Dear Seattle City Councilmembers,
I care about making every neighborhood in Seattle a great place to walk, bike, and live, and Seattle has fallen far behind on it's promises and goals.
That's why I am writing in support of the projects outlined in the MASS Transportation Package and listed below.
We need elected leaders to go beyond general statements of support for transportation and environmental issues, and act now to align our city budget with Seattle's values.
In the 2019 Seattle City Budget, please fund:
- Safe spaces for people to walk and roll:
- Find a long-term, sustainable source of funding for new sidewalks,
- Continue to fund the Home Zone Pilot, which creates low-cost, neighborhood solutions for places with no sidewalks.
- Fund construction of a pedestrian space on Thomas St
- Fund a safe crossing for the Duwamish Longhouse.
- Safe spaces for people to bike:
- Find funding for the unfunded routes in the bicycle implementation plan (as you unanimously supported in RES 31894 last month), including the Georgetown to South Park Trail and the Beacon Ave Trail,
- Maintain the bicycle infrastructure that we do have, and
- Fund the installation of in-street bike and scooter parking corrals.
- Other Transportation Improvements:
- Safe Routes to School: Fund an Active Transportation Coordinator to help kids get safely to school, and restore funding to the Safe Routes to School program that was siphoned off into the general fund last year.
- Transit Priority: Find funding to double bus lane mileage and increase signal priority for transit.
- Transportation Equity Agenda: Find funding to support and staff SDOT’s Transportation Equity Agenda and to implement the agenda department-wide.
- Measure What Matters: SLI directing SDOT to develop alternative evaluation methods to traditional vehicular “level of service” analysis.
Thank you for your support in creating a safer, more sustainable, and more equitable city for us all.