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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 »


Children’s Star Commuters Take a Shine to Alternative Modes of Transportation

Seattle Children’s places a lot of emphasis on encouraging employees to find alternative ways to commute, rather than driving alone. We are committed to reducing traffic in the neighborhood around the hospital campus; we want to be good stewards of our environment by reducing vehicle emissions; and we want to use our resources to care for patients – not create more parking spaces. Read full post »