September 22nd, 2013 by Laura
The Queen Anne Greenways community group took a summer break from meeting in August, but it’s time to kick off Fall! The first meeting of the new season is this Tuesday, September 24th at the Queen Anne Library meeting room.
The meeting runs from 6:30-7:45pm, and this month the meeting agenda includes Seattle Greenways’ Heather Trim and SDOT’s Jennifer Wieland. Heather will update the group on Greenways progress and Jennifer is the Program Development Lead of the Public Space Management Program, Street Use and Urban Forestry. She’ll help educate the group on how to work with SDOT and understand public use of spaces.
Queen Anne Greenways has already made progress with the new pedestrian signal at Highland and Queen Anne Ave N. Everyone is invited to join Queen Anne Greenways and help make Queen Anne safer for all, just show up on Tuesday!
Tags: Queen Anne Greenways, volunteers
September 10th, 2013 by Laura
If you walk, bike, or run the Crown of Queen Anne, you know that crossing Queen Anne Ave N at Highland can be tricky. It’s one of the busiest pedestrian crossings on Queen Anne, and while there’s a crosswalk and flashing light, there’s no guarantee that traffic will stop for you when you step out into that crosswalk.
New pedestrian-activated lights
installed at Highland crossing
Well, thanks to work by multiple community groups, including our own Queen Anne Greenways, crossing Queen Anne Ave N at Highland just got safer. Last week, SDOT installed a pedestrian activated signal at the intersection, and it should be activated any day.
If you cross the street with the new safety light, be sure to thank Seattle Greenways, Queen Anne Greenways, the Bicycle Master Plan and Pedestrian Master Plan members, planners, and residents who provided input.
Safe crossings with the push of a button!
Next up: let’s see if our local groups can get a 4-way stop at W McGraw St and 7th Ave W – it’s right near Coe Elementary. Also, how about getting the crosswalks repainted all over Queen Anne? Some are so faint, even pedestrians can’t see them!
If you support these ideas, or have some of your own, drop in on the next Queen Anne Greenways meeting on September 24th, 6:30-7:45pm at the Queen Anne Library. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month and it’s open to all!
Tags: pedestrian safety, Queen Anne Greenways
July 21st, 2013 by Laura
Queen Anne Greenways is a group of neighborhood volunteers who work together to help make Queen Anne safer for all. If you bike, walk, or run on Queen Anne, then you have a vested interest in what this group is all about. And, it’s open to everyone, so if you have thoughts, opinions, or feedback to share, feel free to join in!
Then next Queen Anne Greenways meeting is this Tuesday, July 23, 6:30-7:45pm at the Queen Anne Library. The group will convene in the public meeting room (enter on 4th Ave W). On tap for this month’s agenda is a discussion of ideas for improving pedestrian safety in and around Queen Anne, and setting key goals for the future.
The group has a great mission that affects everyone on Queen Anne, so if you want to help shape the priorities or just volunteer for fun activities, stop in at Tuesday’s meeting!
Tags: bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, Queen Anne Greenways
April 6th, 2013 by Laura
You may recall our post on the upcoming Queen Anne Greenways groups’ stairways audit walk. It’s a great chance to meet your neighbors, explore our many Queen Anne stairways, help make those stairs safer, and get a workout to boot!
Help make these stairways safer!
The Stairway Audit Walk is set for Tuesday, April 9th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm or 9pm, depending on your schedule. The Queen Anne Greenways team will work with you to assign a sector of stairways that are most convenient for you – whether you prefer a start or end point near your home, work, or your choice of location (e.g. restaurant or coffee house before/after the walk).
In order to plan the routes and align assignments with preferences, the organizers are asking that people RSVP by 5pm on Monday, April 8th. It’s going to be a great event, and you’ll be helping out our neighborhood at the same time. Get a group of neighbors or friends together, and RSVP via email.
Details on routes and groups will be sent via email to everyone who signs up. And, don’t let today’s weather dissuade you – Tuesday is supposed to be pretty nice! I’m up for it, are you?
Tags: Queen Anne Greenways, stairways
March 18th, 2013 by Laura
In the last Queen Anne Greenways community meeting, there was one agenda item – better lighting for Queen Anne stairways and greenways. It seems simple, but have you ever traversed our neighborhood at night? There are some seriously dark spots, even some of the more-often travelled stairways that lead to key bus routes and connect Upper and Lower Queen Anne.
Queen Anne Stairway 119
part of the stair system
from Galer to Aurora
That’s where the Queen Anne Greenways stairway is stepping up with an audit of our stairways to assess which ones are top priorities for repair and lighting. The community is invited and encouraged to participate – get out and meet your neighbors, explore our stairways, and makes steps to improve safety at the same time.
Queen Anne Greenways’s stairway audit walk will be held on April 9th starting at 6:30pm, and running until 8:30 or 9pm, depending on your group and mapped area. The group will use the audit results to present our neighborhood’s needs to the Seattle Department of Transportation, to ensure safe routes all over the neighborhood.
The group is judging interest via RSVPs, and once they know how many residents can participate, they’ll divvy up the hill into sections. You can pick the best start point for you, meet up with like-minded neighbors, and investigate our stairways.
- When: Tuesday, April 9th, 6:30pm to 8:30 or 9:00pm
- Where: various start points around Queen Anne (your choice, map TBD based on RSVPs)
- RSVP: email Queen Anne Greenways
Once Queen Anne Greenways has RSVPs, they can map out the hill and keep volunteers informed via email as details are nailed down. It’s free, simple, and a great way to get out and about… or, rather, up and down!
Tags: Queen Anne Greenways, safety, stairways
March 11th, 2013 by Laura
The monthly meeting of the Queen Anne Greenways community group (which is open to all) is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12th. The meeting will run from 6:30pm to 7:45pm, and is being hosted at the Lemke House – 2572 10th Ave W.
What’s on the agenda? Only one item this go around, but it’s key to keeping people safe and visible on Queen Anne: develop a plan for assessing the lighting of the Queen Anne Greenway route and Queen Anne stairways.
Tags: Queen Anne Greenways
February 24th, 2013 by Laura
The Queen Anne Greenways community group last met in late January, kicking off the group’s efforts for the year with new members and goals for 2013. The group is open to all, and it’s not too late to join in on the discussion about making our streets, sidewalks, and intersections more pedestrian-friendly.
Fifteen Queen Anne residents attended the January meeting, a great mix of residents with many volunteering to take on the all-important roles of political focal point, leader, secretary, and treasurer, as well as liaisons for the Uptown Alliance and Seattle Greenways. If you’re interested in taking on a leadership role or just voicing your thoughts and opinions, you’re welcome to join this week’s meeting as well as upcoming meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Key goals identified by the group for 2013 include:
- Review Seattle Bicycle Master Plan
- Map out desired Queen Anne Greenways (Crown of Hill and others)
- Work on pedestrian safety goals identified in November kickoff meeting
- Create connections with neighborhood schools to encourage and support pedestrian and bike safety for children
- Work on connectivity between Upper Queen Anne and Uptown, and to nearby neighborhoods
This week’s meeting is at Bayview Manor, subsequent meetings planned at the Queen Anne Library’s public meeting room (lower level of the library) when available:
- What: Monthly Queen Anne Greenways meeting
- When: Tuesday, February 26, 6:30-7:45pm
- Where: Bayview Manor (11 West Aloha Street, 10th floor)
Upcoming meetings are scheduled for the same time (6:30pm-7:45pm), regular location (Queen Anne Library meeting room) on March 26 and April 23 (fourth Tuesdays).
For any questions on Queen Anne Greenways, visit their Facebook page.
Tags: pedestrian safety, Queen Anne Greenways
January 20th, 2013 by Laura
Back in November, the initial meet-n-greet Queen Anne Greenways meetings were held to capture initial thoughts about pedestrian safety on Queen Anne. Now, it’s time to organize the group, and there’s a meeting at the Queen Anne Library on Tuesday to get things started – and everyone is welcome to attend and share your thoughts.
On tap is a discussion on how to set up the group and reach out to the Queen Anne community. If you’re interested in safer streets, whether through additional lighting, more (or re-painted) crosswalks, or new stop signs at critical intersections, then plan on joining the discussion on Tuesday.
- What: Meeting to Organize Queen Anne Greenways
- Where: Queen Anne Library meeting room
- When: Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:30-7:30pm
Tags: community meetings, pedestrian safety, Queen Anne Greenways