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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Mayor seeks candidates for pedestrian advisory board

10/24/2008  3:06:00 PM
Brian Dougherty (206) 684-5124, Kristine Kertson (206) 233-0073

Mayor seeks candidates for pedestrian advisory board

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels is seeking candidates for a vacant position on the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board (SPAB).

Members of the SPAB are appointed by both the mayor and the City Council to serve renewable, two-year terms. Board members must reside in Seattle and serve without compensation. People of color and people with visual impairments are especially encouraged to apply.

"Pedestrian safety is an important priority of mine," said Nickels. "I urge those with a strong interest in pedestrian issues and keeping Seattle a walkable city to consider volunteering for this important position."

Established in 1993, the SPAB advises city staff and departments on issues related to pedestrian safety and accessibility. These include policies and plans affecting the pedestrian environment, and ongoing input on projects throughout the city which could potentially change the pedestrian environment. SPAB also provides input on annual decisions about budget priorities, and targets specific issues of interest to board members.

SPAB seeks applicants from a variety of ages, walks of life and areas of the city of Seattle. Past and current members include professional designers and engineers, neighborhood activists, landscape architects, and people of various ages, ethnic backgrounds and levels of mobility who have an interest in pedestrian issues.

Potential projects for SPAB review in the coming months include the Pedestrian Master Plan, the Alaskan Way Viaduct, capital improvement projects, and a variety of transportation policies. Ongoing topics of interest include physical obstructions in the pedestrian right-of-way, enforcement of violations at crosswalks, public education about pedestrian issues, and city budgets, both present and future.

The board meets downtown in City Hall the second Wednesday of every month, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, go to the SPAB Web site at

To apply for appointment to the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board, submit your résumé and a letter of interest by Friday, Nov. 14, 2008. In keeping with the mayor's "Paper Cuts" program, electronic submissions are preferred. E-mail your letter and résumé to or submit by mail to:

Brian Dougherty
Seattle Department of Transportation
Pedestrian Program
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3709
P.O. Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

The city of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and commissions. Women, young people, senior citizens, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, people of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact Brian Dougherty via e-mail at or visit the board Web site at

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