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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Free bike tune-up at Chuck’s Hop Shop on Friday

October 8th, 2014 by Doree

Bike Works and New Belgium Brewery are providing free bike tune-ups at four Seattle bars this month and next. In our neighborhood, Chuck’s Hop Shop at 656 NW 85th St. in Greenwood will host a free tune-up from 5-7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 10.

Down in Fremont, Bike Works’ BikeMobile tuning truck will be at Nickerson Street Saloon, 318 Nickerson St., from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Free Bike Tune-Up consists of:

Free Safety Tune: (Check tightness of all fasteners on bike, adjust brakes and shifting, lube chain, and inflate tires.)

Free Individual Services:

  • Tube Installation
  • Brake Adjustment (*excluding hydraulic brake bleeds)
  • Derailleur Adjustment
  • Hub Adjustment
  • Bottom Bracket Adjustment
  • Headset Adjustment
  • Quick Wheel True
  • Chain Installation

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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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