Help Get Seattle Moving–Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board seeks new members

The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) is accepting applications for new members to advise the City on the concerns and needs of the growing bicycling community. The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1977, plays an influential role in implementing the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Current members represent all types of cyclists and skill levels, from casual weekend riders to year-round commuters. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be city employees. The board meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seattle City Hall.

Mayor Murray and the City Council are committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, youths, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are encouraged to apply. Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by June 6th to with “SBAB” in the subject line. Interested persons without internet access may call 206.684.7583.

To learn more about the board or join the mailing list for agendas and other board updates, please visit






Come Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets with Us!

Neighborhood groups and the City of Seattle are teaming up again this year to create fun for residents on local streets and to support nearby businesses through the Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets program. The kick-off event will be Sunday, May 18 in West Seattle’s Alki neighborhood. Additional events will take place between May and August in Ballard, Greenwood/Phinney Ridge and the Rainier Valley.

In its seventh year, Celebrate Summer Streets events open up roads to pedestrians and bicyclists, offering people a way to celebrate the spirit and personality of their neighborhood. Each of the four events is organized in partnership with a local group.

“Families need affordable recreation opportunities that help build communities,” explained Goran Sparrman, interim director of the Seattle Department of Transportation. “Through the leadership of local community groups, Summer Streets promotes our neighborhoods and encourages people to walk and bike.”

Celebrate Summer Streets partners for 2014 include Cascade Bicycle Club, Feet First, Zipcar, the Greenwood/Phinney Chamber of Commerce, the Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce and the West Seattle High School PTSA. City agencies, such as the Seattle Police Department, and Seattle Parks and Recreation are also partners in this effort.

Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets is modeled after similar successful events held in New York; San Francisco; Portland; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Bogota, Colombia.

There will be a variety of activities and entertainment at each event. Children and adults can enjoy riding their bicycles on the street without having to worry about their safety around cars. Kids can enjoy participating in art activities such as drawing with chalk or painting on the street.

Below is the calendar of events for the year:

  • Alki

May 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Alki Avenue Southwest, between 57th Avenue Southwest and 63rd Avenue Southwest

  • Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike to Work Day and Summer Streets Party

May 29, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bergen Place Park and 22nd Avenue Nothwest between Northwest Market Street and Ballard Avenue Northwest

  • PhinneyWood

August 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Greenwood Avenue/Phinney Avenue from North 67th  Street to North 87th Street

  •  Rainier Valley

August 16, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Rainier Avenue South from South Alaska Street to South Brandon Street

For more information, please contact Jonathan Dong at 206.233.8564 or

Protest March and Rally today

This afternoon there will be an Oromo Community Protest Rally and March to denounce the massacre of Oromo students by the government of Ethiopia.  An expected 400 participants will gather prior to the march at the Yesler Community Center located at 917 Yesler Way. The march, which will begin at 2 p.m., will move west on Yesler Way to Dilling Way; east on Dilling (wrong way) to Fourth Avenue; north on Fourth  to Madison Street; west on Madison to Second Avenue, south on Second to the Federal Building for the rally.  Seattle Police will escort the march which will likely produce a rolling slowdown as it moves through Downtown Seattle; motorists should plan accordingly.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114

OED Launches New On Board Othello Webpage

A new website highlighting the Othello neighborhood has been launched by Seattle’s Office of Economic Development.


On Board Othello is focused specifically on fostering strong and vibrant commercial growth in the Othello/Graham MLK corridor. Current organizations involved include: Artspace, HomeSight, MLK Business Association, Othello Park Alliance (OPA), Othello Station Community Advisory Team (OSCAT), Rainier Chamber of Commerce, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund (RVCDF), SouthEast Effective Development (SEED), City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, and City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and the list continues to grow.


The webpage includes links to an Othello-Graham Retail Real Estate Market Analysis and an Othello Retail Analysis. Both analyses can help inform local business owners as they START, GROW, and GREEN their business.

See the webpage here.