Neighborhood greenways in Ravenna/Bryant: Safe transportation for everyone

Neighborhood Greenways make it safe and easy for everyone to get around the city
Neighborhood Greenways make it safe and easy for everyone to get around the city

Are you interested in a transportation system that works for all users? With park-like streets in our neighborhood that are safe and enjoyable for walkers and cyclists of all ages?

Community members across Seattle have been coming together in the past year and a half to develop plans for Neighborhood Greenways – designated streets that prioritize pedestrian and bicycle use and connect to parks, schools, and neighborhood businesses.

The first Neighborhood Greenway project in our community will likely be along 39th Ave. NE from the Burke-Gilman to NE 75th St. This first Greenway may be constructed this coming summer!

RBCA’s Spring membership meeting (April 3, 2012 – 7 p.m.
Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center) provides a great opportunity to learn more about these greenways, through a presentation by Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, who is an avid supporter of this initiative.
After the presentation there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Neighbors are talking about 27th Ave. NE and 45th Ave. NE as possibilities for future Greenways, and about the need to provide a system that provides better connections for pedestrians and bicyclists to the forthcoming Roosevelt light rail station, Green Lake Park, the University District, and other neighborhood hubs.

The Wedgwood Community Council recently published a great overview of local efforts at Check out the information on Childrens Hospital’s Livable Streets Initiative, and the Portland video that shows how they’ve approached Neighborhood Greenways down there.

A NE Seattle Neighborhood Greenways group has recently formed to help flesh out ideas for local routes. More information is available at

What will Neighborhood Greenways mean for Ravenna/Bryant? And how can you get involved and lend your voice to the discussion? Come hear from Councilmember Bagshaw on Tuesday and find out!

~ Guest post by Clint Loper, NE Seattle Greenways

Applications for Seattle Youth Commission are now online

The 2012-2013 Seattle Youth Commission applications are now available at, along with full details for the Youth Town Hall.

Application deadlines are March 30th for early decision (everyone who applies by then will be guaranteed an interview slot) or April 13th for a standard application; two references are also required, and the reference forms are available on the website as well.

The Youth Town Hall will be happening from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at City Hall (601 5th Ave) on Saturday, April 7th. Food will be provided, and the schedule is as follows:

  • 10:30 – 11:00: Tabling/mingling
  • 11:00 – 12:30: Town hall with Mayor McGinn, Council President Clark, and Councilmembers Burgess, Rasmussen, Bagshaw, and Licata
  • 12:30 – 1:00: Tabling/mingling

Anyone who’s interested in being on the commission next year is highly encouraged to come to the Youth Town Hall if possible.

Please forward this post far and wide, and consider making personal asks to any Seattleites in your lives between the ages of 13 and 19 who are interested in working with local government officials to make our city a better place!

The future of 35th Ave NE is unknowable…but not unplannable.

Recently, residents of the Wedgwood, Ravenna-Bryant, and other NE Seattle neighborhoods have begun a community-driven neighborhood planning process for 35th Ave NE.

The Wedgwood Community Council (WCC) Land Use Committee and the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association (RBCA) Land Use Committee are both critical components of the planning process – and so are you!

Get the latest developments on the new “Future of 35th Ave NE” website.