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August 2020 Newsletter
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What's New with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

More Space for Walking, Biking, and Rolling

At the beginning of the pandemic we heard people clamoring for space to get outside and safely walk, bike, run and get to essential services. With crowded sidewalks and parks, people felt like they had nowhere to go where there was enough space to socially distance. So we set out to listen to community members and come up with a plan of action.

We developed a community-sourced proposal for Stay Healthy Streets incorporating suggestions from city residents citywide. Our community survey was shared widely in pieces by KUOW, the Seattle Times, The Stranger, Seattle Bike Blog, and other media outlets, and received hundreds of suggestions. We also utilized our own network of 15 neighborhood-based groups, as well as relationships with other organizations, to solicit recommendations and vet maps from each district. In District 2, for example, leadership from community groups such as the African American Leadership Forum, Bethany UCC, and El Comité offered support and insight on routes. Through these conversations and more, we emerged with a proposed network of 130 miles of Stay Healthy Streets.

The City of Seattle was inspired by our work and has implemented 24 miles of temporary Stay Healthy Streets and Keep Moving Streets so far. While not perfect, these streets have made a positive difference in our neighborhoods. That’s why Seattle became the first city in the nation to pledge to make 20 miles of Stay Healthy Streets permanent.

 

The initiative continues to expand, with Lake Washington Blvd being the latest and biggest example to date. But we need your help to keep engaging community members, and working to bring this initiative to more neighborhoods.

See photos and videos from across the city

Stay Healthy Street Spotlight: Alki Point

The street closure (to vehicle through-traffic) and OPENing (to walking, biking, rolling, running, rollerskating, skateboarding, and more) has been dramatic and positive to everyone who uses the street and parks. And neighbors in the area are eager to keep it this way.

Read about how neighbors developed a "Make it Permanent!" campaign

WATCH THE VIDEO!

Alki neighbors surrounding this Stay Healthy Street are so enthusiastic about it they made a fabulous video with the resounding message, "Keep it permanent!"
[Click on the image above to see the video]

On the Street: An Interview with Dawn Bennett


This month we're introducing our new interview series, On the Street, hosted by SNG community organizer KL Shannon. Today, please welcome Dawn Bennett: long-time youth advocate, assistant coordinator at Jefferson Community Center, and executive director of the Multicultural Education Rights Alliance!

KL Shannon: Tell me about your first experience with a bike or who got you interested in riding a bike.

Dawn Bennett: My first experience riding a bike was when I was little, in Youngstown, Ohio. There were eight of us, siblings. We all had bicycles because our mom wanted to make sure that we were busy. She got us little red tricycles—my bike was so cute. We were always falling off the bikes because were were daring one another ... so we would end up in the emergency room! True story.

KL: What's a moment or experience related to biking that stays with you? Could be good or bad.

Dawn:  <Laughs> I have sisters. There are three of us, we’re all a year apart. When we moved to Seattle, we biked around Seward Park. We did the loop (or tried to do the loop, we didn’t make it.) We ended up having a picnic halfway through, then walked back. That was my best bike experience because it was about me and my sisters bonding, experiencing nature and the beauty of Seward Park. We were in the woods together and eating together.

KL: In a perfect world, what would biking and walking look like for you? What would biking and walking look like, specifically in communities of color?

Dawn: So, folks here at Jefferson Community Center [Beacon Hill neighborhood] walk and bike on the pathway because its beautiful. There are a lot of people using this park. So, you walk and watch games. You can walk and watch your kids. Everything is overlapping. You can bring your kids to the park and walk the trail. It's wonderful. I do walk and bike that trail sometimes at lunch. It’s hard to walk it, but I love putting my bike on that trail. Folks come in here to do pottery and the whole pottery class will come out and get on that trail and start walking.

Read more of the interview with Dawn Bennett 

SPECIAL EVENT


Upcoming Zoom-Based Events

A number of SNG meetings and events are coming right up safe, online, with people you'll be glad to see!

Defining Community Safety: Seattle Neighborhood Greenways in Conversation with Aaron Dixon Monday, August 31st, 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Join Seattle Neighborhood Greenways for a community conversation with Aaron Dixon, founding member and Captain of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party, and Duwamish Valley Safe Streets Community Organizer Peaches Thomas. We'll discuss community ownership of public space, how we define community safety, and community alternatives to policing. Register here for Zoom login information or contact us directly at: info@seattlegreenways.org

Neighborhood Groups Monthly Meetups. Citywide, and throughout the month of April. Contact us directly at info@seattlegreenways.org for the Zoom conference call details:

  • West Seattle Bike Connection Monthly Meeting. Tuesday, September 1, 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
  • Licton-Haller & Greenwood-Phinney Greenways Monthly Meeting. Tuesday, September 8th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm.
  • Central Seattle Greenways Monthly Meeting. Monday, September 14th, 6:00- - 8:00pm.
  • Rainier Valley Greenways-Safe Streets Monthly Meeting. Tuesday, September 15th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm.
  • Duwamish Valley Safe Streets Monthly Meeting. Tuesday, September 15th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
  • Queen Anne Greenways Monthly Meeting. Tuesday, September 22nd, 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
  • Ballard-Fremont Greenways Monthly Meeting. Wednesday, September 23rd, 6:00pm - 7:30pm.
  • Beacon Hill Safe Streets Monthly Meeting. Thursday, September 24th, 6:00pm - 7:45pm. Video-conferencing via Google Hangouts.
Related events:
  • Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board Meeting. Wednesday, September 2nd, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. See here for the monthly agenda.
  • Webinar: Right of WayRace, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America. Tuesday, September 8th, 10:00am - 11:00am. 
  • Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board Meeting. Wednesday, September 9th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. See here for the monthly agenda.
Wow! We have two temporary positions open at SNG! Know someone who'd be great? Please spread the word, asap — thanks!

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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