updated policy framework; a network plan map (showing the location and type of new bicycle facilities throughout the city); a bicycle facilities visual glossary; recommendations for end-of-trip facilities and programs; and a prioritization framework for how new projects will be evaluated.

“Council intends for the new Bicycle Master Plan to make Seattle the leading city when it comes to providing a safe, connected bicycle network that works for all riders, ages 8-80,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.

Check out the map of proposals for the northwest sector, including our neighborhood.

You can download a comment sheet from the website, or email comments to bmpupdate@seattle.gov. Comments are due by July 26.

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Greenwood Community Council to discuss walking, biking on Tuesday

May 20th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.  The main topics are how to improve walking and biking in the neighborhood, including specific projects and proposals.

Also on the agenda is a presentation on the proposed development at 1st Avenue NW and NW 85th Street. The developers will share their general plans and get the community’s feedback on what they’d like to see on that site.

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Bicyclist hit by bus in front of Red Mill Burgers Sunday afternoon

May 19th, 2013 by Doree

A bicyclist who tried to pass a Metro bus in front of Red Mill Burgers around 4:30 this afternoon, was hit by that bus and knocked off his bike. Peter and Sandra Coan were in a car behind the bus and saw the accident. They say the cyclist was winding his way through other cars waiting at the stop light in front of the Phinney Neighborhood Association and were concerned the bus wouldn’t see him.

As the bus pulled away from the stop, the cyclist tried to pass the bus on the left. The bus hit the man, who flew off his bike. The Coans say the man was able to get up and pull his bike off the road himself. He appeared to have an injured hand. He was wearing a helmet.

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Vote for your favorite design for new PNA bike rack

August 9th, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association wants your help in choosing the design for a new bike rack for its soon-to-be-constructed community plaza. They’ve selected three finalists. Vote for your favorite this Friday at the Phinney Farmers Market or in front of Greenwood Hardware (or at next Friday’s Farmers Market).

Here are the three designs:

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Thieves steal bikes from condo’s secured garage – again

July 17th, 2012 by Doree

Update: Robin found one of his bikes on Craigslist, and police are investigating.

Earlier: In April, Robin told us that someone stole three bikes out of her his condo’s secured parking garage near Woodland Park Zoo. Now, someone has stolen two bikes she he bought to replace them. It happened around 2 a.m. Monday.

I filed a police report first thing Monday morning. And heard from a neighbor they saw two teenagers riding away on the bikes leaving behind…cable cutters.

This time the bike thieves jumped the fence, broke in through the locked garage door, then they cut the cable lock which my two bikes were locked up to inside the garage

I am beginning to suspect they are watching my place and waiting for me to replace the bikes only to steal them again.

Here are pictures of the bikes. If you see them or have any information, please put a note in comments, or email PhinneyWood, and we’ll put you in touch with Robin.

2012 Transition TR250 Silver Large.

2011 Specialized Pitch Pro.

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Neighborhood news roundup

July 6th, 2012 by Doree

A little of this and a little of that from around the neighborhood.

Phinney Market Pub & Eatery, 5918 Phinney Ave. N., is starting a to-go picnic menu for people attending Zoo Tunes concerts at Woodland park Zoo. They’ve got set menus for two or four people, plus kids’ options.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for an artist to design and fabricate a new bike rack for the PNA’s soon-to-come Community Plaza at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The Bike Rack and Repair Station is envisioned to be functional for cyclists in our community and reflect our community in terms of its design. This call is open to all artists living in Washington. The deadline for proposals in July 9, 2012. For more information, see the call at www.phinneycenter.org/arts

Taqueria El Jarocho has joined the local food truck scene, with a truck at Greenwood Avenue North and North 102nd Street, across the street from the Leilani Apartments that are under construction.

Ballard teen Dominick Cura has just published his own cookbook of gluten free recipes, “Eternally Gluten Free,” and it’s available at Greenwood’s Top Ten Toys. Seattle Times food blogger Rebekah Denn has a good review of the book.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering sailing classes at the Green Lake Small Craft Center for children ages 10-17. Classes are for new or experienced sailors. Learn the basics of sailing, rigging, safety, and boat handling; participants must weigh at least 80 pounds. Life jackets provided. Each class is four hours long, five days in a row.

KING 5’s John Sharify did a great story recently on fifth-graders from St. John’s Catholic School in Greenwood preparing thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to feed the homeless in downtown Seattle.

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