Latona Pub Keg Walk

Three Events to Celebrate Earth Week on Wednesday April 18

We’re celebrating Earth Week on April 18! Join us for one, two or all three events: Latona Pub Keg Walk – 10 am to 3 pm Every year during Earth Week, Latona Pub transports kegs by non-motorized means. We help on handtrucking day, where kegs are transported from breweries to the pub by volunteers. This year, […]

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Feet First Files Appeal, Calls on UW to Complete Burke-Gilman Trail Upgrades

The 2018 University of Washington Campus Master Plan (UWCMP) is the regulatory vehicle for future development of the university’s main Seattle campus. The draft plan anticipates that up to 6,000,000 net new gross square feet of space may be developed over the next 10 years, adding 8,500 more students and 4,700 additional employees by 2028. All […]

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Wilburton Light Rail Station Area Planning Moves Forward

Over the past year, the City of Bellevue has been working on a station area plan for the area around the future Wilburton light rail station, located across the freeway just east of Downtown Bellevue. This effort will provide a sweeping new vision for the area, which is poised to serve as Bellevue’s next great […]

Feet First Urges City Council to Fund Improvements for a Walk-Friendly Seattle

October 23, 2017 Seattle City Council PO Box 34025 Seattle, WA 98124-4025 Dear Councilmember: Feet First represents people of all ages looking for safe, accessible, and inviting ways to go by foot.  Walking is a vital transportation mode that strengthens communities, reduces pollution, and promotes good health.  Since 2001, we have worked to ensure that […]

October Events – Seattle Mayoral Forum and Walkable Washington

Whether it’s Jenny Durkan or Cary Moon, Seattle’s next mayor will shape our city’s public spaces, cultural lives, natural environment, and livability for generations. That’s why Feet First is pleased to partner with Seattle Parks Foundation, ArtsFund, Seattle Music Commission, Grist, Crosscut, KEXP, and KING 5 in presenting a Seattle Mayoral Forum on Arts and the Environment on […]

Northgate Bridge Design Moves Forward!

Learn more and share feedback at August 3 open house Building the Northgate Pedestrian Bridge has been a priority for Feet First for several years.  We spearheaded a coalition effort that convinced local decisionmakers to dedicate $35 million to build the bridge. When completed, it will provide a direct connection between North Seattle College and […]

2017 Walkable Washington Symposium is October 18!

SAVE THE DATE! Walkable Washington Symposium Northwest African American Museum October 18, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm We’re thrilled that this year’s conference will be held at the Northwest African American Museum. We’re equally thrilled to be working with this year’s Master of Ceremonies, Guy Michaelsen, Principal at Berger Partnership; and our keynote speaker, […]

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Last Mile Solutions: Improving Access to Healthcare

  A Northwest Universal Design Council Forum Monday, June 19, 2017 1:00 – 3:00 pm Bellevue City Hall Room 1E-108 450 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue   While public transit is an essential component of the transportation system, getting from a transit stop to a hospital or health clinic presents a “last mile” challenge for many. […]

#GiveBig on May 10

Walkable communities are healthier, safer, and more economically vibrant. Feet First’s mission, since 2001, is to help people create walkable neighborhoods. Your support is essential to our success and that’s why we’re asking for your help during #GiveBig on May 10. Thank you!   Here are a few of the ways Feet First makes a […]

Latona Pub Keg Walk and Feet First Fundraiser

Latona Pub Keg Walk and Feet First Fundraiser takes place on Wednesday, April 19. Feet First is honored to join this non-motorized keg delivery in the morning and to be the beneficiary of the evening fundraiser. Enjoy fresh beer, live music and an auction to support Feet First’s important work promoting walkability throughout Washington state. […]

CALL TO ACTION: Feet First Opposes Bill Allowing New Schools in Rural Areas

    A bill making its way through the Washington legislature, ESHB 1017, would allow school districts to site new schools beyond the urban growth boundary under certain circumstances. This proposed legislation is intended to provide relief for school districts claiming they can’t find land for new schools within urban areas. Although this is a […]

Shoreline ‘Trail Along the Rail’ Feasibility Study Underway

The City of Shoreline is studying a proposal to build a multi-use trail along the future Sound Transit light rail line. Similar to the Interurban Trail paralleling Aurora Avenue along the east side of I-5, the trail would run from N 145th Street to NE 195th Street. Construction funding has not yet been identified.   […]

Legislation Aims to Reduce ‘Distracted Driving

We’ve all probably done it even though we know it’s wrong: Yup, texting while driving.   “Distracted driving” is a rising factor in serious injuries and fatalities for pedestrians hit by vehicles. In 2015, Washington experienced a 19% increase in overall traffic fatalities; fatalities involving distracted driving increased 32%. Research indicates that cell phone use is […]

Feet First – Now fully powered by volunteers

Feet First has transitioned to an all volunteer organization. Feet First has always been powered in huge part by volunteer energy, and we will continue to operate this way in the future. The Board of Directors, committees, and volunteers will continue to lead the organization and also take on a larger role in the day-to-day […]

WALKING TO SCHOOL KICK STARTS STUDENTS’ BRAINS AND BODIES

By Karla Sclater, Feet First Development Committee Member     Brian Devereux is an advocate of walking to school, both as a parent, and in his position as Puyallup School District’s Director of Facilities and Planning. He understands, though, that “Walking to school is a complex issue. It has to be safe, timely, and parent, […]

Walk & Roll Funding Available to Schools

Empowering Children to Walk & Bike to School Feet First and Cascade Bicycle Club are excited to offer a mini grant program to get more kids moving more. Let us support your efforts to increase the number of children walking and bicycling to school. We are excited to award funding to 25 school districts across the […]

Our Position on Temporary Encampments for the Homeless

Here is our open letter from Feet First Executive Director, Lisa Quinn that was sent to the Seattle City Council.   Dear Seattle City Council:     Feet First would like to share its position about public space as the Seattle City Council considers legislation that would create safe public spaces for temporary encampments for the […]

Story from the Sole: Walking and Talking with Nancy Guppy

By Karla Sclater   Anyone who’s seen comedian Nancy Guppy on television or stage, knows that she radiates energy and wit. On a recent sunny Monday, I got the chance to join Nancy on her morning walk in her Queen Anne neighborhood. This funny woman is quick on her feet and in shape. For about […]

Keynote Speaker Dr. Eric Scharnhorst: Building Invitations for Walking in American Cities

By: Eric Scharnhorst, Designer of Opportunity Score at Redfin   Imagine dropping your car off at the mechanic. Now, how are you going to get anywhere? Can you walk home? Will you be able to get to work the next morning without a car? Do you feel safe walking in your neighborhood?   Or would walking […]

Help Jane Celebrate 100!

    Become a part of Jane’s Walk on May 6 – 8th  Jane’s Walk is an annual event held on the first weekend of May, which celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out to explore their communities. This year, Jane Jacobs celebrates 100 years!   We are looking […]

Feet First Hiring Development Assistant

Background: Since 2001, Feet First has been working across the state to ensure all communities in Washington are walkable. We help people take steps that create better places to live, learn, work, shop and play–a world that cares about health, community, and the environment.   About you and this position: You should be passionate about […]

Story from the Sole: Kubota Garden offers Family-friendly exploration

By: Karla Sclater, Feet First Development Committee Member   You don’t have to know about the history of Kubota Garden to enjoy walking through it — and learning a bit about the history adds a rich layer to your experience. My family and I were lucky enough to get a personal tour through this 20-acre […]

What in the world is a “sharrow”? A new cohort of Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors learned this gem of a street design term, among others

  By: Karla Sclater, Development Committee Member   Gusting winds topped with consistent rain didn’t stop a new cohort of volunteers from attending a March morning Neighborhood Walking Ambassador training in Pioneer Square. Two sessions, an evening and a morning one, gathered “intrepid walkers,” said Lisa Quinn, at the Feet First office. Lisa, the executive director […]

A Valentine to Remember

By: Karla Sclater, Development Committee Member   Valentine’s Day morning languished in a fishbowl of fog, a condition not unusual for Seattle in the throes of winter. The lingering grey didn’t stop people from gathering at Commodore Park, however. Nestled along the Chittenden Locks in Ballard, we gathered for a Feet First walk designed by […]

Education and Enforcement in Safe Routes to School Programs

Join us on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 10:00am to 11:15am, for a final webinar to learn about $19 million dollars available from Washington State Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Call for Projects. The interactive webinar is designed to help public agencies, non-profits, and school districts create successful and innovative Safe Routes […]

Join the Feet First Board! Help create more walkable communities & get more people walking

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Feet First is seeking Board Members to support our mission to promote walkable communities. We work to ensure communities across Washington are safe, accessible, and inviting places for people of all ages and abilities to walk.   The Feet First Board of Directors oversees the management of the organization. This is a great […]

We Deserve a Waterfront for All

Seattle deserves a waterfront that is accessible and inviting for people of all ages and abilities, using all modes of transportation.   Earlier this week, the Seattle Transit Blog criticized Feet First for colluding in a “bait-and-switch to voters” by encouraging the City to deprioritize transit in the redesign of Waterfront Seattle. This poorly researched […]

Mercer Middle School Improves Walking and Safety for Students and Community

In collaboration with Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Parks and Recreation made improvements of the the sidewalk, drainage, and parking along 16th Ave. S between S Dakota St. and S Nevada St, just west of the Jefferson Playfield. The walkway is one of the main routes to school for many Asa Mercer International Middle School students […]

Feet First is Looking For Partners For a New Youth Program!

Feet First, Washington State’s only pedestrian advocacy organization, represents people of all ages looking for safe, accessible, and inviting ways to go by foot. For the past ten years, we have been the established leader in promoting walking in Washington. We are now ready to catalyze a new generation of walking advocates by expanding our […]

2015 – 2016 Policy Recommendations for a Walkable Seattle Feet First

As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, Seattle is in need of significant improvements to its pedestrian infrastructure to make it safe, accessible and inviting for people to travel by foot. Walkable communities decrease traffic congestion, improve health, increase environmental sustainability, and boost economic development. When people walk they are more connected […]

Sound Access for All: Northgate

In November 2015, Seattle voters took a big step towards making Seattle the most walkable city in America. Proposition 1, known as Let’s Move Seattle, is a nine-year transportation levy, replacing the expiring “Bridging the Gap” levy, is passing with 59 percent of the vote.   Everybody walks and deserves a safe, inviting, and accessible […]

Middle School Bike and Pedestrian Safety Curriculum Grants

Grants of between $1,000 and $25,000 are available to middle schools in Washington State to implement OSPI’s Bike and Pedestrian Safety program. Applications are due December 3 using iGrants Form Package 552. Contact Sarah Sullivan at sarah.sullivan@k12.wa.us or 360-725-6050 for more information.   Safe_Routes_to_School_Grant_Overview_1_pager_October_2015

Greenwood Community Walk for Proposition 1: How the Let’s Move Seattle Levy helps children, elders and chickens cross the road…

Who: Feet First, Let’s Move Seattle, Greenwood Phinney Greenways, Cascade Bicycle Club What: Community walk with children, elders and a chicken to highlight neighborhood improvements funded by the Move Seattle Levy. How do children, elders — and a chicken — safely cross the road and what happens when the sidewalk ends? Interview the chicken to […]

Summer Walks and Stairway Sprucing

South Park was the place to be this summer if you were looking to do some awesome urban exploration. Funded by the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund, from July through September, Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors, Kimberly Jacobs, Nancy Roberts, and Karen Veloria, led a series of walks ranging from tasting tours at local breweries, to public art tours […]

Let’s Move Seattle Puts People First

  This November, Seattle voters will have the opportunity to vote “yes” on ballot Proposition 1 (Prop 1), which will function as a renewal of the expiring “Bridging the Gap” levy that has funded nearly twenty-five percent of Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) work for the past nine years.   Coined “Let’s Move Seattle”, Prop […]

Volunteers Needed to Walk our Talk on the Move Seattle Levy

  The Move Seattle Levy, Proposition 1 on this November’s ballot, contains over $105 million in pedestrian-oriented projects in Seattle that will: repair damaged sidewalks in urban centers and villages build new sidewalks, especially those along transit corridors retrofit curb ramp and crossing improvements repaint crosswalks regularly improve school walking routes rehabilitate stairways construct access […]

Story from the Sole: Laurie Towey Is Just Singin’ and Dancin’ in the Rain

Laurie Towey is a fairly recent addition to the Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador program. Like many of us, though, she is long time lover of walking in community with others. Laurie shares what motivates people to volunteer in this way – why does she show up to lead?   Laurie was already leading her […]

Mercer Students & Parents Get Safer Route to School–Audit Recommendations Adopted!

Our walking audits are unique and great community engagement tools. On our audits we work with community members, elected officials, and city staff to assess the community and identify barriers and opportunities to walking so that the city or neighborhood can take steps toward improving places for people to walk. Community members are encouraged to […]

Closed: Safe Routes to School Director (Interim through January 2016)

  Background: Since 2001, Feet First has been working across the state to ensure all communities in Washington are walkable. We help people take steps that create better places to live, learn, work, shop and play–a world that cares about health, community, and the environment.   About you and this position: You should be passionate […]

Pedestrian Safety Bill Signed into Law!

On Monday, May 11, 2015, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5957, which creates a Pedestrian Safety Advisory Council. The bill, which was co-written by Feet First, had earlier been approved by both the full House and Senate with bipartisan support.   The new law creates a Pedestrian Safety Advisory Council to include […]

Learn to Lead Neighborhood Walking Tours!

Calling all Walkstars…   Do you love to explore new places on foot? Do you enjoy sharing your discoveries with others? Do you care about health, community, and design?   Then become a Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador!   This month we are offering two opportunities to join this fun and informative program. These free workshops will prepare […]

Jane Jacobs Would Be Pleased!

Were you one of the 149 people who joined one of the 15 Jane’s Walks around the Puget Sound region organized by Feet First? If you did, then you might have explored public gardens, public art, architecture, or learned about upcoming changes in a neighborhood.   For the last three year’s we have been proud to be […]

South Park, White Center and West Seattle Communities In Motion!

Communities In Motion, a King County Metro-funded program, recently launched in South Park, West Seattle, and White Center. Through June 6, the Communities In Motion team is reaching out to individuals who live or work these neighborhoods to explore their travel options and take fewer drive alone trips.   King County Metro Transit partners with local […]

Does Your School Have a Circulation Plan?

As fewer families walk, bike, and bus, and more drive their children to school, arrival and departure procedures have become a common safety concern for schools. The problem is, too many people want to be in exactly the same place at exactly the same time. High traffic volumes at schools can have the effect of discouraging walkers, […]

Safe Routes to Schools Funding Moves Forward in Olympia

The Washington State Legislature continues work on a transportation funding package that includes funding to create a safer walking and biking environment for school children. Now that the House and the Senate have passed their respective budget proposals, critical negotiations are underway between the two bodies. While the Senate version essentially maintains statewide funding for […]

Join a Jane’s Walk

Explore and Celebrate Local Communities On Foot with Jane’s Walks   On May 2 and 3, join Feet First for Jane’s Walks, a series of 16 free community walks across the Puget Sound Region, exploring the diverse makeup of our neighborhoods. Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs, who championed walkable neighborhoods, urban […]

Story from the Sole: Carolyn Hope, Shape Shifting the Past to Support the Future

Carolyn Hope, the City of Redmond’s Park Planning and Cultural Arts Manager, led the winning project from last year’s Walkable Washington Symposium: the Redmond Central Connector. This regional trail runs through Redmond Town Center, Old Town Redmond, and through the Willows business corridor. It will eventually link the regional trail systems in Sammamish and Kirkland.  […]

Pedestrian Safety Bill Taking Steps Forward in Olympia

Both houses of the state legislature have taken the first steps to move forward a bill, which would make it safer for people walking. The proposed law, which was co-written by Feet First, would create a Pedestrian Fatality and Injury Advisory Council to prevent deaths and serious injuries of people walking. The bill has already […]

Lead a Jane Jacobs Walk

  Become a part of Jane’s Walk on May 2 & 3 Jane’s Walk is an annual event held on the first weekend of May, which celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out to explore their communities. Free walking tours are led by locals who want to create a […]

Meet the Seattle Safe Routes to School Partnership

Announcing a new collaboration between old friends.   In 2014, the Seattle Department of Transportation announced a request for proposals for a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant project with four Seattle Schools. Rather than compete for the contract, several local stakeholders decided to join together on the bid, and so the Seattle Safe Routes to School Partnership was born. […]

Third Annual Stairway Walks Day Climbs to Success

On the morning of Saturday, February 7, nearly 100 participants across Seattle neighborhoods participated in Feet First’s Third Annual Stairway Walks Day. This unique event featured thirteen distinct walks from Jake and Cathy Jaramillo’s outstanding guidebook, Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods.   From the quiet, wooded Ravenna Park ravine to the bustling streets […]

Central Area Neighborhood Greenway installation begins week of Feb 23

Central Area Neighborhood Greenway installation begins week of February 23   SEATTLE –The Seattle Department of Transportation will begin construction the week of Feb. 23on Phase 1 of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway, in time for completion this spring. Phase 1 will run between South Jackson and East John streets along 25th Avenue, 22nd Avenue, […]

Stairway Spring Cleaning Day

Join us Saturday, April 25 for Stairway Spring Cleaning Day to help keep your neighborhood  walkable and honor Seattle’s stairway legacy. Jake and Cathy Jaramillo, authors of Seattle Stairway Walks, in conjunction with Feet First, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and the City of Seattle, are organizing a city-wide cleaning of public stairways. This first-ever stairway spring cleaning […]

Feet First is Hiring a Team Leader

Team Leader   Feet First has been commissioned by King County Metro in partnership with Steer Davies Gleave to manage an exciting new In Motion Travel Conversation Campaign. The project’s intent is to engage with the public and encourage people to travel in a more sustainable way, by offering tailored advice and information to help […]

Feet First is Hiring Travel Advisors

Travel Advisor   Feet First has been commissioned by King County Metro in partnership with Steer Davies Gleave to manage an exciting new In Motion Travel Conversation Campaign.   Travel Advisor Job Purpose: We are recruiting a team of Travel Advisors who will visit residents at their doorsteps over a ten week period in the […]

Burke-Gilman detour route through the UW campus

Due to Montlake Triangle Project construction, pedestrians and cyclists who use the Burke-Gilman Trail segment through the eastern part of the University of Washington campus will experience a modification to their travel. The scheduled start date for this change is Monday, February 2. The current switchback through the small parking lot (C12) near the Montlake Triangle […]

Healthy Transportation for SR-520

Dear Mayor Murray,   Thank you for your leadership building a transportation system that moves people efficiently throughout the region, and creates healthy places to live, work, and play. We are glad you share our vision of a modern transportation system that furthers Seattle’s economic, social justice, climate, livability, public health, and safety goals. We […]

Gig Harbor Waterfront Walking Audit

Gig Harbor Walking Audit Highlights Opportunities and Challenges along Waterfront   With an increasing number of shops, destinations, and natural setting, walking is the way people who live and play in Gig Harbor experience the waterfront.   With the update to the City of Gig Harbor’s Transportation Plan, the walking audit provides an opportunity to […]

Walk At Your Own Risk: Sound Transit’s Future Rainier Station

Through our Sound Access for All campaign, we have been monitoring accessibility by people traveling by foot at future Sound Transit Link light rail stations throughout the region. This includes the future Rainier Station, which will be built within the I-90 right of way between 23rd Avenue South and Rainier Avenue South.     The Rainier Link light […]

2014 IWALK Winners Continued

Announcing the IWALK CHALLENGE WINNERS 2014!   This is the second post announcing the winners of the Feet First IWALK Challenge! 107 schools across Washington hosted walk to school events during the month of October in 2014.  Following those schools were invited to submit descriptions of their walks to Feet First for a chance to […]

Story from the Sole: Senator Marko Liias and the “Gateway Drug” to a Healthier Lifestyle

By: Leah Wyatt   Senator Marko Liias, who represents Washington State’s 21st legislative district, has been a longtime champion of walking as a means of transportation, which his political commitments to improving pedestrian infrastructure reflect. Roughly four years ago, however, he realized unhealthy habits he developed over time had contributed to significant weight gain. He […]

Announcing the IWALK Challenge Winners of 2014!

Feet First extends its thanks to all the wonderful schools that submitted entries to the third annual Feet First IWALK Challenge.   If you have been following the Feet First IWALK Challenge, you know that 107 schools in Washington hosted walk-to-school events during International Walk to School Month this October. Following those events, schools were […]

Story From the Sole – The East Howe Steps, “A Living Room for the Community”

By: Leah Wyatt   With our third annual Stairway Walks Day just around the corner on February 7th, it’s exciting to talk about projects underway to improve our current pedestrian thoroughfares.   A pedestrian route leading from the top of Capitol Hill down to Eastlake Avenue already exists, however the Lake Union Neighborhood Council envisioned […]

Seattle’s Budget Needs to Prioritize for People

Feet First sent a letter to all nine Seattle City councilmembers letting them know that we are extremely concerned about the safety of the people who walk in Seattle. Whether a person’s trip takes them by car, bike, public transit, some part of their trip was done by foot.  More times than not, that trip […]

Story From the Sole – Alejandra Diaz and the Walking School Bus

By: Leah Wyatt   Alejandra Diaz, who has lived in the Seattle area twelve years, first connected with Feet First at a Walking School Bus training held at Roxhill Elementary School, which Alejandra’s daughter attended at the time. Alejandra, who thought the Walking School Bus sounded like a fun idea to allow children and parents in […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   With ballots for the 2014 general election hitting voters’ mailbox this past week, Feet First has published a voters guide to where candidates stand on walkable communities.   Seattle has been ranked the eight best city in the United States on Zillow’s Trick-or-Treat index, which rates communities by […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   Seattle is the safest city for pedestrians in the United States, according to a study by Liberty Mutual Insurance. In a city where more than 100,000 people travel by foot or mass transit each day, Liberty Mutual credited a range of initiatives for keeping Seattle’s pedestrian deaths under […]

Washington Schools to promote health and safety through IWALK Challenge

Over 100 Washington schools join thousands of schools worldwide in celebrating International Walk to School Month The month of October is International Walk to School Month, also known as “IWALK.” Every year, tens of thousands of schools around the country and world celebrate IWALK by organizing events to encourage more students and families to walk to […]

Where Candidates Stand On Walkable Communities

With ballots for the 2014 elections starting to hit voters’ mailboxes, Feet First asked candidates around the state for answers to questions about issues facing people walking specific to their community.   We queried State House and Senate candidates across Washington. Their answers have been posted for Feet First supporters and the broader community to read and share.   With issues such […]

IWALK CHALLENGE CELEBRITY PANEL OF JUDGES

International Walk to School Day touches on so many important issues: health, education, safety, transportation and environment, to mention a few. In convening our Celebrity Panel of Judges, Feet First sought prominent Washingtonians whose work aligns them to the heart and soul of IWALK. We send a big THANK YOU to these three individuals who, together, take on […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   SDOT has launched a Safe Routes to School outreach campaign, which coincides with International Walk to School Month and Feet First’s IWALKChallenge, to remind everyone to look out for each other and keep kids safe in school zones.   Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk participants raised more than […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   Park(ing) Day, the annual celebration of pop-up park installations, featured more than 50 temporary parks in neighborhoods all throughout Seattle. Captiol Hill, for instance, had six parklets in the neighborhood, including one that was showing free Couch Fest short films and another that offered free bike tune-ups.   […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   The Walk 2 Work Week Challenge, which is a part of the Seattle Design Festival, was held from Monday, September 8 through Friday, September 12. Participants were encouraged to recognize how design plays an important role in great walking experiences and support pedestrian safety and accessibility in Seattle. Daily […]

Rainier Beach and Columbia City DRAFT Walking Map

DEADLINE TO RESPOND EXTENDED! RETURN COMMENTS BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014.   Feet First has been hired through a grant received by Bike Works from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to create the first Neighborhoods on Foot walking/biking map for Rainier Beach and Columbia City.   The map is intended to: • Get more people […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   The Walk 2 Work Week Challenge, which is a part of the Seattle Design Festival, kicks off on Monday, September 8. As long as you walk at least part of the way to work, even if you cross a bridge, take a train or ferry to reach you […]

It’s Back To School: Walk With Your Child

Families across Washington are discovering the benefits of walking to school. At Feet First, we believe that walking to school helps kids release stress and prepare for a day of learning.   Walking has health benefits for children and parents alike, and helps neighbors connect with one another. Walking is free transportation, replacing the wear […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   PARK(ing) Day, taking place on Friday, September 19, is an opportunity for Seattleites to temporarily turn parking spaces into pop-up parks. The event raises awareness about creating a more walkable, livable, and healthier city, and helps people re-imagine how our streets can be used. Applications are due this […]

In Motion program Launches in Renton and Burien

  King County Metro has launched its In Motion program in Renton and in Burien to encourage people who live or work in the area to leave their cars behind and use healthier travel options – such as transit, bicycling, walking, and carpooling.   Participants who pledge to change some of their tips from driving alone […]

Americorps Position Open at Feet First!

Feet First is looking for an energetic, creative, and talented person to serve as an Americorps volunteer with the Safe Routes to School department. This person will help implement programs in four Seattle public schools that will make it safer and easier for children to walk to school.   This Americorps person will be part […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   Proposition 1, which calls for creation of a Seattle Park District, passed with 53 percent of voters approving the measure. This victory means Seattle will have an ongoing, dedicated funding source for parks and community centers across the city.   Over the past three years, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   Seattle celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday with several entertaining block parties across the city. Night Out shows how residents and city government can work together to create a safer, more connected Seattle community.   The Rainier Beach Empowerment Coalition held the Rainier Beach Back2School Bash on Saturday, […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   King County Metro, with Feet First’s assistance, has launched the “In Motion” program in Burien, Renton, and North Seattle/Shoreline to encourage people who live or work in the area to leave their cars behind and use healthier travel options – such as transit, bicycling, walking, and carpooling. The […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   Seattle voters will decide on Proposition 1, which calls for the creation of Metropolitan Parks District. Feet First joins dozens of other organizations in supporting Proposition 1. We all care about our parks and want to see them well maintained and accessible to all.   Local chapters of […]

Hiring temporary outreach coordinators

Feet First is hiring temporary outreach coordinators throughout the summer to help get the word out about Feet First’s work on the In Motion in Renton and Burien program. We are looking for enthusiastic outreach coordinators to help staff community events in Burien and Renton throughout the summer and early fall.   This outreach would […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Drew DeVitis   Local   In 20 parks throughout Seattle and King County, you’ll find colorfully decorated pianos – donated by Classic Pianos, designed by an artist from the Gage Academy of Art, and supported by KEXP, the Seattle Symphony, and others. You can enjoy the hands-on installations through August 17.   The […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Scott Kubly is named the new director of SDOT. Streetblog published an article on Kubly’s time in Chicago.   The City of Redmond recently received two awards, the Governor’s Smart Communities Award and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PRSC) award, for its efforts in promoting smart growth planning and […]

Upcoming Neighborhood Walking Ambassador Workshops

  Become a Neighborhood Walking Ambassador! Choose from one of two fun, informative workshops in Downtown Redmond on July 19 or in North Seattle on August 2.   During this two and a half hour workshop you will learn how to lead walks in your neighborhood and share your knowledge about nature, history, and future developments. […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   On June 23 Housing Authority director Andrew Lofton, Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, Council Members Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen, and area residents celebrated the ground-breaking of Seattle’s 10th Avenue South Hillclimb. The Hillclimb will offer a quicker, safer way to walk between Little Saigon, the International District, and […]

Story from the Sole: Dr. Dori Rosenberg Helps Older Adults Remain Mobile

By Leah Wyatt   Mobility is critical to our health and well-being, especially as we age. How can we ensure that older adults are able to remain active despite difficulties they may face in attempting to do so?  Dr. Dori Rosenberg of Seattle’s Group Health Research Institute, a public-interest research center, has conducted extensive research into […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local The South Park Community, Seattle Parks Foundation, and Barker Landscape Architects recently completed the South Park Green Space Vision Plan.   Kirkland City Council Members, Senator Andy Hill, King County Council Member Jane Hague, and other elected officials will be on the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) this Saturday, June 28 […]

High School Students Make Change Through Project with Feet First

I was incredibly lucky to have seven Nathan Hale High School students shadow me for a project this past spring called Authors of Change. The Hale students joined Walking School Buses, greeted students on Two Feet Tuesdays, organized the Before School Walking Club at Olympic Hills, and ran Bike Rodeos at two neighborhood block parties. […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   This summer SDOT is installing speed humps in four Seattle school zones. Lowering vehicle speed is an effective way to improve safety on the walking and biking routes to school.   Seattle is adding to its existing ten miles of neighborhood greenways by building greenways in […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   City officials in Seattle have filed an application with the Department of Planning and Development for a nicer way to walk from downtown to the waterfront.   Last Sunday, Seattle’s Columbia City kicked off Columbia City Beatwalk season. This monthly event takes place the second Sunday of the month from June-October […]

Seattle Schools Present the Golden Shoe Award

The City of Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee is happy to announce the winners of the 2013 Golden Shoe Award. This annual award is given to three Seattle schools that show distinction in promoting walking and/or biking to school.   The winners are: Broadview-Thomson K-8 School, with Principal Sarah Talbot, for showing the greatest sustained […]

Jane’s Walk 2014: Inspiring and Connecting the Community

For the second year in a row, Feet First served as organizer of Jane’s Walk in the Puget Sound region, hosting fifteen unique walks across Bellevue, Edmonds, Issaquah, Kenmore, and Seattle on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th. Despite the steady downpours throughout the weekend, nearly 300 lively and enthusiastic participants joined us on […]

May Safe Routes to School Activity

Schools across Washington saw a flurry of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) activity this May for Bike to School Month. Students at two schools in particular, Olympic Hills Elementary and Roxhill Elementary, celebrated getting to school using their own power through campaigns that emphasized inclusiveness and creativity. The events provided ways for all students to participate […]

STORY FROM THE SOLE: THE THURSDAY WALKERS

By Zoe Harris   Angela regularly saw a group of women having coffee at the Cherry Street Coffee House. She approached them, remarking, “You have gray hair, I have gray hair; you walk, I need to walk!” Angela now joins the Thursday Walkers, a group of women who, despite their name, walk together every morning […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Seattle will install traffic cameras at five more schools in June to enforce a 20 mph limit during arrival and departure. The sites are Roxhill Elementary, Holy Family School, Dearborn Park Elementary, Bailey-Gatzert Elementary, and Eckstein Middle School.    The Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting an […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   In Washington State Native Americans have the highest pedestrian fatality rate. While Washington is one of the safest states on the Pedestrian Danger Index overall, Native Americans have higher rates of fatal traffic collisions and the difference in Washington is particularly notable since all other ethnic groups’ fatality rates are lower than national […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Roxhill Elementary in West Seattle hosted an all-school walk day, which featured a remote bus drop-off, the Denny International Middle School Marching Band, and visits from Representative Eileen Cody and School Board Member Marty McLaren.     In exchange for free coffee, the Seattle Department of Transportation […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   This past weekend, Feet First organized fifteen walks around the Puget Sound region for Jane’s Walk, an international event which celebrates the legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs, who championed walkable, people-oriented communities.   In Kenmore, residents took part in a Jane’s Walk that highlighted the importance […]

Story from the Sole: Dr. Jason Mendoza and his Walking School Bus Study

By Zoe Harris   Throughout the month of May students across the country celebrate getting to school using their own power. The benefits of walking or rolling to school are myriad and many may seem obvious, but having data-driven support is invaluable to the Safe Routes to School movement. Doctor Jason Mendoza and a team of […]

Taming Arrival and Departure Chaos

Does your school drop-off and pick-up area seem like an “accident waiting to happen?”   You are not alone! Student Arrival and Departure times are notoriously chaotic and risky for students arriving by foot or bike, or when walking from their family cars to the curb. Since 2005, we have been working on Safe Routes […]

Feet First Celebrates Earth Day

Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has inspired countless events that celebrate the environment and foster stewardship in our communities. This year Feet First had the privilege of organizing three unique events that both honored the spirit of Earth Day and advanced our mission of promoting walkable communities.   For the fourth year in […]

International Walk to School Month – Feet First Can Help!

Every October, thousands of schools around the world get their students walking with IWALK Celebrations – how about you?     With the last day of school just around the corner, next fall may seem far away. But this is the perfect time to begin thinking about International Walk to School Month, IWALK, 2014 .   Last […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   The San Juan Island Trails Committee was recently honored by Feet First with a Walkable Washington Innovation Award. The Know Your Island Walk series, created and implemented by Eileen Drath for the Trails Committee, consists of monthly walks guided by community members.   The Redmond Central Connector (RCC) received Feet First’s highest […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   This Saturday, April 26 is “Day of Play” with students at Olympic Hills Elementary in Lake City. Volunteers from Feet First, Cascade Bicycle Club, and Lake City Neighborhood Greenways will be on hand to provide free bike helmets and fittings, bicycle safety training, healthy snacks and […]

Safe Routes to School Program Internship

Safe Routes to School Program Internship   Background Since 2001, Feet First has been working across the state to ensure all communities in Washington are walkable. We help people take steps that create better places to live, learn, work, shop and play–a world that cares about health, community, and the environment.   Context This position […]

Walkable Washington Program Internship

Walkable Washington Program Internship   Background Since 2001, Feet First has been working across the state to ensure all communities in Washington are walkable. We help people take steps that create better places to live, learn, work, shop and play–a world that cares about health, community, and the environment.   Context This position works directly […]

Places for People

Written by Lisa Quinn, Feet First Executive Director   Thanks Futurewise for asking me to a part of “Place Matters” by Vignette Creative. Your work inspires me to share my story about why places for people matter.   When I think about place, I reflect on the place I call home. I have lived up […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Atlantic Cities profiled In Motion, a community-based program in King County, Washington, that encourages people to use alternative travel modes.   A candlelight vigil was held last night for Sandhya Khadka, who was killed by a truck while crossing 5th Ave NE on her way to catch […]

Administrative Assistant Position

Background: Since 2001, Feet First has been working across the state to ensure all communities in Washington are walkable. We help people take steps that create better places to live, learn, work,shop and play–a world that cares about health, community, and the environment.   About you and this position: You should be passionate about the […]

Trees and Sidewalks‏

Guest blogger Peg Staeheli, ASLA, LEED AP | principal / landscape architect, SvR Design Company   It’s spring! Walking along our city streets there are birds chirping and that bright green from new leaves catches your eye.  Taking a walk along a tree lined street … what do you feel?  shelter?  habitat? comfort?  What is triggering that emotional and […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   The Seattle Department of Transportation now has Mini Grants available for Safe Routes to School programming. Applications are due by April 30th and schools, public and private, PTAs, and other school-related nonprofit groups are eligible to apply for up to $1,000.   The University of Washington is […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Sound Transit is seeking input from the public for pictograms needed for new Link light rail stations.   Feet First hosted our first Walkable Washington Symposium, which highlighted innovative policies, strategies and programs across Washington that work to create walkable communities.   Seattle is conducting a national […]

Walkable Washington: Tacoma 13 Corridor

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Longview Downtown Streetscape Project

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Redmond Central Connector

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Issaquah Mobility Action Plan

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Linden Avenue

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Pybus Market and Associated Street Improvements

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Renton Avenue South Construction

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Story from the Sole: Jane Stevens and the Wednesday Walkers

By Zoe Harris   Wednesdays were always the “high spot of the week,” explains Mrs. Stevens; “they certainly were, ” adds her sister Mrs. Campbell. The sisters have such an affection for Wednesdays because weekly, for nearly fifty years, a group of women calling themselves the Wednesday Walkers have convened for a day hike in the Pacific […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Over 200 Kenmore residents attended the Kenmore City Council meeting this week to share their concern about road safety after two crosswalk fatalities occurred within one week.   A memorial walk in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood remembered Dennis and Judy Schulte who were killed a year ago by a drunk […]

Walkable Washington: Know Your Island Walks

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Whatcom Smart Trips

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Oak Harbor Safe Routes to School

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Stevenson Wayfinding Master Plan

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Vancouver Land Bridge

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Sammamish Walks

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Marysville Healthy Communities Challenge Day

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Seattle’s University District Neighborhood Greenway takes shape. Located on 12th Ave NE, the neighborhood greenway will connect from the Burke-Gilman Trail to Ravenna Boulevard.   Frustration in Seattle over City Hall condoning blocked sidewalks in front of construction sites.   New noises for crosswalks in Seattle are […]

Walkable Washington: White Salmon Safe Routes to School

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Walkable Washington: Olympic Discovery Trail

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

Vote YES on Prop 1

Save Metro transit service by voting YES on Prop 1

On April 22nd, if you live in King County save Metro Transit service by voting YES on Prop 1 in a special county-wide election.   On Feb. 11, the King County Council formed the King County Transportation District, which has the authority to ask voters to approve funding for transit, roads, and other transportation purposes. The transportation […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Governor Jay Inslee joined the West Seattle Elementary Walking School Bus, which is part of a study being conducted by researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital.   The city of  Seattle is nearly finished with plans for the Olympic Hills Neighborhood Greenway. This will be the northernmost  greenway […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Waterfront Ferris Wheel owner Hal Griffith proposed a plan to install a gondola that would take passengers from Freeway Park next to the Convention Center down to the waterfront. A midway station would sit between First and Second Avenues on Union.   New flashing beacons are being installed at […]

Second Annual Stairway Walks Day Climbs to Success

On the morning of Saturday, February 8, over 300 participants across Bellevue, Burien, and Seattle participated in Feet First’s Second Annual Stairway Walks Day. This unique event featured eighteen distinct walks from Jake and Cathy Jaramillo’s outstanding guidebook, Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods.   From the quiet, wooded Ravenna Park ravine […]

Case Study in Walkability: Olympic Hills Elementary

This post follows the progress of the School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) at Olympic Hills Elementary in Northeast Seattle, where planning is underway for a new school building that will open in 2017. Jen Cole, Safe Routes to School Director for Feet First, is on the SDAT and has been contributing to conversations about walkability […]

STORY FROM THE SOLE: SUZANNE HARTLEY

By Zoe Harris   West Seattle resident Suzanne Hartley has a truly radical relationship to walking: walking is her primary means of traveling from place to place. While Suzanne believes walking can solve many of our greatest problems, for her, walking is above all a personal endeavor. She does not walk for community or the environment; neither […]

Walkable Washington: Olympia Neighborhood Pathways

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable Washington Symposium will […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   The Downtown Seattle Association’s vision for the Pike-Pine corridor aims to put pedestrians first.   Transportation advocates from across the state met with their legislators in Olympia this week for Transportation Advocacy Day.   Linnea Westerlind recently completed her goal of visiting all of Seattle’s 426 […]

Walkable Washington: Skagit River Waterfront Redevelopment Project

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable […]

Walkable Washington: Longview Sidewalk Business License Program

The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.   The first Walkable […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   SDOT is planning to reconfigure 23rd Ave with a budget of $45 million. The project is said to be guided by “complete streets” guidelines.   Anytime you spend $10 or more at Annapurna, you can enter to win a walking tour of the entire 3-mile tunnel from […]

ADVOCACY ALERT: Help Prevent Texting and Driving

ADVOCACY ALERT:  HELP PREVENT TEXTING AND DRIVING AND BRING WA INTO COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL STANDARDS – ASK YOUR SENATORS TO CONTACT SENATOR JOE FAIN To BRING SSB 6227 TO A VOTE BEFORE TUESDAYand to VOTE YES THEMSELVES ON THE BILL.   We want to alert you to SSB 6227 that is moving through the legislature – a bill […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis       Local   More than 300 participants joined 18 unique walks across Bellevue, Burien, and Seattle for the Second Annual Stairway Walks Day. The featured walks were from Cathy and Jake Jaramillo’s Seattle Stairway Walks guidebook.   The first month of Seattle trail-use data is now available. This […]

Feet First Urges Seattle School Board to Support Safe Routes to School

Feet First sent the following open letter to the Seattle School Board during deliberations over the 2014-2015 Transportation Service Standards. As school districts across the country reduce yellow bus service, Feet First continues to call for policy and financial support for active transportation to prevent an increase in families driving to school. While the Seattle […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Hundreds of thousands of pedestrians waited in chilly temperatures to watch the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade in downtown Seattle!   Seattle’s West Seattle neighborhood is experiencing traffic safety improvements to help slow down drivers. Temporary speed signs on 35th Avenue SW as well as flashing […]

Olympic Hills Elementary MLK Day Restoration

On a cool, crisp January morning, twenty volunteers gathered at Seattle’s Olympic Hills Elementary School to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and serve the greater community at large. Several compassionate volunteers from Seattle Children’s Hospital and UW Radiology, along with some independent volunteers, joined Feet First in cleaning up the route […]

STORY FROM THE SOLE: Maureen Hoffmann and WABI Burien

By Zoe Harris   During the early twentieth century, Seattle residents would take the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet to enjoy long summer days sunbathing in Burien’s Three Tree Point. On our walk together, Burien native and president of WABI Burien, Maureen Hoffmann highlights these once vacation cabins, now dwarfed by their newer neighbors, and laments that […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   The Seattle Department of Planning and Development is evaluating retail areas within Seattle neighborhoods to determine where to suggest adding to existing pedestrian retail areas.   The Central Area Greenway, the team working on a neighborhood greenway near the 23rd Avenue corridor, hosted drop-in sessions this week. The […]

Feet First comments on the Cross Kirkland Corridor Project

Feet First commends the City of Kirkland’s action to preserve the former BNSF rail corridor and convert it into the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) project. The opportunity to walk and bike along a path that connects so much of Kirkland is truly exciting. Our Neighborhood Walking Ambassador program has already led several walks that feature […]

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

  Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Seattle’s Delridge Neighborhood Greenway is now officially open. This 1.5 mile route follows 26th Avenue SW, starting at SW Andover Street and ending at Delridge Way SW. Seattle has implemented nearly ten miles of neighborhood greenways thus far.   National   Hawaii has one of the biggest concentrations […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   The Snohomish County Centennial Trail launched an impressive new website that highlights the trail’s history. The twenty-nine mile trail runs from the City of Snohomish to the north of Bryant and follows abandoned rail lines. Snohomish County recently approved a purchase of more rail corridor that could stretch all […]

Near-Future Designs: A Walkable Olympic Hills Elementary

If Feet First had a nickel for every school that wanted to redesign part of the campus to increase pedestrian safety, we’d be rich!   But how often do we get invited into the conversation about how to design walkable schools before they are built? With increasing frequency, it turns out! And now credit is […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Olympic Hills Elementary School families make Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood safer by installing pedestrian safety flags and buckets at the intersection of NE 137th Street and 30th Avenue NE.   Real-time bike counters now installed in nine locations around the city including four that count […]

NEW SAFETY FLAG BUCKETS IN LAKE CITY

Walking just got safer in Lake City thanks to Olympic Hills Elementary parents   Last week, drivers in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood had little to slow them down on 30th Avenue NE. After passing the street light at NE 143rd Street, drivers heading south encounter no traffic calming until a marked crosswalk and stop sign […]

Stairway Walks Day 2014

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 10:00am to 12:00pm, lace up your shoes, grab a friend, and join Feet First for the Second Annual Stairway Walks Day. One of our signature events of the year, Stairway Walks Day features eighteen simultaneous walks across the region, which celebrate the legacy of more than 650 publicly accessible […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

                            Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   A 69-year-old man was killed after being struck by a car on Sunday night at 35th Avenue SW and SW Graham Street in West Seattle.   The City of Seattle finished a study on […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

  Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   The Puget Sound Regional Council approved nearly 17 million for thirteen bike and pedestrian projects including Tacoma’s Prairie Line Trail and Lynwood’s Interurban Regional Trail.   The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is now accepting proposals for improvements to streets and parks. The city has 1.2 […]

INSPIRATION FROM ACROSS THE STATE, PART II

This is the second post in a series of two; you can read about four more schools that participated in the Feet First IWALK Challenge and read about this year’s IWALK Challenge winners.   IWALK events can take many forms. Some schools plan for a one day event while others organize a month long campaign where students […]

IWALK INSPIRATION FROM ACROSS THE STATE, Part I

For some schools IWALK 2013 seems far in the past, while for others, the IWALK celebrations are jumping-off points for year-round Walk to School campaigns. We hope these Washington schools provide ideas and inspiration for those hoping to host an IWALK event in the future. Remember, IWALK events can take many forms and can start small […]

Walk Around the News

  Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis   Local   Lake City neighbors and Lake City Greenways participated in Crosswalk Action on Tuesday night to remind drivers to stop for pedestrians. Crosswalk Action legally crossed all four crosswalks at Lake City Way NE and NE 125th St.   Winners of the Feet First IWALK Challenge were announced […]

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE FEET FIRST IWALK CHALLENGE!

Feet First extends its thanks to all the wonderful schools that submitted entries to the second annual Feet First IWALK Challenge.   The event descriptions told heartwarming tales of schools and communities inspired to get active with their students. We received submissions from all corners of the State – from the marine west to the arid […]

2013 International Walk to School Month Recap

International Walk to School Month, IWALK, has come to a close and the numbers are in. Thank you and congratulations to all the schools across that state that hosted events!   IWALK 2013 by the Numbers Across the country 4,447 schools registered for Walk to School Day Events, setting a new national IWALK record. That […]

The Walk2More Challenge Passes the Finish Line!

Thanks for helping us go the extra mile by foot!  Your efforts made the Walk2More Challenge a huge success. Because of your dedication to converting short driving trips into walking trips, we exceeded our goal of 1,000 walking trips by 18 percent.   Overall, 88 of you from 7 teams logged 1,178 walking trips for […]

Sound Access for All Campaign

Championing Safe & Easy Ways to Access Sound Transit Link Light Rail Stations by Foot [portfolio_slideshow id=4586] Thanks to a grant from the Bullitt Foundation, our Sound Access for All (SAFA) campaign is underway with the main goal to encourage Sound Transit and local jurisdictions to design facilities and adopt policies to encourage people to […]

Safety Flag Bucket Brigade Sighted on Beacon Hill!

Neighbors Join Together to Improve a Walk Route to School   Drivers in southeast Seattle know South Graham Street as a great way to get to I-5. Going east from MLK Way in the Rainier Valley, the road slides up and over the middle of Beacon Hill in a comfortable arc, unimpeded by stop signs […]

How Candidates Stand on Walkability: 2013

During election season the Feet First Policy Committee reaches out to candidates about their perspective on creating more walkable communities. Take a look at the candidates’ answers to our questions. We hope this information will help you when filling out your ballot.   Seattle Races: Mayoral race Mike McGinn (incumbent) Ed Murray   City Council […]

MEET THE IWALK CHALLENGE CELEBRITY PANEL OF JUDGES

We are accepting submissions for the Feet First IWALK Challenge through November 8th. If you hosted an IWALK event, complete our Feet First IWALK Challenge Submission Form for the chance to win prizes and recognition.   International Walk to School Day touches on so many important issues: health, education, safety, transportation and environment, to mention a few. In convening our panel of celebrity […]

Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local The Seattle School District has proposed removing families at 67% of Beacon Hill neighborhood schools from their district-designated walk zones and bussing them to faraway schools.   A pedestrian was killed Thursday night after being struck by an Amtrak train in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.   National A recent survey […]

Feet First Joins School Parents in a Call for Healthy Boundaries

Factoring walkability into school boundary decisions will benefit students, communities, and the bottom line.   The Seattle School District is in the process of changing elementary and middle school boundaries to respond to capacity needs and demographic projections. To succeed in the important task of drawing school boundaries for the greatest benefit of students, Feet […]

IWALK INSPIRATION FROM ACROSS THE STATE

We know that many of you are already well into your IWALK campaign, however we wanted to pause and revisit the wonderful events hosted last year. We hope these five schools provide ideas and inspiration. You can also read about last years IWALK Challenge winners.   All the schools highlighted were part of our Feet […]

MAKING IT COUNT: TRACKING PARTICIPATION FOR YOUR IWALK EVENT

This is the sixth posting in a series of blogs about International Walk to School Day (IWALK) events, intended to help schools, parents and volunteers organize IWALK events in October. Learn more about IWALK here.   IWALK has arrived and for many IWALK volunteers the kick-off day is just around the corner. While immediate concerns […]

Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local Many Seattle elementary students at 30 schools now have safer and improved walking routes through the Safe Routes to School Program. This program works closely with staff, students, and parents to help make biking and walking safer and more accessible to everyone.   The University Link may open five […]

BUILDING EXCITEMENT FOR YOUR IWALK EVENT

  This is the fifth posting in a series of blogs about International Walk to School Day (IWALK) events, intended to help schools, parents and volunteers organize IWALK events in October. Learn more about IWALK here.   In the last week leading up to your IWALK event, the most important task is to invite people to your […]

Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local Next Tuesday, September 24, SDOT and King County Metro will host an open house from 3:00 – 6:00pm to discuss the new streetscape vision to organize, humanize, and energize Third Avenue in downtown Seattle. The open house will take place at Benaroya Hall, Boeing Company Gallery, and everyone who […]

FINDING CHAMPIONS FOR YOUR IWALK CAMPAIGN

This is the fourth blog in a series of posts regarding International Walk to School Day, or “IWALK” planning. If you would like to host an IWALK event at your child’s school, this information will help.   As you plan your IWALK celebration, now is the time to visualize and design the event.  What main […]

Talk about Transportation – WA State Senate listening tour Sept-Oct. 2013

Tuesday night the state senate kicked off its statewide listening tour to hear from Washingtonians about their transportation priorities.   Creating livable, connected places starts with having a walkable community. We need the Washington state legislature to craft a transportation package that looks forward. Investments in walking infrastructure make streets safer for drivers too, while providing a […]

Walk2More Challenge

The Walk2More Challenge is an eight week campaign (running from September 14 through November 9) that encourages people living and working near the Sound Transit Link Light Rail stations in southeast Seattle (Beacon Hill, Mt. Baker, Columbia City, Othello, and Rainier Beach) to “walk to more” local destinations instead of driving.   If you live […]

IWALK STEPS FOR THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR

This is the third blog in a series of posts regarding International Walk to School Day, or “IWALK” planning. If you would like to host an IWALK event at your child’s school, this information will help. During the summer, many IWALK planners have formed planning teams, and have begun to make basic decisions about the […]

Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local The Rail-Volution conference will take place in Seattle this year from October 20-23. The conference, which focuses on thoughtful discussions about building livable communities with transit, will include 75 workshops, networking events, and toolbox sessions. Registration is currently open.   Mayor Mike McGinn announced that nearly $14 million will be […]

Really, this is the vision of Seattle’s Walkable Waterfront?

Seattle’s Waterfront is the City’s “front porch” and a vital regional asset.  The opportunity to reconnect downtown Seattle with the Waterfront was one of the principle reasons for selecting the deep bore tunnel option to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.  Compared to the surface street option, a tunnel would ensure that Alaskan Way did not […]

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Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local A recent proposal in Seattle called the Road Safety Initiative would use money from speed-enforcement cameras to increase pedestrian safety.  The initiative would increase the existing four cameras to a possible 15 cameras, with additional fines for school zones. The cameras would be installed at up to 23 schools. […]

Walking Helps You Read a City Like a Book

“Walking helps you read a city like a book, “ says Paul Constant, books editor for The Stranger. Paul, a regular walker, doesn’t walk for fitness or sport. For him walking gives a true feel for a place. It’s also a meditative experience which gets him to slow down, take time to think, and inspires […]

Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local SDOT is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on elements of the proposed Waterfront Seattle project including Alaskan Way, the pedestrian promenade, and the overlook walk. The scoping part has started, which is designed to seek input from the public and others who may be affected by the porposed […]

Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local Pierce Transit recently signed an agreement to use all renewable natural gas produced at nearby Cedar Hills Regional Landfill.   New signs have been placed around Seattle along trails, with simple safety messages for pedestrians and bikers. The signs and text reflect the top complaints SDOT receives about trail […]

Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local Applications are now being accepted for Park(ing) Day 2013. Help to create a walkable, healthy city on Friday, September 20, when anyone can convert on-street parking spaces into a temporary mini-park from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Those interested in participating should submit a site plan and location description […]

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Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local Community Transit plans to purchase 17 new double decker buses for its daily commuter routes to Seattle from Snohomish. This addition will bring the total number of buses to 40. The current fleet transports about 10,000 riders to and from downtown Seattle every week.   One writer suggests that […]

2013 IWALK Planning: Finding Champions

FINDING CHAMPIONS FOR YOUR IWALK CAMPAIGN   International Walk to School (IWALK) Month is October 2013.  If you are planning an IWALK event and want to get a head start on the school year, this is the time to put together your IWALK team. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and parents of your children’s playmates — anyone you know […]

Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local Bell Street Park in Belltown is now open to pedestrians, after completion of the first block of the Bell Street Park project.  The park, which covers 56,000 square feet, will include features such as enchanced pedestrian-friendly LED lighting. A celebration of the park’s opening will take place at the […]

Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local The Seattle Department of Transportation will be testing parklets in Belltown, Capitol Hill, and the International District. Each parklet will include seating areas, tables, retractable canopies, and planter boxes for vegetation.   Pierce Transit has cancelled a planned 28 percent cut in transit services. The cut was intended to […]

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Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local The City of Seattle announced four potential proposals to increase safety on Northeast 75th Street. The proposals include different features to reduce speeds, but regardless of which one is chosen, short-term improvements such as betters signs and pavement markings will begin in August.   The Chinatown-International District now features […]

Bring IWALK to your school in October – Feet First can help

    International Walk to School (IWALK) Month is October 2013.  Every year, thousands of schools around the world get their students walking with IWALK celebrations – how about you?   As of August 1st, schools from Seattle, Kirkland, and Spokane Valley have registered events on the IWALK website.  Good going, early registrants!  We know there […]

Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local The Lindon Avenue North Complete Street Project celebration will take place this Saturday, July 13, from 10:00 am – noon, in front of the Bitter Lake Community Center. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting event and an artwork installation honoring Playland amusement park.   Check out the progress […]

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Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local Bellevue is seeking a vision for each of its six selected light-rail stations. Station planning will continue until 2015, with topics of discussion including pedestrian and bicycle access, land use, and development.   A driver ran into pedestrians saving a parking space for their friend on Third Avenue South. […]

Support a More Walkable Issaquah, Become a Neighborhood Walking Ambassador

  MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Joe Barden, Feet First 206-652-2310 ext. 4, joe@feetfirst.org   Feet First Encourages Residents to Take an Active Role in Making Issaquah more Walkable   Issaquah, WA– Feet First will be holding training sessions for its Neighborhood Walking Ambassador program in Issaquah on Wednesday July 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Ambassadors […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local The Seattle Walk Bike Ride Challenge has started! Sign up now, try new transportation options this summer, and become eligible for fun prizes like a new bike. The goal is to convert 24 solo car trips into a walk, a bike ride, a transit ride, or a carpool between […]

Let’s Build a Walking Waterfront!

Join Feet First tonight at the Waterfront Seattle: Street + Transit Update to talk about building a walkable waterfront for Seattle!

Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local The City of Seattle announced that it is buying more than 5,000 hours of added service on nine high ridership bus routes in Seattle.  The Metro will be able to increase evening and weekend frequency on high-ridership routes from 30 to 15 minutes or from 60 to 30 minutes. […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Local Sound Transit is beginning property acquisitions for the East Link alignment in the South Surrey Downs neighborhood.  The Carriage Hill and Carriage Place condos will be the first to be acquired, followed by the remaining 112 properties in the area.   The Seattle DOT has released a draft of the 2013 Seattle Bicycle Plan. […]

How & Why did the chicken cross the road?

  How & Why did the chicken cross the road?  By looking both ways before using the crosswalk to safely get to school, of course!  In May, sidewalks were busy with parents and children walking to school.  In the four schools working most closely with Feet First, almost 200 students followed the chicken’s advice and […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Local The International Sustainability Institute has recently been studying streets and alleys in Pioneer Square to determine how to make them safer and more usable for pedestrians. Their report, the Pioneer Square Active Streets Strategy, makes note of deficiencies and provides recommendations for improvements.   Salty’s has chosen Feet First to spotlight at this month’s […]

Salty’s Tuesday Tune-Up Supports Walkable Communities

  MEDIA ADVISORY   Contact: Darcy Edmunds, 206-652-2310 ext. 5, darcy@feetfirst.org   Salty’s spotlights Feet First at this month’s fundraiser with resident Pianoman Victor Janusz   Seattle, WA – The non-profit Feet First brings the community together to party for a cause on Tuesday, June 11 from 6:30pm–9pm. Before the music and the beautiful sunset,  […]

Story from the Sole: An Hour of Physical and Mental Health

Miguel Angel Velasquez, Peruvian Consul General, has lived in Seattle for the past fifteen years. About eight months ago, he helped start a walking group, the Inca Walkers, who stroll together for an hour every weekday morning. During the winter the group walks in Northgate Mall, and during the warmer months they walk around Green […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Local An open house for the Center City Connector Transit Study will take place next Thursday, June 6, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the South Lake Union Discovery Center. If you can’t make the meeting, the materials will also be available online.   Visit the Sound Transit website to view the materials for the […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Our Walk Around the News Blogger, Kerry Dirk, is in the process of moving, so this week’s blog is a reader’s submission edition!   Local The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) invites you to attend an Open House for the Center City Connector Transit Study. The Center City Connector is one of four corridors identified […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local The Seattle Children’s Hospital Map was recently added to Feet First’s walking maps lineup. Make sure to view or download this latest map, or pick up your free copy of Neighborhoods on Foot from a variety of shops, libraries, and cafes.   On Tuesday, Mayor Mike McGinn announced that […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local The Emerald City Trolley Company will start three lines of service on May 17. The trolley will run between Seattle’s notable attractions, including stops at Seattle Center, Ballard Locks, Woodland Park Zoo, and Pike Place.   The Metropolitan King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will hold and […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk   Local The Department of Planning and Development is current conducting a Ballard to Interbay Land Use Corridor Study. The project goals will address a balance of land uses, the potential for development that supports transit, and the opportunities for placemaking.   On May 18, Route 16 will switch from 5th […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk     Local   The Pacific Northwest’s 2013 Powerful Business Energy Conference will be held May 23 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. This year’s conference will include sustainability expert Judith Heerwagen as the morning keynote speaker, with a presentation titled “Changing Energy Behaviors: The Physical System Meets the Social System.”   […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk     Local   Seattle is slowly replacing several parking spots for an intended total of eight parklets. These mini parks are about two spaces wide and provide a place for seating or just to hang out for a bit.   The concept design for the $65 million mixed-used project connecting Pike […]

A (Weekend) Walk in the Park

By Amanda Garberich   The next time you find yourself with a Sunday afternoon open, consider dropping by the Washington Park Arboretum for a free guided tour of the 230-acre park nestled along the shores of Lake Washington in northwest Seattle. The hour-and-a-half long walk is leisurely and the tour enlightening.   After trailing a University […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk     Local   Seattle Parks and Recreation is starting a planning process to address future directions for the parks system. A draft of the Parks Legacy Plan was released for comment on April 8. Public outreach meetings will be held starting in May, with the second draft of the plan due […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Posted by Kerry Dirk     Local Have a question about Car2Go? Read about a recent interview with the CEO Nick Cole to learn about how Car2Go works with city transit systems and how home area boundaries are determined. A Midnight March for Metro will take place this Saturday, April 6.  Transit riders and supporters will march up Magnolia […]

West Seattle Elementary Students Walk Their Way to Victory

By Jen Cole It was a boisterous celebration at the West Seattle Elementary (WSE) assembly last Friday, when brand new Brooks running shoes were distributed to the 44 winners of a physical activity competition that was spurred on by last October’s IWALK Challenge.  The gymnasium was aglow with bright pink and green shoes, not to mention the […]

A Clarion Call: Focus on Traffic Safety

A Clarion Call: Focus on Traffic Safety   March 31, 2013 Written by: Clint Loper, Eckstein Middle School parent and neighbor Lisa Quinn, Feet First Executive Director  We are all mourning the terrible loss of two of our neighbors who died last Monday on NE 75th Street.  In one fatal moment, a driver plowed into a family, […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

  Posted by Kerry Dirk     Local   How safe do you feel as a pedestrian in Seattle? Although Seattle is one of the ten safest metro areas for pedestrians, there were still 4,824 pedestrian-involved collisions between 2001 and 2011. Vote for how safe you feel from cars when walking in Seattle and see the current results. […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

  Posted by Kerry Dirk     Local   Read about one 85-year-old’s campaign to bring sidewalks to Aurora Avenue. Richard Dyksterhuis, who played a pivotal role in the nearly complete Linden Avenue North project, hopes to bring the same sidewalks and bike lanes to a street that most pedestrians consider unsafe.   The American Heart Association’s National Walking […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

  Posted by Kerry Dirk     Local Transit ridership increased 11.8 percent between January 2012 and January 2013 as the Seattle area added more than 30,000 jobs. The Sounder commuter rail increased by 11% in 2012, and the King County Metro carried 4.6% more passengers than the previous year.   The Seattle City Council Transportation Committee […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

  Posted by Kerry Dirk     Local The Seattle Neighborhood Planning team recently received a National Planning Achievement Award for its development of the Health Living Assessment (HLA). The HLA provides a health-based framework, which includes 16 health indicators that identify links between the physical environment and health.   In 2008, SDOT began taking steps to improve […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

  Posted by Kerry Dirk     Local   Strollers are now allowed on King County Metro buses.  Those riding with strollers are required to unpack the stroller and collapse it if possible after boarding.   Many residents choose to ignore “sidewalk closed” signs and navigate into a busy street instead, often because there is no alternate walking lane. […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

  Posted by Kerry Dirk     Local Governor Inslee recently appointed Lynn Peterson as Secretary of Transportation.  Peterson is known for her support of transit over highway expansion and has been the Sustainable Communities and Transportation Advisor to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber for nearly three years.   A few findings from Commute Seattle’s 2012 Modesplit Survey have been […]

Urban Explorers Scale Stairways with Feet First

By Amanda Garberich The beavers didn’t show their furred heads Saturday afternoon, but the group gathered at Seattle’s Thornton Creek wasn’t disappointed.  Their scarves wound snug and their camera’s aimed steady, the captivated onlookers were happy to behold the animals’ carefully constructed lodge, the small pond surrounding it, and the regal Blue Heron perched in the […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

  Posted by Kerry Dirk February 15, 2013   Local Seattle is currently 6th on the list of the top 10 car sharing cities, with 489 car shares. The top car share neighborhoods include Capitol Hill, Downtown, and the University District.   A comparison of crosswalks in Seattle and Barcelona illustrates how public rights of ways can vastly […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of February 8, 2013; An improved section of the Burke-Gilman Trail through UW, a study showing a link between walking/biking to school and concentration, and a look at gender imbalances in public transportation. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk February 8, 2013   Local […]

A Toe-Tapping Success: Feet First and M-bibe Make Beautiful Music

Music lovers and walking enthusiasts stepped to a local beat Friday evening in support of Seattle musicians and walkable communities. Sponsored by Abrams’s Chiropractic, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, Zipcar, and the Seattle Drum School, M-bibe and Feet First teamed up to showcase local talent and raise funds for Feet First at the Seattle Drum School’s […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of February 1, 2013; An Open House for the next phase of the Burke-Gilman trail, a lack of equal access to transit for those with strollers, and making left turns at intersections safer for pedestrians. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk February 1, 2013 […]

Dearborn Park Elementary’s Route Restoration

Feet First Hosts an MLK Day of Service Sidewalk Clean Up By Amanda Garberich   Outfitted in snug caps and down jackets, the volunteers gathered at Seattle’s Dearborn Park Elementary to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, the importance of service and community, and the value of maintaining safe sidewalks for students, before setting […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 1/25/2013

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of January 25, 2013; Seattle voters think favorably of bicyclists, a new App for viewing place-to-place route options, the most walkable cities in Canada, and stray dogs in Romania as role models for pedestrians. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk January 25, 2013   […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 1/18/2013

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of January 18, 2013. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk January 18, 2013   Local Route 16 Wallingford riders who commute to downtown Seattle will soon have a shorter metro ride by ten to twenty minutes on weekday afternoons.   The Pike/Pine Corridor was […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 1/11/2013

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of January 11, 2013. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk January 11, 2013   Local Transportation Advocacy Day will take place next month, on February 12, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Registration is now open, and carpool options to Olympia are available.  Interested […]

Story from the Sole: A City of Stairways

Cathy and Jake Jaramillo, Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors, are well acquainted with the many public stairways of our city. The Jaramillo’s blog, which documented their stairway and neighborhood treks one post at a time became the material for a book: Seattle Stairway Walks, the only guidebook to stairway walks in Seattle. Story from the […]

Story from the Sole: People Of All Ages Need To Move!

As most Seattle residents would agree, it’s wonderful to have public transportation options. However, the mere existence of public transit is not enough – users must be able to easily access it as well. People need sidewalks, bike lanes, and other improvements to get them safely to the transit system. Having a transit station nearby […]

Stairway Walks Day February 9, 2013

Mark your calendars for February 9, 2013 and keep an eye out for a stairway walk coming to your neighborhood! Stairway Walks Day: Get Above it All Mark your calendars for February 9, 2013 and be a part of the biggest region-wide stairway walk! Join our Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors on urban explorations of the Puget […]

Announcing the Winners of the Feet First IWALK Challenge!

Following International Walk to School (IWALK) month in October, Feet First extends its thanks to all the wonderful schools that submitted entries to the first annual Feet First IWALK Challenge.   The event descriptions told heartwarming tales of schools and communities inspired to get active with their students.  We received submissions from every corner of the […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 12/21/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of December 21, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk December 21, 2012   Local The Airport Way South Viaduct will celebrate its grand re-opening today, December 21, at 3:30 pm. Please join the Mayor, City Staff, and the rest of the community at […]

In Response to Gregoire’s Proposals for Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for School Busing, Feet First and Cascade Call for Safe Routes to School

Today, in order to find more funds for education, Governor Christine Gregoire proposed raising hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes to cover the costs of busing students to school. Posted December 18, 2012    Yet she failed to ask the key question: why do so many students ride the bus to school instead […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 13

We wrap up Weis and Arnesen’s “Thriving as a City in 2020: A Model for Urban Vitality” today with a sweeping summary of what it will for cities of the future to be viable. Posted By Megan Wildhood Dec. 18, 2012   We conclude our two-month walk through Weis and Arnesen’s “Thriving as a City” report […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 12/14/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of December 14, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk December 14, 2012   Local If you’re reading this and walking, you’re one of many Seattle pedestrians who text, check emails, select music, and talk while crossing busy streets.  A recent study of Seattle […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 12

Posted By Megan Wildhood Dec. 11, 2012   Weis and Arnesen argue that elected officials sometimes just need to step in and do what needs to be done to preserve a city’s longevity.  Rebuilding Munich did not happen by consensus – in fact, there was a sizable public outcry against what now makes this city sustainable […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 12/7/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of December 7, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk December 7, 2012   Local The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is now seeking new members to help make Seattle more walkable. Those interested in applying should be frequent walkers, Seattle Residents, and not city […]

Story from the Sole: Immersus Tours Help Visitors Engage with Seattle, on Foot

  Story from the Sole:  Immersus Tours Help Visitors Engage with Seattle, on Foot City tours are typically gleaming tour buses clustered around over-hyped sites, disgorging herds of tourists for enough time to snap a photo and hop back on the bus to ride to the next stop. Jose Antonio Tello (Tonio), founder of Seattle’s Immersus Tours, […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 11

We continue our walk through Weis and Arnesen’s “Thriving as a City in 2020,” this week with a case study. Posted By Megan Wildhood Dec. 4, 2012   Weis and Arnesen continue their discussion of city design with a case study of a European city:  THE MUNICH MODEL              Lest we ascribe […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 11/30/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of November 30, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk November 30, 2012   Local Construction to make Linden Avenue N between N 128th and N 145th streets more neighborhood-friendly is still underway, with the entire project to be completed by next spring. Construction […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 10

We continue our in-depth look at Weis and Arnesen’s “Thriving as a City in 2020,” this time holding the magnifying glass to sports, gambling and other event centers. Posted By Megan Wildhood Nov. 27, 2012 Vital to the city of the future is permanent people – not day visitors, jamming up the urban infrastructure for a […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 9

Weis and Arnesen’s paper, “Thriving as a City in 2020” continues, with a realistic look at the effects of through-city highways. Posted By Megan Wildhood Nov. 20, 2012 Our cities, Weis and Arnesen argue, are bleeding and the wound is the intra-city, muli-lane freeway.  Just as no one wants to live in a trash heap, as […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 11/16/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of November 16, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk November 16, 2012   Local In a brief seven minute video, Placemaking, Filmmaker and Seattle Resident Eric Becker considers the forthcoming transformation of the South Lake Union neighborhood. Multiple people, including architects, writers, and […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 8

We continue our walk through Weis and Arnesen’s paper, “Thriving as a City in the Year 2020,” this week’s section considers the importance of keeping our living spaces clean. Posted By Megan Wildhood Nov. 13, 2012 Weis and Arnesen continue the discussion of parking lots and expand it to the concern of freeways and congestion – […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 7

We continue our walk through Weis and Arnesen’s paper, “Thriving as a City in the Year 2020” with a closer look at parking. Posted By Megan Wildhood Nov. 6, 2012 Last week, we looked at ways to update the current street-grid system for dealing with traffic.  This week, Weis and Arnesen take a look at another […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 11/9/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of November 9, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk November 9, 2012   Local On November 19, Jeff Speck, a city planner and architectural designer, will be speaking on creating walkable cities. The talk will take place at The Pub at Town Hall […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 6

This week’s topic of Weis and Arnesen’s “Thriving as a City in 2020” is a continuation of effective transportation, this time focusing on street layouts. The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 6 Posted By Megan Wildhood Oct 30, 2012 Weis and Arnesen continuing their discussion of effective transportation from last week, this time arguing against […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 11/2/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of November 2, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk November 2, 2012   Local The current rate of ridership growth for Sound Transit Link Light Rail has continued to increase each year.  If it can maintain around 6% annual growth (half its current […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 11/2/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of November 2, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk November 2, 2012   Local The current rate of ridership growth for Sound Transit Link Light Rail has continued to increase each year.  If it can maintain around 6% annual growth (half its current […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 10/26/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of October 26, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk October 26, 2012   Local The Fairview Avenue East and Fairview Avenue North Intersection Redesign project, which is one of the projects funded by SDOT’s Large Neighborhood Street Fund, will wrap up soon. Included […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 5

We continue our walk through Weis and Arnesen’s “Thriving as a City in 2020” paper, this time looking at effective transportation in the prototypical city. The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 5 Posted By Megan Wildhood Oct 25, 2012 Last week, we looked at Weis and Arnesen’s discussion on the ideal way to develop housing […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 4

In our previous post, Weis and Arnesen revealed the reason for their entire paper: cities are not going to be one of several options for locations to live, but a survival tool as we head into a future with climate change in full view, a future where our current lifestyles simply cannot be sustained. The […]

Feet First Launches “Rate Your Space” Campaign using Walk Score App to Identify and Report Walkability Issues

The campaign will identify safety hazards, maintenance issues, and other deficiencies in the pedestrian environment. For example, a wheelchair user might use the app to identify a broken sidewalk that poses a barrier to them, or a parent might show a hazardous crossing of a busy street their kids must use to get to the […]

Kubota Garden Artist in Residence Continues Summer Walk Series

Individuals are invited to attend fun and engaging Art Walks led by Kubota Garden Artist in Residence and Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador Mary Magenta. The Kubota Garden Art Walks series began in early summer, and will continue through the fall with the first walk beginning on Sunday, November 11. Kubota Garden Artist in Residence […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 10/19/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of October 19, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk October 19, 2012   Local Parklets, or public spaces that move street parking to create a place for pedestrians to sit and hang out, may be coming to Capitol Hill. These spaces have recently […]

Submit an Entry to the IWALK Challenge

Submit an Entry to the Feet First IWALK Challenge You’ve done the work, now get the credit!  Three lucky schools in Washington State will win prizes for their IWALK achievements.  Will yours be one of them? Download our submission form here! If your school hosted any kind of celebration for International Walk to School Month […]

RSVP Now for FREE “West Seattle Walks” coming this October

As a part of the launch of West Seattle In Motion, individuals are invited to attend fun and engaging walks focused on the intersection between the built and natural environments in their community. The West Seattle Walks Series steps out with the first walk beginning on Saturday, October 6. RSVP Now for FREE “West Seattle […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 10/12/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of October 12, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk October 12, 2012   Local Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has partnered with the City Arts to provide a helpful map for City Arts Fest, which occurs October 17-20. The map shows walking times, […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 3

In this section of “Thriving as a City in Year 2020, the authors begin dissecting the “city” and enumerate their understanding of the necessary components and functions that must be present for a location to earn, in their opinion, the name of city. The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 3 Posted By Megan Wildhood Oct […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, Part 2

After stating the claim that the city in America is in danger of becoming extinct, Weis and Arnesen explain precisely what a city is for the purpose of their “Thriving as a City in 2020” paper. THE NOT-SO-DISTANT FUTURE: CITIES IN 2020, PART 2 Posted By Megan Wildhood Oct 2, 2012 To back up a […]

Art Walks at Kubota Garden

Art Walks at Kubota Garden With Mary Magenta September 4, 2012 Want to explore Kubota Garden through the eyes of an artist? Mary Magenta, a Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador as well as a volunteer, docent, and Artist in Residence at Kubota Garden, has been leading walks through the wonderful city park in Rainier Beach […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 10/5/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of October 5, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk October 5, 2012   Local The survey of pedestrians and bicycle riders, which I discussed previously, is now underway in 35 Washington cities.  The results should be available early next year.  John Hempelmann, a […]

The Not-So-Distant Future: Cities in 2020, a series

Two professors at Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics consider the fate of the cities of this country in their article, “Thriving as a City in 2020: A Model for Urban Vitality” and Feet First will be doing a series on our blog that walks through this piece in 10-12 installments. The Not-So-Distant […]

Making it Count: Tracking IWALK Participation

IWALK planning blog #6 This is the sixth posting in a series of blogs about International Walk to School Month (IWALK) events, intended to help schools, parents and volunteers organize IWALK events in October. Learn more about IWALK here. Making it count:  tracking participation for your IWALK event   IWALK month has arrived, and for […]

Story from the Sole: Richard Dyksterhuis’ Community Activism Brings Groundbreaking Change to Linden Avenue North

Without the tireless activism of Richard Dyksterhuis, the Linden Avenue North Complete Streets Project is unlikely to have even left the ground. Story from the Sole: Richard Dyksterhuis’ Community Activism Brings Groundbreaking Change to Linden Avenue North By Leah Wyatt On June 18 of this year, the City of Seattle broke ground on the Linden […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 9/28/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of September 28, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk September 28, 2012   Local Solid Ground, a local social service agency, will run a free circulator among downtown, Belltown, and First Hill. The two shuttles will run between 7 am – 4 pm […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 9/21/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of September 21, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk September 21, 2012   Local Today (September 21) is Park(ing) Day, a day where between 9AM and 3PM community members are invited to temporarily make parking spaces into parks. Although the deadline for park […]

Sam Schwartz Engineering and America Walks Release “Steps to a Walkable Community”

A new book and workshop series puts innovative, multidisciplinary pro-walking tactics in the hands of citizens, planners, and engineers. SAM SCHWARTZ ENGINEERING AND AMERICA WALKS RELEASE STEPS TO A WALKABLE COMMUNITY A new book and workshop series puts innovative, multidisciplinary pro-walking tactics in the hands of citizens, planners, and engineers Sam Schwartz Engineering, the transportation engineering consulting […]

Woes at Metro

Metro, Seattle’s public transit system, is struggling under the weight of a weak economy and has tough decisions to make: charge cars as a temporary solution or start cutting back on services. These days, it’s rare to find a person who has not been affected by the struggling economy.  Lay offs, job scarcity, budget cuts, […]

Building Excitement Before your IWALK event

IWALK planning blog #5 This is the fifth posting in a series of blogs about International Walk to School Day (IWALK) events, intended to help schools, parents and volunteers organize IWALK events in October.  Learn more about IWALK here. Building excitement for your IWALK event In the last weeks leading up to your IWALK event, […]

Ask Governor Gregoire to be a Champion for our Kids

Right now, Governor Gregoire has a choice. She can slash funding that gives tens of thousands of children the opportunity to walk and bike to school. Or she can keep funding the state’s Safe Routes to School program that improves our children’s safety and health. Ask Governor Gregoire to be a Champion for our Kids […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 9/14/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of September 14, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk September 14, 2012   Local Half of the city’s traffic deaths between 2007 and 2010 involved pedestrians and bicyclists, with 11 intersections being especially dangerous, earning a “high collision” designation. View a slideshow of […]

Big Changes Coming to Metro Bus Service Starting Sept. 29

Big Changes Coming to Metro Bus Service Starting Sept. 29 Metro will be making major changes in just a few weeks to focus bus service to serve more people, begin a pay-on-entry system and launch two new RapidRide lines serving downtown Seattle. Thousands of riders will see changes to their routes starting Sept. 29. Dozens […]

(PARK)ing Day – Sept. 21

Feet First is joins the international event encouraging us to rethink the way we develop and use land in our cities. Feet First Joins with other groups to turn parking in pioneer square a pop up park for the day.  Take a look at all of the parks (Friday, September, 21), from 9:00 a.m to […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 9/7/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of September 7, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk September 7, 2012   Local Residents who are interested in slowing traffic in their neighborhood should attend the Traffic Safety Meeting next this Tuesday, September 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held […]

Park It & Speak Up: Provide Your Input in Seattle Parks’ Strategic Direction for the Future

Provide Your Input in Seattle Parks’ Strategic Direction for the Future In embarking on a new planning process to develop strategic direction for the future, Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking three key questions: Are our resources deployed in the most effective manner? What is the public view of our park system? What are the […]

Story from the Sole: Jeffrey Linn’s personal claim on the public realm puts children first

Story from the Sole: Jeffrey Linn’s personal claim on the public realm puts children first  By Lisa Quinn, Executive Director For Jeffrey Linn, Campus Planner at the University of Washington, “nothing was walkable or barely walkable where I grew up in a suburb outside of San Francisco.”  It wasn’t until Linn moved to San Francisco for […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 8/31/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of August 31, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk August 31, 2012   Local The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle club need your help to conduct the fifth annual bicycle and pedestrian survey on September 25, 26, and 27.  […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 8/24/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of August 24, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Kerry Dirk August 24, 2012   Local Early findings from the July-August Walk Bike Ride Challenge show that converting car trips to biking has been the most popular option, followed by transit and walking.  A local […]

IWALK Planning: Making it real

This is the fourth posting in a series of blogs about International Walk to School (IWALK) events, intended to help schools, parents and volunteers organize IWALK events in October.  Learn more about IWALK here. IWALK Steps for the Start of the School Year During the summer, many IWALK planners have formed planning teams, and have […]

Volunteers Needed for Annual State Bicycle and Pedestrian Count

Every autumn for the past four years, a troop of volunteers armed with clipboards and tally sheets have taken to the streets to count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles to their destinations. Volunteers are needed again this September to capture a snapshot of walking and bicycling in communities across Washington state. […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 8/17/12

weekly walk around the news 8/17/12 Local The City of Seattle is offering FREE trees! Up to 4 trees per household. Along with the trees, Seattle residents will also receive watering bags, instructions for proper tree care, a coupon for free GroCo compost, and information about ongoing tree care workshops. National Portland has launched a […]

Choose the IWALK Campaign That’s Right for Your School

This is the third posting in a series of blogs about International Walk to School (IWALK) events, intended to help schools, parents and volunteers organize IWALK events in October.  Learn more about the Feet First IWALK Challenge here. Next step for IWALK:  Planning As you plan your IWALK celebration, now is the time to visualize […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 8/10/12

weekly walk around the news 8/10/12 Posted by Rose Petersky August 10, 2012   Local Seattle has the second largest percentage of residents who walk to work among Pacific Northwest cities with more than 50,000 people only behind Corvallis, OR. An estimated 8.7% of Seattle residents walk to work. Linden Ave N between North 128th […]

Story From The Sole: Chuck Wolfe Walks to School

  Walking to school is a lifelong educational experience for Chuck Wolfe Interview by Rose Petersky Every weekday from 1963 to 1967, Chuck Wolfe would pass through the Madison Park neighborhood from the Seattle Tennis Club to McGilvra Elementary school along with his childhood friend, Luke Hill. Each walk brought a “certain sense of adventure, […]

Thank you for helping to create a better plan for Northgate Link Light Rail Station

By Ethan Bergerson   On June 28, the Sound Transit Board unanimously voted to expand funding for a balanced package of investments at the future Northgate Link Light Rail station that will make it safe and convenient for everyone to access the station by foot, bike, bus or car. This decision was not made arbitrarily, it […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 8/03/12

Walk around the News for August 3rd 2012 weekly walk around the news                        Posted by Rose Petersky August 3rd 2012   Local Sound Transit is considering implementing a daily fee at Park & Rides in order to relieve overcrowding and congestion in lots and allow more people to have access to the Park and Ride […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 7/20/12

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell July 20, 2012 Local This week, Seattle Mayor McGinn announced the launch of the 2012 “Only in Seattle” campaign to encourage discovery and exploration of new neighborhoods, as well as “only in Seattle Sundays’- a “special once-a-month neighborhood discount day.” A great excuse to get out and […]

Touchstones: Rainier Beach High School Students Share Their Stories

Touchstones video presentation showcase   TOUCHSTONES storytelling project with Rainier Beach high school students  Blog by Rose Petersky July 25th, 2012 The Touchstones project is a community-based civic engagement project revealing the history, heritage, and people of the Rainier Beach neighborhood while explaining how city processes physically and socially shape the community. Touchstones videos combine the […]

Bring IWALK to your school in October — Feet First can help

Message 1 in 2012 IWALK Challenge campaign Bring IWALK to your school in OctobeR!          Feet First can help International Walk to School (IWALK) Month is October 2012.  Every year, thousands of schools around the world get their students walking with IWALK celebrations – how about you?   As of June 15, […]

Finding champions for your IWALK Campaign

Message 2 in 2012 IWALK Planning Process Finding champions for your IWALK Campaign International Walk to School (IWALK) Month is October 2012.  This is the time to put together your IWALK team. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and parents of your children’s playmates — anyone you know who cares about walking to school. Ask them […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 7/13/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of July 13, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell July 6, 2012 Local Phinney and Greenwood will be closing its streets to cars and opening them to pedestrians, artists and fun and game lovers as part of Phinney Summer Streets on Friday, August […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 7/6/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of July 6, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell July 6, 2012 Local As you know, the Seattle Community,  our elected officials, Feet First, Cascade Bicycle Club, and many others have managed to secure a wonderful victory for the future of Northgate Link […]

Guest Blog: A Non-Native’s Favorite Walking Escapes in Seattle

A guest blog by Tim Eyre of Extra Space Storage describes his favorite walks in Seattle. A Non-Native’s Favorite Walking Escapes in Seattle Blog by Tim Eyre Posted by Rose Petersky June 29, 2012 Working from the road has its ups-and-downs, but with travel as a constant in my job, it’s important to find a […]

Time is Running Out for the Transportation Bill

Because you live in Washington, you have a very important chance to help in an urgent way today. Time is Running Out for the Transportation Bill Because you live in Washington, you have a very important chance to help in an urgent way today.  The House and Senate are on the cusp of finally striking […]

Walk ‘N Roll Reduces Pollution

Walk to School Encouragement campaigns took place at Dearborn Park and Hawthorne Elementary in May   This past May, over 150 students at two southeast Seattle schools discovered the joys of walking to school by participating in either “Walk and Roll Wednesdays” at Dearborn Park Elementary or “Hike and Bike” at Hawthorne Elementary.  These encouragement […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 6/22/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of June 22, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell June 22, 2012 Local SDOT has received $14 million in TIGER (Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery) to help complete the Mercer Corridor. “Mercer West will transform a major east-west arterial bottleneck into an integrated […]

Northgate Infographic

A Feet First infographic showcasing the opportunities for Sound Transit in Northgate. Northgate Infographic May 28th, 2012 Click the image below for a full sized PDF.    We envision Northgate as a high density, highly connected, highly walkable community.  At $44,444 per parking space Sound Transit’s proposed garage is an affront to Seattle policy, an […]

Buses to run next to Occidental Park

Pioneer Square businesses and residents are against the reroute of buses through Washington and Main St while the viaduct is being replaced. They instead support the Columbia St reroute. Buses proposed to Run Next to occidental park Posted by Rose Petersky June 20, 2012 Urban parks are an important asset to our cities. They provide […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 6/15/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of June 15, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell June 15, 2012 Local Yesterday Feet First representatives attended the Sound Transit Capital Committee meeting to show support for Sound Transit Board Member and Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin’s proposal for a coordinated access strategy […]

Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin Proposes Northgate Access Strategy

Sound Transit Board Member and Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will propose a coordinated access strategy for the Northgate Link Light Rail Station at the Sound Transit Capital Committee on Thursday, June 14. Northgate Update: Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin proposes Northgate access strategy June 13, 2012                   […]

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety is Under Attack in the US House

The US House wants to strike down the Cardin-Cochran amendment, which preserves local access to federal funding for pedestrian and bicycle safety. Pedestrian and bicycle safety is under attack in the US house Posted by Rose Petersky June 13, 2012 An important provision in the transportation bill to help make our streets safer for everyone […]

Feet First Receives the Puget Sound Champion Award

On June 11, 2012, at Renton City Hall, Feet First was one of five organizations to receive a 2012 Puget Sound Champion Award by the Puget Sound Partnership and Leadership Council for its Watershed Walks Program. Awardees are nominated by their peers in recognition for their outstanding dedication to the goals of the Puget Sound […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 6/1/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of June 1, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell June 1, 2012 Local I wrote last week about Sound Transit’s shocking plans to develop a $40 million parking lot at the Northgate transit center— the site of a forthcoming light rail station. Join […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 5/25/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of May 25, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell May 25, 2012 Local A light rail station will soon be built in Northgate- an amazing opportunity for improving access to sustainable transit. However, it has come to light that Sound Transit is currently […]

A Letter to Sound Transit: Parking or Pedestrians?

A Letter to Sound Transit: Parking or Pedestrians? May 22, 2012  Chair Pat McCarthy and members of the Sound Transit Board of Directors401 S Jackson StreetSeattle, Washington 98104 Dear Chair McCarthy, As a coalition of Northgate neighborhood leaders and advocacy organizations, we write to express our concern about the direction Sound Transit is taking on a […]

Next 50 Mobility Day: The Past and Future of Transportation

From tours of Seattle Center Monorail to an electric vehicle showcase, Mobility Day explores the past and future of human movement in our region and the world. Next 50 Mobility Day: The Past and Future of Transportation How many ways can you travel to Seattle Center – by conventional and electric vehicle, bicycle, scooter, Monorail, […]

South Park Map Review

South Park Map Comment Review Feet First is working with the South Park neighborhood and funding from Concord Elementary’s Safe Routes to School grant to create a neighborhood walking map. We have been meeting with community members and community groups to make sure the map represents the many reasons to love South Park. We are […]

South Park DRAFT map

Comment on the South Park Neighborhoods on Foot Walking Map Feet First is working with the South Park neighborhood and funding from Concord Elementary’s Safe Routes to School grant to create a neighborhood walking map. We have been, and will be, meeting with community members and community groups to make sure the map represents the […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 5/11/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of May 11, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell May 11, 2012   Local Sound Transit has posted the materials from the Brooklyn Station open house on their website — take a look at the presentation, display boards, and animation. The Puget Sound […]

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Construction and Closures

Photo courtesy of Washington State Department of Transportation. Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Construction and Closures Read Feet First’s policy on the issues surrounding the Seattle Waterfront here. SR 99 Tunnel Construction Brings Big Changes to Seattle’s Downtown Waterfront It’s not yet time for the downtown waterfront’s big makeover, but it is make-room time for the […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 5/4/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of May 4, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell May 4, 2012   Local Jackson Plaza will be brought to life with a new light-based art installation this week, “Seattlite.”  On Saturday, Feet First, Cascade Bicycle Club, and Futurewise led a group on […]

Open Letter to Sound Transit – Northgate

Open Letter to Sound Transit – Northgate Development Feet First penned a letter to Sound Transit regarding opportunities for improving walkability in the Northgate neighborhood. Open the pdf here or read on below.   April 5, 2012 Dear Sound Transit Board members: For the past ten years, Feet First has been the established leader in […]

Feet First Walking Audits identify problems to get solutions

announcing the new sidewalk on S. Horton near John Muir Elementary School 2012 Families and neighbors of John Muir Elementary School in Southeast Seattle are celebrating the repairs to a sidewalk that for years was a hazard and eyesore for children walking to school.  While neighbors have lived with the problem for years, the wheels […]

First Hill Streetcar – Weekly Project Update

April 23rd – April 29th: Construction Preparation and Median Removal – Expect a mid-block crosswalk closure on Broadway between Howell St and Pine St. First Hill Streetcar – Weekly Project Update Feet First supports promotes and facilitates the incorporation of “walkability” into the built environment. During and after construction of capital projects it is crucial […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 4/20/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of April 20, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell April 20, 2012   Local King County Council has been strongly urging the State Legislature to work on local transportation revenue funding option proposals, without which our bus service is in danger of being […]

State Legislature Leaves Transit Riders Stranded

State Legislature Leaves Transit Riders Stranded The special session came to a close without any action taken to address the local transportation funding crisis in Washington State.  In a time of rising gas prices and increased demand for transit, bus service has been slashed by over 40% in the past two years in Pierce and […]

Help Feet First by Joining GiveBIG on May 2nd!

A blog entry detailing the upcoming GiveBig fundraiser! On Wednesday, May 2, friends of Feet First support our important work through the GiveBIG campaign.  GiveBIG is a one day online charitable giving event supported by Seattle Foundation to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 4/13/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of April 13, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell April 13, 2012   Local The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting this month will feature a presentation on Safe Routes to School from Feet First, City of Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee and […]

Northgate: A parking garage and a conversation on 4/28

Seattle, as a Feet First City, has made clear its goals as a city to improve commuting for all (including those on foot and bicycle) – and the new Sound Transit Link light rail plans are an excellent opportunity to move this agenda forward, but is a parking garage the best way to do so? […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 4/6/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of April 6, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell April 6, 2012   Local The University of Washington’s “U-Pass,” which encourages UW members to take greener ways to work than driving, will be 20 years old this year The 35th Avenue Planning Committee […]

Safe Routes to School Networking Opportunity in Northeast Seattle

Safe Routes to School Networking Opportunity in Northeast Seattle Bryant Elementary School in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood has long been a champion in promoting biking and walking to school.  For the better part of a decade, they have been growing the practice of active commuting to school, now bringing dozens of bicyclists and many more walkers […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 3/30/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of March 30, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell March 30, 2012   Local The Duwamish River Trail has opened in West Seattle. You’ll find two and a half miles of flat trail starting from the lower South Spokane Street Bridge, following West […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 3/23/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of March 23, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell March 23, 2012   Local The Seattle Department of Transportation has big plans for a multimodal hub strategy for the Seattle’s transportation system. Under this plan, King Street Station, Westlake, and Coleman dock will […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 3/16/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of March 16, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell March 16, 2012   Local The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reported on a survey carried out by the City of Seattle on how and why people go to 6 different Seattle neighborhoods, and what […]

Help create the South Park Neighborhoods on Foot Walking Map

Help create the South Park Neighborhoods on Foot Walking Map Connected Communities Begin with Places to Go by Foot  Feet First is asking for the community input for the first Neighborhoods on Foot Walking Map of South Park. Community members will be asked to share where they walk in South Park, what route they take to get […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 3/9/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of March 9, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell March 9, 2012   Local Feet First’s very own Dave Ramsey (board member) has walked 500 miles across Spain! In this lovely article from Kirkland Patch, Dave explains his passion for walking and it’s […]

You can help save Metro!

A few bills that would increase financial tools needed to keep Metro running smoothly for as many people as possible is before the State Senate right now- and it’s critical that your representatives hear from you about just how important public transportation is! A bill proposing much needed revenue tools for local governments and transit […]

Woes at Metro

These days, it’s rare to find a person who has not been affected by the struggling economy.  Lay-offs, jab scarcity and budget cuts – and now public transportation issues – have touched all of our lives in some way or another.  Seattle’s public transit system, known as “Metro” is unfortunately no exception to this.  Tough […]

Alert: Action Needed for the Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill

Alert: Action Needed for the Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill We now have until 5 pm TODAY to get the Senate to vote for SHB 1217. The Senate again needs to hear from you about how this bill removes red tape and unnecessary hurdles for cities and towns to create safer streets in our neighborhoods. Contact […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 3/2/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of March 2, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell March 2, 2012   Local On February 21st, Mayor McGinn gave his state of the city address, and he had a fair bit to say about transportation, claiming “Here’s another reason people want to […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 2/24/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of February 24, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell February 24, 2012   Local This Monday, there will be a hearing for a bill that would require health outcomes to be incorporated into state transportation system policy goals. I am a big advocate […]

Walking Towards Community Engagement

Feet First Walking Audit Supports Bellevue’s Transit Master Plan Update. Walking Towards Community Engagement Feet First Walking Audit Supports Bellevue’s Transit Master Plan Update Feet First recently led two community walking audits in Downtown Bellevue to assess and analyze the current walking environment in Bellevue’s downtown core. Residents, business owners, employees and commuters observed obstacles […]

In time for Valentine’s Day, Show Your Love for the National Center for Safe Routes to School!

Show Your Love for the National Center for Safe Routes to School! (nomination deadline extended to March 15) Show your love for the National Center for Safe Routes to School by nominating them for the Innovations in American Government Award!   (Note: This posting was originally written in February, but the nomination deadline has been extended to […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 2/17/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of February 17, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell February 17, 2012   Local Daniel Toole was interviewed by Atlantic Cities this week, on why we should appreciate alleys, the underused and underappreciated streets that offer insight into the character of our citys…and if […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 2/10/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of February 10, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell February 10, 2012   Local The City of Seattle has produced a page of walking resources for the over 50s (or anyone else!).   National Transportation for America has openly opposed the House Energy […]

Your Action Needed to Save Federal Funding for Walking, Cycling and Safe Routes to School!

Your Action is Needed to Save Federal Funding for Walking, Cycling and Safe Routes to School! Please act today! Contact your Representatives to urge them to OPPOSE the House transportation bill.  This bill strips the transportation budget of any dedicated funding for walking and bicycling, and repeals the Safe Routes to School program that brings us […]

What a Difference a Curb Makes!

Announcing the new WSDOT-funded sidewalk at Concord Elementary. What a difference a curb makes.  Good news came to South Park last month, as the Seattle Department of Transportation completed two blocks of new sidewalk on S. Concord Street near Concord Elementary School.  But as happy as we are for the sidewalk, which bridges a sizable […]

Seattle Public Schools Officially Get It: Pupil Transportation to Include Safe Routes to School!

Seattle Public Schools Officially Get It:  Pupil Transportation to Include Safe Routes to School! With a unanimous vote of the Seattle School Board on February 1, 2012, the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) officially made Safe Routes to School a key part of their transportation strategy. The School Board voted to adopt new language into their […]

National Walking Funding In Jeopardy…Contact Rep TODAY!

Crucial Walking and Biking Funding on the chopping block. Next Thursday, February 2, the national House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee will vote on the House transportation bill, which will eliminate crucial funds for Safe Routes to School and other projects that support walking and biking across the nation. Because Washington state is represented on the Transportation Committee, […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 2/3/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of February 3, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell February 3, 2012   Local The Alliance for Pioneer Square announced that a guide is being produced to help property owners in Pioneer Square preserve sidewalk prism panels, many of which are in need […]

Olympia, WA: Transportation Advocacy Day

This morning, citizens will participate in workshops led by transportation experts and then take this knowledge to where it matters most – meetings with legislators – in the state capital of Washington to push for healthier, safer and more sustainable developments in the state’s transportation system. Transportation Advocacy Day is the largest ever with over […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 1/27/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of January 27, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell January 27, 2012   Local The University of Washington announced that it has received a $3.5 million grant as leader of a multi-university transportation research consortium “PacTrans.” The  consortium will focus on investigating safe […]

Greenways Mean Safe and Easy Ways to Go By Foot

Seattle neighborhoods: Ballard, Beacon Hill, Greenwood, North Delridge, Wallingford, University District and Laurelhurst Neighborhoods get a safe way to get around by foot and bike This year, Seattle streets will receive a safety facelift that provides children walking to school, neighbors walking their dogs, and people biking to their neighborhood parks, libraries, and grocery stores. […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 1/20/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of January 20, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell January 20, 2012 Local The National Park Service has announced the community based projects it’s staff will be supporting in 2012. Their goal is to offer support for developing “sustainable communities that give every […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 1/13/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of January 13, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell January 13, 2012 Local The Washington State Department of Transportation has, with support from Feet First and a range of other organizations, submitted a report to the State Government outlining a new grant program. […]

Become a Volunteer Naturalist!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for committed individuals who want an amazing experience as a naturalist. Become a Volunteer Naturalist! Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for committed individuals who want an amazing experience as a naturalist. Do you like being outdoors and sharing nature with children and adults?  Join the Volunteer Naturalist Class […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 1/6/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of January 6, 2012. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell January 6, 2012 National AARP and The National Conference of State Legislatures have jointly released a new report entitled:”Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices.” The report highlights the importance […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 12/23/2011

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of December 23, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News Posted by Helen Lundell December 23, 2011   Local A number of sources have heralded the arrival of a third wave of “TIGER” transportation grants, geared towards funding transportation projects simultaneously addressing economic, environmental and travel issues. One […]

Seattle Public Schools Deliver the first Annual Golden Shoe Award for Safe Routes to School

Congratulations to Muir and Bryant Elementary Schools in Seattle for winning the first annual Golden Shoe Award The Golden Shoe Award recognizes and celebrates schools that have taken great strides to get more students to walk or cycle to school.  This year’s recipients show distinction by virtue of having achieved the greatest increases in walking and […]

Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board Seeks New Members

The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is accepting applications for new members.  The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1993, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city […]

Slower Speeds Bill

This new bill will give cities and towns the ability to adjust neighborhood speed limits in their jurisdictions lifting current state-law limitations making it difficult for them to do so. providing a Flexible Way for Cities and Towns to Slow down Speeds  House Bill (HB) 1217, or the Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill, would give cities […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 12/16/2011

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of December 16, 2011. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell December 16, 2011   Local Tolls will commence on the State 520 Bridge on December 29th; crossing the bridge will be free for buses and public vanpools. Thanks to Commute Seattle for reminding us. […]

Complete Streets Amendment Vote

Send a message about the need for safe and complete street planning, contact your senator today! Complete Streets Amendment Vote Wednesday, December 13th, WA Senator Maria Cantwell and other federal representatives will vote on Complete Streets language for the first time in over six years. Take action and contact Senator Cantwell today to voice your […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 12/9/2011

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of December 9, 2011. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell December 9, 2011   Local On Monday 12/5/11, Seattle Mayor McGinn reported that the Sound Transit voted last week to include $2 million in the budget to conduct an analysis of high capacity transit […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 12/2/2011

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of December 2, 2011. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell December 2, 2011   Local In a previous edition of this blog I noted that the HUD is axing their “Sustainable Communities grants” whose aims include the promotion of mixed-use development linking land-use and […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 11/18/2011

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of November 18, 2011. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell November 18, 2011   Local Walking in Seattle calls you fight back after the loss of Proposition 1, by signing a petition to make jaywalking legal unless it obstructs traffic. The Seattle Department of […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 11/11/2011

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of November 11, 2011. WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS Posted by Helen Lundell November 11, 2011   Local Proposition 1, designed to direct $204 million to transit, sidewalks and bicycle improvements, was rejected by 60% of Seattle voters in Tuesday’s election. The Seattle Times (among many other […]

Weekly Walk Around the News 11/4/2011

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of November 4, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News Posted by Helen Lundell November 4, 2011   Hello all! I have just taken over the Walk Around the News Blog, and know that I have some big shoes to fill! My hope is to serve as a […]

Airport Way South Viaduct Closure (Seattle)

On November 28th the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will close the Airport Way South Viaduct for construction. The viaduct will be fully closed to all vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians for 12-14 months. Airport Way South Viaduct Closure On November 28th the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will close the Airport Way South Viaduct for […]

Hundreds of kids walked thousands of miles in October!

Seattle Elementary School students walked to school during IWALK month Numerous Seattle Elementary Schools encouraged students to walk during International Walk to School Month by hosting ‘Walk to School’ events. This October elementary students throughout Seattle made an effort to walk to school in celebration of International Walk to School Month.   When the walkers arrived […]

Help shape Washington’s transportation system!

Take an online survey, created by the Washington State Transportation Commission, to help shape Washington State’s transportation policy! Feet First needs your help! The Washington State Transportation Commission has put together an online survey to learn what Washington’s transportation needs are, and how we want to move forward. Posted by Megan Risley October 21, 2011 As […]

Nine-day Alaskan Way Viaduct closure begins Oct 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Nine-day Alaskan Way Viaduct closure begins tonight Viaduct to be closed from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31 When the clock strikes 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct, as it is today, will cease to exist. While crews begin demolishing part of the viaduct and […]

Building Bridges: Tukwila’s new plans

The City of Tukwila takes a giant step towards walkability: using newly acquired grant money for a pedestrian/cyclist bridge connecting two pedestrian-populated facilities. The City of Tukwila recently received a grant, and they’ve decided to put in a pedestrian/bicycle bridge between Strander Boulevard and Longacres Way.  Posted by Megan Risley October 7, 2011 The new bridge […]

Feet First Hiring Trainer for Pedestrian Training

Feet First is Hiring Contract Trainer for Pedestrian Safety Education Feet First, the leading nonprofit organization in Washington State advocating for the rights and interests of pedestrians, is seeking an experienced trainer to present a pedestrian safety education curriculum to middle school physical education instructors throughout the State.Trainings will take place on a contract basis […]

Look Who’s Walking…50 schools and counting!

Next week, Seattle Mayor McGinn will be walking with Graham Hill Elementary school students as part of a worldwide Walk to School event – and Feet First was an important component in making this happen! ON THE MORNING OF Wednesday, OCTOBER 5TH, MORE THAN A THOUSAND SCHOOLS across the world WILL PARTICIPATE IN an international […]

Moving Planet Seattle

Come and be a part of Moving Planet Seattle this Saturday – join the parade of cyclists and walkers, attend a workshop and hear Feet First’s own Lisa Quinn speak at the day-long event to rally for a sustainable future! This Saturday, September 24, Lake Union Park will host one of over 2,000 Moving Planet […]

Shoreline’s Steps Towards Walkability

The City of Shoreline has developed a transportation plan that includes all forms of transit – driving, cycling, walking, busing – providing a great how-to example to other cities. It took over two years, but the city of Shoreline has just released a draft of their Transportation Master Plan for 2011, and it is quite […]

Bitter Lake neighborhood needs the City of Seattle’s support

The Bitter Lake Neighborhood Plan has made to improve safety conditions and mitigate the dangers of a much-used arterial in Seattle – Aurora Avenue – all have sustainable walkability in mind. Now they just need the City and Seattle Department of Transportation to stand behind them as they take the steps they want to take! […]

Take Action for Pedestrians!

Now is the time to save biking and walking – take action today by letting your senators know that walkability is a necessary part of a healthy, happy community! Now is the time to show your support for walkability by contacting your representatives and letting them know that their constituents (that would be you!) care […]

Now Accepting Applications for mini-grants

The National Center for the Safe Routes to School program is officially accepting applications from pedestrian-oriented groups looking to support their efforts to make sure that every kid has a safe walking or biking route to school. Apply today! Speaking of increased funding, the National Center for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is calling […]

Prop 1 puts Peds First

Proposition 1, created by a citizen panel would increase the vehicle licensing fee for cars in Seattle in order to provide funding for much-needed road repairs, as well as sidewalk and trail construction that will benefit all who use our city’s streets. AS WE’VE SEEN, SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT TRANSLATES TO SUPPORT FOR PEDESTRIANS AND THE […]

Metro’s Victory is a Pedestrian’s Victory

King County has moved one step closer to saving Metro’s current level of public transportation service – a city council-approved VLF that will bring in much-needed revenue, not only for Metro, but for ped projects around the city! Recently, community members, activists and metro riders came together to stand against proposed service cuts to King […]

Four Wheels to Two Feet: Safe Routes Moves Kids Safely

Guest Blogger: Julie Grove, Graham Hill Parent in Seattle Seattle Public School families have been notified of yellow bus assignments for the upcoming school year.  As we move toward neighborhood schools and the district works to protect budgets from rising gas prices, the days of door-to-door service to the schools of our choice are over.  […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of August 26, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News  Posted by Derrick Van Kirk August 26, 2011    Local Join hundreds of Puget Sound residents on September 24th at the South Lake Union Moving Planet Seattle event.  Lisa Quinn will lead an hour long walk on the Lake […]

Feet First proposes a plan to impact health

Feet First has a plan to deal with the budget cuts in the school bus services the Seattle School District are enforcing and promote walkability at the same time! As a whole, Seattle residents prioritize health.  From bike trails to road diets to retention ponds throughout the city, Seattleites express a desire for a sustainable, […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of August 19, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News Posted by Derrick Van Kirk August 19, 2011    Local Earlier this week, Seattle City Council voted 9-0 to put the much discussed $60 vehicle-license fee (VLF) to pay for transportation on the November ballot.  According to Publicola, if […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of August 12, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News   Posted by Derrick Van KirkAugust 12, 2011     Local Earlier this morning, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a five-part plan to save Metro bus service in King County which includes eliminating the downtown ride-free zone starting […]

Covering our tracks: how awnings help

Awnings don’t just look good, they support walkability, too – but there are reasons why we don’t see more of them, even in the rainy city. Seattle is infamous for its rain.  Situated in a ‘convergence zone’ (that is, a valley between two glorious mountain ranges, the soggy city experiences 226 cloudy days a year, […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of August 5, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News  Posted by Derrick Van Kirk August 5, 2011    Local How walkable is your neighborhood?  The West Seattle Herald gives a breakdown of the walkablity of West Seattle neighborhoods. Megan Risley of Feet First, explains how the Citizens Transportation […]

What can we achieve with more funding?

A vehicle license fee of $80 annually has been proposed in Seattle, and the Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee is forming ideas for how to use this potential extra revenue toward improving walkability! With new sources of funding come new opportunities – both to complete much-needed community projects, and to build a greater sense of community.   […]

Feet First is Hiring a Development Officer

Feet First, the leading nonprofit organization advocating for the rights and interests of pedestrians in the Washington State, is seeking a new team member to serve as a Development Officer. The Feet First Development Officer will be responsible for carrying out the marketing plan adopted by Feet First. Specifically, this includes increasing and cultivating Feet […]

Trees, part 3: Improving Walkability

Continuing the discussion of the benefits of trees for walkability, this post takes a look at cities who are dealing well with their trees, and how Seattle can improve – both for the trees’ sake, and for its citizens’. Trees have many benefits for the air, soil and general feel of the community, contributing to the overall […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of July 29, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News  Posted by Derrick Van Kirk  July 29, 2011   Local Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has moved up in ranking to the 10th most walkable neighborhood in Seattle.  According to the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, the folks at Walk […]

Get Rewarded for Walking, Biking and Riding

    Seattle Department of Transportation’s July/August round of Walk Bike Ride Challenge is the biggest round of the year, with an extra special set of prizes: Electric bike from e-Moto Electric Vehicles ($1,000 value) Apple iPad ($499 value) One night stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel in South Lake Union ($375 value) Includes optional […]

Trees, part 2: What’s in a tree?

Beyond being an integral part of a scenic view, trees benefit pedestrians in more ways than they are recognize for – largely because these helps are often unseen. Are trees really that important?  Tree roots can cause cracks and rises in sidewalks, which are dangerous for pedestrians.  They are often “in the way” of “needed” […]

Prevent 17 percent cuts to service that would affect 4 out of 5 King County transit riders

Feet First is a partner of Transportation for Washington. This group has been working hard to prevent massive cuts at King County Metro.  The cuts would mean more congestion, pollution, and inequity. To prevent 17 percent cuts to service that would affect 4 out of 5 riders, the King County Council must adopt a 2-year […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of July 22, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News  Posted by Derrick Van Kirk  July 22, 2011   Local Seattle was ranked as the sixth most walkable city of the 50 largest cities in the US, according to Walk Score’s 2011 city rankings.    According to the […]

Trees, part 1: Yesler Terrace

The Yesler Terrace redesign project hopes to give new life to old buildings and systems that are starting to fail….to the tune of 400 trees. What would be better are the needed improvements without the environmental cost! About a month ago, more on sidewalks and trees was promised.  Talk of Yesler Terrace has occasioned a […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of July 15, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News  Posted by Derrick Van Kirk July 15, 2011   Local Sightline’s Eric Hess gives his take on why legalizing food carts is a step towards making Seattle a more sustainable city.   Besides, increasing food carts will undoubtedly increase the […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of July 8, 2011 Weekly Walk Around the News  Posted by Derrick Van Kirk July 8, 2011    Local This post by a St. Louis area blogger compares the walkability of Seattle to the needed pedestrian infrastructure changes in St. Louis.       National In an effort to […]

Gallon for a gallon

Today’s auto-dependence is built-in to the way we do life in America, but exchanging a gallon of gas for a gallon of milk wasn’t always the norm – which means it doesn’t have to be in the future, either! A generation ago people used to walk to school (you’ve heard the story: uphill, both ways, […]

Act Now! Congress Proposes Cuts to Pedestrian and Biking Funding

Key Congressional leaders are attacking Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements for dedicated funding for walking and biking. Please act NOW!  Key Congressional leaders are attacking Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements and Recreational Trails and are taking steps to cut off dedicated federal funding for walking and biking. Please act NOW!We need every single […]

Is anyone reading the letters from Pioneer Square?

WSDOT may have approved a plan for overhauling the Alaskan Way Viaduct, but one that is deeply flawed in many ways – people out to protect Pioneer Square’s pedestrians, historic place and beauty are speaking out against this plan in the form a detailed letter. WSDOT has approved a flawed plan for revising the Alaskan […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of July 1, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News Posted by Derrick Van Kirk  June 24, 2011   Local Months after its expected completion date, the pedestrian bridge at I-90 and Route 900 in Issaquah is expected to open today.  The structure includes a 12-foot wide pedestrian […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of June 24, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News   Posted by Derrick Van Kirk June 24, 2011 The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has released a new publication entitled Safe Routes to School Local Policy Guide.  The Local Policy Guide is aimed at helping local communities and […]

Getting Some Closure

WSDOT is planning to close SR 520 from June 17th to June 20th for major construction – goals of the project are mixed in terms of sustainability The 520 bridge that floats on Lake Washington bottlenecks on an average evening, barely able to handle the rush-hour traffic commuters from Seattle to Bellevue (and versa) subject […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of June 17, 2011. Walk Around the News Posted by Derrick Van Kirk June 17, 2011    Local The City of Seattle will receive an unplanned $20 million to add to their transportation budget to help a number of street, bridge, or pedestrian bicycle projects move forward next […]

Crosswalk Construction

The dangerous intersection at 130th and Aurora is in the middle of a crosswalk make-over: from hazardous to helpful! The problem has existed since original construction in 1954.  It wasn’t solved with a pedestrian overpass (that is not up to ADA standards) in 1959.  Now, finally – as of May 31st – the Seattle of […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of June 10, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News Posted by Derrick Van Kirk June 10, 2011 Local Are the days of signs that read: “NO SKATEBOARDING ALLOWED” coming to an end?  Receiving national attention and praise from the California-based Tony Hawk Foundation which focuses on supporting and […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of June 3, 2011 Weekly Walk Around the News  Posted by Derrick Van KirkJune 3, 2011    Local Only seven percent of traffic deaths in Kitsap County during the past decade were pedestrians, according to this article in the Kitsap Sun.  Although this is better than the […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of May 27, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News  Posted by Derrick Van Kirk May 27, 2011 Local Although this was mentioned last week, a few more articles regarding the Waterfront Seattle presentation given by architect James Corner and his Field Operations team last Thursday night can be […]

Family BBQ & Bike Rodeo – Cycling Fun at Concord International Elementary

concord international elementary holds a successful family bbq & bike rodeo as a part of its 2009-2011 safe routes to school grant programming. On Friday, May 6th, from 5:30 to 7:30pm, Concord International Elementary held their second annual Family BBQ and Bike Rodeo with arrangements made by Feet First, Cascade Bicycle Club, and Seattle Department […]

The Dangers of Walking

“Dangerous by Design” has just released its 2nd study on the perils pedestrians face simply by being pedestrians. We’re familiar with the benefits of walking.  On a personal level, it improves health (physically and psychologically) and decreases the gas bill.  On a planetary level, it reduces CO2 emissions and other things that contribute to climate […]

Transportation transformation

Thanks to The Regence Foundation, Feet First is now able to fund many walking programs in southeast Seattle! The Regence foundation has just awarded Feet First a comparably large grant!  Feet First was selected to receive the foundation’s annual transformation grant award of $20,000 for walking projects in Seattle’s Southeast community.  Considering how dangerous it […]

Walk & Talk: Capitol Hill

Feet First’s quarterly Walk & Talk, this time around Capitol Hill, will be held today! Get involved in your community and a gentle work-out! Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark, Sound Transit Deputy CEO Celia Kupersmith and community members will be taking a stroll around Seattle’s eclectic, diverse Capitol Hill. The crew will stop to consider […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of May 20, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News Posted by Derrick Van Kirk May 20, 2011 Local Landscape architect James Corner of field operations unveiled his “big ideas” to recreate the Seattle Waterfront last night.  Also, the Southwest Spokane Street stairway restoration is underway.  According to My […]

Multi-Use Path Between S. Atlantic St and S. Royal Brougham Wy Closed Temporarily

Starting at 5 a.m. Monday, May 23, WSDOT is temporarily closing the Alaskan Way S. multi-use path between S. Atlantic Street and S. Royal Brougham Way in seattle. All bicycle and foot traffic will be detoured around the closure using E. Frontage Road S. The closure and detour will last through early June while crews […]

Sidewalks rock (or how to make them do so!)

San Francisco is one of the most walkable cities in the US.  So it’s no surprise, then, that it’s easy to find highly developed tool kits in this city for working with neighborhoods to improve their already stellar sidewalk system. Fortunately, any of these ideas can be tailored to each city’s unique needs and demographics. […]

The downside of sidewalks

While more sidewalks tends to correlate to less car trips, it also can add to the toxins and pollutants found in drinking water from storm water runoff. Fortunately, solutions are underway! The presence of sidewalks encourages people to get out of their cars, especially for their shorter trips (which are the majority of trips taken […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of May 13, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News   Posted by Derrick Van Kirk May 13, 2011   Local The City of Bellingham held a workshop this past Wednesday where Dan Burden, co-founder and director of the Port Townsend based nonprofit Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, presented […]

Sidewalks in Seattle

The sidewalk has the power to both transform health and relationships! Recently, Seattle was the only city in Washington State to receive a walk-friendly award.  The Emerald City’s efforts toward sustainability -which inevitably implicates walkability – received a Platinum award from the start-up organization Walk Friendly Communities.  And, when it comes to reducing pollution and […]

Cutting more than Cost: Mayors on Transportation

A transportation survey revealed that the majority of mayors in the 176 surveyed cities are just as concerned as WSDOT with budgets. In fact, they even cite that as the very reason FOR more sustainable designs, not spending on low-priority items like highway expansion and investing in transportation infrastructure as a way to economic recovery […]

South Portal Design Approved

WSDOT approves deeply flawed designed plan for the south portal of the viaduct in downtown Seattle, citing cost as the major concern. Despite the many flaws pointed out by the Design Commission, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has decided to move forward with the plans for the reconstruction of the south portal of the […]

Walk On!

Read about (and take!) the latest survey designed by Americawalks.org and Feet First to help gain a better understanding of a typical walker’s profile. Add to their data collection anytime this month and support feet first! Feet First has partnered with Americawalks.org (perhaps named for the optimistic view it takes on this country’s potential!) to […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of May 6, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News Posted by Derrick Van Kirk May 6, 2011 Local Although SB 5326 – the Vulnerable Users Bill passed both the House and Senate, according to David Hiller, Advocacy Director of the Cascade Bicycle Club, the Governor only has until […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of April 29, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News Posted by Derrick Van Kirk April 30, 2011 Local Although this was from a few weeks ago, the Bicycle Alliance of Washington posted this story about working with Feet First to bring the Safe Routes to School program to […]

Contractor Needed to assist with writing and graphic design

  Feet First is hiring a contractor to assist with writing and graphic design to formalize materials used for walk to school campaigns. This project must be completed by June 20th.  The total budget for this project is $5,000. Travel to meetings will be the responsibility of the contractor. Deliverable Requested: Create a guide called: […]

PARK(ing) Day Coordinator (Feet First Internship)

    PARK(ing) Day is an international effort to reclaim vehicle parking spaces by temporarily transforming them into miniature urban parks. Started in San Francisco in 2005 by the REBAR arts collective, this community engagement campaign has spread around the world. In Seattle, Feet First is responsible for organizing community groups, organizations, and individuals for […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of April 22, 2011. Weekly Walk Around the News Posted by Derrick Van KirkApril 22, 2011  Local In his Crosscut.com article, Roger Valdez, formerly of Sightline Institute, discusses a new Washington State Department of Transportation study and the notion that traditional concrete sidewalks should be reconsidered.  Valdez […]

Temporary Detour for Peds and Bikes April 18-22 in Seattle, Pioneer Square Neighborhood

Temporary detour for people going by foot and bike in the Seattle, Pioneer Square Neighborhood. Beginning at 7 a.m., Monday, April 18 through 7 p.m., Friday, April 22, the crosswalk that connects both sides of the Alaskan Way S. mixed use trail at S. King Street will be closed to foot and bicycle traffic. This […]

Road Diets, Part 1: Why Roads Could Be Leaner

The first in a series discussing road diets, their benefits and drawbacks – starting with a discussion of the use of road diets, followed, in a second post by ‘case study’ of sorts: East Marginal Way by Boeing Field in the Sodo District of Seattle. Among U.S. cities, Seattle is known for greenness, and not […]

Road Diets, Part 3: Two More Successes

Road diets on Stone Way and Nickerson are greatly benefiting the surrounding community – driver and walker alike. It is because of these successes that Seattle should be considering a road diet on East Marginal Way in the Sodo District. Despite worries, Road diets have been shown to greatly benefit communities as a whole, not […]

Weekly Walk Around the News

Weekly Walk Around the News Posted by Derrick Van Kirk April 16, 2011 This new weekly segment, ‘Walk Around the News’ is inspired by Where the Sidewalk Starts and StreetsBlog, both of which have a weekly round-up of news stories and blog postings about pedestrian news and sustainable transportation.  In our segment, we hope to capture […]

Road Diets, Part 2: NE 125th, a Case Study

The road diet consideration for NE 125th in Seattle is quite the discussion. Hear Feet First’s stance on the construction of a road diet in that area, and how it will benefit the surrounding community. As we’ve seen road diets, though they must be taken on a case-by-case basis, can benefit transportation users of all […]

Community Feedback from “Little Bridge” Project

Posted recently as an AppleCorps blog entry, this story highlights the positive community feedback from Feet First’s “Little Bridge” project that helped renovate a critical linking route in the South Park community. a recent survey, conducted by feet first, finds community members are walking more on “Little Bridge” near Concord International elementary after improvements.  Posted […]

Walking Amidst a Sea of Buses – Giving Pedestrian Advocacy a Voice Among Transportation Advocates

Walking Amidst a Sea of Buses – Giving Pedestrian Advocacy a Voice Among Transportation Advocates Posted by Derrick Van KirkMarch 31, 2011 Transportation for Washington Campaign: A Vision for Washington State Transportation As mentioned in a previous post, Feet First has joined a coalition of environmentalists, transit advocates, labor groups, and businesses in supporting the […]

South Portal’s Design approval gone south

The Seattle Design Commission’s rejects plans of the team working on the viaduct replacement project for reasons congruent with walkability and sustainability. With the latest horror stories from our friends across the Pacific still rumbling in, we are all no doubt shaken.  About two weeks ago, the Sendai region of Japan suffered one of the […]

Walkability, one step at a time

Seattle – it’s people, it’s budget, it’s landscape – is making a place for the staircase. Read about how, and why all this is important for walkability. From Westlake to the top of Queen Anne hill, walkers toured the city’s stairways and footpaths last Sunday.  pedestrians pitch in to clean up West Seattle’s streets and […]

The DEIS and its shortcomings: The impact of traffic flow

Part of a brief overview of the DEIS (draft of environmental impact statement), and how its proposals are insufficient to address the concerns Feet First has for walkability with specific consideration to the vagueness of the DEIS with regard to impact of increased traffic volumes on nearby neighborhoods. The draft of environmental impact statement is […]

Obesity Epidemic Curtailed by Walking Audits? We Think So.

Obesity Epidemic Curtailed by Walking Audits?  We Think So. Posted by Lisa Quinn and Derrick Van KirkMarch 2, 2011 Obesity is a national epidemic.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is on the brink of overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of preventable death in America.  Although it seems that we […]

Transportation Advocacy Day 2011: Look Out Olympia, Feet First is in Town!

A description of our top priorities for this legislative session and a call to make every day advocacy day. Transportation Advocacy Day 2011: Look Out Olympia, Feet First is in Town! Posted by Derrick Van KirkFebruary 16, 2011 On Thursday February 10th Feet First staff and board members joined forces with a large group of […]

Tunnel vs. Viaduct, Part 2: Pioneer Square

Considers how the downtown neighborhood of Pioneer Square would be affected by the construction of a tunnel in place of the 99 viaduct. The tunnel vs. viaduct debate is a multi-faceted transportation issue facing Seattle’s residents.  Because Feet First’s main concern is walkability, it is important to take into consideration all that walkability entails when […]

Tunnel vs. Viaduct, Part 1: Introduction

The first in a series discussing the implications of building an underground tunnel to replace the viaduct near downtown Seattle’s waterfront. If you’re a Seattlite, you’ve no doubt been exposed to the seemingly exaggerated controversy stirred up by the talk of tunnel vs. viaduct.  Although the issue has been put to a vote at least […]

Bicycle Alliance of Washington Looking for Program Coordinator

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington is hiring a Program Coordinator to support the Safe Routes to School Contract position. Feet First  is developing the first statewide pedestrian curriculum for this new statewide program. We will also be leading the training throughout the state in partnership with the Bicycle Alliance of Washington on this project. Learn […]

Feet First Walking Audit on the White Center Heights Elementary Recognized

Approximately 20 people attended a walking audit conducted Feet First for the White Center Heights Elementary as a part of the King County Food and Fitness program. The audit complemented the audit conducted by the Neighborhood House’s “Greenbridge Community Action Team – Be Active Together” action plan. They have already had four victories from their […]

Grant for Improving Recreational Facilities From Conservation Office Due Jan 10

the Recreation and Conservation Office grant Available to build or improve outdoor recreational facilities. The grant programs accepting applications are just three of the 15 grant programs administered by the Recreation and Conservation Office. Since 1964, the office has administered nearly $1.5 billion for more than 6,700 projects across the state. “These grants help build […]

Sound Transit is seeking volunteers to fill an immediate opening on its Citizen Oversight Panel (COP).

Sound Transit is seeking volunteers to fill an immediate opening on its Citizen Oversight Panel (COP).  Sound Transit relies on the oversight and expertise from the dedicated and independent group of volunteers who make up the COP.  The COP helps the agency plan, build and operate the regional mass transit system. The COP was created […]

City of Seattle Looking for Members for Ped Board

The city of seattle is looking for new Pedestrian Advisory Board members. The volunteer group is instrumental in implementing the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan, which was adopted in 2009. The group also advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, and evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the […]

Help Count Peds and Secure Investments

The City of Seattle is collecting information to document the current levels of walking and biking. This is good news. Have you heard the acronym LOS? It stands for the Level of Service and it is crucial in transportation planning and investments. A grade is given to the LOS for roadways for vehicles. So a […]

Feet First endorses proposed rechannelization of NE 125th Street

Feet First endorses the proposed rechannelization of NE 125th Street between Roosevelt Way and 35th Avenue NE to three lanes of traffic.  There has been much debate in Seattle of late about proposals such as this one to convert existing four-lane arterials to three lanes, often referred to as “road diets.”  All too often, the […]

Let Seattle City Council Know Walking is a Right not a Privilege

Get out and vote on walking, biking and transit. Walking is a Right, not a privilege. “It’s the last weekend before the City Council starts voting on the budget (which begins on Wednesday, 11/10). In yesterday’s Budget Committee, the Council’s course was pretty clear. Except for Licata, who suggested a “nudge” for the CPT, and […]

Tolling is coming to the SR 520 bridge-new bus service begins Oct. 2

Need a reason to think of trying transit across SR 520? We’ve got a few: Tolling is coming to the SR 520 bridge in spring 2011. Anyone who walks, know that transit is a key part of extending your trip. Take advantage of the new bus service, which will provide better connections between the communities […]

Seattle Mayor Increases Walk Bike Ride by $5 Million

Seattle Mayor McGinN has proposed his 2011/2012 budget. A $5 million dollar increase for peds, bicyclists and transit Riders. This budget includes more support for walking, biking, and transit. We’ll need your help in order for Seattle to be an equitable, healthy, and safe city for people that walk, bike, and ride. Walk Bike Ride […]

SODO Commuter & Residents Input Needed

Feet First Helps to Make South Downtown (SODO) Seattle More Walkable If you live or work in South Downtown (SODO) neighborhood of Seattle (defined by Jackson Street to the north, Dawson Street to the south, Puget Sound and the Duwamish River on the west, and I-5 on the east), Feet First is asking you to […]

Viaduct Tunnel Impacts Pedestrians

Washington Department of Transportation’s Alaskan Way Viaduct Central Waterfront tunnel project will have serious negative impacts on pedestrian life, specifically in Pioneer Square. Given our mission and the insight we provide to projects, Feet First sent a letter to Seattle Mayor McGinn and Seattle City Council regarding our concerns of the project. WSDOT is proposing […]

Feet First Makes the Goal in Walkability

We are scoring big in our approach towards walking. Virtually everybody walks, and virtually all trips include walking links. Some trips are made across the field. In the case with the World Cup we are having fun introducing a crowd of diverse fans to walkable communities. Check out the talk around the nation.    

Feet First Endorses Nickerson Plan

Feet First endorses the proposed reconfiguration of West Nickerson Street to three lanes of traffic, with improved pedestrian crossings at three locations. This project has been discussed for over two years, it is now time to make Nickerson a safer place for people to walk. An excerpt from the letter we sent to Seattle City […]

Walking Underrepresented in Mayor’s Campaign

Feet First endorses the Seattle Mayor’s Walk Bike Ride campaign. Walking is key to transportation and it is being underrepresented in the campaign. Now is your turn to advocate for a more walkable community. Stand out–wear a green T-Shirt and attend the City of Seattle meetings on WALK BIKE RIDE.  Share how important walking is […]

Blog for Feet First

Thank you for your interest in writing for Feet First! We are recruiting founding editors for our Feet First blog. Once our founding editorial team is in place, we will be starting a writer recruitment drive. This is an unpaid position. If you’re interested in being an Editor of the Feet First blog, please email […]

Feet First Endorses Streets for All Seattle Campaign

Feet First has joined the Streets for All Seattle campaign, a long-term effort to improve the transportation environment in Seattle for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders.  The overall list of transportation needs in Seattle is large and daunting.  In addition to the pedestrian improvements listed above, it includes filling future shortfalls in Metro Transit finances, […]