(Photo by Eileen McHugh; from left, Adrian Verdugo and Sara Zora from SDOT, Stu Hennessey from West Seattle Greenways and Sustainable West Seattle, Bob Anderton and Bill Gobie of West Seattle Bike Connections)
Two reports on meetings this week to advance the cause of safe bicycling in West Seattle, both shared by Don Brubeck of West Seattle Bike Connections. First:
Thursday evening, a group of West Seattle residents met to review the draft Seattle Bike Master Plan Update map with Seattle Department of Transportation representatives. Ten members of West Seattle Bike Connections and Stu Hennessey of West Seattle Greenways met at the West Seattle Library with Sara Zora, SDOT transportation planner and traffic engineer Adrian “AJ” Verdugo, who also lives in West Seattle. They discussed bicycle, pedestrian and vehicle routes shown on SDOT’s draft map, concentrating on two dozen locations where members of the groups have specific suggestions for revisions, AJ Verdugo knew the areas already, and gave frank opinions on challenges and opportunities for each area, and pointers for further action. Sara Zora gave more information about the plan status and process.
From WSBC: We are impressed by the quality of work the SDOT bike planners are doing, and the attention they are now giving to West Seattle, including potential “greenways” routes and difficult spots like the 5-way intersection by the Chelan Café, and parts of Avalon and Fauntleroy.
Some great pieces of information for easier cycling access with less conflict with car, bus and truck traffic:
*The Greenway supported by North Delridge Community Council and West Seattle Greenways is funded.
*A cycle track (basically, a bike lane separated by curbs or other barriers) is in the plan for East Marginal Way / Alaskan Way from Spokane Street to the bike path that exists north of S Atlantic St; and, in South Park, SDOT has funding from bonds for South Park Neighborhood Association’s request to pave S Portland St to 8th Ave S and do a separated 10 foot wide multi-use path to extend the West Marginal Trail into South Park, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to bypass heavy traffic in the industrial area to get to the Green River trail.
Don also sends word of the Chief Sealth International High School Bike Club‘s meeting with SDOT, ahead:
This was the second day in a row for SDOT’s bike planners to visit West Seattle. On Wednesday, Theresa Beaulieu of West Seattle Bike Connections, and her middle school age daughter, attended a meeting of Chief Sealth International High School’s Bike Club (sponsored by Cascade Bicycle Club) with Sara Zora from SDOT to go over the Bicycle Master Plan Update.
Nine students participated, with lots of questions for Sara. She explained the process of the update and then laid out the map so they could find the streets they ride to see what facilities were proposed. There were great discussions with the kids about what types of streets they are comfortable riding and what facilities they are looking forward to seeing in Seattle. Sara left the map for the kids to make notes on and offered to come back at the beginning of January to pick it up and possibly talk about their ideas.
Reporting on the meeting, Theresa said, “What a great team of kids and adults who attended. I was impressed to hear some of the long routes some of the kids take to get to school. There were also stories about being hit by cars or close calls they have experienced.”
You can connect with West Seattle Bike Connections via its Facebook page.