Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle City Council members and officials from the Seattle Police Department and Department of Transportation announced “Vision Zero Seattle” during an event outside of the Lake City Library on Thursday afternoon.
Vision Zero Seattle is a program with the aim of ending traffic deaths and injuries in Seattle.
From the Mayor’s office:
While Seattle is consistently recognized as one of the safest cities in the country, more than 10,000 traffic collisions occur each year. In 2014, 3,449 injury collisions were reported to the Seattle Police Department. Fifteen people died in traffic crashes, including five who were walking or riding a bike.
At the core of Vision Zero is the belief that death and injury on city streets is preventable. The Vision Zero approach emphasizes smarter street designs – forgiving streets that account for human error. When paired with targeted education and enforcement, the effort will save lives.
The effort will include:
Pedestrians run across State Route 522, aka Lake City Way. (LCL photo)
Reduce the speed limit in the downtown core to 25 mph by the end of 2015.
Improve safety at 10 high-crash intersections downtown by eliminating turns on red lights, installing leading pedestrian intervals to give walkers a head start, eliminating dual turn lanes and other engineering improvements.
Install 20 mph zones on residential streets in up to ten areas near parks and schools with documented collision histories.
Enhance safety on arterials — like Rainier Avenue S, 35th Avenue SW, Fauntleroy Way SW and 5th Avenue NE where 90 percent of serious and fatal collisions occur — by installing speed reductions, radar speed signs and enhanced street designs.
Add twelve new school zone safety cameras in six school zones to improve safety for kids as they make their way to and from school.
Add seven miles of protected bike lanes, more than 40 crossing improvements and 14 blocks of new sidewalk to make travel safer across all modes.
Conduct targeted enforcement throughout the city for school, pedestrian and bike safety, along with enhanced DUI enforcement.
SDOT and SPD will work together to educate people in advance of these patrols, so everyone will expect enforcement and better understand the rules of the road.
The Seattle Bike Blog reports that this is the second time City of Seattle leaders have gathered press for an announcement to end traffic injuries and deaths. The previous plan announced, the Road Safety Action Plan, had a similar goal. From the Seattle Bike Blog:
Since that plan, the city has launched a brilliant and successful school zone speed camera program, which slows down traffic and helps to fund safety projects like Safe Routes to School. The city also crafted a new Bicycle Master Plan.
But more must be done. Will the new Vision Zero plan be bolder? Will there be serious funding? Stay tuned for details.
Want to see some “groundbreaking Hip Hop performances” and eat a healthy meal?
Lake City Presbyterian Church is hosting a Hip Hop Green Dinner on Tuesday, February 10th at 5 pm.
What Happens at the Hip Hop is Green Dinner?
The Green Dinners serve as a unique way to reach out to the community to deliver a vegan dining experience geared towards urban youth and young people who identify with Hip Hop culture. The dinners are designed to be a perfect combination of information and entertainment. By breaking bread and sharing information in a relaxed and entertaining environment, the Hip Hop Green Dinners help youth and their families make the connection between their diet, lifestyle and their health.
1. A beautiful dining presentation
2. To taste some of the best vegan food available in their area
3. To witness some groundbreaking Hip Hop performances and meet the artists involved
4. To meet and learn about healthy eating and living from leading health professionals
5. To network with agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals in their area who can help them transition to a healthier lifestyle
Click here to register and learn more. The Green Dinner will be held at the Lake City Presbyterian Church (3841 NE 123rd Street). There is only room for 150 people, and seats are limited.
Here is a video explaining previous Hip Hop Green Dinners.
February 6 7PM-9PMLunar New Year Celebration!
We are pleased to announce our 2nd annual event will include a Lion Dance by the Northwest Kung-Fu and Fitness Club and Martial Arts demonstrations by SAMMA (Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts). SAMMA and John Bastyr Naturopathic College will offer information on Asian Medicine. Join in for the interactive Qi-Gong! Tea and Fortune Cookies will be served. Be sure to arrive early. We open with the Lion Dance!
February 14 9AM-4PM Lion’s Flea Market
If you love garage sales, you’ll love our Flea Market. Come down and sort through the treasures. We think this is the longest running, indoor flea market in Seattle. Grab your Sweetie and stroll through the show!
February 20 5-8 PM North Helpline’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner North Helpline’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner is a fun, fundraiser to attend! The Lake City Lions are cooking again, serving Spaghetti, Salad, Roll and Dessert. There will be raffles and activities. Bring the kids to dinner for a good cause! $10/Adults, $5 Kids under 12.
February 28 9AM-5PM A Very Vintage Market
Shabby Chic rules! This is a beautiful show, a must attend for anyone who loves a fancy flea market. Lovely items for sale at great prices. Very Vintage is a featured exhibitor at the Northwest Home and Garden Show February 11-15, 2015.
Lake City Community Center Center is managed by the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 12531 28th Ave NE, between the Lake City Library and Two Dog Yoga.
ZUMBA! Starting Thursday, January 15
Treena Burnton 206.795-6043
10AM For the Young At Heart $5 Drop in
11AM An ultimate Dance-Fitness Party $7 Drop in
Drop-in Conversation for Seniors Starts January 26 11-2 PM “Aging in Place”
2nd and 4th Mondays
Hosted by Wallingford Community Senior Center at LCCC
Community Meeting and FREE Pancake Breakfast January 31 9AM-11AM
Have a delicious breakfast (courtesy Lake City Lions) and tell us what you’d like to see happen at Lake City Community Center.
Lunar New Year Celebration February 6 7PM-9PM “The Year of the Goat”
In partnership with North Seattle Family Center
Sponsored in kind by Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts (SAMMA)
Kung Fu Demonstrations
Tai Chi and Qi Gong, too!
Seniors Creating Art Starts February 9 for six weeks, 10AM-12PM FREE
Register at 206.386.9106
The Lake City Lions Club is sponsoring the 9th annual Pancake Breakfast to raise funds for Olympic Hills Elementary School. The breakfast takes place at the Lake City Community Center and will include pancakes, turkey sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Live entertainment provided by the Taiko Drummers and the P4 Singers; a Comic Book Club display, and a book give-away for all children.
Olympic Hills Elementary is a small, neighborhood school with a rich and diverse population of students, representing 30 different countries and 18 languages. Their vision for the community is for all its members to embrace and value the worth, dignity, and diversity of all people. Their commitment is to provide a differentiated and rich educational program that promotes self-respect, respect for others, encourages social responsibility, and prepares students to be intrinsically motivated leaders in an interdependent global community.
The Lake City Lions Club has supported a number of local schools over the years and is part of an international service organization founded with a desire to serve their community. The club has many fundraising projects for both adults and children alike and meet the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of every month.
When: Saturday, December 6, 2014 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE
Tickets are $6.00 for adults; $4.00 for children, to be purchased at the door.