The Lake Union District Council AND the Wallingford Community Council chose the N 40th St signal as their number one first choice for City funding – making the street more compatible for people who walk and bike including transit users, kids walking to school, and dog walkers.
Thank you to the eight of you who wrote letters in support of traffic signal on 40th in Wallingford. I’ve attached a few of these letters in support of 40th signal (without names and addresses) because they are really good (and they are part of a public record).
Thank you in particular to Madi Carlson who wrote a letter and brought her kids to the District Council meeting to read from some of your letters. Thanks to Wallyhood journalists who covered this story extensively too.
Next up is an evaluation of the signal by Seattle Department of Transportation and then a review/selection process by Bridging the Gap Citizen Oversight Committee. http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/btg_oversight.htm. If and when funding is assigned by the City to put in a signal, then there will be more community “process” about exactly where it will be located and how it will function. Do you think it is a miracle anything ever gets built in Seattle? So do I!
There were 6 projects under review at the Lake Union District Council meeting, and 3 were chosen for more consideration. Each of the SIX project proponents will be given up to five minutes to present their proposal. Lake Union District Council members conducted balloting to determine the THREE that will move forward for further analysis.
The six projects were ranked by the Lake Union District Council like this:
1. United Wallingford (that is us! a traffic signal to help people who walk and bike cross 40th!)
2. Pedestrian crosswalk – MOHAI & Lake Union access off Westlake
3. Stone Way, N Northlake Way, Waterway 22 Pedestrian Walkway (connecting Burke Gilman and Gasworks Park)
4. Woodland Park Ave Greenway (study a safe route from Lake Union to the Zoo- this is a Fremont Greenways project) This was apparently a hard-fought discussion/decision at the meeting and will be strongly recommended by the District Council as an alternate to #3
5. Green Lake Way planted medians
6. Phinney Ave N street calming (this might be a Phinney Greenways project, not sure)All of the projects are clearly about safe, healthy streets. Fantastic!Cathy Tuttle
Please share this mail with your neighbors.Please join Wallingford Greenways. We’ll start having regular gatherings soon.