Feet First is leading a series of free neighborhood walks on a May 4 and May 5. These walks are part of Jane’s Walks, a worldwide annual walking event, named for Jane Jacobs, the advocate for livable urban cities.
After the huge success of Stairway Walks Day in February, which had over 250 walkers attending 15 free walks, this event looks to be a hit as well. The walks will be led by Feet First’s volunteer Walking Ambassadors and “the conversation topics are as varied as the people taking part, from art and architecture to potholes and shortcuts and from video surveillance to the urban forest: anything that helps you and others better understand our cities and neighborhoods as places and spaces.”
The walk times are spread out throughout the weekend and the list of walks is as follows:
Saturday May 4 Walks
- Central District
- West Seattle Triangle
- Urban Orchard Walk
- Greenways, Festival Streets, Transit, and More on Beacon Hill!
- Pioneer Square, Present and Future (and Past)
- Exploring the Queen Anne Community
- Community at Work in Fremont
Sunday May 5 Walks
- Ballard’s Urban Diversity Celebrates the Past & Present
- Explore Fauntleroy
- Explore Rainier Beach
- Modern and Historical International District
- The Olmsted Vision
Visit Feet First for more information on times and locations.
Seatteites walk for safe streets
After a collision took the lives of an elderly couple and put their granddaughter and daughter-in-law in critical condition one week ago, hundreds marched in their memory and for safer streets in North Seattle.
The group assembled at Top Pot Doughnuts on 35th Ave NE, which provided free doughnuts and coffee to participants. From there, people followed the path similar to the one that Dennis and Judy Schulte followed before being hit.
The crowd included numerous families walking with their bicycles and strollers, local government representatives like Mayor McGinn and SDOT Director Peter Hahn, as well as walking advocates.
Memorial to victims at NE 75th St and 33rd Ave NE
Some people brought flowers and laid them at the memorial site at NE 75th St and 33rd Ave NE. The crowd stood on the wide roadway of 75th to pay their respects before heading back to the starting point.
It was a somber occasion and an important reminder of the need for safe streets advocacy as well as a reminder of the fragility and preciousness of human life.
Last Monday in North Seattle, a woman and her infant were put in critical condition and the infant’s grandparents were killed when struck by a driver with a history of driving under the influence.
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has organized a memorial walk to take place one week after the crash – Monday, April 1, at 4pm. The walk will convene in front of Top Pot Doughnuts at 6855 35th NE.
The walk will pay respects to the family, but will also send the message that Seattle needs safer streets. The city has seen too many incidents like this – where neighborhood streets are the setting for car crashes and destroyed lives. The situation on our streets needs to change before something like this happens again.
Alki Ave SW will be fully closed to vehicle traffic between 63rd Ave SW and 56th Ave SW for the Summer Streets program. It starts at 11 and includes special demos, kids activities:
With the streets car-free and fun-focused expect the unexpected…random yoga; intermittent acts of dance; sidewalk chalk…outside the lines! So plan on playing in the street this weekend – the Summer Streets – and…bring your creativity!
It’s everybody’s street. Imagine the possibilities.
Sally Clark (recently interviewed by Walking in Seattle) will be leading a walk through Capitol Hill as part of Feet First‘s quarterly Walk & Talk series. The walk will stop at three places in the neighborhood to highlight recent changes that have made the area more walkable. The livability enhancements featured include green space, multi-modal investments, and mixed use and compact development.
The walk starts at 5:30 on Tuesday, March 24 at the Odd Fellows Building (entry to the right of the Odd Fellows Cafe) at 1525 10th Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online for $7 for members and $10 for non-members online – the cost is higher if purchased the day of the walk.
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A reception will follow at the Baltic Room at 1207 Pine St.
For those of you looking to get out and walk this weekend, there’s an opportunity to join a guided walk this Saturday morning.
Joan Burton and Duse McLean will be doing their monthly walk from their book, Urban Walks, 23 Walks through Seattle’s Parks and Neighborhoods, Saturday, May 7.
With the good weather, we thought it would be a good time to do a walk in one of our favorite parks, so please join us for this month’s walk in Colman Park, on the shore of Lake Washington.
Colman Park is one of Seattle’s beautiful Olmsted parks, designed by the Olmsted Brothers Firm early in the 20th century. We’ll meet at the lower end of the park, along the shore of Lake Washington Boulevard, and walk up through the park to the top side of the park at 31st Avenue So.and end up back down at the lake shore. The walk isn’t long, but it is uphill. For those wanting a longer walk, Mt. Baker Park is just a little south of Colman Park and you can easily add it on after our walk.
Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot along the lake shore, a little south of the I-90 floating bridge: 1800 Lake Washington Blvd.
Free! No reservations – just please join us.
This April 6 is National Start! Walking Day and people are encouraged to get out and walk for at least 30 minutes out of the day. This initiative has been set up by the American Heart Association and is specifically targeted toward people in the workplace:
It’s simple to get your company to participate in National Start! Walking Day. Start by having your HR representative or Worksite Wellness coordinator fill out this registration form to download the National Start! Walking Day Toolkit for your company. It includes posters, flyers, a PowerPoint presentation and signs, which you can use to set up walking paths around the office. Look for the link to the kit in your confirmation email.
Susan Ott Ralph, who has walked 650 stairways in the city and mapped them online at Seattle All Stairs, hosts a slideshow this Friday at the Montlake Community Center from 7 – 8:30 PM.
The city is hosting an Open House next Tuesday on the Mercer West project. This project will provide two-way access for vehicles between Elliott Ave and I-5, among other things:
- Widening Mercer between Dexter Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N, including the underpass at Aurora to provide three lanes in each direction, left-turn lanes, wider sidewalks, and a bicycle path;
- Converting Mercer Street to two-way operation with two lanes in each direction and turn pockets between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
- Converting Roy Street to a two-way street with bicycle lanes between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
- Creating a new Sixth Avenue N connection between Mercer and Harrison streets; and
- Closing Broad Street to re-connect the street grid between Ninth Ave N and Fifth Ave N.
This project is largely vehicle-oriented, but wider sidewalks along Mercer, and reconnecting the street grid will be much-needed improvements for getting around the area by foot.
To learn more about the project and offer your feedback, attend the kick-off meeting this Tuesday from 4:30 – 7 pm at Seattle Center. More information can be found on the project page.