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

 

Memorial for Greenwood resident killed in hit-and-run is Saturday morning at 82nd & Wallingford

January 6th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is hosting a memorial service on Saturday for Greenwood resident Donelle “Nellie” Yelli, who was killed by a hit and run driver in front of Bishop Blanchet High School the evening of Jan. 1.

The memorial begins at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Wallingford Avenue North and North 82nd Street.

The 62-year-old Yelli lived at Greenwood House, a home for women in need.

More info from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways:

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways sponsors walks that spotlight safety issues as well as advocates for road safety improvements. Although part of the January 7 gathering will be to consider road safety, the main purpose of this event is to honor Yelli, to her life and memory, and to memorialize all who have died in traffic.

Pastor Nick Steinloski from Bethany Community Church will say a blessing for Yelli’s life.

Yelli’s death was particularly poignant. She was a caring person living in a group home. There is no money to pay for her funeral. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways runs a Memorial Walks program and has done more than 20 advocacy actions following traffic fatalities of people walking and biking – only with the full support of the family of the victims.

This is the first fatality Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has been involved with since they began placing white silhouettes in honor of all traffic fatality victims (Seattle Times Evan Bush wrote about the Greenways silhouette program here).

Traffic violence disproportionately impacts low-income people. For the first time, the simple Seattle Neighborhood Greenways white silhouette and the 11AM event this Saturday have taken on a more powerful role of both memorial marker and remembrance.

The advocacy action for this particular fatality includes a request for Washington State DUI legislation to be strengthened and enforced.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office today charged 27-year-old Treza Hafzalla with Vehicular Homicide  and Felony Hit and Run.

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Community survey for Safe Routes to School for three new schools coming to Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street

January 18th, 2016 by Doree

Several community groups are working together to make safer routes for children to get to school at the three new schools opening in the fall of 2017 at Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street.

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 105th/Northgate Way.

The groups already conducted safety audits of the area, and now would like community input on pedestrian safety so they can provide that information to the city’s School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police and the City of Seattle.

Take the survey here. The survey is being conducted by Licton-Haller Greenways, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. At the end of the survey, you can enter a drawing for raffle prizes for gift certificates from Woodlands Pizza, Fred Meyer and other local businesses.

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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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50+ pop-up parks around the city, including 1 in Phinney-Ballard and 1 in Greenwood, for international PARK(ing) Day on Friday

September 17th, 2015 by Doree

Friday is international PARK(ing) Day, where community groups and neighbors create temporary pop-up parks in on-street parking spots, to raise awareness about safer streets, and healthy, sustainable, livable cities. Each installation includes creative furnishings, landscaping, and games such as a giant Jenga, corn hole, mini-golf, mah jongg, barbeques, art installations, etc.

One PARK(ing) spot in our neighborhood is at the intersection of NW 65th Street and 6th Avenue NW, where organizers will build a temporary protected bike lane and crosswalk. This site also was one of four winners of a Seattle Neighborhood Greenways award.

In Ballard, Chris Saleeba often bikes with his four-year-old daughter to the Ballard Farmer’s Market. Chris teamed up with his co-workers at Alta Design & Planning to design a protected intersection for people who walk and ride bikes across NW 65th St at 6th Ave NW.

Another installation will be in front of the Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N., where they’ll have a piano out for musical interludes throughout the day.

PARK(ing) Day installations will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, plus some will be up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday for the inaugural Ballard Summer Parkways event and the Sustainable Ballard Festival.

Check out a list and map of all installations in the city.

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Join neighbors this Saturday to walk along proposed 6th Avenue NW Greenway

August 18th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and West Woodland Neighbors are hosting a 1.5 mile walk along the proposed 6th Ave NW Greenway.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the 6th Avenue NW Pocket Park, on the corner of NW 76th Street and 6th Avenue NW. Walkers can also join up at 10 a.m. at Cafe Bambino, on NW 65th Street at 4th Avenue NW.

The purpose of this walk is to build enthusiasm and support for safety improvements along 6th Ave NW. Safety improvements serve everyone, but particularly children walking to the several schools and preschools located along this corridor and elderly people who have chosen to age gracefully in place in this neighborhood.

The three most difficult areas to address financially and from an engineering perspective are the street crossings at NW 65th, NW Market, and NW 43rd crossing at Leary Ave NW.

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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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Neighborhood Greenways meeting at PNA on March 22

March 12th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is hosting an informational meeting on March 22 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Guest speakers are Peter Hahn, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and Dongho Chang, the city’s Chief Traffic Engineer.

SDOT is implementing seven miles of “greenways” in 2012, and planning also is underway for a greenway in Phinney-Greenwood. Greenways are residential streets that are designed to be safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and serve as a kind of public space, while still allowing cars.

The meeting is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in the PNA’s Brick Building. You’re asked to RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.

(The next meeting of the Phinney-Greenwood Greenways group is Thursday, April 5, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.)

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Seattle Neighborhood Greenways meeting tonight at Greenwood Library

January 4th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is hosting an informational meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Greenwood Library. The organization is a coalition of neighborhood groups working towards creating a network of greenways throughout the city.

This is an opportunity for our local neighborhood walking and biking experts to come together to learn what greenways are, meet one another, map out their favorite routes around the ridge and determine if and how they might want to contribute their expertise to this growing, citywide effort.

Many people say they would like to ride bikes and walk as part of their everyday errands, but also say they don’t feel safe doing so with the current bike infrastructure that mixes fast moving traffic with vulnerable users — children, seniors, families and other cautious people uncomfortable with the status quo of bike lanes and “sharrows” positioned on arterials.

An ideal solution to encouraging many more people to safely begin biking and walking for everyday transportation is the creation of an interconnected citywide network of Neighborhood Greenways — low volume, traffic calmed roads, typically one street off of arterials, connecting local destinations within neighborhoods and surrounding neighborhoods to each other. Greenways can incorporate water runoff treatments such as bio-swales and linear parks along with tree plantings to clean the air and water.

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