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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: Car Free Days Come to Rainier Valley

8/29/2008  10:25:00 AM

Car Free Days Come to Rainier Valley
Participants encouraged to bike, walk or take transit to event

SEATTLE - This Sunday, August 31, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Rainier Avenue S from S Alaska St to S Orcas St will be opened up to walkers and bicyclists as part of Mayor Greg Nickels’ campaign to “Give Your Car the Summer Off.”

Here’s what to expect during this time:

  • Motorists cannot use Rainier Avenue S between S Alaska and S Orcas streets.
  • Motorists will also not be able to use small sections of nearby roadways: S Alaska St (Rainier Ave S - 38th Ave S), 38th Ave S (S Alaska St - S Conover Way) and S Conover Way (38th Ave S - Cascadia Ave S).
  • Exceptions are being made for emergency response and people with special needs.
  • No parking is allowed along the route from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Detour signs will guide motorists around the event via S Alaska to Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S to S Orcas and back to Rainier Avenue S.
  • Metro bus route 7 will follow the detour route and make stops on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S during the event.
  • Car Free Days complement the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Lake Washington Boulevard Bicycle Sunday that runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event connects Genesee Park to Rainier Avenue’s neighborhood business centers and is a chance to see how livable the city is when people drive less. All participants are encouraged to bike, walk or take transit to the event. If Seattleites drive every vehicle 1,000 miles a year less (about 20 miles a week), we can meet our current climate pollution reduction goals. For more information on Car Free Days visit:

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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