SR 520 construction update meeting October 5

From the Washington State Department of Transportation:

We would like to invite you to join the next West Approach Bridge North (WABN) monthly public meeting on October 5. At this meeting, we will provide a presentation and opportunity to learn more about the next phase of SR 520 construction, known as the Montlake Phase. The Montlake Phase, which is scheduled to begin in 2018, includes the West Approach Bridge South (WABS) and Montlake lid and land bridge.

The project team plans to provide a short PowerPoint presentation with key project updates. Meeting attendees will also be able to share their thoughts and ask questions regarding this next phase of SR 520 construction in Seattle.

Key topics we plan to cover include:

  1. SR 520 Program and Rest of the West project overview
  2. Timeline and next steps for the Montlake Phase of construction
  3. Recent and upcoming public involvement opportunities
  4. Look-ahead to plans to manage construction impacts, traffic, and trees and vegetation near the SR 520 corridor related to the Montlake Phase
  5. Overview of other resources available to stay informed, such as a Q&A document, project website, and other tools

Meeting details:

  • Date: Wednesday, October 5
  • Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (the presentation begins at 6 p.m.)
  • Location: Graham Visitors Center
  • Address: 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112

Did you know: Not all crosswalks are marked

How many crosswalks are there on NE 65th Street between (and including) 15th Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE? Would you think this is a trick question if the answer is more than 50?

Every intersection is a crosswalk. Considering there are usually two corners on one side of an intersection, and considering there are 27 streets that intersect with NE 65th Street in Ravenna-Bryant, there are more than 50 crosswalks along this busy arterial road. This doesn’t include the many streets between 25th and 40th that don’t match up on the north and south sides, each with their own set of crosswalks.

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Motorists must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks according to state law. Yielding the right of way means “stop”.

One of the most common complaints made by Ravenna-Bryant community members in a recent survey is that motorists do not yield to pedestrians on all of our arterial roads. This is a particular problem on NE 65th Street because so many of our children who walk alone to school are crossing it to get to and from Eckstein Middle School and Roosevelt High School.

Seattle law states, “The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway within a crosswalk unmarked or marked when the pedestrian is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning.”

As part of our mobility safety action plan, RBCA will be conducting activities to remind neighbors about the law. RBCA encourages others in our community to share information about the law and think about it when driving in the neighborhood. Ravenna and Bryant are considered “very walkable” neighborhoods where “most errands may be accomplished on foot.” The neighborhood is a safe place to live and a great place for kids to grow up. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure it stays that way.

Neighborhood Street Fund projects in Ravenna-Bryant

The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) pays for transportation-related projects proposed and prioritized by neighborhoods. Two of the top five NE Seattle NSF project proposals this year are in Ravenna-Bryant.

Re-imagining NE 85th Street: In this section of NE 85th Street, part of the road is in Ravenna-Bryant and part of it is in Wedgwood. This year, neighbors came together to make improvements to this busy section of the street that connects Ravenna Avenue and 20th Avenue NE and doesn’t include sidewalks. Their NSF proposal is for adding sidewalks and planting strips for storm water management.

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Seattle Department of Transportation’s drawing of the proposed project on NE 85th Street.

Sidewalks on NE 50th Street: For more than three years, RBCA board members have been working to get sidewalks installed on NE 50th Street between 30th and 35th Avenues NE, immediately south of Cavalry Cemetery. The NSF proposal is also for sidewalks and a planting strip. Thanks to ongoing advocacy by RBCA, University Village paid mitigation fees to SDOT and requested that the money be used to build the sidewalk. The funds could pay for a portion of the project.

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Seattle Department of Transportation’s drawing of the proposed project on NE 50th Street.

Projects from around the city may be viewed online. Other projects in NE Seattle are:

Safe I-5 Crossing at NE 70th Street

U-District Alley Activation

Weedin Place Project

Later this fall, SDOT will make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council about which projects should be funded. Generally, 10-12 projects are funded citywide per three-year cycle.

Regardless of the outcome, RBCA will continue to advocate for sidewalks on NE 50th Street and support further plans for sidewalks on NE 85th Street. Sidewalks are essential infrastructure for creating neighborhoods that are safe for everyone. Interested in advocating for either of these projects? Leave a message through the Contact Us page.

Take the SDOT survey about paving projects in our neighborhood

UPDATE: The survey response date has been extended to Sunday, September 18!

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is seeking input about their two upcoming paving projects in NE Seattle on 15th Avenue NE and 35th Avenue NE. Paving projects create opportunities to improve street safety. Take SDOT’s online survey by Wednesday, September 14  Sunday, September 18 and share your thoughts about getting around Ravenna-Bryant. Your input will contribute to the final designs for the projects.

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SDOT’s 2018 Paving Project includes two major arterial road in Ravenna-Bryant: 15th Avenue NE and 35th Avenue NE. Map courtesy of SDOT.

RBCA adopts mobility safety action plan

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Pedestrians on NE 65th Street. Photo courtesy of Seattle City Council #Fix65th Flickr album.

In 2015, the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association board adopted a vision statement to guide our activities and provide focus for advocacy. The RBCA vision is that in 20 years: Ravenna-Bryant is a welcoming, thriving, safe, diverse, and connected neighborhood. 

For Ravenna-Bryant to be a safe neighborhood, community members must be able to walk, bike, and drive motor vehicles without the fear of injury or death. The City of Seattle has launched several campaigns and road improvement projects over the past few years including Vision Zero, Safe Routes to Schools, an updated Bike Master Plan, and an updated Pedestrian Master Plan. While these activities will benefit Ravenna-Bryant, not all of our neighborhood’s mobility safety problems will be addressed.

The RBCA board receives a great deal of input from community members about mobility safety problems in our neighborhood. Information has been gathered through board meetings; community meetings; talking with neighbors; and city data. To increase outreach to those who board members don’t regularly come into contact with, RBCA conducted an online survey in the spring of 2016 to gain additional input. The input received informally and through the survey helped to define the mobility problems of most concern to our neighbors.

While the RBCA board will work with neighbors to address emerging or critical problems as they arise, RBCA will pro-actively focus on a few mobility-related problems in 2016-17 with the overarching goal of improving pedestrian safety. An action plan was adopted during the September RBCA board meeting and following are RBCA’s priorities for 2016-17.

Priority 1: Advocate for safety improvements along NE 65th Street between 15th Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE. Rationale: NE 65th Street has been identified as one of the most dangerous streets in the city. Over the last three years, 68 people have been hospitalized after crashes on NE 65th Street between 5th and 35th Avenues. One person died. Injuries were sustained by motorists, bikers, and pedestrians.

Priority 2: Advocate for the enforcement of speeding laws and road improvements to reduce speeding motor vehicles on NE 55th Street, NE 65th Street, and NE 75th Street. Rationale: Drivers speeding in their motor vehicles was the most common complaint among community members who took the RBCA mobility survey.

Priority 3: Educate community members about laws regarding yielding to pedestrians. Rationale: In addition to drivers speeding on neighborhood streets, community members commonly complain about drivers not yielding to pedestrians crossing arterial roads. Many children walk to school and must cross at least one arterial road.

Priority 4: Continue to advocate and search for funding for sidewalks on NE 50th Street between 30th and 35th Avenues NE. Rationale: This is an ongoing RBCA project.  University Village has given mitigation funds to SDOT with a recommendation that the money be spent to build sidewalks on NE 50th Street. The funds could pay for about half of the project. As one of the few neighborhood streets that lead to the U-Village area, sidewalks on NE 50th Street are needed to increase pedestrian safety and access to this major retail area.

Community Involvement: Ravenna-Bryant community members are encouraged to become part of the solution. If you are interested in working on any of the priorities, please leave a message on our Contact Us page or attend a RBCA board meeting (first Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.) The more people who advocate for safety improvements the more likely we will be successful!

Resources: Here are a few resources that inform RBCA’s work on mobility safety issues:

Seeking better bus-light rail connection to Ravenna-Bryant

During the RBCA board meeting this week, a group of Ravenna-Bryant neighbors requested RBCA’s assistance with advocating with Metro for better service to the UW Link light rail station. Since their concerns echo concerns RBCA shared with Metro before the station opened and those concerns appear to have now been realized, below is information from the neighborhood group about what they are seeking.

We are a neighborhood approximately 2 miles from the LINK Light Rail station at UW/Husky Stadium. We are concerned about the lack of a direct connection from transit to LINK light rail for our neighborhood.

The Route 372 bus that serves our neighborhood along 25th Ave NE has a five- to ten-minute walk to the station from the UW campus bus stop.  This is a significant problem for residents with luggage, strollers, walkers, or other mobility impairments.  The walk is also of concern for those traveling at night or in the rain.

The Route 71 bus serves NE 65th Street, but because its route goes through the University District, it takes longer to reach the light rail than directly from our neighborhood.  It runs only every 30 minutes, and it does not run on weekends or before 7 am or after 10 pm, greatly reducing access for early-morning or late-night airport flights.

While the Routes 62 and 76 serve downtown Seattle, we need to commute not only to downtown Seattle, but to SeaTac Airport, Beacon Hill and Columbia Center, and to the SODO stadium area, areas that are well-served by light rail.

We are requesting that Metro Transit provide more direct connection to the LINK light rail service from the Ravenna-Bryant neighborhood.  

WHAT CAN RESIDENTS DO?

Please contact your King County Council Member to express your opinion:

  • NORTH of NE 65th St:  Rod Dembowski, rod.dembowski@kingcounty.gov, 206-477-1001
  • SOUTH of NE 65th St:  Larry Gossett, larry.gossett@kingcounty.gov, 206-477-1002

Please consider complaining to Metro Transit: phone 206-553-3000 or online complaint form.

Add your name to a neighborhood letter by emailing barkertj02@gmail.com with your name and any comments.  We will use this letter in a neighborhood meeting with Metro and the King County Council staff.

We have already been successful in bringing back a deleted bus stop at 25th NE and NE 60th St. and adding it to the Route 372.  For more information on this effort, please contact:

Theresa Barker

barkertj02@gmail.com

RBCA board meets Tuesday, September 6

The Ravenna-Bryant Community Association board of directors will meet Tuesday, September 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.

Agenda

Welcome & Introductions

Board Reports

  • Secretary’s Report: Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Land Use Committee Report
    • Roosevelt Reservoir
  • Transportation Committee
    • Neighborhood Street Funds project proposals in NE Seattle
    • Mobility Assessment Task Force
    • Bus-Light Rail Connection

Mayor’s Executive Order re: District Councils

Emergency Preparedness & Annual Meeting

RBCA Website Update

Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center Funding

Reports from Associated Community Groups

  • Children’s Hospital Community Advisory Committee
  • City University Community Advisory Committee
  • North Precinct Advisory Council
    • North Precinct station
  • Northeast District Council
  • Ravenna-Eckstein Advisory Council

Announcements

RBCA board meetings are open to everyone and all neighbors are encouraged to participate.

Emergency prep activities planned for this year

A message from the RBCA Emergency Preparedness Committee Chair:

Back in the day we all knew our neighbors. Some of us still do. Many of us do not. We live in a region of extraordinary beauty, a region that has been built from the forces of nature. Sometimes, nature reminds us that we need to plan ahead, prepare and that we can be strongest when we work together to protect our families and neighborhoods.

This year (fall, winter, spring), in partnership with Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (RECC) a group of us from Ravenna-Bryant Community Association (RBCA) and from within our community are putting together emergency preparedness “conversations” for our community.

September through May

The Ravenna-Bryant Community Association (RBCA), through email lists and on our website, will introduce a “Task A Month” of the items to gather to build your emergency preparedness kit.

January, February, and March

Community members will present information at the RECC on block, neighborhood, and community organization including time for neighbor-to-neighbor meet and greets. Details will be posted on the RBCA website emergency preparedness page (which we’ll be ramping up to host interactive discussion, post links, etc.).

April

The RBCA annual meeting will include a hands-on workshop and presentation by the Seattle Office of Emergency Management on utility control and water storage.

And finally, we hope to have PRIZES for participation (pending funding), and we will finish the year with an anonymous survey to see how many people “got prepared!”

So, STAY TUNED!

Mobility assessment task force to meet August 24

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Pedestrians crossing 15th Avenue NE into the Ravenna-Bryant neighborhood during morning rush hour. Photo courtesy of the Seattle City Council’s #Fix65th flickr album.

The Ravenna-Bryant Community Association’s Mobility Assessment Task Force will hold our final meeting on Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Third Place. The meeting is open to all who live and work in Ravenna-Bryant who want to take action to improve pedestrian, bike, and motor vehicle safety in the community.

Concerns about driving, biking, and walking are commonly discussed during public meetings, private gatherings, and casual conversations with Ravenna-Bryant neighbors. To gain a better understanding about what the most pressing issues are, RBCA recently conducted an online survey asking neighbors to report concerns with getting around in the neighborhood.

The largest amount of comments were about pedestrian safety, followed by motor vehicle concerns and biking safety and infrastructure.

The most common complaint among all three mobility modes (walking, biking, driving) was people speeding in their cars along both arterial and residential streets. The second most common complaint was about how difficult it is to cross arterial roads and, interestingly enough, it wasn’t only pedestrians and bikers who identified this as a big problem. Motorists thought it was a problem, too.

NE 65th Street was the most commonly commented upon road.

  • Multiple survey respondents said that crossing NE 65th Street throughout the Ravenna-Bryant neighborhood is dangerous. Several people pointed out that many Eckstein Middle School students need to cross the street to get to school every day and that it is common that motorists don’t stop for them.
  • The other most common concern about NE 65th Street came from people who bike. They cited dangerous biking conditions between 15th Avenue NE and Roosevelt among their top concerns.
  • Other concerns about NE 65th Street included cars driving too close to the sidewalk; crosswalk ramps pointing into traffic when they should be pointing toward the opposite corner; slow pedestrian signal changes; no left turn arrows at most intersections; and lack of clarity about the number of traffic lanes – is NE 65th Street 2 lanes, 3 lanes, or 4 lanes?

Other concerns that were mentioned by multiple people include:

  • Difficult for motorists to see pedestrians on corners because cars are parked within 30 feet of the corner;
  • Heavy traffic on 25th Avenue NE;
  • Broken/uneven sidewalks;
  • No sidewalks in the area north and east of University Village;
  • No bike lanes on north-south arterial roads in Ravenna-Bryant;
  • Motorists don’t yield to pedestrians in both marked and unmarked crosswalks on NE 55th and NE 75th Streets;
  • No left turn arrow signals for motorists at most intersections of arterial roads.

All comments will be shared and reviewed during the August 24 task force meeting and an action plan will be completed. If you are interested in joining the meeting and committing to taking action to address mobility issues in Ravenna-Bryant, please leave a message on the Contact Us page or just show up!

Ravenna-Bryant neighbors invited to micro-community policing focus group August 9

This summer, the new Seattle Police Department North Precinct micro-community policing research assistant from Seattle University, Jessica Chandler, will be conducting focus groups to gain community input about public safety. She is interested in talking to all the micro-communities in the North Precinct area about knowledge of the Micro-Community Policing Plan, interactions with the Seattle Police Department, crime and safety concerns, and suggested improvements for each unique neighborhood. The focus groups are semi-structured and typically last one hour. The groups are open to anyone living or working in the specific neighborhoods.

The Roosevelt/Ravenna focus group will take place Tuesday August 9, 6:00-7:00pm at the Green Lake Public Library Branch (7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.) For more information about the focus group, contact Jessica at Jessica.Chandler@seattle.gov.

If you haven’t already seen it, a section was added to the Micro-Community Policing Plan website that allows people to sort data according to neighborhood and type of crime. For example, a search for 2016 residential burglaries in the Roosevelt/Ravenna area shows that there were a total of 92 between January and June with the most in January (20) and the fewest in May (9).

MCPP data

Earlier this year, SPD recognized the Ravenna-Bryant area as a “hot spot” for home burglaries. The map below is part of the March 2 SeaStat report.

a hot spot map - burglaries 2016

Neighborhood associations partner to advocate for safer NE 65th Street

Over the last three years, 68 people were sent to the hospital and one person died after crashes on NE 65th Street between Ravenna Blvd and 35th Ave NE. Crashes injured pedestrians, bikers, and, most of all, motorists. It is with these numbers and with community members consistent and ongoing reports of near misses on NE 65th Street that the RBCA board and the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association board sent a letter to Mayor Murray, Councilmember Johnson, and Councilmember O’Brien requesting that the Seattle Department of Transportation fix the unsafe street.

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Here is the letter:

Dear Mayor Murray and Councilmembers Johnson and O’Brien,

We work with and represent a community of more than 25,000 neighbors who reside near and along a stretch of NE 65th Street that is patently unsafe. NE 65th is not simply a neighborhood thoroughfare; it is vital to our two business districts, the city’s highest-use community center, multiple schools, a senior living facility, frequent bus transit and people who live, work, and play in NE Seattle. It is a critical path to and from Interstate-5, and the route into Magnuson Park, Northeast Seattle’s largest park. Unfortunately, it also includes one of the top ten most dangerous stretches of road in Seattle. Over the past three years alone between Ravenna Blvd and 35th Ave NE, 68 people have been sent to the hospital by collisions and one local father, Andy Hulslander, was killed as he biked home from work.

Poor street design has contributed directly to the tragically high rate of injuries along NE 65th Street. Sections of the road appear to be four lanes across; others, two. Missing left-turn lanes for vehicles cause “passing on the right” scenarios that endanger bicyclists, pedestrians and other drivers. Off-set street corners on much of 65th make it extremely difficult to cross, and vehicles most often fail to yield to people who are walking.

Seattle’s VisionZero efforts are laudable, but NE 65th Street fails that test. Safe Routes to School is making improvements for the safety of our children, but does not address NE 65th Street which runs right through our elementary, middle, and high school attendance areas. Roosevelt and Ravenna each have hundreds of new homes currently under development along 65th – people who will walk, take transit, ride bicycles, and drive along this stretch. The Roosevelt Light Rail station will open in 5 short years, multiplying street and sidewalk users in Roosevelt. Seattle 2035 identifies a 10-minute walk shed around the station with NE 65th bisecting it. Our Bicycle Master Plan implementation does not include any infrastructure improvements in northeast Seattle for the next five years. Recent Ravenna neighborhood surveys show more people would use alternative modes in the business district if they felt more safe doing so, and that speeds on 65th make it nearly impossible to cross safely.

This is entirely unacceptable and dangerous to the neighborhood residents and frequent users of NE 65th, and should be unacceptable to our public officials as well. We are not willing to stand idly by while neighbors continue to be hurt. The need for safe routes to and through our neighborhoods for all users has never been greater.

We are confident that the City of Seattle will be a thoughtful and deliberate partner in moving forward with a street redesign to significantly improve safety for all users.

The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association (RNA) and Ravenna Bryant Community Association (RBCA) formally request that Seattle Department of Transportation immediately fund and begin a study, and a comprehensive public process, to make safety improvements to NE 65th between 35th Avenue NE and NE Ravenna Blvd.

Specific concerns we want to see addressed along this corridor include:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Insufficient number of safe crossings
  • Long waits for walk signals
  • Driving lane orientation
  • Dangerous intersections
  • Unsafe sidewalks
  • Unsafe bicycle infrastructure
  • Insufficient parking

Thank you for the opportunity to voice our concerns about Northeast 65th Street. We look forward to accelerating these efforts and working in partnership with you as we implement a safer solution to this dangerous thoroughfare.

Respectfully,

Ravenna-Bryant Community Association

Roosevelt Neighborhood Association

Renew the Seattle Housing Levy August 2

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Brettler Family Place at Sand Point was built in part with Seattle Housing Levy funds. The current levy expires at the end of the year.

August 2 is the primary election and at the end of your ballot is Proposition 1, which will renew and expand the expiring Seattle Housing Levy. The RBCA board of directors endorsed this important affordable housing measure and we encourage you to vote YES when you mail in your ballot by August 2!

Seattle’s Housing Levy has a 35-year track record of success. It helped to produce and preserve of over 12,500 affordable rental homes for hospital workers, pre-school teachers, people working in retail and restaurants, and seniors and other people on fixed incomes, as well as supportive housing for people who are homeless. This new levy will produce or preserve at least 2,150 units of affordable housing. These homes are maintained affordable for at least 50 years after production ensuring our neighborhoods are affordable to all people who make our communities strong.

Since 2002, Seattle’s Housing Levy has also provided emergency rental assistance to 6,500 families, with additional services to help these families regain stability and avoid homelessness. It’s critical that we prevent homelessness before it starts and this new levy will provide emergency rental assistance for thousands more households.

The Mayor, all nine Seattle City Council members, and affordable housing advocates agree: expanding the levy is the right thing to do. That means hundreds of additional affordable homes for low-income seniors, people with disabilities, lower-wage workers and families with children.

Click here for a fact sheet outlining all the investment programs this Levy will support.

This new levy will cost the owner of a typical $480,000 home only $5 more per month.

Ballots were mailed yesterday. When you vote, remember to go to the end of the ballot and vote YES for Proposition 1, Seattle’s Housing Levy! Be sure to mail in or drop off your ballot by August 2 so Seattle can take a major step forward in addressing our housing affordability crisis by providing affordable homes for thousands of our fellow Seattleites!

This summer, learn about plans for guiding growth in our city

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We’ve come a long way in the last century! This photo shows the Ravenna Blvd sewer construction in 1909. Be a part of public conversations about how our city grows in the future. (Photo thanks to History Link.)

During RBCA’s annual meeting in May, many Ravenna-Bryant neighbors said that they would like to see more affordable housing options in our community as the City starts implementing plans for increasing housing availability throughout Seattle. With rents rising and houses being sold for over asking prices, Ravenna-Bryant needs housing that is affordable for all.

On July 14 at noon, people can “lunch & learn” at City Hall about Seattle’s Equitable Development Implementation Plan. This joint meeting with the Land Use & Zoning Committee and Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development & Arts Committee will include a discussion of solutions to create access to opportunity in communities most impacted by the threat of displacement. The Equitable Development Implementation Plan also includes policies that would ensure increased affordable housing and housing assistance in high opportunity neighborhoods, like Ravenna-Bryant.

The Plan is part of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan update which includes many land use and related policy proposals to guide our city’s growth through 2035. There are many chances for citizens to learn more and to weigh in on proposals. Visit Seattle 2035 to find out when and where they are. Don’t have time to attend meetings? Weigh in online!

Ravenna Park History Walk July 16

HistoryWalkandFieldGames_Half-01Join RBCA, King County In Motion, and Friends of Seattle’s Olmstead Park for a midday history walk and field game extravaganza! Learn the secrets of Ravenna and Cowen Parks with historian Jennifer Ott during a 30 minute walking tour. Afterwards, hop, jump, and toss your way through field games at Ravenna Park.

Meet near the play area off on NE 55th Street starting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16.

Join In Motion for “Ride To Rail!” Saturday July 9

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Neighborhood business Ventoux will co-host a local bike ride this weekend. Photo courtesy of the Ventoux Facebook page.

King County In Motion Ravenna-Bryant, Ventoux Coffee, and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways invite you enjoy a guided bike ride along the Burke-Gilman Trail and learn more about connecting to the UW Link Station and Matthews Beach on Saturday morning. Using your neighborhood greenways and bike paths, guides will lead two fun, family-friendly bike rides around your neighborhood:

  • a 6 mile roundtrip ride from Ventoux Coffee to the UW Light Rail Station.
  • a 11 mile roundtrip ride from Ventoux Coffee to the UW Light Rail Station and then to Matthews Beach.

Based on your skill level, preference, and interest you can choose which ride is right for you!

Register here. Meet at Ventoux Coffee (3404 NE 55th Street) at 10 AM on Saturday, July 9. Be sure to bring plenty of water, a helmet, and appropriate clothing.

This event will be led by Carlos Salmeron, owner of Ventoux Coffee and an avid cyclist; Andres Salomon, a neighborhood advocate from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways; and Carson Hartmann of the Ravenna-Bryant In Motion team. There will be complimentary coffee, a raffle drawing for a $25 gift card to Ventoux Coffee, as well as plenty of information about Metro, In Motion, bicycling, and more!

Do you live or work in Ravenna-Bryant and not already an In Motion participant? Sign up here!

RBCA board meets Tuesday

The RBCA board of directors meets Tuesday, July 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center playground. (The community center building will be closed. In case of rain, we will meet at Harissa.) The board does not meet in August.

Board meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

AGENDA

6:30                  Welcome & Introductions

6:35                   Board Reports

  • Secretary’s Report: Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Land Use Committee Report
  • Transportation Committee
    • In Motion event
    • #Fix65th Safety Walk
    • Mobility Assessment

7:05                    Sameer Ranade, candidate State Rep for 43rd District

7:10                    Learning more about proposed land use changes

  • Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA)
  • ADU/DADU
  • Updates
  • Policies for discussion during future board meetings

7:45                    Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center Funding

8:05                    Emergency Preparedness

8:15                    Reports from Associated Community Groups

  • Children’s Hospital Community Advisory Committee
  • City University Community Advisory Committee
  • North Precinct Advisory Council
  • Northeast District Council
  • Ravenna-Eckstein Advisory Council

8:25                    Announcements

Ravenna-Bryant neighbors demand a safer NE 65th Street

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Councilmember Rob Johnson spoke to about 60 people who walked on NE 65th on June 16 demanding a safer street for all. Photo from Fix 65th Facebook page.

“The Seattle DOT signs saying “Stop for pedestrians” placed at random locations along NE 65th are confusing for car drivers (car drivers really shouldn’t stop for jay-walkers) and create a dangerous situation for pedestrians who think that cars will stop.”*

“Cars speeding at all hours of the day on 25th Ave NE between 65th and 55th. (especially during commute hours).”

“Narrow sidewalks close to traffic on 65th.”

Cars consistently encroach upon crosswalk at NE 65th and 15th Ave NE.”

“Crossing NE 65th to get to Eckstein middle school is difficult and dangerous for children trying to get to school (and bus riders). Cars are going fast and don’t stop.”

“The slow change for pedestrian signals on NE 65th at Ravenna and 20th, the speed of traffic – cars don’t stop.”

“Walking across NE 65th is dangerous most of the time. Especially the intersections between 20th and 25th. Parked cars along 65th block views of drivers and peds and no one seems to remember that peds have right of way once they step into the street.”

These are just a few of the comments about NE 65th Street made by community members who recently took RBCA’s mobility assessment survey. Similar comments were made by Ravenna-Bryant and Roosevelt neighbors who marched on June 16 to raise awareness about the many motorists, bikers, and pedestrians who have been sent to the hospital after being involved in collisions on NE 65th Street. A Fix 65th coalition formed to further push for changes and is now circulating a petition asking SDOT to start the process soon.

The RBCA’s Mobility Assessment Task Force will wrap up assessment activities this summer and develop an action plan for addressing pedestrian, bike, and motor vehicle safety problems in our community, including NE 65th Street. Interested in being a part of the solution? Contact RBCA or attend the July 5 board meeting to learn more.

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*Seattle Pedestrian Law includes information about when motorists are required to stop for pedestrians.

June 21 public hearing on mandatory housing affordability program

Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), part of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), was discussed during the May RBCA annual meeting and during this week’s RBCA board meeting. On Tuesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m., the City Council will hold a public hearing about MHA for residential development.

Under the MHA-R program, new multi-family residential development would be required to provide affordable units (performance) or make an in-lieu payment.  The MHA-R program will be implemented as increases in residential development capacity are approved.  Among other things, the proposed ordinance would: 

·           Establish the Council’s intent as to implementation of the MHA-R program;

·           Establish the applicability of and exemptions from the program;

·           Establish requirements for units provided through performance; and

·           Establish procedures for seeking modifications to program requirements. 

Written Comments may be sent to:  Councilmember Rob Johnson, Legislative Department, 600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2, P.O. Box 34025, Seattle, WA  98124-4025 or by email to rob.johnson@seattle.gov.   Written comments should be received by Monday, June 20 at 12 p.m. 

Electronic copies of the proposed ordinance are available through the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee’s webpage, http://www.seattle.gov/council/committees/planning-land-use-and-zoning.

RBCA board meeting to focus on housing levy, mandatory housing affordability

Meeting Notice:

Ravenna-Bryant Community Association Board Meeting

June 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Ravenna Eckstein Community Center

RBCA Vision: Ravenna-Bryant is a welcoming, thriving, safe, diverse, and connected neighborhood. 

Agenda

Committee Reports

  • Secretary’s Report: Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Land Use Committee Report
  • Transportation Committee Report

Seattle ARCH

HALA/Annual Meeting Follow-Up

University of Washington Seattle Campus Master Plan

Reports from Associated Community Groups

  • Children’s Hospital Community Advisory Committee
  • City University Community Advisory Committee
  • North Precinct Advisory Council
  • Northeast District Council
  • Ravenna-Eckstein Advisory Council

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June 27 public hearing about Seattle Comprehensive Plan Update

The Seattle City Council is considering amendments to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the City’s Land Use Code to implement the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan, known as Seattle 2035. The proposed amendments are available at 2035.seattle.gov or seattle.legistar.com (search for Council Bill 118683). The Comprehensive Plan guides land use throughout Seattle.

The Mayor’s Recommended Plan proposes to significantly rewrite the Seattle Comprehensive Plan. Some of the changes proposed are:

  • Include a growth strategy to distribute the City’s share of growth allocated by the King County Growth Management Planning Council, which is 70,000 new housing units and 115,000 new jobs by 2035 by allocating growth estimates to urban villages throughout the City. The recommended growth strategy calls for continued growth in urban centers and urban villages with particular emphasis on centers and the villages with very good transit service.
  • Emphasize Race and Social Equity as a core value of the Comprehensive Plan, implementing Resolution 31577.
  • Change the way urban centers and urban villages are depicted on the Future Land Use Map, identify a potential future urban village at N. 130th Street at Interstate 5 and allow for potential future expansions of urban villages near frequent transit.
  • Identify appropriate scales and densities within different types expected in each category of urban center and village.
  • Add a section about transportation safety.
  • Add policies supporting fair housing and seeking to overcome historic patterns of segregation.
  • Create a new Parks and Open Space Element. Remove numeric goals for open space amenities. Recognize the importance of public open spaces that are not City-owned parks.
  • Simplify the Neighborhood Planning element, removing policies that specify how neighborhood plans should be prepared. No changes are proposed to any neighborhood plan.
FLUM April 2016
Mayor’s Future Land Use Map, April 2016

Additional information regarding the scope of changes and a comparison of the existing and proposed Comprehensive Plan is available in the “Directors Report” available at 2035.seattle.gov.

Public Hearing

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the Mayor’s Recommended Plan on June 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the Seattle City Council Chambers at City Hall: 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA 98104.

For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available outside of Council Chambers starting at 5:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided.

Written Comments

Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on June 27. Please send comments to Amy Gore in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office via e-mail at: amy.gore@seattle.gov.