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We’re pleased so many of our neighbors joined us on Saturday, June 14, as we  celebrated completing phase one of our Livable Streets Initiative and presented Bike to School Month awards in partnership with the Cascade Bicycle Club. Thanks everyone!

Phase one of the Livable Streets Initiative is the first step in a journey that began in 2010 when Seattle Children’s made a commitment to complete various neighborhood transportation improvements as part of our 20-year master plan. After collecting ideas and comments from the community, we identified and completed five phase one projects. They are:

  • Redesigned intersection with new traffic signal and crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE and NE 40th Street.
  • New connection to the Burke-Gilman Trail behind the Hartmann Building.
  • Greenway on 39th Avenue NE.
  • New traffic signal and crossing at NE 52nd Street and Sand Point Way NE.
  • New cycle track/sidewalk along the hospital’s Sand Point Way frontage.

“These projects make the streets around the hospital more walkable and bikable  and increase transportation choices for patients, families, hospital neighbors and staff,” says Paulo Nunes-Ueno, director of transportation and sustainability. “We’re grateful for all the support we’ve received from the community and appreciate all those who attended the celebration.”

We were excited to see all the Bike to School Month participants at the celebration. Together with the Cascade Bicycle Club, we honoredStevens Elementary School, Salmon Bay K-8 School, Eckstein Middle School and Roosevelt High School based on the number of minutes their students biked during the month of May. We also presented a Superstar Award to Caileigh Sheldrake for riding her bike every day for more than two years. Congratulations!

Besides the Bike to School Month awards, the celebration included a bike rodeo, a helmet giveaway and helmet fittings. It also gave people a chance to check out the new greenway and the new Burke-Gilman Trail connection. 

A special thank you to everyone who completed a brief survey about the event. People said they especially liked the bike rodeo and helmet giveaway, welcomed the opportunity to learn more about Livable Streets projects and asked for more neighborhood events. They called the celebration fun, great and an awesome idea while suggesting we try to add more sun next time. We’ll do our best.