Countdown to Car-Free Sunday: Activities planned


As the city’s “Car-Free Day” on Alki SW (California Way to 63rd SW, as per the above map) gets closer – noon-6 pm this Sunday – we’re posting daily reminders with the newest information. Tonight, a couple of activity updates; Coastal on Alki is planning a skateboarding “mini-ramp in the street” plus raffles and a “street sale.” Several local organizations and businesses are planning to set up tables with information about walking and biking — we just talked with Chas Redmond at the Delridge/Southwest District Councils’ joint meeting at Youngstown Arts Center, and he’ll be there with more (free!) copies of the West Seattle Walking Trails Map. In addition, as mentioned previously, the Cones for Kids Children’s Hospital guild fundraiser is set for 1-4 pm at Alki Bathhouse, and we got word this week that West Seattle-based BabyLegs is offering a gift bag (with a free pair of BabyLegs) to the first 50 people to take part in Cones for Kids. Meantime, as we reported earlier this week, the city is planning one last infoblitz to make sure no one in the affected area misses word that this is happening – tomorrow, a city phone system is scheduled to make calls to residents and businesses, and the “No Parking” signs (restrictions are in effect 10 am-6 pm Sunday) should be going out tomorrow, since SDOT told us they’ll be up with 72 hours’ notice. More infobits in tomorrow’s update, if not sooner; here’s the official city information page. ADDED 10:38 PM: Bill Reiswig from Sustainable West Seattle passed along some more information — info-tabling will be happening noon-5, bicycle-maintenance demonstrations and repair assistance are planned 5-6. Other groups participating include, Cascade Bicycle Club, and Feet First; we’re told the Rat City Rollergirls are even expected to put in an appearance — this is all planned in the parking strip in front of the bathhouse.

4 Replies to "Countdown to Car-Free Sunday: Activities planned"

  • marty September 4, 2008 (10:44 am)

    So, since I live on Alki ave. and have no optional way in or out does that mean I have to stay put from 12:00 to 6:00???

  • J September 4, 2008 (8:16 pm)

    i have to say this is another one of mayor nichols BRIGHT ideas! That man has got to go!!!

  • K September 7, 2008 (10:00 am)

    So Mayor Nichols didnt care to be at yesterdays dedication of the Statue Of Liberty,ya think he’ll be in site of todays creative Alki shut down?Don’t think so.Everyone Ive talked to says theyre going to DRIVE to another area of Seattle and chill on Sunday.Its a ghost town down here,next year try just shutting down YOUR block Nichols.Youre a genious.

  • WSB September 7, 2008 (10:49 am)

    Data point, we are down here right now (have been from Alki/63rd to Don Armeni twice since 10 am) and it’s not looking too ghost-town to me. Lots of people walking and biking. The real test, of course, will be when noon arrives. We will be continuing to report “live” (or as close as live as you can get without a webcam stream, which is usually more trouble than it’s worth) from Alki before and during the actual street closure – see the newest post atop the site.

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