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Entries from June 2012

New bus lane on Aurora Avenue North

June 26th, 2012 by master

The southbound curb lane of Aurora Avenue North has been converted into a bus and right-turn-only lane, also known as a “BAT” lane (Business Access and Transit). According to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the lane will start south of the Dexter Avenue off-ramp and continue south to Mercer Street. Crews worked on striping over the weekend, and the lane is now in service.

SDOT says King County Metro Transit will be starting RapidRide E Line service on Aurora Avenue North in 2013, but asked the City to install the lane earlier to keep buses moving during several ongoing construction projects. The Aurora corridor serves around 30,000 passengers everyday, and SDOT says using the southbound BAT lane will allow Metro to, “establish the travel pattern for both current and future service on Aurora, instead of changing it repeatedly to work around construction projects.”

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Seattle Spoke & Food event Tuesday night

June 25th, 2012 by master

Tomorrow, restaurants across the city will participate in the third annual Spoke & Food event, “an evening of dining and bikes” where restaurants will donate 20 percet of their revenue to the FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank. In Wallingford, Julia’s is participating, and the Wallingford Center is the neighborhood sponsor.

The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday night. The event was started three years ago, “by a group of friends as a way to influence the culture of Seattle, to build community and to show how easy and fun bicycling to and from dinner, while also raising money for charity,” according to a press release about the event. For more information, click here.

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Wallingford greenway now complete

June 15th, 2012 by master

As we’ve reported before, Wallingford is the first neighborhood to receive a ‘greenway,’ which is an alternative and safer route for bikes and pedestrians. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has announced today that the Wallingford Greenway is now complete, and this Saturday, bicyclists and pedestrians in Wallingford will celebrate the installation of Seattle’s first Neighborhood Greenway along N 43rd and N 44 th streets between Stone Way N and Latona Avenue NE.

Map of Seattle’s proposed greenways

From SDOT:

Traffic calming improvements include adding a green bike box(es) at 43rd/Wallingford, 44th/Latona, and 44th/Thackery; constructing a median at 43rd and Stone Way; adding on-street parking and installing signs to reinforce existing parking restrictions; as well as the addition of new directional signs and pavement markings. The new Greenway provides access to Wallingford Center, Wallingford Playfield, Hamilton International School and the school programs located in the Lincoln High School building. It also offers an alternative route to using busier N 45th Street.

The official opening of the Wallingford Greenway is this Saturday, June 16 at 5 p.m. Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, SDOT Director Peter Hahn and community members are hosting a ribbon cutting across N 44th Street at Corliss allowing Kidical Mass—a family bike ride for kids of all ages—to pass through.

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Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade this weekend

June 14th, 2012 by master

This weekend is the annual Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade.

The Fremont Fair will kick off with music from 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday night with music from Kissing Potion, Unite-One, Soul Senate, Lucky Brown and Altered States of Funk, and Yogoman Burning Band featuring SambAmore at the Redhook Main Stage.

On Saturday, the Solstice Parade starts at noon in downtown Fremont, and is put on by the Fremont Arts Council. As usual, there will be painted naked cyclists galore making their way from downtown Fremont to Gas Works Park. But, new this year is the “We the People Power Festival” at Gas Works Park from 1 to 7 p.m. According to the event’s website, the festival is a,”celebration of sustainable living, people-powered action and grassroots democracy, with hands-on fun for the whole community.”

Sunday at 2:30 p.m. will be the “Dads and Dogs Day,” a dog (and owner) parade that winds through the fair. There will also be “Yoga for the Solstice” and more events. For a full line-up of the weekend’s festivities, visit the Fremont Fair website.

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New parent-support group session in July

June 12th, 2012 by master

In July, the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) is offering a new parent-support group in Wallingford. It’s called Little Peppers, a group where parents, “meet, share and learn about the joys and challenges of parenting two young children,” according to the PEPS website.

From PEPS:

The Program for Early Parent Support has room for more families in an upcoming session of Little Peppers that takes place at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Little Peppers is a group where parents meet, share, and learn about the joys and challenges of parenting two young children. Little Peppers is for families with two children under age three. Meetings are led by a professional facilitator with the help of an assistant to keep the toddlers busy. Babies and children remain in the room with their parents for the entire meeting – which makes for a busy and exciting morning!

The summer session of Little Peppers will meet on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. starting July 10. The program fee for the 8-week session is $120. Scholarships are available.

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Fall soccer signups for Woodland Soccer Club

June 5th, 2012 by master

There’s still time to sign up for the fall soccer program with the Woodland Soccer Club. The program is for  kids ages 5 to 18 (kids must be at least 5 by 7/31/12).

According to the club, players are assigned to teams by age. “Players must play on a team in their own age group. Exceptions are sometimes (but not often) allowed for players who wish to play “up” a level.”

Tamari Oki writes that younger players (under 9) play with modified soccer rules:

“Mod Soccer” allows play with fewer players on smaller fields.  This gives the kids more touches on the ball and more involvement.  Each team is made of players of the same age and sex.  The teams play other teams from nearby clubs.  Teams usually play 8 games starting the first weekend after Labor Day.

U7 (born Aug 05 – July 07) kids play on teams of 6 kids each.   The games are 3 vs 3.   Most U7 teams practice once a week.   Games are on Saturdays at Wallingford Park.

See for more information and to register online.  Seattle Youth Soccer Association recommends that kids play for their neighborhood clubs.  Woodland soccer gives priority registration to new kids living in Woodland boundaries:   between Lake Union and N. 85th st, and then between 8th Ave NW and I-5.

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