Transportation, Livable Streets


Hartmann Makeover Makes Progress

Extreme Makeover: Hartmann Building Frontage Edition is rolling. The hardscape portion of the project – a new sidewalk, curbs, gutters, drive aprons and rock wall – should be complete by the second week of September.

Look for landscaping work to start the first week of September. This includes prepping the soil, installing sprinklers and planting – or in many cases replanting –  trees, shrubs and other vegetation.  Some of the plants were salvaged from the Hartmann frontage before the makeover began. Others were salvaged from the Laurelon Terrace site or propagated elsewhere on our campus.  Read full post »

Building Hope Includes Taming Traffic

Our Inside the Walls of Building Hope series wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our Livable Streets initiative. Besides improving traffic flow around the hospital, the initiative will make the neighborhood more walkable and bikeable, providing healthy alternatives to driving that will help people stay active and reduce pollution. Read full post »

Work Begins Soon on Hartmann Frontage

Work will begin in late July to improve the frontage of the Hartmann Building along Sand Point Way NE. The month-long project includes building a new sidewalk, curbs and gutters, replacing existing landscaping, and constructing a new retaining wall.  Flaggers will direct traffic when the work involves the Hartmann Building’s driveways.   Read full post »

Open House Kicks Off Livable Streets Work

Guest Blog with Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Director of  Transportation & Sustainability

If success can be measured in numbers of smiling kids, our Livable Streets Open House was off-the-charts. We tuned up bikes, gave away bike helmets and watched dozens of happy children take a spin around our skills and thrills bike course. The event also succeeded on another level as we once again connected with the community to share information about our Livable Streets Initiative. Thank you to all who attended. Read full post »

Don’t forget, our Livable Streets Open House is this Saturday, June 23

People of all ages are invited to participate in the open house and several activities just for kids will be provided, including:

• Free bike helmets with complimentary fitting
• Bicycle safety and fun workshop
• Free kids bike safety inspections

Saturday, June 23, 2012
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gould Hall

University of Washington

3949 15th Ave NE
224 Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

Click here for a map and directions




Livable Streets Open House June 23

Livable Streets WorkshopCome Participate in the Livable Streets Open House

People of all ages are invited to participate in the open house and several activities just for kids will be provided, including:
• Free bike helmets with complimentary fitting
• Bicycle safety and fun workshop
• Free kids bike safety inspections Read full post »

Livable Streets Initiative Moving Forward

Neighbors, employees and patient families can look forward to the streets around Seattle Children’s becoming easier and more comfortable to travel. After gathering and evaluating information for more than a year, we completed the final report for our Livable Streets Initiative. It paves the way for building five projects this year – including a new traffic signal at 40th Ave. NE and Sand Point Way NE and a bidirectional cycle-track with separate paths for bikes and pedestrians along our frontage with Sand Point Way NE. Read full post »

NE Seattle Greenways Group Kicks Off

On Saturday, Feb. 18, more than a dozen people gathered in a coffee shop near University Village to organize for the creation of ‘greenways’ on their neighborhood streets.

Greenways are quiet neighborhood streets that have been improved to lower speeds, reduce traffic and make a trail-like experience for walkers and bicyclists of all ages. Many cities throughout the country have invested in greenways, most famously Portland, OR where it is almost impossible to bike or walk around without being drawn into one of these quiet, low-traffic streets by the signs and pavement markings that seem to call out to you every few blocks. Read full post »

Children’s Star Commuters Share Their Devotion to Vanpooling

The rules are simple for Star Commuters Matt Willis and Scott Flowers’ vanpool – the first rule of “vanpool club”: mutual respect. The second rule of “vanpool club”: show up on time.

Matt (left) and Scott (right) serve as primary driver and backup driver/bookkeeper (respectively) for an 11-member vanpool that travels about 70 miles each day to and from the Marysville area, making stops in Lynnwood and Everett. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s Star Commuter Richard Augastino: No License, No Car, No Worries

In January we introduced you to Children’s Star Commuter program, which recognizes employees who demonstrate diligence and creativity in using transportation alternatives. This month we meet Star Commuter Richard Augastino, who has no need for four wheels… except those of a Metro bus and a Seattle Children’s shuttle.

His commitment to alternate transit led him to go carless a few years ago – and he never plans to go back to car ownership again.

“If you live in Seattle, there’s no reason to have a car,” says Richard, senior administrative assistant in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. “I’m an advocate for public transportation.” Read full post »