(September 2008 photo)
Last year, it was “Car-Free Day” and it was in September; this year, it’s “Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets” and it’s in May (three weeks before summer technically kicks in). Whatever you call it, this Sunday is the day when most of Harbor/Alki will be closed to most vehicles – from California Way to 63rd SW – and there are some changes this year, so we checked with the city this afternoon regarding some of the practical details. Here’s our Q/A – the questions were asked by WSB, the answers are from SDOT:
Q (TR from WSB): Will there be robo-calls again this year?
A (Dawn Schellenberg, SDOT): To help make sure everybody knows about the Alki Seattle Summer Streets and invite them to participate, approximately 1,500 calls to businesses and residents in and adjacent to Alki Avenue SW between 63rd Avenue SW and California Way SW are scheduled to go out Wednesday, between 5 and 8 PM.
Q: When will no-parking signs go up?
A: No Parking signs are scheduled to arrive Wednesday. Cars parked along Alki within the event area will be fliered Wednesday evening notifying them of the event and making them aware of the parking restrictions.
Read on for yet more Q/A:
Q: When will the no-parking zone kick in?
A: Vehicles cannot park within the event area from 8 AM to 5 PM on Sunday, May 31.
Q: Can you confirm violators will NOT be towed?
A: All attempts to not tow will be made. However, towing could happen if the owner of a vehicle cannot be located and the vehicle causes a safety issue or impedes the movement of the 5K Run/Walk and water taxi shuttle through the area.
Q: Since the first part of the day involves the run/walk, we wanted to confirm whether the entirety of the stretch – the run/walk doesn’t go the whole way — will it still be closed 9 am-5 pm, or is it only a partial closure for the run-walk till 11 or noon or …
A: The whole stretch will be closed to vehicles from 9AM to 5PM. There will be a 12 foot coned eastbound lane for the Water Taxi Shuttle to use during the entire event and to provide access for local residents who only have access via Alki Avenue.
Q: Anything else being done differently this year in terms of notification and enforcement?
A: The city made an effort to:
-conduct more door to door outreach with businesses and to supply them with posters,
-make information available at events like the W Seattle Sustainable Fair, Bike-a-palooza and Folklife, and
-partner with other local events to help spread the word (like the W Seattle High School PTSA and their fundraiser 5K Run/Walk).
Still time to register for that, by the way, at the West Seattle 5K (WSB sponsor)’s official website, westseattle5k.com/register. Also, we just heard from the Cascade Bicycle Club that its webpage for this event now lists a ton more bicycle-related events – check it out here. More to come tomorrow and beyond as this gets ever-closer; meantime, here’s the official city website for the event.
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