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2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey


SeattleU is currently conducting their citywide 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The goal of the survey is to gather public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. The final report will be used by the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making our neighborhoods safer. The survey is accessible from now through November 30th in áŠ áˆ›áˆ­áŠ› (Amharic)中文 (Chinese)English한국어 (Korean)Soomaali (Somali)Español (Spanish), and Việt Tiếng (Vietnamese).  A printable copy of the survey is posted on our website to share with those without online access.




Please forward this email, share on social media and otherwise tell your friends, family, co-workers and community members about the survey.

EastPAC thanks Seattle U, the Community Oriented Policing Services Office, the Seattle Police Foundation, and the Seattle Police Department for working to prioritize the communities concerns via this survey and the micro community police plan program.

As always, if you have questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to reply to this message or contact us at



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Sentinel Lights to be Fully Illuminated This Week


As a quick update, the sentinels, which mark the beginning and end of the world’s longest floating bridge, sentinel-diaare being illuminated Thursday night, Sept 1. Although a portion of the sentinels are already lit (see green circle, right) the fixtures that shine up onto the sentinels from the pontoons (see blue circle) will complete the lighting elements.

Crews will test the new fixtures for about one week. During this period, you may see a rainbow of colors as the lights cycle though different colors. After the testing is complete, the lights will default to teal when active from dusk to dawn.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at


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Preventing Car Prowls


In less than a minute, an experienced car prowler can break into a parked vehicle.

A note from Captain Paul McDonagh: “Don’t leave things visible inside the vehicle no matter what the time of day or how long you will be away. This includes removing/hiding the charger cords so thieves don’t think the phone/GPS/tablet is tucked under the seat. My quick review of recent car prowls (car break-ins) showed visible items inside the passenger areas when the car was broken into.”





  • Take a moment to observe your surroundings when leaving or returning to your car.
  • If your car is stored in a carport or parked near your house, leave your exterior lights on throughout the night.
  • Increase the visibility of parking spaces on residential or business properties by trimming back trees and bushes, and installing motion-detecting lighting.
  • Drivers can help keep thieves out of secure parking garages by taking a few moments to ensure security doors fully close behind them. Contact your building management and advise them to accelerate garage door timers.
  • If you park on the street, choose a well-lit, open space.
  • If you park your car in a dark or isolated area, you can make a request for a new streetlight if there is an existing pole nearby. Call (206) 684-7056 for more information.


File a report by calling the non-emergency number at 206-625-5011, or file one online. When filing a report online or over the phone you do not need to remain at the scene. If you choose to call the non-emergency line, simply ask to report a crime and, if it meets the criteria, the call taker will forward you to an officer who will take your report over the phone. The officer will provide you with a case number. If the crime is still in progress or it is an emergency situation, call 9-1-1 immediately!


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Choose the Lake Washington Greenway Route


The Lake Washington Greenway organizers need your help to select which route will become the neighborhood greenway between Madison St and Boyer Ave. This is the route that will be engineered to best accommodate bicyclists and pedestrian traffic. After you finish reading the pros and cons, send your choice of route A, B or C to Lauren Squires.

If you have additional comments about car, bicycle, and pedestrian routes north of Madison St please let them know—they’d love to hear your ideas!



Remember, please send your selection to Lauren Squires.


More about the Lake Washington Greenway Route Project

Wednesday night, August 24, Madison Valley residents held a well attended meeting at Bailey-Boushay House regarding this project. Bob Edmiston of Madison Greenways and David Rodgers, a traffic engineer with MIG lead the meeting. 

What is a Greenway? 

A greenway is a route engineered to be bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Our previous article on greenways can be read here. 

What is this project?

This project is to select, and subsequently design, the route that will be the best bicycle and pedestrian connection between East Madison St and Montlake. 

What is the project timeline?



Is there funding for implementation? 

No, this project does not currently have funding for implementation. The community will apply for grants for elements of implementation, and will work to encourage SDOT to incorporate the route improvements into the annual budget in future years. 

How was this process funded?

Residents applied for the 2016 Park and Streets fund, and were awarded grant money to pay the traffic engineer, MIG, for their help. In addition, community volunteers have spent hundreds of hours talking with residents, mapping routes, studying future SDOT/WDOT plans, and counting cars and bikes.

The Data, So Far

To fully understand the traffic patterns in the neighborhood a study was performed this spring. The study measured vehicle speeds, volumes, route slopes, bicycle counts, and more. 

Arterial Streets

This map shows the high-traffic arterial streets through the neighborhood.



Potential Greenway Routes

Again, here we see the three routes being considered as the North/South connection. I have labeled them A, B, and C for easy identification. 

A = 25th Ave
B = 28th Ave connecting to 26th
C = 29th Ave connecting to 26th



Daily Vehicular Traffic

This map shows the number of cars traveling along the three potential routes each day. 28th Ave East has the most traffic, and this makes sense given the traffic light at Madison and the 28th/MLK intersection.



Vehicle Speeds

On this map we can see where cars are traveling fastest.



Daily Bicycle Traffic

The same route that carries the most cars also carries the most bikes. It’s interesting to note Route B is also the Lake Washington Loop Trail — an existing, well-known bike route.



Street Slopes

While Route A has less traffic, it also has the steepest slopes.



To learn more visit:

Project Website:

Arboretum Neighbors for Safer Streets:

SDOT Neighborhood Greenways Program:


Photos from Wednesday’s Meeting






If you have comments and ideas for this project, please share your feedback by sending email to Lauren Squires.


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Open House on Traffic Safety and Greenways


Mark your calendars to attend an open house on traffic safety improvements and potential routes for a neighborhood greenway connecting the Montlake and Madison Valley neighborhoods.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Bailey-Boushay House
Community Room 2720
E Madison St, Seattle WA 98112

Lake Washington Loop Neighborhood Greenway and Traffic Safety Improvements

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) through the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund are partnering with the Arboretum Neighbors for Safe Streets and Madison Valley Greenways neighborhood groups to study traffic safety improvements and routes for a neighborhood greenway connecting the Montlake and Madison Valley neighborhoods. Join us at our first open house to share you ideas for this study on Wednesday, August 24th. We are eager to hear more from our fellow neighbors who who live, work, shop and play along these streets.

The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan recommends a neighborhood greenway along the Lake Washington Loop in the vicinity of 26th Ave E. and 28th Ave E, between East Harrison and Boyer Ave E. During the summer of 2016, we are studying potential neighborhood greenway routes, identifying traffic safety improvements and developing a conceptual design. This is a neighborhood-lead study and construction is currently not funded.

This is the first of two meetings on the neighborhood greenway. The first meeting shares traffic data and helps us understand where people want to walk and bike and barriers to doing so. At the second meeting we will share the results of technical analysis and public comment and the most promising route with recommended safety improvements.

Seattle is building a network of neighborhood greenways. Greenways are safer, calmer streets for you, your family and neighbors. On streets with low car volumes and speeds they can:

• Improve safety
• Help people cross busy streets
• Discourage cut-thru traffic
• Protect the residential character of our neighborhoods
• Keep speeds low
• Get people to where they want to go like parks, schools, shops, and restaurants




What is a Neighborhood Greenway?

Greenways include speed humps, speed limits of 20 mph, signs to help people find their way, stop signs at streets crossing the greenway, and a combination of flashing beacons, crosswalks, medians, or traffic signals at busy intersections. They do not include bike lanes and have minimal if any on-street parking impacts. Each location varies based on the streets unique characteristics.


If you have comments and ideas for this study, please share your feedback with the project team by emailing Lauren Squires at

Project Website:

Arboretum Neighbors for Safer Streets:

Madison Park Greenways:

Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Park and Street Fund:


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Police and Fire Scanners


Like many in the neighborhood, I heard the sirens of police racing to Madison Park last week. To learn what was happening, we logged into the live broadcast of the Seattle police scanner. 

For over an hour we listened to the reports come in. We followed along as the divers and the row boat were deployed in an effort to find a suspected drowning victim. Thankfully, there was no victim and no one was hurt.


Photo by Matthew Zalewski


Should you ever want to hear what’s happening in the city go here:
Seattle Police Scanner

Also, the Seattle Fire Department maintains a real-time dispatch log on the web that you can view any time to see what’s going on.
Seattle Fire Realtime 911

The website has taken it a step further to include a real time plot on a Google map of recent and active incidents.
Seattle Public 911

The police and fire department asks that you not visit an active crime or fire scene.

A link to the full story regarding the suspected drowning victim, found safe in his home, is here:
Presumed Madison Park drowning victim found safe at home.


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Madison Park Cascadia Rising Emergency Simulation Event


A 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) and the resulting tsunami is the most complex disaster scenario that emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face. Cascadia Rising is an exercise to address that disaster.




Conducting successful life-saving and life-sustaining response operations in the aftermath of a Cascadia Subduction Zone disaster will hinge on the effective coordination and integration of governments at all levels — cities, counties, state agencies, federal officials, the military, tribal nations — as well as non-government organizations and the private sector. One of the primary goals of Cascadia Rising is to train and test this whole community approach to complex disaster operations together as a joint team.

Stop by the Madison Park Emergency Communication Hub (located at the north end of the Madison Park park tennis courts) on Saturday, June 11th from 9:30 – 11:30 AM to learn how you can prepare your family and community for a major event as well as to volunteer to help prepare the Madison Park area.

For more information, please visit the Madison Park Community Council website at


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Safety, Community and Neighborhoods in 2016


Madison Park Community Council invites you to the first of a two-part series:

Safety, Community and Neighborhoods in 2016

Come to an evening Q&A featuring Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. Learn more about how the City Attorney’s office is addressing ongoing community issues impacting the Madison Park, Madison Valley, Denny Blaine and Washington Park neighborhoods.

pete-holmes2Pete Holmes received his B.A. from Yale College in 1978 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984. He first practiced complex commercial litigation for over two decades, including stints as both partner-in-charge of the Insolvency and Reorganization Group and Hiring Partner in the Seattle office of Miller Nash LLP.

Pete was elected City Attorney in November 2009, defeating a two-term incumbent with 64% of the vote, and was re-elected to a second term without opposition in 2013.

Pete was an original member of the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) and served as chair from 2003 to 2008. There he championed the public release of police records and OPARB reports. He is counsel of record for the City of Seattle in the consent decree entered into with the U.S. Department of Justice to reform SPD, in United States of America v. The City of Seattle.

As City Attorney he has worked to make Seattle city government more transparent, and was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to the State Sunshine Committee.

Monday, June 6
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Madison Park Bathhouse
1900 43rd Avenue East

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Community Q&A With Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole


The Madison Park Community Council invites you to the second of a two-part series: Safety, Community and Neighborhoods in 2016 featuring Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.

Chief Kathleen O'Toole was sworn in as Chief of the Seattle Police Department on June 23rd, 2014. Chief O'Toole is a career police officer and lawyer who has earned an international reputation for her principled leadership and reform strategies.




In 2012, Ms. O’Toole completed a six-year term as Chief Inspector of the Gardia Síochána Inspectorate, an oversight body responsible for bringing reform, best practice and accountability to the 17,000 member Irish National Police Service.

Prior to serving in Ireland, Ms. O’Toole rose through the ranks of local and state policing in the United States. During her police career, she was assigned to numerous patrol, investigative, undercover, supervisory and management positions. She served as Superintendent (Chief) of the Metropolitan District Commission Police and Lieutenant Colonel overseeing Special Operations in the Massachusetts State Police. She was later appointed Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety (1994) and Boston Police Commissioner (2004).

Wednesday, June 15
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Park Shore
1630 43rd Avenue East


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Arboretum Neighbors Collaborate to Improve Street Safety


For decades, the residents living north of E Madison St between 23rd Ave E and the Arboretum have grown increasingly concerned about the steadily increasing volume of cars and commercial trucks cutting through their residential streets in an effort to bypass the arterials on either side (23rd Ave E and Lake Washington Blvd). Reckless driving and dangerous speeds have caused numerous serious crashes, damaged vehicles, destroyed traffic circle gardens and people walking and biking have been run off the road along 26th Ave E. Families living in the Arboretum neighborhood don’t feel safe walking or letting children play outside due to the traffic.


Children are at risk from passing traffic.

Replanting the traffic circle.


In 2015, concerned neighbors within the Arboretum neighborhood joined forces and created Arboretum Neighbors for Safer Streets in partnership with Madison Park Greenways and the Madison Valley Community Council to apply for, and win, a $50,000 Neighborhood Park and Street Fund Grant to study potential solutions for restoring the livability of their neighborhood. Some possible outcomes include traffic calming measures such as speed bumps, installation of protected bike lanes, connecting sidewalks, etc. See the map below for location of the study. 




In April, representatives from the three groups who partnered on the grant application met with SDOT staff to plan how to use the funds to achieve neighborhood goals. The first phase is happening now. SDOT is collecting baseline traffic volume and speed data at many points within the Arboretum neighborhood. This data will provide valuable information to understand how traffic is flowing through the area.

After the data is reviewed, the community will work through the summer with SDOT and a traffic engineering firm to develop a set of design recommendations and cost estimates. The final deliverable will be a plan for street improvements. 

The current grant does not include construction funds, therefore no changes will happen to the streets as part of this project. The design and cost estimates that come from this study will inform subsequent construction grant applications that may be applied for as early as 2017.

A Play Street has been organized for Sunday, May 22 2016, between 3 pm and 6 pm whereby 26th Ave E, between Galer and Lee Street, will be closed to traffic so that residents can come together to meet their neighbors, let children play safely on the streets and discuss their concerns regarding traffic patterns in the neighborhood.


A Play Street will be set up on Sunday, May 22, between 3 and 6 pm.

A local safety meeting. 


For questions regarding this project or to get involved to support this community-driven effort, contact Arboretum Neighbors for Safer Streets via


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Madison Park Crossing Flags


Madison Park is very fortunate to have crossing flags that enable people to cross streets, hopefully safely, on East Madison from 32nd Ave East to 43rd Ave East including several side streets like East Lee and East McGilvra Boulevard. The number of crossing locations with flags has increased three-fold since the flags were placed in the business area in 2008 by Historic Madison Park (HMP).

Madison Park is one of the several neighborhoods in Seattle with crossing flags. These flags are okay with the City of Seattle, but they are not funded by the City. We’ve heard that some residents don’t see the need for the crossing flags and some don’t use them, but we believe that the majority of residents want the flags based on feedback we’ve received.


Ken Myrabo and I maintain the flag system with the assistance of others like Jim Hagen and his wife. This effort includes making sure that each of the crossing flag holders have the correct number of flags. Each holder should have three flags except for the Red Apple and Pharmaca locations which have four due to higher pedestrian traffic. The effort also includes replacing broken flag holders and repairing the flags. We often have to replace flags due to theft and vandalism which includes ripping the flag off of the pole, breaking the pole or even trying to burn the flag. We’ve even had some flag holders destroyed by being hit by a vehicle. Currently, with 30 locations it takes 94 flags to cover all areas. The flags cost starts at six dollars each and goes up based on what is on them.

We are now approaching summer with a lot of visitors in the Park. This is the time of year when our flag loss rate goes to 5 to 10 flags per week. We currently have flags provided by State Farm (green) and Key Bank (red). Some people don’t like advertising on the flags, but this is America, and we have stadiums and events supported by businesses. Shortly we will have to order additional flags, and unless an individual is willing to pay for the flags, they too will have advertising from one of our generous businesses. A rough cost for a new order of at least 150 flags would be over $900. 

The flags do not guarantee your safety in crossing the streets, and you should still try to make eye contact with drivers to make sure cars, trucks, and bikers see you. In other words, be defensive when crossing streets. Drivers are supposed to stop when pedestrians are in the intersection, but as we all know, some don’t. Here are a few things you can do to help us with the flags.


  • If you use a flag, please return it to a flag holder in Madison Park. Flags can be used for more than one intersection.
  • If you see a flag that is not in a flag holder, please return it to a flag holder in the Park.
  • If you are at a crossing on the street and notice that there are no flags on the other side, then please help by taking an extra flag across with you. This action is similar to the “pay it forward concept.”
  • Encourage your kids and the seniors to use the crossing flags and to return them to the nearest location.
  • Do not get mad and toss a flag at an offending driver’s vehicle.
  • Contact us before borrowing flags for your private use.


The flags are a community asset for Madison Park, and we hope you use them and encourage others to do so. We also would like to thank those helping us make sure that each flag holder has flags for the next user. If you have any suggestions about the flags or wish to help, please contact us on NextDoor.


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Fire in Madison Valley


Word is that someone at Simply Soulful left something on the stove and left. A third-floor tenant called the fire in because his office was filling with smoke. Eight fire trucks were sent! The firemen broke down the door and ran the hoses inside. Thankfully there was only smoke damage.




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Assault in Harrison Ridge Greenbelt


On Tuesday, May 13 at 2:30 PM three female residents and volunteers working in the Harrison Ridge Greenbelt were assaulted by stranger. He approached smiling with a friendly greeting. Suddenly, he looked enraged and struck one of us with two fists on the side of the head, knocking her to the ground. He looked at the two standing gardeners with malice and raised fists but abruptly turned and walked away.

He was a white male, mid 30’s and a bit unkempt.


Medics and police were summoned by 911. They both arrived promptly, were efficient and kind. The injured woman was treated at the scene and released home.

With our description, the police were able to locate and apprehend the man within the hour. We identified him and he was arrested.

The Parks Dept. and the police will sweep the Greenbelt on Thursday, May 15 to search for any sign of an encampment. We don’t expect anything but are using all caution to ensure our safety.

We cannot praise the fire fighters/ medics or police enough. They were truly wonderful.

Although our community is very safe, occasionally an incident such as this one will happen. This post is to remind everyone to use good judgment and safety awareness while out and about.


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Fire at the Madison Lofts


Report: Smoke billowing from the Madison Lofts build today at 10:45AM. Seven fire trucks and five ambulances on the scene. 





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Monday Street Closure and Party


Arboretum Neighbors for Safe Streets have a SDOT permit to close the block to cars and they are throwing a party!


The volume and speed of cars driving through the neighborhood to avoid busy arterials is a problem. 26th is not an arterial. Our goal for this event is to increase awareness among commuters of the safety concerns along our residential streets. And to have a good time with our neighbors! 

Join us on the closed street for children’s play-time, potluck snacks, and to thank commuters at the barriers for using the arterial! Bring the kids! Bikes, balloons, games and a Scrabble tournament. 

After the Street Social we’re invited to join the other party 6:15 PM at 1210 26th Ave East to discuss how we can create a safer walking, biking and living community in our Arboretum Neighborhood.


Monday April 13 from 4–6 pm
26th Ave East from E. Boyer to E. Galer, including under the bridge.

For further information:
Join our mailing list by sending an email to

Watch for postings of events on


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Captain Pierre Davis Transferred to a Different District


To the East Precinct Community:

Many of you have heard of Chief O’Toole’s unfortunate decision to transfer our outstanding East Precinct Captain Pierre Davis to the Southwest Precinct. In my many years of volunteering in community-police partnership initiatives, I have not experienced another commander that is such a good fit for our community as is Captain Pierre Davis. Pierre works very well with everyone, he has brought much added value to our community. After four transfers of Captains in the recent past, we were hoping that we would not be subject to yet another transfer.

Below is an excerpt of the several emails and letters I wrote to Chief O’Toole, Deputy Chief Best, and Assistant Chief Wilske to encourage them not to transfer Capt. Davis:

“A multitude of long-term, ongoing problems have been resolved under Captain Davis’ watch:

“Successfully negotiating a safety plan with the owner of the Midtown property on 23rd and Union to mitigate criminal activity.

“Successfully influencing Waid’s nightclub to surrender their liquor license after years of late night noise, shootings, drug dealing and other criminal activities, forcing the neighbors to sell and abandon their homes.

“Successfully serving warrants on the house at 27th and Spring, the location of nearly 20 years of drive-by shootings, drug dealing and other serious criminal activity that has been a source of fear and worry to the neighborhood.

“Successfully working with and gaining the trust of the Pike/Pine nightclub community to implement a safety plan that is ongoing and will reduce strong armed robberies and hate crimes.

“Pierre grew up in the Central Area, knows our community and works well with our diverse citizens. People trust him. We are experiencing difficult times in the East Precinct, for example, racial and cultural inequity, hate crimes against LGBTQ citizens, biased policing, sky-high rents and ongoing gun violence. Criminal activity requires tough police response, other issues such as racism, classism, poverty, and substance abuse issues need a leader with diplomacy, sensitivity, and understanding of the root cause of these individuals’ behavior. 

“Captain Pierre Davis has been outstanding in demonstrating all of these requirements. The East Precinct has had far too many command staff changes before Captain Davis arrived 13 months ago. 

“That said, I hope to continue to volunteer in police-community partnerships and strongly believe you will keep Captain Davis in our East Precinct. Thank you in advance for your support!”

Sadly, I wasn’t successful in persuading the SPD Command Staff to respond to our community wishes to keep Captain Davis.

If you would like to comment on Captain Davis, please email:

Kathleen O’Toole, Chief of Police
Steve Wilske, Precinct Captain

[Editor’s Note] We contacted Chief O’Toole about the reason for the transfer. While expressing personal and professional support for Captain Davis, she cited “complicated HR and legal issues” that could not be discussed publicly. “Please know that I agonize over difficult decisions like this,” O’Toole wrote, “but feel I made the right one after weighing all the factors. I know Chief Wilske is making every effort to make the transition as smooth as possible. We really want to bring continuity to precinct leadership throughout the City.”

The author is the Chair of the East Precinct Advisory Council


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Arboretum Neighbors for Safer Streets


We are all aware of the high volumes of vehicle traffic cutting through our neighborhood, often at high speeds. This problem is only going to worsen with the removal of the eastbound SR-520 ramp from Lake WA Blvd. We are urging Seattle leaders to immediately fund and implement effective traffic calming measures on our streets as part of the Lake Washington Loop Greenway project. Please join us to help plan and advocate for safer streets in our neighborhood!

safe-streetsMap legend: Big Orange lines = arterial streets. The thin Green line is the future Lake Washington Loop Greenway.


Running from Madison Street to SR-520, the Greenway would address:

1. Traffic Flow Change. Concentrating both eastbound SR-520 commuter ramps at the Montlake Blvd interchange will cause more drivers to seek cut-through routes through our neighborhood.

2. Neighborhood Livability. Cut-through vehicle traffic today presents a significant unmitigated danger to people walking, biking and playing in our neighborhood. Cut-through traffic has adversely impacted both our quality of life and our sense of community.

3. Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Network. The existing Lake Washington Loop signed bicycle route is not only essential for local non-motorized mobility options, but is a critical segment of the 2014 Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, a plan which was unanimously passed by the City Council and the Mayor. It is also a very popular jogging and walking route for the neighborhood. 

4. Safe Route to Schools and Jobs. The Lake Washington Loop route is only remaining non-arterial northbound residential through route connecting E Madison St to the University of Washington. Our neighborhood is in the McGilvra Elementary School attendance area. This is the only viable route for our children to bike or walk to McGilvra Elementary School. We need one safe route to not only our only public school, but also local preschools, private schools, junior and high schools and the University of Washington, the largest public school and employer within the City of Seattle.

5. The City of Seattle has studied and recommended cut-through traffic mitigation along this route numerous times.

6. It’s Really Cheap. For a negligible fraction of the cost of major road projects being implemented in this corridor, excellent all-ages-and-abilities walking and biking routes can quickly be established. Transportation planners call this amount of money “decimal dust.”


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SDOT Bulletin - Sidewalk & Curb Ramp Construction


Jan 29, 2015 – Gary Merlino Construction, working on behalf of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), has demolished the sidewalk on the south side of E Madison Street from MLK Way east to the crosswalk at 28th Avenue E (in front of Jae’s Asian Bistro & Sushi), along with demolition of the northside landing of the crosswalk (the northeast corner of 28th & Madison).

The crews will bulb out the southside sidewalk an additional 5’, creating a shorter and safer crossing for pedestrians, while also making a wider and more inviting pedestrian-friendly sidewalk. Finally, new ADA-compliant curb ramps will be installed on both the north and south landings of the crosswalk.

SDOT extends its apology for failing to provide adjacent businesses with advance notification of the start of construction. It is our policy to provide businesses with such notice and of expected construction impacts, something we fell short of in this instance.

SDOT’s signal engineers are taking advantage of the sidewalk project to also make some signal upgrades at the intersection. This work should only take several days, with the sidewalk construction crew expected to return next Tuesday or Wednesday (February 27 or 28). At that point, they expect it will take them another five working days to complete the sidewalk restoration.

Questions and/or concerns can be directed to Paul Elliott, SDOT Community Relations, 206/684-5321 or

Thank you for your cooperation, patience, and understanding.

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ACTION/FEEDBACK: Dorffel Drive Intersection Reconfiguration Study


Your feedback is needed on an experimental pedestrian safety intersection reconfiguration. Please share this invitation for feedback to anybody you know who uses Dorffel Dr E and the intersection of E Harrison St at Lake Washington Blvd (between The Bush School and Lake View Park). As supporters of safe routes to schools, parks and other local destinations, your feedback is very much needed at some point between now and Oct 6th.


As part of The Bush School's commitment to experiential education, students in the 2014 winter Action Module Program (AMP) ventured beyond the traditional classroom setting and engaged with local community organizations to develop a Safe-Routes-To-School map.

The students identified the three way intersection of E Harrison St, Lake Washington Blvd and 37th Ave E (separating The Bush School from Lake View Park) to be a hazard to students arriving by foot or by bike from the south (Denny Blaine, Madrona and Leschi).

When asked by the Denny Blaine Neighbors for Safer Streets (DBNFSS), local community groups (Madison Park Community Council and Madison Park Greenways) agreed to help study this issue. Subsequently, the MPCC collaborated with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to execute a 6 week test of a new configuration of the intersection of Lake Washington Blvd and 37th Ave E.

From Aug 18 through Oct 6, this new configuration will be evaluated using temporary materials to see how it performs and to see if there are any unforeseen problems with the configuration. The final reconfiguration won't resemble the current one. Numerous usability problems are already apparent, but data from this experiment will inform the design process.

While SDOT will conduct quantitative traffic volume and speed data as part of this study, qualitative data is needed in order to understand who uses this intersection (and especially Dorffel Dr E) and what role it plays in the lives of those who depend on it today. Love it or hate it, this is where your experience and insights are crucial to a successful long term outcome.

In order to fully participate in this data gathering activity, it's important for you to experience the test reconfiguration in as many ways as possible. Since it's primarily a pedestrian safety study, we ask you to walk from The Bush School through this intersection to Lake View Park and back. Experience it at different times of day and in different lighting conditions. If you drive, try it out from each of the three legs of the intersection. Note whether traffic is moving more slowly, attentively and carefully than before. If you own a bicycle, try rolling between the barriers and see if you feel more or less comfortable waiting for a break in traffic than before.

Once you've experienced it fully, come back and fill out this short survey to capture your experiences. (Pardon that some of the text fields are small, you can paste in responses from a text editor or word processor if you find it easier.) If you have further insights later, come back and give more comments. Spread the word, we need lots of feedback.

After the test period, the temporary treatment will be removed so we can study the traffic with the previous configuration.

Thank you for your support and patience during this experiment. Your written feedback is vital to informing the design process.


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The Opening of the McGilvra Greenway


You are cordially invited to the opening of the McGilvra Greenway.

Greenway Bulb

We’ll be meeting on the new corner bulb at 37th Ave E and E Madison St (Broadmoor Golf Course Fence, SE corner) at 1:30 pm on Saturday Sep 21st. This is our opportunity to thank city employees and elected officials for responding to community concerns and making our neighborhood safer and more livable by implementing a traffic-calming greenway on the nearest four blocks leading to McGilvra Elementary School.

It’ll also be a really fun time to explore and try out our first few blocks of neighborhood greenway in a car-free environment. We’ll be opening the street to people while closing it to cars for one hour. If you haven’t experienced a completed greenway, this is your chance to see what all the excitement is about. Bring kids, sidewalk chalk, bikes, parents, friends, neighbors, grandparents.

A bit of background we’ll be sharing: The need for safety improvements along 37th Ave E was brought to the Madison Park Community Council (MPCC) back in late 2011 by Brian Connolly, a concerned McGilvra PTA parent, who had observed a life-threatening collision when a child biking to school collided with an SUV being driven by a parent who just dropped off her child at McGilvra Elementary. Brian, and the residents along 37th Ave E, had recognized the severity of the hazards in their area and were motivated to make change happen.

Over the next several years, a coalition of residents, parents and volunteers collaborated first with Brian Dougherty, Safe Routes to School Coordinator working within the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to get the intersection of 37th Ave E at E Madison St redesigned for safety. Then, this coalition collaborated with SDOT Neighborhood Greenway implementers Emily Ehlers and Dawn Schellenberg to design and construct the 4.5 blocks of greenway we have today. The work accomplished by SDOT and the community has been excellent and we want to thank them for doing a great service to our whole community.

The intersection and greenway are important beginnings of a community-wide network of calm, pleasant neighborhood back streets where people of all ages and abilities can move about with dignity and comfort, whether they choose to walk, bike, roll in a wheel chair or drive. We’re planning a ribbon cutting celebration to thank all those involved and to share our success with the broader community.

We really hope you can attend and share the invite others.

Greenway Crosswalk


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The 30th Annual Night Out is August 5th


“Night Out” is a national Crime Prevention event. Seattle has had a long history of supporting Night Out — the program has been growing every year, with over 1,400 neighborhoods participating in 2013. The event is a unique opportunity to bring neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, and games. Some gatherings are just a few households; others expand into large block parties.

It only takes one neighborhood volunteer to register your block for a party. Invitations, flyers, signs for closing the street, earthquake preparedness tips, and crime prevention block watch guides are for free for these events. It’s fun and easy! For more info or to register your block, go to the web address:


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Crossing at 26th and Boyer

JUNE 29, 2014 | EDITOR

SDOT will be improving the intersection of 26th and Boyer. This will become a 5-way stop for cars. A striped pedestrian crossing will be located on the east side of the intersection crossing Boyer.

26th & Boyer

These improvements will be happening at the end of summer 2014. View design (PDF) of the intersection.


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King County crews respond to sinkhole.

JUNE 1, 2014 | EDITOR

King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) crews and contractors are responding to a sinkhole that was reported May 31, along 40th Avenue near East Olive Street in Madison Valley.

Crews came to cover the sinkhole with steel plates for safety reasons, and traffic flow can continue through the neighborhood. Community outreach employees with WTD are going door-to-door along 40th Avenue to provide information about the work that will be taking place in the neighborhood to repair the sinkhole. 

The sinkhole is approximately five feet wide and four feet deep, and surrounding a WTD manhole cover. Crews have not yet determined the cause of the sinkhole, and don’t believe that the sewer line running down 40th Avenue is broken.

There are several buried pipes that run through the area, including sewer and water pipes, and it has not yet been determined whether one of the pipes has broken.


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Neighborhood Meeting to Discuss Greenways


Recently I learned that there is a possibility of getting funding for a greenway through our neighborhood. This could happen as soon as February 2014. There are lots of advantages to having a greenway, including reduced traffic and increased property values. In order to make this happen, we need you to show up at a Madison Valley Greenways Gathering.

Greenway Bikers

At the meeting, we’ll discuss what a greenway is, and how it will benefit the residents of Madison Valley. We’ll ask you to diagram on a map how you travel through the neighborhood; where you see pedestrian, bicycle, and auto problems; and what you envision for your street and immediate surroundings.

Read more about greenways.

When: Wednesday, Dec 11th at 6:30 PM
Where: Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse, 2818 East Madison Street

If you have questions about greenways or the Greenways Gathering, please email or call 206 552-0345.


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Find It, Fix It


Fighting graffiti just went digital. The City of Seattle has developed an app called “Find It, Fix it” that allows users to report graffiti via their smartphones. 

With Find It, Fix It, reporting an issue is as easy as snapping a photo with your phone, adding some details, and tapping Submit. The app’s “drag and drop” map feature or the phone’s own technology can be used to pinpoint the location. The report is automatically routed to the appropriate department for response.

In addition to graffiti, you can also report abandoned vehicles, potholes, parking enforcement, and make other inquiries.

What happens once you’ve submitted a photo? 

Submissions are entered into the city’s Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system, and departments responsible for providing that specific service will manage and track requests. The City of Seattle began using the CRM system in December 2011, and cautions that there may be some initial delays in response time as city departments adjust to any increase in service requests. 

The City anticipates adding other request types in the future and welcomes feedback on the app and ideas for additional features. Users should choose the Find It, Fix It app’s “other inquiry” category – found under the “New Request” icon – to submit feedback.

You can read more about Find It, Fix It on the city’s website, and this GeekWire review

Download the app for iOS or Android.


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