On Thursday, June 13, the city will hold its last Bicycle Master Plan Draft open house at Roosevelt High School (1410 NE 66th St, in the cafeteria) from 6-7:30 PM.
We will be covering the event LIVE, right here.
There are a plethora of Bicycle Master Plan Draft pieces, and you can see them all here, on the Project Library homepage. For for Northeast Sector Map specifically, you can find that here (4.5 MB PDF).
Anyway. The camera was with KING 5. So there might be some feisty on the TV later. I’ll embed it if I can.
Headed back home now. I think I’ll stay off 65th.
I think what everyone would do well to remember is that all of us are pedestrians. On our feet, on a bike, in a vehicle. We are all fragile. We are all deserving of care, and kindness. And grace. And all of us should be thought of more dearly than any parking spot, anywhere.
Matt told me that somebody came up to one of the angry guys right as we switched back to open house mode and offered to fight him, then and there.
Like I said, FEISTY.
Okay. Sorry. Meeting over. Started talking to one of the car dudes and Jorgen, and then local Matt from twitter, and Clint Loper…
SDOT staffers want to talk with individuals. Loud, angry question shouting guys (2) wanted their questions answered in front of everyone. KO said back to the open house, and there was much applause.
Q: Where’s the funding? KO: Funding for the update came from the city council. Focus on neighborhood greenways and cycle tracks. Money for projects comes from the 2006 Bridging the Gap levy. Main source of funding now. Federal grants, too.
KO: No more questions about 65th. We’ll talk to you individually.
Some folks who’d raised hands grumbling about this.
No planned Q and A, huh. But someone asking about NE 65th St cycle track anyway. KO: Street would be rechannelized. Not sure if 65th is staying on the plan or not, but if it was [describes the process, as with Nickerson]. If rechannelization was not recommended, SDOT would look for a parallel route.
Next steps: No final decisions made yet (plan released just last week). SDOT folks speaking to chamber groups, any other group who might be interested. Public comment closes July 26. SDOT revisions through August. Up for approval with Council this fall.
One of the anti-bike group filling out the comment sheet like a man on fire.
Maintenance: Create a process to identify and priorities maintenance needs and improvements. [What's that HORRIBLE street over by North Seattle Community College? NE 92nd St? AWFUL.]
Implementation piece: coordinating with transit agencies (like Sound Transit at Light Rail stations), other city departments, non-profit and private.
Slide on programming: How to help *everyone* understand the rules of the road. Safety programs considered the most important now.
How best to increase bike parking in n’hood business districts?
Public input questions: 1. Any parts you would change and why? Should a street have/not have a proposed bicycle facility? If not, where do you suggest it go? 2. Are there any gaps in the citywide “all ages and abilities” network?
KO says lots of talk already tonight about NE 65th St. Considered a multimodal corridor (bicycles on the same street as transit, major truck streets, other priority corridors). This is why the plan is calling for a cycle track along NE 65th St.
“Intersections are conflict points, for everybody.” Better toolkits for intersection treatments — can’t change the intersection, but it can be made safer (reduce speed, clarify vehicle and ped movements, etc.).
Talking about the visual glossary now. Neighborhood greenway (residential street prioritized for bikes and peds). Cycle tracks separate cyclists and cars (moving and/or parked) on arterials. Examples.
Destination cluster map slide now up. Employment sites, universities, business districts, parks, etc. Look for “all ages and abilities” facilities to connect these clusters, citywide. And locally.
Goals slide: Increased ridership, improve safety, Connectivity, Equity, Livability.
Why bike? slide. For health, saves time, more efficient use of street space, affordable, non-polluting, etc.
Bike Plan is for folks who bike now, and for encouraging those who don’t feel comfortable/safe to start.
KO: Lots of master plans done or in the works (pedestrian, freight, more). Lots of growth projected over the next 20 years (100K more people, 100K more jobs).
Kevin O’Neill with SDOT speaking now.
Presentation about to start. I’m betting it’s gonna be feisty!
And he just took away the chair next to me at my table.
I’d say around 65 here now. A group near me is V.E.R.Y. anti-bicycle. Can’t believe someone would take a baby around on one. Thinks a city staffer he was taking to earlier nodded at something because she *wants* gridlock. Says local business will lose money with more bike lanes around.
[False alarm. Smoke seen, no fire found. As you were.]
[Single family residence fire call at 6210 25th Ave NE. Sort of monitoring that now...but no scanner during the meeting, as I did not bring my headphones. Last time that'll ever happen.]
[While I am here in the high school, waiting for the meeting to start, I am tempted to go find the science room where the hazmat call originated from (experiment that concerned a custodial staff member after hours)...but I shan't.]
Jorgen is a Ravenna-Bryant Community Association board member. Another board member, Virginia Gunby, is also here.
Oh, hey there, Jorgen Bader.
Along with a handout (BMP Community Guide) is a comment sheet for the open house. You can find a copy of this sheet at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm. You can also email comments to email@example.com. Comments are due by July 26, 2013.
On some tables further away from the presentation screen are maps of all the sectors of the city, with pens nearby for scribbling thoughts and concerns — very similar to our recent NE 75th St meetings with SDOT.
There are posters up around the perimeter with bike plan info (visual glosseries, the approach to the investment in bike routes, how the bike project implementation works) and the maps of the current, planned, and proposed routes in the plan.
You can find this information at the main Bicycle Master Plan Draft site linked to above. ^^^^
About 35 people here already, maybe 8 or 9 of which are here to lead the meeting and answer questions. Since I got here, just before 6 PM, there has been an occasionally heated discussion at the front of the room between a couple staffers and some residents. Yeah, it started early.
But enough about me.
Some background about my own personal cycling habits.
I have not ridden much since high school, but “relearned” last year on Mother’s Day. Of the newsroom staff, the five-year-old just got up on two wheels this week. The 20-month-old has a little four-wheeler, and rides around the neighborhood with me and the older guy in a little trailer. As a group, we travel three blocks from our house, tops. Husband rides with us around the neighborhood on occasion. All recreational riding, except for the rare occasion when I have a local meeting (like this one tonight) and I take off on my own.
As a family, we never ride on arterials. I do alone only rarely, and usually on 20th Ave NE (a well-known bike route street and comfortably wide enough for me to feel safe on).
I’m here! With my orange helmet, Swedish Fish, and Ravenna Blog pins all heaped on a table.