Walk Bike Ride is a Seattle initiative to:
- Create an equitable transportation system for all by providing more affordable travel choices
- Focus on the places where people want to be and add qualities that make them want to stay
- Prioritize right-of-way space to emphasize walking, biking and riding
The initiative emphasizes the transportation choices we make each day and encourages us to walk, bike, take public transit more often to: 1) save money; 2) improve our health; 3) improve the health of our communities.
The city wants your input and has scheduled a series of meetings:
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Crown Hill Fruit Harvest
City Fruit works neighborhood by neighborhood to help residential tree owners grow healthy fruit, harvest and use what they can, and share what they donâ€™t use with others.Â Â www.cityfruit.org
Donate fruit . . . IfÂ you have more healthy fruit than you need and would like to donate some ofÂ your harvest, contact Jen Mullen, Harvest Coordinator, at email@example.com or (206) 352-9580.
Help harvest fruit . . . IfÂ you would like to help pick fruit and deliver it to food banks and community centers, contact City Fruit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need fruit . . . IfÂ you or your organization need fruit and canâ€™t afford to buy it at the market, contact City Fruit.
Support us .. . Join us in building community and strengthening our local food system by becoming a member ofÂ City Fruit.Â See www.cityfruit.org/membership/htm.
This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods.
In the last round of project submissions for the Bridging the Gap Levy funds, the Ballard District Council recommended three Crown Hill Projects for funding. The three projects are: 1) Walkway along 13th Ave NW from NW 90th to Holman Road, plus walkway along 90th from 13th Ave NW to 14th Ave NW; 2) Walkway along 13th Ave NW from NW 95th to NW 100th; and 3) Walkway on 18th Ave NW from NW 85th to NW 89th. It is estimated there will be approximately $340,000 to spend within the entire Crown Hill/Ballard area.
On Wednesday, May 19th, 2010, the Seattle Department of Transportation released their preliminary cost estimates for the three projects. The first two projects (originally submitted in 2007) come in at $994,000 and $480,000 respectively, and the third project (submitted in 2009) comes in at $480,000. You can see all the projects costed out by SDOT on their website.
Clearly any of the three projects, as estimated by SDOT, exceed the Ballard District’s fair share of the pot city-wide. The estimates are for traditional sidewalks, rather than less expensive walkways or paved paths, and there is the possibility that some of the cost of the walkway on 18th could be offset by funds available for Combined Sewer Overflow abatement (that project location is in the North Beach CSO area).
What’s next? The Ballard District Council will reconvene its committee to look at the projects, and possibly change the scope so that one or more can be built within the allotted funds. Then a final recommendation will go forward in June. The recommendation will go forward to the city-wide Bridging the Gap oversight committee to assess which projects will be built over the entire city. The oversight committee’s recommendations will then be forwarded on for approval by the Mayor and City Council.
In August 2009 we published a tree survey questionnaire here. We got quite a few responses, but we’re looking for more. Our grant proposal is currently being reviewed has been approved for funding by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. If approved, We will contract with an arborist to survey the neighborhood for trees, but Crown Hill is a large area to survey, and we can ensure the trees we think are significant are looked at by the arborist by identifying as many as possible ahead of time. We’ll be sponsoring a neighborhood walk in September 2010, and publishing a push-pin type map (similar to the one below) showing the trees.Â Please take a look around and submit trees you think are significant whether they are in your yard, a neighbors yard, a public space. UPDATE (May 2010): Our grant proposal was approved for funding by the DON. The questionnaire is still open, so take a look at the updated map below and submit more trees. Thanks
View Crown Hill Tree Map in a larger map
To see the map larger and with a descriptive legend, click here.
Continue reading Tree Survey Question (still looking for responses)
Turn out your light, show support. Saturday March 27th, 2010, 8:30-9:30 PM
In 2009 hundreds of millions of people around the world showed their support by turning off their lights for one hour.
Earth Hour 2010 will continue to be a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future.
For more information:Â http://earthhour.org