Upcoming events about local land use changes

U-District Livability Open House

Hosted by Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office

Saturday, November 19, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE

May different City departments and agencies will be in attendance to share information about projects in the neighborhood and details about upcoming land use changes.


Roosevelt Neighborhood Association Land Use Academy

Saturday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

6801 Roosevelt Way NE, lower floor gym


  • Bring members of the Roosevelt neighborhood together to develop awareness of the City of Seattle HALA report.
  • Provide an opportunity for these neighbors to provide feedback on issues that are important in the Roosevelt Neighborhood.
  • Collect and respond to questions from community members.

For more information and to register, contact the RNA land use chair at landuse@rooseveltseattle.org.

Re-Imagining NE 85th Street project seeks volunteers

Earlier this year, neighbors in the area surrounding NE 85th Street between 21st Avenue NE and Ravenna Avenue NE engaged in a major cleanup effort in the area. The work included clean-up of trash, greenway overgrowth, and illegal dumping. Neighbors also began initial restoration of the wetlands on the east end of the street. With vouchers from the City of Seattle, neighbors removed over 15 tons of brush and debris and over 1 ton of illegal dumping.


NE 85th Street during the clean-up.


Neighbors submitted a Neighborhood Street Fund proposal, called Re-Imagining NE 85th Street, that ranked in the top 5 among proposed NE Seattle projects. Though the proposal was not funded, neighbors are now in the process of obtaining permits from the Seattle Department of Transportation to implement part of the project to restore the native habitat along a planting strip on the south side of the street. The goal is to create a visually appealing and vibrant landscape.

The project includes planting low-growing native shrubs and other native perennial plants within the city right of way. Members of the Seattle Green Partnership have volunteered their time for the conceptual design and a local non-profit is donating 200 native plants.

Organizers are now looking for volunteers.

  • Volunteer with clearing and planting. Several work days will be planned in December and January, pending permits by SDOT.
  • Volunteer to support ongoing stewardship. During the first year, new plants will require some attention to become well-established and volunteers will continue removal of invasive plants.
  • Participate in fund-raising. Minor expenses are expected for permitting and additional plants.

Interested in learning more? Contact Ana at 206-527-2452.

NE 85th Street after the clean-up.


RBCA board meeting Tuesday, November 1

RBCA board meetings are open to everyone. The next meeting will take place Tuesday, November 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.


Welcome & Introductions

Board Reports

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

E-vote re: homeless encampment ordinance letter

E-vote re: Green Lake-Roosevelt urban village workshop notice

Green Lake-Roosevelt urban village workshop de-briefing

University of Washington Seattle Campus Master Plan

Project at former Perkins School site

Reports from Associated Community Groups

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


Take the 2016 public safety survey by November 30

Seattle University is administering the citywide 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure.

The survey is accessible at publicsafetysurvey.org until November 30th and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today. If you would like to work with a Seattle University researcher to setup outreach and assist in the facilitation of the survey to your communities or organizations, or you would like more information about the survey, please contact Jessica Chandler at Jessica.Chander@seattle.gov.

Clean out your medicine cabinet & safely dispose of unwanted drugs on Saturday

tbym2016From the Seattle Police Department:

This weekend, the Seattle Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are hosting the 12th semi-annual event to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted drugs.

This Saturday, October 22nd, the city’s five precincts will serve as drop-off locations between 10 AM and 2 PM for any unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—more than 3,200 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Upcoming SDOT & UW open houses provide neighbors with chance to learn about upcoming projects

Seattle Department of Transportation Open House

Project: 2018 NE Seattle Paving Project & Banner Way NE/NE 75th Street Safety Project

Monday, October 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Roosevelt High School cafeteria

Seattle Department of Transportation’s 2018 paving and safety projects in NE Seattle. Map courtesy of SDOT.

University of Washington Seattle Campus Master Plan Open House

Project: The draft 2018 Seattle Campus Master Plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

UW Tower Auditorium

A 45-day comment period ends November 21. If you’d like to comment, please send comments to cmpinfo@uw.edu or jblakesl@uw.edu. Comments may also be mailed to: Julie Blakeslee, Environmental and Land Use Planner, Capital Planning & Development, Box 352205, Seattle, WA 98195-2205.

University of Washington draft Seattle Campus Master Plan’s vision for east campus. East campus includes parking lots north of Husky Stadium and student housing north of University Village. Image courtesy of UW Seattle Master Plan website.

In approving the master plan, our city council has a quasi-judicial role such that they are not to talk about the plan or the EIS. If they do enter into a conversation with the public, they may be required to recuse themselves from the proceedings. It is strongly advised you do not go to the city council with questions or comments but comment using the information provided above. Be specific in your comments citing the page, document, and section to which your comments pertain.

Ask councilmembers to include NE 65th Street safety study in 2017 budget

Photo courtesy of Seattle City Council #Fix65th Flickr album.

If you follow RBCA on Twitter, this week you’ve seen short videos of people crossing NE 65th Street that make you wonder how more of our neighbors haven’t been injured or killed along this busy arterial road. The videos bolster RBCA’s focus on advocating for a safer NE 65th Street for pedestrians, bikers, and motorists.

Do you want NE 65th Street to be a safer road for all? Here’s a chance to have your voice heard. 

Right now, the Seattle City Council is discussing what programs to fund at the Department of Transportation. Your voice and your story will make a difference and help get a safety study funded in the 2017 budget. You can help by:

Showing up to Council chambers in City Hall (600 4th Ave) on Monday, October 10 at 2:30 p.m. to speak for a minute or two about why 65th needs to be fixed. Let us know if you can make it to speak!

Send an email to the whole Council at Council@Seattle.gov. A personal note is best.

In person or by email, let the Council know:

  • How you currently use NE 65th Street and if you would walk or bike on it more if it were safer.
  • What you see as the biggest safety problem on NE 65th.
  • If you’ve ever seen or experienced a crash or near-miss. These stories at especially impactful.
  • The Council can make a difference by funding a study to fix NE 65th in the 2017 budget.

RBCA board meets Tuesday, October 4

RBCA board meetings are open to everyone. The next meeting will take place Tuesday, October 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.


Welcome & Introductions

Board Reports

King County wastewater project

Mayor’s plan for outreach & engagement

RBCA community engagement

Community centers strategic plan

Homeless ordinance

ST3 – Sound Transit Proposition 1

Reports from Associated Community Groups

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


Streets can be safer by design

The need to make NE 65th Street safer is evident. Over the past three years, at least 70 people have been injured enough to be sent to the hospital. One person died. Just within the last few weeks, the Seattle Police Department has reported collisions on NE 65th Street. Pedestrian safety problems on NE 65th Street were the most commonly expressed concerns in a recent RBCA survey. In June, more than 60 neighbors participated in a Fix 65th Street walk to highlight concerns and call on the City to make the road safer for all. And this is all before the Roosevelt light rail station opens on NE 65th Street to which many of our neighbors will walk and bike.

Increasing awareness of the law and educating neighbors about road safety is part of RBCA’s recently-adopted mobility safety action plan. Openly discussing the community norm that stopping for pedestrians is just what Ravenna-Bryant neighbors do, can be an important step to increasing safety. However, to most effectively create change, other activities need to happen in conjunction with awareness campaigns.

During community meetings about NE 75th Street, neighbors discussed the dangers of crossing four-lane roads. Image courtesy of the Seattle Department of Transportation.

When RBCA was assessing mobility safety problems in our neighborhood, we also looked at road designs that have proven to increase safety. While we found a lot of information from government agencies and transportation-related organizations, some of the most readily accessible information came from the AARP Livable Communities initiative. The goal of the Livable Communities campaign is to help communities become safer, healthier, more walkable, and more livable for all people.

One of their recommendations for creating a more livable community is to calm traffic. In a recent RBCA survey, motor vehicle speeds on arterial roads was a top mobility-related complaint. Decreasing the speed at which motorists travel contributes to increased safety for pedestrians, bikers, and motorists.  “Traffic calming is a system of design and management strategies that include narrow roads, modern roundabouts, chicanes (intentionally added turns in the road), median islands, speed bumps, diverters, speed tables and other engineering tools or interventions,” according to a Livable Communities fact sheet. “Another benefit of traffic calming is that it can give a street a transformative sense of place, thus boosting social interactions, housing and retail businesses.”

Some of the traffic calming designs, like chicanes and diverters, may not be appropriate for busy arterial roads like NE 65th Street in the Ravenna-Bryant neighborhood. However, several of the design elements recommended by the AARP’s initiative could be.

Example of a median island. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Median islands are raised areas in the center of a street that provide refuge for pedestrians. They provide a safe place to stop when crossing a busy street and calm traffic. If wide enough, islands can include trees.

Speed tables and speed bumps raise a section of the road, reducing vehicle speeds. The speed table where the Burke-Gilman Trail crosses 30th Avenue NE is an example of how they can provide a mid-street crossing in conjunction with curb bulbs.

Recent traffic calming changes focusing on narrowing roads without median islands in Seattle have proven successful in increasing safety for all who use them. Closest to home is the redesign of NE 75th Street. Traffic calming elements that were implemented include marked travel lanes, a center turn lane, and painted bike lanes. Single lanes of motor vehicle traffic in each direction with a center turn lane calm traffic while also allowing motorists to not be impeded by people turning left.

NE 75th Street. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Department of Transportation.

After the NE 75th Street project was complete:

  • Collisions reduced by 45%;
  • Speeds reduced by 9%;
  • Traffic volumes increased 3%;
  • Travel times did not change.

Similar results have been seen on Stone Way N between N 34th and N 50th Streets and NE 125th Street.

While curb bulbs are not specifically listed in the Livable Communities information about safe streets, they extend the sidewalk to shorten the street crossing distance for pedestrians. The corner of 40th Avenue NE and NE 50th Street includes curb bulbs.

We know what works for developing safe environments for pedestrians, bikers, and motorists. As neighbors, we can come together and combine awareness and education activities with changes to street design and create a safe, livable community.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.  


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


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.


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


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.).


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!”


Mobility assessment task force to meet August 24

NE 65th and 15th Ave
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.

fix65th map

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.


Ravenna-Bryant Community Association

Roosevelt Neighborhood Association