Couldn’t make the RBCA annual meeting? Here’s what you missed.

We had a great turnout on Tuesday evening at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center’s gymnasium, as more than 50 people gathered to talk about community, safety and more in Ravenna Bryant. Below is a summary of the meeting’s highlights for those who could not attend.

Guest Speakers from the Seattle Police Department

Assistant Police Chief Wilske spoke with the audience about his tenure in the department (more than 30 years,) SPD’s new emphasis on micro community policing, and touched on the work underway related to the use of excessive force findings by federal investigators. Wilske then addressed community concerns about whether SPD staffing is sufficient, saying that a third-party consultant is currently evaluating the department’s needs and will have an assessment and recommendations in the near future. He spoke highly of Mr. Greg Russell – Amazon transplant – who is using technology to create efficiencies, greater transparency and improved communications between the police and the public. By way of example, Wilske pointed to forthcoming improvements to the SeaStat website, which will soon offer hyper-local crime statistics to users in real-time.

Wilske moved on to audience questions/comments, captured below:

  • Please increase ticketing and enforcement for cars neglecting to yield to pedestrians along 65th
  • Check that bicycles are stopping at designated signs at Burke Gilman Trail crossings
  • Drivers aren’t slowing sufficiently in school zones
  • Will the city fully fund the Crime Prevent Coordinator team?
  • Praise for May Day squad
  • Please enforce illegal red light running taking place on Sand Point near Magnuson Park
  • Can SPD help evaluate my home for theft/burglary/break-in potential?

Captain Sean O’Donnell, just three weeks into this new position as North Precinct Commander, gave brief welcoming remarks to the crowd.

Next, Lieutenant George Bray from SPD’s 911 call center led an in-depth discussion about the whens, whys, and hows of calling 911. Lt. Bray’s rule of thumb? Call 911 for any reason YOU believe deserves expedited police service.  For all the specifics on how 911 calls are prioritized and handled, check out Board Chair Inga Manskopf’s recent post dedicated to this very topic.

The Seattle Police Department also has a twitter feed for each police ‘beat’ that you can follow to see what crimes have been reported. Follow our beat at @SeattlePD Union3. Please note that the Twitter feeds aren’t manned by personnel, and in the case of an emergency, never report via Twitter; always dial 911.

Business Meeting of the RBCA Board of Directors

The Annual Meeting is also a time when Board elections are held. Outgoing President Tony Provine read the names of all nominated members on the ballot. The new executive board and at-large members were voted in unanimously. Your 2015-2016 RBCA Board Members are:

  • President: Inga Manskopf
  • Vice-President: Jorgen Bader
  • Treasurer: Sarah Swanberg
  • Secretary: David Katz
  • At Large:
    • Barb Edquist
    • Chris Fiori
    • Brett Frosaker
    • Virginia Gunby
    • Katherine Fountain Mackinnon
    • Josephine Pompey
    • Tony Provine
    • Sarah Rathbone
    • David Ward

Congratulations to the Board! And to ensure your voice is represented to the city and elsewhere by your RBCA, please attend our monthly meetings which occur the first Tuesday of each month, 7p.m. at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center. For more on our work plan, please see board member Chris Fiori’s fantastic draft work plan (WorkplanDraft_May 2015), and contact us with more ideas or to become involved!

 

The meeting adjourned shortly before 8:30p.m.

For more coverage of the annual meeting, check out Ravenna Blog’s post on the evening. 

 

Tell your favorite restaurateur about Bryant Heights

Bryant_Heights_Retail

**UPDATE** We have received this message today, June 8th, 2015 about the status of the restaurant application process:  “Thank you to the community members who have given input on the types of restaurants you would like to see at the new Bryant Heights development.  One of our most successful experiences was a community member telling a restaurant about opportunities at Bryant Heights. The restaurant called their Broker and had them contact us.  We had good discussions and in the end the restaurant operator decided the opportunity was not the right fit for them.  Please keep talking to your favorite restaurants and encouraging them to check us out.  We appreciate the community input and help in finding some restaurant concepts that will be great additions the neighborhood”

 

Polygon Northwest, the developers of the Bryant Heights project, would like the neighborhood to have a say in what kind of restaurant (or retail) should go into the two “bookend” spaces on NE 65th, on the corners of 32nd and 34th Avenue NE.  Neighbors are encouraged to print out/email this PDF (Leasing_Bryant_Heights) and take it to your favorite restaurateur.

 

commercial_ABoth commercial spaces are over 2,000 square feet and include outdoor eating space.  There will be a total of 10 car parking spaces and parking for 73 bikes on NE 65th, 32nd NE, 34th NE, as well as inside the garage.

 

Corner of 34th

In a survey that RBCA did in late 2013, 75% of the people who patronized businesses on NE 65th lived within 10 blocks, and new businesses opening along will make it easier for people to go to restaurants and stores without having to fight traffic.  Also, the number of families in RBCA has increased in the past ten years, and many of those bike or walk to school.   New restaurants in our neighborhood that cater to the walk/bike crowd are already coming to NE 45th and further west on 65th.

35th_plan_65_nodeThe 35th Ave Committee’s final report also clearly shows that the neighborhood would like to see more viable retail and a more walkable business district.  Although the Bryant Heights project is not on 35th Ave NE itself, it is still considered part of the 35th Ave Business District.  Very little new development with commercial space is being built in our neighborhood, so this is a rare opportunity to take part in shaping the future of our community.

What would YOU like to see in this new commercial space?  Please help spread the word by telling your neighbors and talking to your favorite restaurateurs.

Bryant Elementary wants you to have a Blast!

Please considering visiting Bryant Elementary (3311 NE 60th)  on Saturday, May 9th from 1-5 pm for their annual school carnival – The Bryant Blast! Threre will be magic shows, carnival games, pony rides, craft booths, face painting, tasty sno cones, awesome raffle baskets, and much much more. The raffle baskets are always a big hit, and you can now buy tickets online to support the school.
Students looking for community service hours are encouraged to volunteer at the Blast. Use their Community Volunteer SignUp Page to reserve your volunteer slot.

Blast

On May 5, learn about what happens when you call 9-1-1

Next Tuesday, May 5, the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association’s annual meeting will focus on public safety. In addition to hearing from new Assistant Chief Wilske, leaders from the 9-1-1 call center will provide information about how the 9-1-1 system works and take questions from community members.

One topic they will discuss is when and how to call 9-1-1. Following is some information from their website.

You Should call 9-1-1 . . .
• When you have a Police, Fire or Medical emergency.
• There is a situation that could, or does, pose a danger to life, property or both.
• There is a suspicious activity involving a person(s) or vehicle that appears to have criminal intent.
• Any situation that requires immediate dispatch of an officer.

Remain calm and patient while the 9-1-1 calltaker asks you questions. 9-1-1 calltakers are trained to ask specific questions that quickly determine what is wrong, and what type of assistance to send.

Be Prepared for the following questions . . .
1. WHERE did this occur? Did it happen on the street, inside, outside, in front or in back, etc?

• An exact street address is best. Look at numbers posted on buildings around you. View the street signs to provide hundred-block or intersection information.
• If you are driving, be aware of the road or highway on which you are traveling. Look for landmarks or businesses that are very near to your location.
• It is a very good idea to post your address and phone number near your telephone. In an emergency situation is it easy to forget the most basic of information.

2. WHAT happened?

3. WHEN did this occur? Is the event still in progress?

Let the 9-1-1 Calltaker ask the questions
Even if the calltaker’s questions seem unrelated or repetitious, let the calltaker lead the conversation and answer their questions. Calltakers are trained to gather information in a certain order to quickly assess the situation and decide what assistance is best to help you. They may need to clarify a previous answer, or may already be aware of the situation you are reporting and need to find out if you have any additional information.

To learn more and have your questions answered, participate in the annual meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 p.m., at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center. All RBCA meetings are open to the public.

Burglaries, traffic safety among problems addressed by SPD’s policing plan for Ravenna-Bryant

Earlier this week, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) released Micro Community Policing Plans with the goal of addressing crimes of specific concern to each community. The plans are informed by SeaStat, a system launched in August 2014 to analyze real-time data and increase communication and cooperation throughout SPD.

The Micro Community Policing Plan for Ravenna-Bryant includes other neighborhoods including Roosevelt. Among identified community crime-related priorities are burglaries, drug use at Cowen Park, and traffic safety.

Burglaries: Among proposed solutions for reducing burglaries, the plan calls for the North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator to conduct more outreach and provide people with burglary prevention information.  Burglary prevention information is also available online.

Drug use at Cowen Park: Among proposals to reduce drug use at Cowen Park, the plan calls for more bike patrols and outreach to Roosevelt High School about students using drugs in the park during lunch break.

Traffic safety: The plan calls for additional outreach by the North Precinct Community Police Team and Crime Prevention Coordinator to educate people about pedestrian and bike safety. It also calls for working more closely with the community to identify places of particular concern and then requesting assistance from the Traffic Section of SPD to work in the areas.

The Ravenna-Bryant Community Association would like to hear from you: Does this plan reflect your neighborhood crime-related concerns? Leave a message in the comment section below. Or, better yet, have your concerns heard directly by SPD and attend RBCA’s May 5 annual meeting. It will start at 7:00 p.m. at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.

Ravenna-Bryant teenagers report alcohol & marijuana easy to get at rates higher than state average

I’ve been blogging about some positive results from the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey that indicate that Ravenna-Bryant children live in a community that supports healthy youth development. By and large, the children in our community live safe and healthy lives. In previous posts I wrote about children walking and biking to school at rates higher than the state average and having adults in the community that they can talk to.

However, when it comes to drugs, specifically alcohol and marijuana, community risk factors tell a different story. When asked how easy it would be get alcohol, almost 60% of Roosevelt High School 10th graders say “very easy” or “sort of easy”, compared to just over 50% of 10th graders in WA. When the same question is asked about access to marijuana, 60% of 10th grade RHS students report it is easy/very easy to get while the state average is 53%. RHS 10th grade students aren’t different than the average WA student when it comes to accessing illegal drugs, though – about 16% report it is easy/very easy to get illegal drugs.

Most RHS 10th graders (70%) do not drink alcohol. Among those who do, beer is the alcohol most commonly used followed by liquor (hard alcohol, spirits). Wine is a distant third. When asked how they get alcohol, RHS students who drink primarily report social access (“from friends” or “at a party”). The second most common source of alcohol is at home, either with or without parental permission.

Most RHS 10th graders (75%) do not use marijuana. Among those who do, most report smoking it. Like alcohol, the primary way that they get marijuana is socially (“from friends” or “at a party”). Far fewer students report getting marijuana from home compared to alcohol and 85% report that nobody they live with uses marijuana.

When it comes to factors that contribute to youth drug use, every community is different. Each community is going to have different reasons behind healthy and unhealthy behaviors among their children. As a community, Ravenna-Bryant can continue to support walking and biking to school as a way to support physical fitness among children. We can continue to individually connect with neighborhood kids so that bonds are created. Adults in Ravenna-Bryant can take a closer look at how teenagers access alcohol and marijuana and reduce those access points. (Where does the alcohol and marijuana that teenagers access socially come from?) Alcohol and marijuana use among 10th graders is not the norm in Ravenna-Bryant and our community can contribute to keeping it that way.

Ravenna-Bryant children report having adults to turn to at rates higher than state average

Both Eckstein Middle School and Roosevelt High School students overwhelmingly report that there is an adult in the community or neighborhood that they can talk to about something important, according to the 2014 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). The HYS is administered to children in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 every other year. Knowing that there is an adult neighbor or community member to turn to indicates that Ravenna-Bryant children feel connected and supported by adults.

Percent of Roosevelt High School students who report having an adult in their neighborhood or community they can talk to about something important.

Roosevelt = dark blue

State average = light blue

HYS connectedLow community attachment increases the risk of violence and delinquency among youth. When children bond with their families, schools, and communities they are receptive to healthy beliefs and clear community standards promoted by adults. These beliefs and standards can support healthy youth development.

May 5 RBCA Annual Meeting to focus on public safety

Mark your calendars . . .

Ravenna-Bryant Community Association Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
6536 Ravenna Avenue NE

Guest Speakers:

Seattle Police Assistant Chief Steve Wilske
Commander of Patrol Operations

Capt. Dick Reed & Lt. George Bray
Seattle Police Department’s 9-1-1 Call Center

Followed by:
Election of 2015-16 RBCA Board Members
Community Announcements

Do you have public safety questions you would like answered?  Please leave questions in the comment section below.

All RBCA meetings are open to the public.  All are welcome!

Ravenna-Bryant children walk to school at rates higher than state average

More than 70% of Eckstein Middle School students report walking or biking to school according to results from the WA Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) given last October. The HYS is conducted every two years among public school students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 and provides a snapshot of student health in the state and in local communities.

Percent of students who report walking or biking to or from school on an average week.

Eckstein students – dark blue

State average – light blue

HYS-walking

 

So many middle school students walking or biking to school is not only important for their health, but it’s a good indicator that families feel safe in our community.

Here are some resources that support walking and biking to school:

Healthy People 2020, a federal initiative to encourage people to live healthier lives, identifies walking and biking to school as two science-based objectives for increasing physical activity among children.

Former “Bill the Butcher” Site to Become Two Restaurants

The former “Bill the Butcher” site on the south end of Ravenna-Bryant will soon be home to two restaurants owned by Josh Henderson of Westward.   These restaurants replace the original “Bike Hotel” idea proposed by developer Ron Sher.  The Laurelhurst Community Club also wrote about this property in their blog.

45th_elevation

According to this article in Seattle Met, the upstairs restaurant will face the Burke Gilman Trail and have “juices and pastry in the morning, salads and plates of charcuterie with cheese and crusty bread by day, and bistro fare at night.”

The restaurant facing NE 45th Street at 36th Ave NE will be a burger shack.  The developer Ron Sher also owns the beloved Third Place Books and Vios Café in our neighborhood.

 

1st_floor_plan

Have Your Say: Open House on Proposed Ravenna Protected Bike Lanes

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is proposing a number of investments and additions to current bicycle infrastructure in the Ravenna/Green Lake neighborhoods, including new bike lanes and upgrades from buffered to protected bicycle lanes, and new bicycle signage.

On Tuesday, SDOT will be in the neighborhood hosting an open house with a formal presentation:

Project Open House
April 7, 2015
6 to 7:30 PM
Presentation at 6:30 PM
Ravenna Eckstein Community Center
6535 Ravenna Ave NE

The proposed project would require moving or even removing parking along some parts on Ravenna Boulevard and 12th. It will also install a new protected bicycle lane on 15th adjacent to Cowen Park and links into the broader Bicycle Master Plan. Funding comes from the 2006 Bridging the Gap levy.

And here’s a map of the project area:

Bike Map - Proposed Ravenna Upgrades
Project Area

Can’t make it to the open house but want SDOT to hear your input? Adan Carrillo is the project’s Community Outreach Specialist at Adan.Carrillo@seattle.gov or (206) 684-8105.

Footnote: the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association will meet that evening at 7pm at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center for its monthly board meeting. Feel free to drop in and join us after the SDOT presentation.

U-Link Transit Re-Structure Open House

Board Member Chris Fiori provides this update on how we can participate in the process to access the new Light Rail Station at Husky Stadium in the early part of 2016:
King County Metro is in the midst of a public process around restructuring its transit service for routes that can connect to the new Sound Transit U-Link Stations (Capitol Hill and UW Husky Stadium), which open for service in Q1 2016. RBCA, among other groups, has lobbied King County Metro to look at ways to provide direct, high-qulaity transit connections to the UW Husky Stadium. This month, King County Metro proposed two Alternative Restructures: Alternative 1 is substantial re-structure of the existing Northeast Seattle transit network and Alternative 2 is similar to today’s network with additional connections to the Link Station. Much, much more detail about the first alternative can be found at the Seattle Transit blog here: http://seattletransitblog.com/2015/03/09/alternative-1-northeast-seattle/.
Frequent NE Seattle map
At first glance, Alternative 1 presents a major improvements in the transit service by creating a “gridded” network of frequent routes, with a much better connection to the planned LINK Station than exists today. On the other hand, some routes have been consolidated and walk times to the more frequently serviced stops may increase for some people in NE Seattle relative to today’s network. In addition, the bus/train connection at the LINK Station still leaves much to be desired in terms of proximity. 
 
The Northeast Seattle Open House will be held on Thursday, March 26 at the University Heights Center Room 209, from 6-8 p.m. You are also encouraged to take Metro’s online survey: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/link-connections/  Please help RBCA spread the word about the survey and open house.

March 18th: Meet Your District Candidates Event

The Ravenna-Bryant Community Association is proud to participate as a co-host alongside Hawthorne Hills, View Ride and Laurelhurst Community Councils for the first-ever Seattle District 4 event. Incumbent Councilmember Jean Godden has four official challengers.

To refresh, in 2013 Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved dividing the city into 7 Districts (D1-D7) with one City Council representative each, plus two additional at-large Councilmembers (D8 & D9.) More on the Districts can be found here. The Ravenna and Bryant neighborhoods are in District 4, which encompasses NE Seattle south of 85th, roughly east of Interstate-5, and to the Montlake cut with the addition of Eastlake. Here’s a map:

Your District 4
Your District 4

 

The top-two primary will be this August and the general election the first Tuesday in November, as always, but instead of voting for 9 Councilmembers as we have in the past, D4 members will be registered to vote only for their preferred D4 candidate and the two at-large positions. So educate yourself and attend next week’s event.

The format will be a debate followed by moderated Q&A period. Attendees will be able to submit questions in writing at the beginning of the event, prior to the debate portion. After the debate, moderator Nancy Bolin will call on the people who submitted questions and allow those people to ask their questions of the candidates themselves.

Details on the event:

See Who’s Running for Seattle Council District 4:

Jean Godden

Rob Johnson

Taso Lagos

Michael Maddux

Tony Provine

Wednesday, March 18, 2014 7:308:30PM

 Sand Point Community Church’s Perry Hall, 4710 NE 70th Street

Sponsored by

Hawthorne Hills Community Council, View Ridge Community Council, Laurelhurst Community Council, Ravenna-Bryant Community Council

See you there!

Update on Bryant Heights Project and Theodora

A representative from Goodman RE will attend our April 7th, 2015 board meeting (Ravenna Eckstein Community Center 7-9 p.m.) to give an update on their project to remodel the Theodora, just south of the NE District Library.

Just on the other side of 34th Ave NE from the Theodora, the City of Seattle issued the Master Use Permit for the townhome (LR 2) portion of the Bryant Heights Project.  You can read more about this project on NE 65th between 32nd and 34th Ave NE here.

With this land use decision, the City can now begin the process to release or issue the pending and separate demolition permits for the older dormitory (cottage) buildings on the middle of the Bryant Heights property.  Based on current permit issuance cycle, it is estimated that the demolition permits will be released to the team on or before March 23, 2015.  They anticipate that the demolition of these older buildings will take approximately 30 days.  As you may recall, these structures were also used by the Seattle Fire Department for training exercises, consequently, all of the environmental inspection of hazardous materials such as asbestos was previously completed.

Bryant Heights Construction Traffic Plan
Bryant Heights Construction Traffic Plan

As noted on the above plan, all construction personnel will be instructed to park within the confines of the Bryant Heights property.

According to Polygon Homes, the building permits for the actual construction of the townhome buildings are “currently under separate review with the various departments within City of Seattle Planning and Development Department.  At this time, we do not have an update as to when those permits will be released, but will update you once we know more.”

 

New police beats

For the first time since 2008, the Seattle Police Department shifted the boundaries of its 51 police beats. The change was made to improve officer supervision and public safety service, better align police patrols with Seattle’s neighborhoods, and achieve a major milestone in the department’s work toward reform with the Department of Justice.

beat-map-2015

Here is a close-up of the beats covering Ravenna-Bryant:

rbca beats 2015

Beginning January 28, the department increased the number of patrols squads and sergeants at each of SPD’s five precincts with the goal of improving each precinct’s officer-to-supervisor ratio. This is to enable supervisors to work more closely with officers, providing guidance in investigations, reviewing use of force, and ensuring quality of public service.

As part of the patrol map realignment, the department will also revise neighborhood-based crime data available on My Neighborhood Maps, Tweets By Beat and Data.Seattle.Gov to reflect the new beat boundaries.

Still Waiting on Sisley Progress

You may be wondering what happened to the City’s 2014 resolution to shut down Sisley’s business model in our neighborhood.  Although we have nothing definitive to report, there has been movement since we last reported on it.

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The City is working on 2 fronts regarding code enforcement activities on the Sisley properties.
  1. The City Attorney’s Office is in the process of executing the judgment, after all appeals have been exhausted, to collect the full amount of fines and penalties owed to the City by the property owners for previous code violation citations.  A final resolution is expected  to be announced once this process is completed.
  2. The City’s Department of Planning and Development(DPD), through their Code Compliance Division, has been taking code enforcement action on the Sisley properties.  For the three vacant houses on 65th, DPD’s end goal is either voluntary demolition by the owners or obtaining a court order to allow the City to go onto the properties and demolish.  To obtain the court order is a rather long and technical process as there is an administrative process that must occur first.  DPD has taken the first steps of doing the calculations and preparing the documentation and other things needed in order to issue a Director’s Complaint and schedule a hearing. At the hearing, DPD must establish that the cost of repairing these buildings would exceed 50% of the cost of replacing them (this is the code standard allowing DPD to order demolition).  Then, if DPD prevails at the hearing, an administrative order is issued requiring the owner to demolish or repair the buildings as unfit for human habitation.  If demolition (or repair) is not done voluntarily, DPD must go to court to get an abatement order allowing the City to enter onto the property to tear them down.  Unfortunately, there are several points between the initial hearing and the ultimate goal of demolition at which the property owners can contest and slow things down, both at the administrative level and in court.

As soon as we hear any news, you’ll be the first to know.

 

Reporting suspicious behavior

People are sometimes reluctant to call 911 about behavior that they feel is suspicious.  They don’t want to burden police with non-emergencies.  However, police encourage people to call 911 to report activity or behavior that is felt to be unusual or out of place.

What is suspicious behavior?  If it is suspicious to you, it is worth reporting it to 911.  Examples:

  • Unusual noises including screaming, sounds of fighting, and glass breaking.
  • People in and around buildings who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business.
  • Unauthorized people in restricted areas.
  • Vehicles driving slowly or aimlessly through neighborhoods, around schools or parking lots.
  • People peering into parked vehicles that are  not their own.
  • People who change their behavior when they notice that they have been seen.
  • People dressed inappropriately for the weather — wearing a heavy coat in warm weather.

People are especially urged to call 911 when:

  • You believe someone is in physical danger.
  • You believe a specific crime is happening.
  • You believe something is suspicious.

Reporting suspicious behavior may not only prevent crime but it may help police working to find suspected burglars and car thieves.

Roosevelt Reservoir “Out-of-Service Period” extended until 2016

In February of 2014, we brought you information regarding the fate of the Roosevelt Reservoir.  Since that time, we have received notice that the time needed to determine if the reservoir can indeed be surplussed has been extended until early to late 2016.  You can read the public notice here.

If and when the Roosevelt Reservoir needs to be surplussed, look to your community associations (www.ravennabryant.org and www.rooseveltseattle.org) to help with the public process needed to fairly determine what happens with this roughly 12-acre piece of property.  The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association has written about this issue on their blog and Facebook page.  Since the reservoir is technically in Roosevelt, not RBCA, RNA will take the lead on this.  Check out RBCA’s boundaries here.

Starting next week: Pedestrian and bike safety improvements at Union Bay Place NE & 30th Ave NE

On Monday, November 17, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will begin construction of several measures that were identified in the University Area Transportation Action Strategy to improve mobility and safety, including the following:

Union Bay Place NE
• A new paved/painted pedestrian pathway along both sides of Union Bay Place NE between NE 45th Street and 30th Avenue NE.
• A raised crosswalk at 30th Avenue NE and the Burke-Gilman Trail to alert drivers of this crossing and slow vehicle speeds.
• New sidewalks approaching this crosswalk along 30th Avenue NE between NE 50th Street and Union Bay Place NE.
• Upgraded curb ramps to be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Blakeley & 25th
Once the work above is completed (in approximately 3-4 weeks), crews will move to NE Blakeley Street and 25th Avenue NE at the Burke-Gilman Trail. Improvements at this intersection will include:
• Signal modifications for a bicycle/pedestrian phase for the south crossing on the Burke-Gilman Trail with bicycle icon signal heads, push buttons and radar detection.
• Signal modifications to accommodate a new right-turn only pocket and protected turning phase on the west side of the intersection for eastbound motorists on NE Blakeley Street. This change is designed to reduce the number of conflicts in the south crosswalk.
• Bicycle leaning rails on the Burke-Gilman Trail at both approaches to 25th Avenue NE. Leaning rails are structures that allow riders to rest a foot and have something to hold onto for balance while waiting at a traffic light and help align bike riders to one side of the trail and keep the sidewalk clear for pedestrians, making it safer for all to cross the street. To see an example of what these leaning rails will look like, visit SDOT’s project webpage.
• Upgraded curb ramps to be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.


More information on the project background, funding and schedule can be found at the project webpage.

As for the construction itself, during this work you can expect:
• Lane restrictions on NE Blakeley Street, 25th Avenue NE and 30th Avenue NE
• Parking and driveway restrictions near the work areas
• Construction during normal work hours, between 7 AM and 6 PM
• Noise, dust and vibration associated with concrete removal and paving
• A temporary three-week closure of 30th Avenue NE at the Burke Gilman Trail
• Construction to be completed by early to mid-February, depending on weather

Steering wheel locks recommended for older cars, some Hondas and Subarus

Since car-related crimes have increased in the Ravenna-Bryant community, the following information, posted earlier this week on Seattle Police Department’s blog, may be helpful:

If you drive a Honda Accord, Honda Civic or Subaru Legacy—or a car that was made before 2002—there is a greater chance that auto thieves may target your car.

Auto theft remained a key topic of discussion at our SeaStat meeting yesterday. Officers and detectives are working hard to address this problem and reverse the trend.

There were 525 reported auto thefts in Seattle during the month of October and a total of 4715 through the end of October. That’s a 38 percent increase from last year during the same time period.

According to our crime data, 77 percent of cars stolen in Seattle are model year 2001 or older. The top three cars stolen in Seattle year to date are Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Subaru Legacy.

If your car was made in 2001 or older – or you drive an Accord, Civic or Legacy – please consider purchasing a steering wheel lock anti-theft device at a reduced price from the Seattle Neighborhood Group.  Follow this link for details.

Auto theft is a crime of opportunity. Consider following the easy steps outlined here and reduce the likelihood that someone will steal your car.

We find 76 percent of all cars reported stolen to our department, and it takes us about 7 days on average to do so.