Pink indicates Walk Zone for Cedar Park site, white indicates future enrollment boundary for Cedar Park Elementary. (photo courtesy Seattle School District website)
Community members are invited to join “Jane’s Walk” this Sunday, May 4th from 2:00-4:00pm. The purpose of the walk is to identify challenges children might experience as they cross Lake City Way and NE 125th Street while walking or biking to school.
Olympic Hills Elementary students will be relocated to the Cedar Park site while their building is rebuilt. For many, this will mean crossing Lake City Way – a state highway – to get to school. The walk zone for Cedar Park (indicated in pink on the map) includes areas both east and west of Lake City Way, as well as areas south of NE 125th. After the new Olympic Hills Elementary is opened, crossing Lake City Way (LCW) & NE 125th will remain an issue, since the enrollment boundary for the new Cedar Park Elementary crosses both arterials.
Walk zones for Seattle’s elementary schools are typically established by a 1 mile radius from the school, as the crow flies. However, the walk zone boundaries usually avoid crossing state highways or busy arterials where crosswalks are unavailable. For example, students who attend John Rogers Elementary but live east of Sand Point Way are eligible for yellow bus transportation, even though they live less than a mile from the school. At Olympic Hills, the current attendance area spans Lake City Way, but children living east of LCW are eligible for yellow bus transportation.
A family rushes to cross Lake City Way
Sunday’s walk will be led by Katie Sheehy from the city’s Dept. of Planning and Development. Ms. Sheehy is currently involved with an urban design framework project for Lake City, so short-term and long-term ideas for improvements could be incorporated into that project. The walk will depart from Kaffeeklatsch (12513 Lake City Way NE) at 2:00pm.
If you’re interested in broader traffic safety issues for students, please consider joining the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee, which is currently seeking new members. This is a volunteer board that advises the Mayor and City Council with respect to school traffic safety. For more information visit the Council’s website.
Neighbors were out promoting pedestrian safety along Lake City Way late yesterday afternoon. Participants wore reflective gear, carried signs and repeatedly crossed the intersection at NE 130th St and Lake City Way between 4:00 and 5:00pm.
This was the first of several public outreach efforts as part of the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Corridor Project. The Traffic Safety Project, announced last December, is a multi-year effort to improve traffic and pedestrian safety along Lake City Way (LCW)/St. Route 522 between NE 75th and NE 145th. It is a collaborative project between WSDOT, SDOT and community representatives.
The project includes three elements 1) Enforcement – as the project proceeds, look for increased traffic patrols to begin along the Lake City Way corridor and known cut-through streets, 2)Engineering – WSDOT and SDOT will focus on community-identified street improvements, and 3) Education – which includes public outreach efforts like the one you see here.
Many of the participants holding signs yesterday are part of Lake City Greenways, a local advocacy group working to develop safe streets for pedestrians, bicyclists and cars. To learn more, visit the Lake City Greenways’ Facebook page.
Are you planning to visit the Lake City Farmer’s Market this summer? Or maybe enjoy a little sunshine at Matthew’s Beach? Save yourself a little frustration this summer by planning ahead for traffic hassles related to the repaving of 125th St and Sand Point Way.
NE 125th Street
Beginning in June, the Seattle Dept of Transportation (SDOT) will repave 125th from I-5 east to Sand Point Way, continuing south to NE 77th. During construction, expect the following:
one lane traffic in each direction during construction
full closure of I-5 north bound off-ramp for two nights
full closure of the intersection at NE125th St and Lake City Way for two nights
temporary parking loss
temporary sidewalk and driveway closures
construction noise and dust
While the project is mainly to repave the roadway, a few other improvements will be included. New handicap access ramps will be added to several intersections to help facilitate pedestrian crossing along 125th. SDOT will also install what’s called a “pedestrian refuge island” at 20th Ave NE. Lane striping and roadway configuration (ie, the bike lanes and road lanes) will remain largely the same, with the addition of a right hand turn lane westbound towards 28th Ave. This turn lane is to help facilitate access to the Lake City Library and Lake City Community Center.
Sand Point Way
SDOT will also repave the northern section of Sand Point Way, between NE 77th St and NE 125th St. Because Sand Point Way is a narrow roadway, expect more traffic restrictions. However, SDOT notes that detours will take place at night, not during peak weekday travel hours.
Visit SDOT’s project website to stay updated on changes. This is a $3 million dollar project, funded in part by the Bridging the Gap levy voters approved in 2006. The project is anticipated to be mostly completed by the end of 2013.
Are you ready to “shake what yo mama gave ya” this Saturday?
Our neighborhood’s hugely popular Elliott Bay Brewing Co. will celebrate their first anniversary here on the outer limits of Seattle on Saturday March 30th.
The event will feature live music from Tubaluba, an energetic New Orleans second line band. The music kicks off at 6 p.m.
Tubaluba is a band billed as “just the grease you need to shake what yo mama gave ya.” And judging by video of some of their performances viewed online, they are successful at getting the audience into the show.
Elliott Bay’s talented “Brewer Bill” teamed up with Matt van Wyk, of Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, OR, and cooked up a special rye-based IPA brew to be served during the fun community event. Also contributing to the special anniversary brew is neighboring Kaffeeklatsch, who baked loaves of 100% rye bread that were added to the mash tun for a sure-to-be unique ale.
So if you have time, stop by and raise a glass to Elliott Bay for one year of providing our neighborhood with sweet potato gaufrettes, elk burgers, No Doubt Stout pulled pork and of course tasty beer.
Below is a video of Tubaluba performing at the Fremont Street Fair.
Lake City’s Fred Meyer store has long been an anchor merchant along the Lake City Way corridor. Last week, Fred Meyer staff celebrated their pride in both their store and the larger Lake City neighborhood with these festive t-shirts.
A group of Lake City Fred Meyer staff pose in their new "Heart of Lake City" t-shirts.
The t-shirts were designed by staff members, who chose the bold black and red colors. Carolyn, a Fred Meyer employee, said the Fred Meyer President was on hand for the unveiling and received a t-shirt too. The t-shirts are so well-liked, customers have asked if they can purchase one. No luck there, though – these t-shirts are for staff only.