Bulletin: Alki “Car-Free Day” to be announced next week

WSB has learned tonight that the mayor plans to announce next week that there will definitely be a “Car-Free Day” at Alki this summer. This information comes from CoolMom, whose leaders are helping organize part of the event on Alki next week summeroff.jpgat which details will be announced. We were first to report that a day like this was expected to be included in the city’s “Give Your Car The Summer Off” campaign (here’s our report from June 12th), but when last we checked with SDOT, it wasn’t a done deal – till now. We don’t have the exact date, but CoolMom’s been told that it will be for six hours, on a Sunday. One other important note: Apparently it won’t be 100% vehicle-free — a lane reportedly will remain open for the Water Taxi shuttle and for local residents on the stretch of Alki SW whose homes (particularly the condo buildings) cannot be reached any other way. More info on the Alki “Car-Free Day” as we get it. (CoolMom, by the way, is a moms’ group founded to support lifestyles with lower ecological impact; we told you in April about its West Seattle chapter, which meets monthly; contact info is here.) 11:57 PM ADDITION: Since we first published this, we’ve learned the Alki “Car-Free Day” date is expected to be Sunday, September 7th.

3 Replies to "Bulletin: Alki "Car-Free Day" to be announced next week"

  • sw July 26, 2008 (12:05 am)

    No loss, great idea ecologically and a day off for the Alki community!

    ..not complaining I chose to live here, just saying :)

  • Scott B. July 26, 2008 (12:05 pm)

    It’s a dumb idea, and it won’t be vehicle-free anyway, which makes the idea even more dumb.

  • Pamela Erickson July 29, 2008 (8:14 am)

    LONG overdue – A closed promenade has long been a wonderful part of many cities – even Lake Washington Blvd to Seward Pk has been doing same (and yes, allowing local traffic to get home &out!) for years. Rio de Janairo shuts the long strip along Copacabana & Ipanema every Sunday (entire day) AND Wednesday nites, if I recall, and bikes & rollerbladers separated from walkers/promenaders – entire extended families meet up and socialize, running into friends and making more. I guess the previous emailer is my answer to, “WHAT HAS TAKEN SO LONG?”

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