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Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board

Progress Report
For the years 2000 and 2001
Submitted to the Mayor and City Council, 21 January 2001

The following are noteworthy activities and actions taken by the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board during 2000 and 2001.

  1. Board Actions Relating to Changes in City Policies
    • The Board sent the City Council specific comments on proposed amendments to Seattle Comprehensive Plan policies relating to removal of street parking to facilitate transit (policy T28), intermediate capacity transit (T37), and Key Pedestrian Streets (T48). The thrust of the policy comments and the accompanying letter was to stress that whenever parallel parking is removed on a city street for the purpose of facilitating transit or traffic flow, that specific evaluation be made of the effect on the pedestrian environment and, when warranted, that mitigation be required. (November 2000)
    • The Board endorsed a Proposed Text Amendment to the Land Use Code to allow modified (i.e., lower) parking requirements for multifamily structures for low-income families. The Board's endorsement was communicated in a message to the City Council. (August 2001)
  2. Board Input into Projects, Plans and Studies
    • The Board voted to go on record in support of the Eastlake community's effort to secure a walking trail connection under I-5. This support was communicated to the Mayor, the City Council and to SeaTran. (June 2000)
    • One member of the Board participated in a Planning Workshop for the Potlatch Trail. (February 2001)
    • Three Board members participated in Stakeholder Meetings for the West Seattle and the North Seattle corridors of the Seattle Transit Initiative. (Summer 2001).
    • One Board member participated in an Advisory Group for the University Area Transportation Study. (Spring and Summer 2001)
    • Two Board members participated in a series of Stakeholder Meetings for the North Waterfront Access Project (in the vicinity of Alaskan Way and Broad Street). They provided extensive commentary on the project scoping, on the various identified alternatives and on the draft recommendations. (Summer and Fall 2001)
    • The Board adopted a motion, for transmission to the Mayor and the City Council, urging Seattle City government to advocate that Trans-Lake Washington project Alternative 3 be advanced to the EIS phase of analysis. The Board favors Alternative 3 because it adds HOV capacity but does not add lanes for purpose motor vehicle traffic and because it identifies I-90 as the preferred route for rail mass transit. (September 2001)
    • A Board member is participating on the stakeholder committee for the SR99 North Multi-Modal Corridor Study. (Ongoing, started Summer 2001)
    • Additionally, one member of the Board?although formally invited as a representative of a neighborhood group is participating on the Volunteer Leadership Team for the SR99 Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement. (Ongoing, started Summer 2001)
  3. Board Input on Proposed City Actions
    • The Board endorsed the pedestrian trails elements of the ProParks Citizens Committee proposal for a "ProParks Levy." The Board sent a letter to the Mayor and the City Council urging that these elements be included in the levy proposal they were preparing to offer to the voters. (May 2000). The trails elements were indeed retained in the final ProParks2000 levy proposal and the Board voted to endorse the ProParks2000 levy. (August 2000)
    • The Board, in a message to the City Council, objected to the vacation of a portion of Lakeside Blvd. E in favor of Broadmoor Country Club. (June 2001)
    • The Board commented on the mid-biennium proposed City budget adjustments. The Board urged the City Council to maintain a viable level of funding for the Neighborhood Street Fund, a key resource for implementing Neighborhood Plan improvements. (November 2001)
  4. Board Operations and Outreach
    • The Board took the initiative to recruit candidates to fill vacant positions. The Board was successful in attracting a strong field of candidates and in filling five positions. (December 1999 to May 2000)
    • The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board adopted a "Responsibilities, Policies, and Procedures" document to serve as a manual for the functioning of the Board. (September 2000)
    • The Board held an annual retreat to identify key issues of concern and develop priorities for the coming year. (October 1999 and February 2002)
    • The Board did an annual field trip to view examples?positive and negative?of pedestrian conditions and pedestrian facilities in various locations in the city. (June 2000 and August 2001)
    • The Board maintains regular contacts with the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (one member of the Pedestrian Advisory Board attends meetings of the Bicycle Advisory Board). (Ongoing)
    • The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board wrote a column on pedestrian issues that was published in several Seattle neighborhood weeklies (April 2001)
    • The Pedestrian Advisory Board is one of ten City Boards/Commissions participating in the "Get Engaged" program, which places a young adult on the Board as full member. One Board member is serving as "mentor" to the young adult member and is participating in Get Engaged program activities. (August 2001 to September 2002)