Kagabi, tungkol sa tatlumpung Delridge at West Seattle kapitbahay natipon sa Youngstown para SDOT ni Delridge Greenways open house. SDOT ay handang mabuti – mga talahanayan ay na-set up sa paligid ng room na may malaking mapa ng lugar ng pag-aaral, sa pagpapakita ng iba't ibang impormasyon tulad ng mga rate ng aksidente at lokasyon, sinukat sasakyan bilis at volume, umiiral na bike at pedestrian pagpapabuti, at mga lokasyon ng mga pagpapabuti proyekto ng kasalukuyang isinasagawa.
Ang pagtitipon magsimula sa isang pagtatanghal apatnapung minuto mula sa SDOT ni John Vander Sluis ay nagbibigay-diin sa core ng pagganyak greenway pagpapabuti: kaligtasan. Ito ay isang madalas na-gusot na piraso ng greenways pagtatanggol: ito ay hindi lamang tungkol sa cyclists, o tungkol sa pedestrian. Ito ay tungkol sa kaligtasan para sa lahat ng mga gumagamit ng kalsada, lalo na sa pamamagitan ng pagbaba ng mga bilis ng sasakyan at mga volume na sa mga di-arterial kalye. Greenways ay tungkol sa pagbabago ng kalye para sa mga driver sa kalye para sa lahat. Pa, ito ay tungkol din sa paglikha ng isang mahusay na nakakonekta sa network ng mga ligtas na kalye sa buong lungsod, upang ang lahat ng mga residente ay maaaring maabot ang mga paaralan, parke, work-lugar, at mga paboritong mga negosyo mas mahusay at mas ligtas.
Pulong na ito ay lalo na tungkol sa pagtitipon ng mga kapitbahay’ feedback. Vander Sluis ipinakita ang katotohanan — transportasyon istatistika sa aming mga kapitbahayan, ang greenway / bike diskarte boulevard na Portland ay binuo sa paglipas ng mga taon, ang greenway safety tool na magagamit upang SDOT, makatotohanang pagpopondo at mga timeline — at humiling sa amin bilang mga kapitbahay upang ibahagi ang aming mga alalahanin at mga ideya para sa aming sariling mga kapitbahayan. Ang pagtatanghal kumpletong, kami ay mag-atubiling magtanong, Nag-aalok ng feedback, and chat one-on-one with SDOT planners. They provided pens and stickers for us to write and draw directly on the maps scattered throughout the room to indicate places of concern.
I wasn’t able to be part of every conversation, but here are a few highlights that I saw and heard
- Several neighbors were present who live on 26th avenue. There was a particular concern raised about the lack of sidewalks on 26th south of Brandon. The SDOT reps noted the expense of sidewalks, and that greenway projects do not include enough funding for large amounts of new sidewalk. It is possible to address some of these concerns through Bridging the Gap funding: for example, sidewalks are currently being built at 25th avenue near Brandon, funded by a city grant written by neighbors.
- Several neighbors brought up concerns over the safety of the unsignalized crossing at 26th and Brandon, especially the speed of drivers traveling east and west. The SDOT representatives noted that this concern will likely be addressed through a redesign of this intersection.
- The intersection of 26th and Genesee was also discussed at length. The heavy east-west traffic, lack of crosswalk, and poor sight-lines make this very unfriendly to people on foot, especially children and those with limited mobility. The SDOT representatives mentioned the possibility of adding cross-walks and “cross-rides” — bicycle equivalents of crosswalks — to address these concerns. Neighbors suggested that a two-way stop on Genesee would increase safety.
- Neighbors brought up the problem of morning cut-through traffic on 25th and 26th between Genesee and Avalon. Drivers often use these roads to avoid the signal at Genesee and Delridge, and as a result these quiet streets often can feel more like arterials. Neighbors suggested traffic diverters which would limit north-bound vehicle access to these streets, while still allowing bicycle, pedestrian, and emergency vehicle traffic.
- Several neighbors wondered if 26th ave is the best place to focus limited funding. Several people noted the much higher current bike traffic on 21st through Puget ridge. The 21st greenway was recommended for study beginning next year (only two months away!) so SDOT will be able to address these concerns in the near future. Additionally, several neighbors noted that Andover is commonly used by bicyclists going between Delridge and Avalon, and that improvements here would likely benefit a greater number of cyclists than improvements on 26th.
- The connection along Andover and Delridge to the West Seattle Bridge trail was of great concern to many present. SDOT is currently pursuing a grant to extend the West Seattle Bridge shared-use path along the east side of Delridge down to the Andover signal. Given this potential improvement, only a short block of Andover st. remains without family-friendly bike/ped connections to 26th. Some neighbors suggested a multi-use path along the north shoulder of Andover. The SDOT planners will think about how this sort of improvement could fit into the project.
- On the south end of 26th Ave, there is the potential for building a short bike/ped connection along public land to 24th Ave, which would connect via the longfellow creek trail to the new bicycle infrastructure at Delridge and Myrtle. Though this is off the table for the current iteration of the project, it is a direction we will continue to advocate in the future.
I know I missed some of the discussion that took place: if there’s anything you’d like to add, please use the comments below!
I came away from the meeting very encouraged: it’s great to see so many members of our community come together to build a shared vision for our streets, and it’s great to have the city give us the opportunity to influence how transportation dollars are spent. SDOT will come back to present their recommendations on January 15th, and after a second round of community input, begin implementing the changes during the spring and summer of 2013. For more information on city-wide greenways advocacy in Seattle, see Seattle Kapitbahayan Greenways.
Manatiling nakatutok, and thanks to everyone who came and shared their ideas last night.