With organizations like Seattle Transit Hikers out there, it may only have been a matter of time. The massive National Forest to the east is seeking ways to provide non-car access to its recreation areas, and they’re hearing from focus groups on Wednesday and Thursday. Here’s the flyer if you’re interested.
Much, much more after the jump.
The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in partnership with West Virginia University and the U.S. Department of Transportation is developing an Alternative Transportation System from the Seattle Metro Area to various recreation areas on the Forest. This project is in efforts to make the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest accessible to an increasingly diverse population within the region. During the summer of 2012 and winter of 2013, data were collected along three main transportation arteries into the Forest- Interstate 90, Highway 2 and Highway 542. A total of 1,259 surveys were collected during morning, afternoon and early evening time frames on both week and weekend days. The data is providing management with information about visitor demographics, trip length, activity participation, willingness to pay for transportation fees and preferred mode of transportation.
Managers and researchers would like to conduct a series of Focus Group Interviews with Seattle community members to gather opinions and information on what would be the most effective and efficient way to get people to the Forest. We are looking to the Seattle Transit Blog assistance in finding participants. We would like to have eight to ten committed community members per meeting to come sit down with the project committee and share their ideas. Three neighborhoods in the Seattle Metro-Area are of particular interest to the project committee- SoDo in downtown Seattle, Lake Hills in West Bellevue and Latona/Burien in SeaTac. The following is the meeting schedule with the dates, times and locations:
Wednesday, May 8
Lake Hills Library
15590 Lake Hills Blvd
Bellevue, WA 98007
Thursday, May 9
Valley View Library
17850 Military Road South
SeaTac, WA 98188
Please feel free to contact us at any time with any further questions by emailing Dr. Robert Burns Robert.Burns@mail.wvu.edu .