February 2020 Newsletter
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What's New with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

A Big Year Ahead: Our Top Ten Priorities for 2020

Despite some early set backs, 2019 was a banner year for progress on safe streets initiatives. 2020 is also shaping up to be a big year with many opportunities and challenges. With your help we will make progress towards creating a city where every neighborhood is a great place to walk, bike, and live. Thank you to everyone who weighed in and helped set our priorities for the year ahead. And don’t hesitate to get involved, if you're not already—no experience necessary!

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Welcome SNG's New Board Members!

To carry out our ambitious plans for 2020, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is building capacity -- and that includes growing our board of directors. We couldn't be more thrilled to announce this new slate of directors, each impressive in their own right, and collectively leveling up our organization's skill and expertise. Please give these folks a warm hello and congratulations when you see them at SNG events, or otherwise about town.

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Benjie de la Peña: Benjie was the Chief of Strategy and Innovation for SDOT where he initiated the first ever city-wide Public Life Study to measure vibrancy and to understand how people use streets as public space. He led the development of Seattle’s New Mobility Playbook and the draft Transportation Information Infrastructure Plan. Read more

Janice Wu: Janice is a Business Program Manager at Microsoft where she focuses on brand management, integrated communications strategies, and campaign development. As an early-career professional board member, Janice is excited to learn about Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and is humbled by the opportunity to be involved with her community in such an intimate way while connecting with and learning from talented and passionate individuals. Read more

Phyllis Porter: Phyllis is a community outreach and engagement specialist and was a co-founder and long time leader of SNG's Rainier Valley Greenways-Safe Streets group. She is the founder/director of the Seattle chapter of Black Girls Do Bike and also served as a member of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. Read more

Mike O’Brien: Mike O’Brien has been a daily bike commuter for nearly 20 years and, having raised both his sons in the city in a multi-modal household, he cares immensely about the safety of all transportation systems users. Mike is a former Seattle City Councilmember having chaired the transportation committee for the past four years. Read more

Read more about our all of our Board of Directors

Campaign Kick-off Events

A number of SNG's 2020 campaign launches are coming right up mark your calendars, join us, come take part: 

  • Vision Zero Campaign Launch. Thursday, Feb 13th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Seattle Impact Hall (Pioneer Square). Vision Zero is based on the idea that no one should die or suffer serious injury in traffic. The City of Seattle has committed to reaching Vision Zero by 2030. But sadly, 2019 was the deadliest year of the decade for people walking. Join us to discuss how we can work together this year to get Vision Zero back on track. RSVP on Facebook.
  • Safe Routes to School Campaign Launch. Wednesday, Feb 26th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Location TBD. This year, we are working to change Seattle School District policies and programs so that helping students walk and bike to school goes from an afterthought to a priority. RSVP on Facebook or to
  • Better Signals for Seattle Campaign Launch. Monday, Feb 24th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Impact Hall Seattle (Pioneer Square). All people deserve traffic signals that allow them to walk and roll safely and with dignity. Join us to talk about how our traffic signals can be reprogrammed to prioritize people (not cars). RSVP on Facebook or to

Community Spotlight: Peaches Thomas

Peaches Thomas, a long-time Traffic Safety Advocate, has stepped into a new role as Community Outreach Coordinator with Duwamish Valley Safe Streets. She will be working to create opportunities for residents, specifically youth, to foster a culture of walking and rolling.

You may recognize Peaches from her role last year co-leading community outreach for SDOT's Home Zone Pilot project in South Park, or from her work as a member of the advisory board for the Georgetown to South Park Connection.

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Around the City

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is a grassroots coalition of neighborhood chapters that plan and advocate for safe, equitable, and comfortable streets for all. Progress is happening across the city thanks to people like you. Click here to get connected with an SNG group in your neighborhood.

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