Seattle Children’s is spending $4m on local transportation improvements, and is holding a workshop on Saturday to gather community input. Below is a note from Paulo Nunes-Ueno, transportation director of Seattle Children’s:
Seattle Children’s Hospital and our co- sponsors invite you to the Seattle Children’s Livable Streets Workshop on Saturday, November 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the University of Washington’s Gould Hall. Seattle Children’s has committed to spend nearly $4 million on transportation improvements in Northeast Seattle, and we need your help envisioning potential projects.
What is a Livable Street? The November 13th Workshop is an opportunity to brainstorm what a Livable Street can be. Your input will help shape projects such as:
- Streets where everyone, from children to senior citizens, feels safe walking and biking to transit, work, schools, shops, and community centers
- Improvements that make accessing and using transit simple, fast, and welcoming
- Road designs that make traffic safer and more predictable
- Intelligent Transportation Systems on arterials that provide real-time congestion and travel time information to drivers and transit providers
Why is Seattle Children’s investing in Livable Streets? At Seattle Children’s our mission is to “prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease.” With the help of our neighbors and supporters throughout the region, Children’s has developed an expansion plan that will allow our Northeast Seattle campus to grow in size, to accommodate state-of-the-art equipment and 250 new beds that will enable Children’s to treat more kids and fight challenging chronic diseases.
At the same time, we recognize there is a vital link between the built environment and our health. The work of researchers like Seattle Children’s Brian Saelens highlight how land use, transportation systems, and urban design impact health outcomes such as obesity, asthma, and injury. We also know that driving less is a key part of the solution to the world’s climate crisis.
Seattle Children’s Livable Streets Initiative is designed to mitigate our traffic impacts while at the same time improve our streets, making them safer and healthier for everyone.
How will Seattle Children’s invest these transportation dollars? There are three distinct funds that make up the Livable Streets Initiative: 1) $2M for pedestrian and bicycle improvements, 2) $0.5M for Intelligent Transportation Systems on the NE 45th Street, Montlake and Sand Point Way corridors and 3) $1.4M for safety and corridor improvement projects called out in Children’s EIS, which largely comes from the University Area Transportation Study.
Livable Streets not only support all transportation modes, but also contribute to the well-being of our families, neighborhoods, and the planet. Help us make Livable Streets a reality. Bring your good ideas to the Seattle Children’s Livable Streets Workshop on November 13th at Gould Hall in the University of Washington Campus.
For more information, visit http://construction.seattlechildrens.org/livablestreets