West Seattle, Washington
We’ve had two reports today of markings like the ones at left — placeholders for “sharrows” — appearing along California SW (thanks to Scott C and Patt for the tips) in various spots between Alaska and Morgan Junctions. “Sharrows” are meant to remind drivers and bikers that they share the road. They’re already in place on other major routes including Admiral Way and Beach Drive (put in place about this time last year), and the city’s Bicycle Master Plan has them in the works for California SW all the way from College (in North Admiral) to Thistle, along with other streets (here’s the full map of the various bicycle “facilities,” including sharrows and bike lanes, envisioned for West Seattle).
Just got word that County Executive Ron Sims and West Seattle’s County Councilmember Dow Constantine (who chairs the council’s Transportation Committee) are about to announce “a proposed transit plan to add 4,000 more (daily) Metro bus rides during first phase of construction on the Alaskan Way Viaduct,” potentially starting next year (which is when a tangle of other transportation projects starts kicking in too). This comes days after Sims’ proposal of a two-stage 50-cent Metro fare hike in the next several months. They’re promising details at a media event tomorrow; we’ll be there.
Musicians 11 to 77 are invited to join the multi-age groups of Westside Symphonette as it gets ready to start a new season of rehearsals and performances — no audition required! Toni Reineke says you just have to show up. The first rehearsals are two weeks from tomorrow — Tuesday, September 16th, 5:30-6:30 pm for the junior orchestra, 6:45-8:15 pm for the senior orchestra. New location this year — the temporary (till summer 2010) home of Chief Sealth High School, which is the former Boren JHS at 5905 Delridge (map). Questions? E-mail Toni at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 206/243-6955.
Two months after the sign went up, the doors are ready to open for the first of two years Chief Sealth High School will spend at the former Boren Junior High on Delridge – and now there’s word that Sealth is inviting the community to a tour and barbecue next Saturday, 11 am-2 pm. Address: 5950 Delridge; here’s a map.
From the Times: Moses “Moe” Beerman, who helped in the creation of West Seattle’s wonderful murals, has died. His memorial is set for Fauntleroy Church on September 29th — which would have been his 88th birthday. The Times story notes that not only did he work on the murals, he also designed the fabled Hi-Yu float featured in the Junction Post Office mural shown above. ADDED 2:47 PM: From Judy Pickens:
As a tribute to Moe Beerman’s artistic talent and humor, Fauntleroy Church is putting together a collection of his cartoons to display at his memorial service and keep up for awhile afterward. Anyone who has a particularly cherished example of his work (card, poster, or ?) and would be willing to have it scanned and reproduced for the show should call the church office at 932-5600 or email email@example.com by Sept. 19. One or two sentences about the cartoon (occasion, year) would be great, as well.
-Trash/recycling is on a normal schedule
-Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry runs are on the holiday schedule; other routes vary (get details here)
-The Elliott Bay Water Taxi and its shuttle buses (Route 773) will be on the Saturday schedule
–Metro and Sound Transit buses will run on the Sunday schedule (per this Metro infopage and this Sound Transit alert)
-Most City of Seattle facilities, including libraries and community centers, are closed
-State-run liquor stores are closed (reminder, as reported here last week, the Morgan Junction shop shuts down for good 9/20)
-If you’re going into a parking-meter/pay-station zone (downtown etc.), today is a “free” day
-If you’re driving state highways, WSDOT has put up one of its cool “worst/best times to drive” pages based on past stats.
-Today’s the last scheduled day of wading-pool season (Hiawatha and Lincoln Park are open) and the last weekday for Colman Pool (which will end the year with a final “post-season” weekend next Sat.-Sun.)
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