Friday, June 13, 2014

Bike Fair At Children's On Saturday Celebrating Phase 1 Projects Of Livable Streets Initiative

On Saturday from 10-2pm, Children's Hospital is having a bike fair and Livable Streets Celebration of the completion of the Phase 1 neighborhood projects.

The Livable Streets Initiative, is a mitigation plan and collaborative study completed in 2009-2010 involving Children's Hospital, Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) and other NE Seattle neighborhoods

In March a new signal at Sand Point Way and 52nd Avenue NE was Project number 7 as part of the Livable Streets Initiative, included in the Major Institutions Master Plan, which is a 20 year plan for improving bike/pedestrian connectivity throughout Northeast Seattle.  The goal of the initiative is to "create projects to improve safety, health, flow of transportation and livability around the hospital," their website says.

Some of the other improvements noted on the hospital website include crosswalk improvements at 40th Avenue NE and NE 52nd Streets, the Cycle Track on Sand Point Way, the Greenway on 39th Avenue NE, and the recently completed connection to the Burke Gilman Trail behind the Hartman Building (old Sandpoint Pediatrics location) on Sand Point Way.

The website says:

The new link between the Burke-Gilman Trail and Seattle Children’s is open next to the Hartmann Building on Sand Point Way. The link is direct, beautiful and – best of all – it’s safe for bikers, walkers, skateboarders and everyone else who uses the trail.
If you haven’t used the trail in the past, this is a great opportunity to check it out. Take a lunchtime walk on the trail, picnic at a bench or post a message the community message board at the trailhead on Sand Point Way. 
With the trail link complete, Children’s has finished all the projects in Phase 1 of our Livable Streets Initiative, which aims to make the neighborhood a better place to bike and walk for people of all ages and abilities. 

"Taken together these improvements make it safer and more convenient to families and people of all ages to connect to parks, schools, bus lines, and opportunities to exercise." the website says.

Paulo told us a few months ago:

With the completion of this project and the access ramp to the Burke-Gilman Trail at the Hartman Building, we will have completed all of the phase one Livable Streets Initiative projects. The Initiative is intended to follow all phases of hospital expansion until the 2030 Master Plan is completed. When a new phase of development is approved, the LSI will pick up again with addition funds and new projects.

Some of the activities at the Open House will be:
• Bike to School Awards presented by Cascade Bicycle Club
• Walk and ride the newly completed connection to the Burke Gilman Trail
• Walk and bike tours of the Greenway and improved connections
• Bike rodeo for kids
• Free helmet and fittings for kids
• Food
Parking is available in Lot 1 off of Penny Drive.

For more about the Livibale Street Initiatieve go here or email

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