Alki Car-Free Day report #2: Activity ideas, plus a city request

That video is from our chat with Abby Suplizio, who leads the West Seattle chapter of CoolMom — the group that got first word of the September 7th Alki “Car-Free Day” (as reported here last Friday). We talked about their potential ideas for the big day, right after it was officially announced today at a beachfront news conference along Alki. Our first report from this morning has full details, including a map of the Harbor/California Way-to-Alki/63rd closure zone (direct map link here). Suplizio’s group members are not the only ones now brainstorming plans for ways to make the six-hour event (noon-6 pm) special — so are Coastal owners Christy Pudduck and Sarah Steere; at the news conference, Steere said they’re hoping not only to see new customers, but to entice West Seattle locals to really come enjoy the beach area:

Coastal, in fact, had a sandbox event out front of its Alki store back on May 31st to celebrate the 5th anniversary of their business (WSB photos here). So what about the operational specifics of the fact that that the September 7th “Car-Free Day” will not be entirely “car-free” along Harbor/Alki? Just ahead, what SDOT director Grace Crunican — who, like the mayor, lives in West Seattle — told us, plus a city request for help:

During the event noon-6 pm on Sept. 7, the interior lane – curb-side on what’s normally the eastbound direction – will be reserved for the Water Taxi shuttle and for Alki residents who can’t get to/from home any other way. We asked Crunican exactly how it would be blocked off:

She echoed the “this is an experiment” point during another part of the news conference, saying the results of the three car-free days – besides Alki on September 7th, it’ll happen on Capitol Hill 8/24 and in Rainier Valley 8/31 (details here) – will be reviewed before decisions are made about next year. Meantime, checking the city website, we discovered a request for volunteer help “to make sure the Water Taxi shuttle can safely move along Alki” that day — find out more here.

11 Replies to "Alki Car-Free Day report #2: Activity ideas, plus a city request"

  • Tami July 31, 2008 (9:49 am)

    This grand Idea of Alki Car Free Day by the Mayor and all his flunkies need a life! Alki hates teens, hates crowds, and doesn’t want anybody around.
    If the Mayor thinks this is such a great idea why doesn’t do it on his own street in West Street or to get the real effect try 6th Ave downtown.
    If the Mayor Nichols is so concerned about the City of Seattle being GREEN why are the tax payers paying for his LIMO ride into his office every morning from West Seattle. There is the bus or the water taxi.

  • austin July 31, 2008 (10:31 am)

    People will complain about anything won’t they.

  • WS July 31, 2008 (11:52 am)

    “By opening select streets, people will be invited to walk, bike, skate, run and play in the street.”

    Maybe I’m missing something but, isn’t that what the sidewalks, bike paths, and beach is for…?

  • Tami July 31, 2008 (6:36 pm)

    Be my guest read for yourself go to the Alki Community Council and click on in and read for yourself what they really think. You might want to start with WOODSTOCK AT ALKI PLAYFIELD ……..

  • sam August 2, 2008 (10:55 am)

    sure will be nice for the “coolmoms” to be able to walk with their kids on Alki without having to worry about mingling with people who aren’t rich enough to live close enough to Alki to walk there.

    I live in EAST West Seattle- the wrong side if the tracks, apparently. I tried to do a METRO KC trip planner to figure out how to get to “Alki Beach Park” within the Alki closure, from my house, which is normally a 10 minute drive.

    Metro told me that this trip was not possible, Message # 20007-

    the trip planner only allows for 1 mile walking at the most to get to a destination.

    So, I tried the trip planner again, this time to “California and Harbor”- this trip would take me OVER an HOUR ( 1 hr 15 minutes) and 3 DIFFERENT buses.
    I guess my family is not welcome on Alki that particular Sunday. oh well

  • sam August 2, 2008 (10:58 am)

    oh- and I’ve definitely biked to Alki from home in the past, but health reasons this year preclude that idea.

  • WSB August 2, 2008 (11:25 am)

    The water taxi shuttle (Metro route 773) will still be running and if you usually bus to the Junction you can catch it there and it goes to anywhere along the closure stretch. In addition, the only street being closed is Alki itself (with a tiny bit of Harbor on the east end), not the streets that feed into it. As many have pointed out, and this is certainly the case for us (we live on the south end of WS), if you are driving there, you wind up parking on those streets anyway.

  • sam August 4, 2008 (2:20 pm)

    yes I often park on the streets off of Alki- I imagine those will be pretty full.
    but that defeats the purpose of a car free day.

    I am just being unnecessarily obnoxious and am in need of an attitude adjustment.

  • Leira August 18, 2008 (5:35 pm)

    I think a’no-car’ day is a super idea! Personally, I think it would be grand to close off a three to four block area of the beach during peak summer. Traffic crawls at best.

    Let’s shift to one way streets and a parking facility. Cut down the cruising and noise and make the area really ‘people’ friendly.

  • Bruce August 19, 2008 (11:29 am)

    Closing Alki is not very practical and the logistics of one lane for two-directional traffic could be a nightmare! The city would have a better effect reducing car pollution, if they enforced the anti-cruising ordinance on Alki during summer nights and weekends.
    If they insist on closing a West Seattle street to cars for a day, why not California near Admiral after coordinating with the affected people and businesses?

  • stop the madness August 24, 2008 (5:56 pm)

    Stop the madness. Todays car free day was rained out but still, our gestapo mayor managed to trample on seattle citizens in the name of a planet.

    Cars were towed from capitol hill streets so they would appear clear and police chased off any drivers who were forced to drive AROUND the affected area. Real smart, it’ll just make people drive more to get where they are going.

    And for what, a feel good move that did nothing to benefit the planet. What a joke.

    I will drive my 3 cars extra hard and make a few unscheduled trips just out of spite to show my hatred of our Nazi mayor and his ridiculous plans to save the earth.

    Will seattle ever wake up or just keep electing these idiots to office who care more about a political agenda than the citizens.


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