As we heard from Sally Bagshaw two weeks ago, it seems that the city has committed to funding several miles of neighborhood greenways in 2012. In the last week or so, news has circulated that we can expect 11 miles of greenways in 2012, with a promise to fund around 12 miles per year thereafter (more details can be read at the Seattle Bike Blog). Included in the news are specific mentions of two streets in North Delridge: 21st and 26th Avenues. The former has been advocated by members of Spokespeople West Seattle, while the latter has been pushed by North Delridge neighbors.
It’s not clear yet whether the city will have funding in the coming year for both of these routes, or just one. For that reason, it’s vital that we communicate with other advocates in West Seattle and prioritize routes that will have the greatest impact. Tonight I visited the Sustainable West Seattle monthly meeting (Delridge neighbors may know them as the folks behind the Seattle Tool Library at Youngstown) and had a chance to chat with several other people who have been thinking about greenways in West Seattle as a whole.
In the coming weeks, we hope to have a gathering of people interested in greenways and equitable transportation throughout West Seattle. We will begin the discussion of a vision for connecting all of West Seattle with safe bike and pedestrian routes, and pool our resources to make sure that our neighborhoods can benefit from the momentum behind the greenway movement. Stay tuned, and leave a comment here if you have any thoughts or input!