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Issue: 8
August 2013

Get Out and Discover Seattle's Neighborhoods!


Whether you are learning more about your own neighborhood or one on the opposite side of the city, there is always something new to explore in our beautiful, bustling city. Check out some of these opportunities to get to know Seattle in a new way while walking, biking and riding during the month of August.



Celebrate with Summer Streets


Get to know the Greenwood/Phinney and Rainier Valley neighborhoods by walking, biking, or riding to their Summer Streets celebrations! During these events, city streets normally used by cars are transformed into public plazas for strolling, biking, shopping, playing games, making art, meeting neighbors, and relaxing together. Summer Streets is a celebration of community and a great chance explore these vibrant neighborhoods.


Greenwood/Phinney - Aug 9, 6 to 10 pm

Though the streetcar that ran along Greenwood Avenue in the first half of the last century is long gone, there are other great ways to get to the PhinneyWood Summer Streets celebration. For a special, limited-time-only route, try out the 'pop-up' greenway on NW 1st Ave, open from August 9 - 30. Summer Streets is also a wonderful time to check out the area's great restaurants, coffee shops, and local businesses.


Rainier Valley - Aug 17, 11 am to 4 pm

Ride Link Light Rail to the party in Rainier Valley, said to be the Northwest's most diverse neighborhood. Come experience Rainier Valley's Summer Streets and enjoy picnic food from local restaurants while you celebrate this year's theme, "Eat in the Street." Also, don't miss Art in the Alley from Columbia City Galley or the 2nd annual BBQ Cook-off!



Join the Mount Baker Stairway Walk - Aug 17, 10 to 12 am


Enjoy a stairway walk along the classic Dose Terrace steps with Seattle Stairway Walks authors Cathy & Jake Jaramillo! This walk features beautiful views of Lake Washington and Colman Park as well as plenty of historical highlights. Don't miss this free guided walking tour of the most scenic parts of the Mount Baker area.


Learn about Beacon Hill via Youth-Created Stories - Aug 17, dusk


Beacon Hill Street Stories will be screened at the Ghostbusters movie viewing at Jefferson Park. These short videos were created by Beacon Hill youth to share their favorite things about living and walking in their neighborhood, like shortcuts to your destinations, what they think makes a place fun to hang out in, or the best way to get from the bus stop to a favorite restaurant.


These budding videographers learned about walkability and landscape architecture, mapping, storytelling, interviewing, and filming and editing techniques. After the premiere, the videos will be posted on neighborhood websites and used to create a new kind of walking map for Beacon Hill.


Options to Get Around


Crosswalk updates at the Olive Way I-5 Entrance


Move between downtown and Capitol Hill more safely with new signs, a flashing light, and a more visible crosswalk, just a few of the improvements at Olive Way's pedestrian crossing at the Northbound I-5 on-ramp near Melrose Avenue. These updates were coordinated by the Washington State Department of Transportation and SDOT to improve safety and connect these two neighborhoods.


Cherry Street Bike Lane Project


Have you ridden on Cherry Street lately? Innovative changes in the area are a great reason to visit by bike. In response to community-installed plastic pylons on Cherry Street and 7th Ave under the I-5 overpass, SDOT made the changes safer and more permanent by upgrading the previous bike lane into a cycletrack, adding more bike lanes on surrounding blocks, and installing SDOT's first two-stage left turn box. 


Read more about the project at Mayor McGinn's blog.


Tools to Help You Walk, Bike and Ride

Bike Left Turn Boxes: How do they work?


Want to learn more about the cool new left turn bike boxes like the one in the Cherry Hill bike lane project? Watch SDOT's video about how to use them and for even more information, check out this National Association of City Transportation Officials article on what they call "Two-Stage Turn Queue Boxes."


Plan Your Walk with the Walk Library


If you are looking for more fun places to explore for an anytime Seattle neighborhood exploration, check out a walk from the Walk Library at Feet First! Consider taking a tour of the Central District while learning about its multicultural roots and public art, or perhaps a visit to the Maple Leaf neighborhood for a calm and quiet walk gentle enough for all ages. The options listed here are designed to appeal to various interests and are located in neighborhoods throughout the city.


Inspiration to Walk, Bike and Ride

Record Breaking Walk Bike Ride Challenge

The Walk Bike Ride Challenge is in full swing, but you still have plenty of time to sign up. Just pledge to reduce your drive-alone trips and then keep track of them using our exciting new website and for chances to win great prizes! Many of your neighbors have already joined: so far this year over 2200 people are participating in Walk Bike Ride and have logged over 37,000 trips, making 2013 our biggest year yet! Join in the momentum and have fun while
helping to promote active modes of transportation in Seattle. Plus, many of the biggest and best prizes are yet to come, including an $800 Specialized Sirrus Elite 
(picturedbike or Specialized Vita Elite and helmet from Gregg's Cycles!




Big Day of Play Aug 24, 10 am to 3 pm
Get ready for a big day of food, entertainment, and recreational activities including live performances, water and boating fun, game tournaments, a kid zone, and so much more! This event is truly for the whole family and even features a dog agility course for your furry family member. Walk, bike, or ride down to join your neighbors at the Big Day of Play.

West Seattle Outdoor Movies Aug 3, 10, 17, and 24, dusk 
This annual series is a great chance to watch fun movies, meet your neighbors, and enjoy the warm summer nights. Walk or ride over with your blankets, chairs, family, and friends to watch free movies and enjoy an evening with the community. Proceeds from concessions and raffles are donated to West Seattle charities. 
Summer Concerts at Hiawatha Park Thursdays in August, 6:30 to 8 pm 
Thursday evenings are about to get more fun in the Admiral Neighborhood: Summer Concerts at Hiawatha Park are back! Now in their 9th year, these free events feature a different exciting music act every week in August, so walk on over and enjoy the show.   

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