This Saturday bicyclists and pedestrians in Wallingford are celebrating the installation of Seattle’s first Neighborhood Greenway along N 43rd and N 44th streets between Stone Way N and Latona Avenue NE. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) worked closely with the community and the volunteer coalition Seattle Neighborhood Greenways to find solutions for making the corridor friendlier for all travelers. Traffic calming improvements include adding a green bike box(es) at 43rd/Wallingford, 44th/Latona, and 44th/Thackery; constructing a median at 43rd and Stone Way; adding on-street parking and installing signs to reinforce existing parking restrictions; as well as the addition of new directional signs and pavement markings. The new Greenway provides access to Wallingford Center, Wallingford Playfield, Hamilton International School and the school programs located in the Lincoln High School building. It also offers an alternative route to using busier N 45th Street.
“I’m delighted Seattle has opened its first Greenway,” said Adrian Ozinsky, Wallingford resident. “I say this as a resident who lives alongside it; as the parent of two kids; as a cyclist who commutes to work and for recreation; as one who aspires to be socially conscientious; and as someone who wants to encourage cheap, safe, healthy, low impact solutions for inner city living.”
“Congratulations, Wallingford! You have been a leader in the Greenway effort,” said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. “Our goal is to make it possible for people who choose to walk and ride our bikes to safely connect to the places we want to go in our neighborhoods. Thanks to you, we have made a great deal of progress. I can’t wait for the day when we have an entire network of Neighborhood Greenways linking us across our city.”
The official opening of the Wallingford Greenway is this Saturday, June 16 at 5 p.m. Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, SDOT Director Peter Hahn and community members are hosting a ribbon cutting across N 44th Street at Corliss allowing Kidical Mass—a family bike ride for kids of all ages—to pass through.
“One small step on the Wallingford Greenway, one giant step for Seattle,” said Cathy Tuttle, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Executive Director. “We know this isn’t a moon walk, yet this first mile of a complete network of safe healthy streets linking up Seattle neighborhoods feels very special and life-affirming. We can have streets where people get to know their neighbors again.”
SDOT is installing over eight miles of Neighborhood Greenways in 2012 in Ballard, Beacon Hill, Delridge, Wallingford and Ravenna/Bryant.
“SDOT is pleased to have worked with the community to create Seattle’s first Neighborhood Greenway,” said Peter Hahn, SDOT Director. “If people want to see more facilities like these, the Bicycle Master Plan Update underway right now is the perfect opportunity to let us know.”
For more information on the volunteer coalition Seattle Neighborhood Greenways visit http://seattlegreenways.org/. To learn more about the Bicycle Master Plan Update go to http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm.
Contact: Dawn Schellenberg, (206) 684-5189, firstname.lastname@example.org
Media contact: Richard Sheridan, (206) 684-8540