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


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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Spoke & Food returns today for donations to charity while biking and dining

June 26th, 2012 by Doree

The third annual Spoke & Food event is back today, and Stumbling Goat Bistro is your local eatery offering a donation to a local non-profit in exchange for biking to your meal.

Spoke & Food is a city-wide event that aims to encourage biking, as well as donations to a good cause. From 6-10 p.m. tonight, bike to any of the 16 participating restaurants and 20 percent of your total bill will be donated to FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank.

Participating restaurants by neighborhood:

  • Ballard – Barking Dog Alehouse
  • Capitol Hill – Julia’s on Broadway
  • Columbia City – St. Dames
  • Fremont – Nickerson Street Saloon
  • Green Lake – Duke’s Chowder House
  • Madison Park – McGilvra’s
  • Madrona – St. Clouds
  • Maple Leaf – Snappy Dragon
  • Phinney Ridge – Stumbling Goat Bistro
  • Queen Anne – Emmer & Rye
  • Ravenna – Pied Piper Alehouse
  • Roosevelt – Marcello’s Ristorante
  • Salmon Bay (Ballard) – The Shelter
  • South Lake Union – Serious Pie
  • Wallingford – Julia’s
  • White Center – Proletariat Pizza

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Helicopter over Greenwood was for car vs. bike accident

April 6th, 2012 by Doree

That was KIRO 7’s chopper overhead around 5 o’clock tonight, after reports of a car vs. bike accident right in front of the Greenwood Post Office at North 83rd Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

We’ve got a call into the Seattle Fire Department for more information, and we’ll update this post when we know more.

SFD Spokesman Kyle Moore tells us that a 29-year-old woman was riding her bike on Greenwood Avenue North when someone opened their car door and hit her. Moore said the woman had only minor injuries — thanks to her helmet — and was taken to the hospital by AMR.

Thanks to Lisa and Lynn for the tips, and Lynn for the photo!

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Greenwood native needs a few more backers for her cross-European and Asian cycling trip

March 14th, 2012 by Doree

Last month we told you about Greenwood native Amie Thao, who, along with her partner, Olli Tumelius, are cycling 15,000 miles across Europe and Asia. They are eating their way across the land, sharing food with locals and documenting the stories on their website, International Supper Club.

The couple are currently in Portugal, and still raising donations to help fund the trip. Their Kickstarter campaign now has 96 backers who have pledged a total of $5,511 dollars towards their $7,500 goal. They have 11 days left to raise the rest of the money — or they get nothing. Thao and Tumelius will provide gifts for various donation levels. Check out the fundraising campaign here.

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