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Queen Anne Greenways meets Tuesday; intersection updates and guest Sally Bagshaw

October 26th, 2014 by Laura

QA Greenways LogoThe regular monthly meeting of Queen Anne Greenways is set for this Tuesday at the Queen Anne Library meeting room, 6:30pm-7:45pm.

The meeting is open to all, and this month’s agenda has something for everyone, including special guest Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

- Sign in and Introductions (10 minutes)
- Report on the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways day-long retreat (10 minutes)
- Update on 7th Ave W and W McGraw St (10 minutes)
- Update & discussion on 7-way stop (15 minutes)
- Priorities for 2014-15 (e.g. Bicycle Sunday on top of the hill) (15 minutes)
- Conversation with Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (15 minutes)
- Adjourn 7:45pm

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Help Queen Anne Greenways make the 7-way stop safer for all

October 16th, 2014 by Laura

Updated: address for Seattle Country Day School – 2619 4th Ave N

Queen Anne Greenways is at it again, working to make our neighborhood safer. This Tuesday, October 21st, you can join them and other Queen Anne residents to discuss the 7-way stop intersection with traffic engineers and WSDOT.

7 way stop mapThe 7-way stop is a major entry/exit point for Queen Anne motorists traveling to or from Aurora Ave N/WA-99, as well as for traffic that crosses the hill to Interbay or Magnolia.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the City of Bellevue engineers (yes, our neighbors to the east) and WSDOT will review a preliminary concept of how to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Since the intersection is so confusing, many cars tend to cross it more cautiously – but as a pedestrian, I’ve been completely invisible to drivers while in the crosswalk (and with a dog). While my experiences are anecdotal, keep in mind that Seattle Country Day School is a block north of the intersection, so many children must cross it on their way to or from school.

Because of the proximity to the school, the meeting will be held at Seattle Country Day Courtyard Classroom at 2619 4th Ave N. The location allows for a good look at the intersection’s traffic patterns prior to or during the meeting.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm and runs til 7:30pm. If you’re interested in attending the meeting, RSVP via email so the organizers can ensure adequate space.

In addition to the meeting, Queen Anne Greenways is also meeting with City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and gathering signatures for a petition. If you’re interested in signing the petition, request a copy via email (petition is a Word document). The petition has lines for multiple signatures, so you can gather multiple signatures from your neighbors.

Stay tuned for potential improvements to an intersection that surely confounds visitors to our neighborhood.

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McGraw & 7th Ave W gets concrete makeover by Parks; attend QACC meeting to learn more

September 30th, 2014 by Laura

Our local Queen Anne Greenways community group has made great strides in making our neighborhood safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists too. One key upcoming improvement is a 4-way stop at the intersection of McGraw and 7th Ave W – but the park-like improvements to the intersection proposed by SDOT are now in jeopardy.

McGraw Option 1

SDOT’s Brian Dougherty provided a quick sketch of the proposal for the intersection; surprisingly, the sketch is far from park-like. You can see below the stark difference between the SDOT proposal and the Parks proposal. The Parks sketch is almost all concrete, adding little to this key intersection near businesses and Coe Elementary:

McGraw and 7th Ave W Parks

Ironically, 7th Ave W is part of the historic Queen Anne Boulevard, a Seattle landmark and park. It takes a left on McGraw to the west, part of the intersection up for revision. SDOT preserves the look and feel of a park, but Parks is proposing concrete corners with very little landscaping.

Brian Dougherty of SDOT will present the changes and take questions and concerns from residents and neighbors at Wednesday’s Queen Anne Community Council meeting. Attend tomorrow’s meeting and voice your opinion – Wednesday, October 1st at 7:30pm, Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St).

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Queen Anne Greenways helps bring four-way stop to W McGraw and 7th Ave W

August 11th, 2014 by Laura

If you’ve been following the activities of Queen Anne Greenways, then you know that they’ve been advocating a 4-way stop at W McGraw and 7th Ave W. Located just a block away from Coe Elementary on a busy arterial, the intersection poses risks to pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike.

Thanks to the efforts of Queen Anne Greenways, SDOT has proposed 3 options for the intersection – all result in a 4-way stop. According to Queen Anne Greenways, “elements in the three concepts can be mixed and matched based on community preference”.

The 3 preliminary options are all preliminary and subject to change. The proposed changes are listed below:

Option 1: the Plaza:

McGraw Option 1

  • extends the curb on the southwest corner
  • creates a small area for shrubs and plantings
  • maintains two of the three street trees at the corner
  • installs a mini plaza with decorative paving and a bench for seating
  • maintains the existing sidewalk in its current alignment
  • adds sidewalk extensions to the new corner

Option 2, the Nature Spot:

McGraw Option 2

  • extends the curb on the southwest corner
  • maintains two of the three street trees at the corner
  • creates a larger area for plantings and additional street trees
  • installs boulder/granite seating within the nature spot
  • removes the existing sidewalk and replaces with vegetation / bio swale
  • extends the sidewalk to meet the new corner

Option 3:

McGraw Option 3

  • all of the Nature Spot options at the southwest corner, plus the following at the southeast corner:
  • extends the curb
  • creates space for new plantings / bio swale
  • creates a new mini plaza with decorative paving and benches
  • creates space that could be used for bike parking
  • may displace two car parking spaces

Queen Anne Greenways has grown from a small meeting in a Queen Anne living room to a community group that is impacting change in the neighborhood. The group is happy with SDOT’s proposed changes and points out that SDOT is proposing greenery and a potential green storm-water infrastructure (GSI), at the corners rather than concrete, a more environmentally friendly approach.

This particular arterial crossing is on the planned Queen Anne Crown Greenway, which is noted in Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan. It’s one step closer to Queen Anne Greenways goal, and an improvement that will increase safety for both residents and visitors.

Stay tuned for more news from Queen Anne Greenways on the option chosen and progress in the future. If you’d like to get involved, check out the QAG Facebook page or attend one of their regular monthly meetings, all are welcome.

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SDOT presentation on McGraw & 7th Ave W at Queen Anne Greenways meeting today

June 24th, 2014 by Laura

The Queen Anne Greenways group meets tonight at 6:30pm at the Queen Anne Library. Why should you attend? Well, if you walk, bike, or drive through the intersection at W McGraw St and 7th Ave W, you likely know how dangerous it can be.

The intersection is a block away from Coe Elementary and is protected by only a 2-way stop – one of several concerns voiced by Queen Anne Greenways. SDOT’s Brian Dougherty will join the meeting tonight to present proposed safety improvements for this particular intersection.

Here’s what one of the QAG members put together on this intersection – you’ll have to attend the meeting tonight to hear how SDOT is responding:

7th Ave W intersection

Also on the agenda is Katie Idziorek of the Uptown Alliance. She’ll be providing an update on the Uptown Parklet.

All are welcome to join the meeting and help make our Queen Anne streets safer.

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Join Queen Anne Greenways Tuesday for its monthly meeting with bonus bike ride

April 21st, 2014 by Laura

QA Greenways LogoQueen Anne Greenways is holding its monthly meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 22nd, and it’s going to be an interactive meeting with a bonus bike ride before the meeting. This go-around, the group will meet at Bayview Retirement Community Theatre at 11 W Aloha St from 6:30 to 8pm.

In addition to the regular meeting, tomorrow’s Queen Anne Greenways group is hosting a bike ride at 5pm that’ll explore many of the routes that are key to both Queen Anne’s greenway and the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. The Bicycle Master Plan includes several Greenways on Upper Queen Anne, including most of Queen Anne Boulevard.

Details on the ride:

“We will explore these areas and safety concerns on a mostly level easy ride around Queen Anne Hill, starting and finishing at Big Howe Park (meet by children’s playground). After the ride, riders are welcome and encouraged to attend the 6:30pm Queen Anne Greenway meeting at Bayview Manor.”

Even if you can’t attend the meeting, if you’re free at 5pm and up for a group tour de bike, meet the Queen Anne Greenways group at Big Howe Park, all are welcome!

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Join Queen Anne Greenways this Tuesday for its first Fall meeting

September 22nd, 2013 by Laura

QA Greenways LogoThe 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!

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Pedestrian activated stoplight coming to Highland and Queen Anne Ave N

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.

Highland Light

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.

Highland Light Button

Soon!
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!

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Want to help with safer streets? Queen Anne Greenways meets this Tuesday

July 21st, 2013 by Laura

QA Greenways LogoQueen 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!

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Reminder: RSVP by Monday for the Queen Anne Greenways stairways audit

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!

Galer Stairway West

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?

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Join your neighbors in a Queen Anne Greenways stairways audit

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.

Key Details:

  • 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!

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Reminder: Queen Anne Greenways meets on Tuesday

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.

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