Some of our Bryant and Ravenna neighbors are erecting PARK(ing) Day projects to make our streets safer tomorrow, Friday, September 18 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. These neighbors are parents of very young children who want to make their streets – and their neighborhoods – safer for their families and their community.
Winning designs from the first annual Seattle Neighborhood Greenways PARK(ing) Day Design Competition will be built this Friday. These are tactical urbanism projects – quick, inexpensive, and effective demonstrations of how streets can be safer for all of us. Projects celebrate safe streets for people.
Ravenna NE 65th & 20th NE. In Ravenna, Andres Salomon and his three-year-old son Atom are frequently out and about walking and biking in our community. Andres and his friends from NE Seattle Greenways will build a protected climbing lane for people who bike along NE 65th St between 20th Ave NE and 22nd Ave NE. Andres found that the sidewalk on this stretch of NE 65th was narrow, uneven, and often blocked by cars, while biking in the street felt very unsafe.
In support of PARKing Day projects, Zeeks Pizza is offering 15% off to anyone who mentions that they like the PARKing Day project in front of their restaurant.
Here is a link to the Ravenna project: https://twitter.com/NEGreenways/status/643210336540098560
Bryant Burke Gilman Trail & 40th NE. In Bryant, Kenneth Trease, father of two young children, and Jen Goldman, mother of three whose oldest is celebrating her sixth birthday on Friday, will build a protected crossing in a high conflict area for people who walk, bike and drive at 40th Ave NE and the Burke-Gilman Trail.
Jen says, “I am providing mini cupcakes to hand out. Sort of a shared birthday party for my daughter, who loves to bike and frequently crosses there. She is turning six on Friday. She is excited about the idea of getting a nicer spot to cross for her birthday!”
Here is a link to the Bryant project: https://twitter.com/NEGreenways/status/643212933208477697
PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers, and ordinary people improve streets and transform on-street parking spaces into temporary parks for a day. It is an official Seattle event, with all temporary improvements requiring approval from the city.