Coming: New Traffic Signal for Bike Route

Fremont Ave N and N 105th Street

SEATTLE—The Seattle Department of Transportation will install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Fremont Avenue North and North 105th Street early in August to serve the Interurban North signed bicycle route.  Bicyclists and pedestrians on Fremont Avenue North will be allowed to continue straight through the intersection (when the light is green) but vehicles on Fremont Avenue North will be required to turn right or left onto 105th Street. The purpose of the restriction is to prevent excessive “cut through” traffic on Fremont Avenue North.

Bitter Lake P-Patch

Please join us at the Bitter Lake P-Patch General Meeting on Wednesday, July 21st, 7PM at the Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave N, 98133). 

Agenda topics…

  1. Update on outreach plan, pass out flyers to be posted. 
  2. Online co-ordination, facebook, website, local blogs and listserve.
  3. Greenwood parade plans.
  4. Designer discussion, we should have feedback from our top 3 designers to share.

Feel free to bring your volunteer hours report forms and sign in when you arrive so I can get complete contact information into our database!
FYI:  bitterlakeppatch@gmail.com is still a viable email address to give out to those interested in the P-Patch.  I will check it regularly and forward on requests etc…

North Precinct Picnic July 10, 1-4 PM

 The Picnic at the Precinct is July 10th from 1:00-4:00 P.M. at the North Precinct 10049 College Way North.  Get a Precinct tour and meet your local police officers, S.W.A.T., K-9, Bomb Squad, and mounted officers!  Fun for the whole family.  Great food, magicians, balloonist, bouncy machine, music, and dance groups. I hope to see everyone there.  2006 Picnic http://www.youtube.com/user/willztube#p/u/43/xyyL74lTJhk
If you would like a table for your community group or if you can donate prize items please contact Sgt. Diane Newsom 684-0794

Heaven and Earth Sculpture Exhibition at Carkeek Park

For the second year the Center On Contemporary Art (COCA) has organized an outdoor sculpture show at Carkeek Park.  Below is the information from COCA about the exhibit.

Heaven and Earth II Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Carkeek Park

Opening Reception Saturday, June 26, 2 – 5 pm
Environmental Learning Center, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle, WA
On Display June 26 – September 26, 2010

Official Heaven and Earth Website here.
Following a widely acclaimed debut in 2009 that received national attention, CoCA, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC), and the Associated Recreational Council (ARC) have partnered again to bring another exhibition of temporary, outdoor sculpture to Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle. As before, the theme concerns the natural world in a time of dramatic change. Some of the art is designed to weather in place and erode while other work incorporates movement and interactive use by visitors. Last year’s exhibit can be seen at www.heavenandearthexhibition.org.

In reviews by the Seattle Times, Ballard News Tribune, and Tacoma News Tribune, the 2009 exhibit was recognized for its unique combination of art in a wooded urban park, among the only such exhibitions in the country. While art in downtown parks is typical of many cities, only Seattle features art in the forest. As Michael Upchurch, writing for the Seattle Times, wrote, “the ‘show’ takes you through oddball corners of Carkeek Park with a sculpture-seeking intent that’s surprisingly satisfying – no matter what you find.”

The exhibition this year features 12 artists with 15-20 works located throughout the park. A walking tour of the whole exhibit takes about an hour, but some work can be seen in much less time, including a variety of work accessible from the access road. Maps can be downloaded for free at CoCA’s website beginning June 26. A catalog of this year’s exhibit will be released in August.

ARTISTS: Big Camera Group, Barbara DePirro, Miguel Edwards, Julie Fisco, Anette Lusher, Ingrid Lahti, Julie Lindell, Piper O’Neill, Eden Rivers, Sylwia Tur, Ken Turner, and John Henry Wooten IV.

SDOT Completes the City’s First Buffered Bike Lane

Buffered Bike Lane before

Bitter Lake Community gets enhanced street that better serves all users.

SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has just put the finishing touches on the city’s first buffered bike lane. The completion of the buffered bike lane, on N 130th Street from Greenwood Avenue N to Linden Avenue N, has been long-awaited by the Bitter Lake Community and is one of a number of roadway improvements recently made there by SDOT. The complete street makes travel safer for everyone whether on foot, bike or in a car. 

In addition to two vehicle travel lanes (one eastbound and one westbound) and the buffered bike lane, SDOT also installed a new curb bulb at the marked crosswalk at N 130th Street and North Park Avenue N in front of the Bitter Lake Community Center. Now that the rechannelization has been completed the final stage of the project will be to build a pedestrian refuge island at this crosswalk. 

Buffered Bike Lane After

The first such enhanced bike lane in Seattle, the buffered bike lane is a five-foot-wide bike lane that is buffered by a 2 ½ – foot striped “shy zone” between the bike lane and the moving vehicle lane. This design makes movement safer for both bicyclists and vehicles. With the shy zone, the buffered lane offers a more comfortable riding environment for bicycle riders who prefer not to ride adjacent to traffic. This system allows motorists to drive at a normal speed; they only need watch for cyclists when turning right at cross-streets or driveways and when crossing the buffered lane to park.

The changes to improve safety, pedestrian access and bicycle usage along the N 130th Street corridor are part of SDOT’s Pedestrian Master Plan and Bicycle Master Plan implementation and were funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap transportation initiative.

2008 PARKS AND GREEN SPACES LEVY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETING – May 24, 2010

At it’s regular monthly meeting last night, this group of about 18 citizens met to discuss the status of projects undertaken with Levy funds to date, learn about the need for additional funding for a major project in Belltown, and receive the funding recommendations of the Department’s staff for this year’s Opportunity Fund projects. Staff presented a visual package showing each of about a dozen proposals for which they recommend funding and another dozen that they said was “on the bubble.”

Our request for approximately $387,000 to upgrade our Bitter Lake Reservoir open space wasn’t among the staffs’ recommendations. The only investment in our Broadview/BitterLake/Haller Lake area proposed by staff would be to purchase a small piece of land that would bring about “Carkeek Park Unification” for $240,000.

In speaking with a Department of Parks and Recreation staff person this morning, we learned that all of the 95 proposing groups will have an opportunity to make a two-minute pitch to the Oversight Committee in June. We’ll most likely do so and

In the meantime, our stalwart hard-working Richard Dyksterhuis, after reviewing the recommended projects, had this to say:

It looks like Old Seattle wins out again. SDOT – Utilities – City Light -Safety and now Parks. If it is below 85th Street  the  real, lots of dollars, flow to areas existing prior to 1954.

 Someday we will be acknowledged as being part of Seattle.

I still think we should elect our Councilmembers by District. Our 55,000 residents above NW – N NE to 145th must have a Councilmember looking after our multiple, long negelcted needs for fairness and equity. King County has districts; the House in DC has Districts; even the School District has sub-districts.

Our 56 years without a designated thinker, negotiater and spokesperson must come to a representative solution.

 Follow the money! It does not go to Lesser Outer Seattle North and Northwest.

 Happy, but very careful, Walks!

Richard L. Dyksterhuis

 Will keep you posted…

Pat Mccoy, Broadview Community Council Board

Updates on Our Community Meetings

     

Captain Robin Clark

 

     

Broadview Community Council Meeting

 

May18,2010    

About 50 community members attended the May 18 Broadview Community Council meeting where Captain Robin Clark North Precinct Commander Seattle Police Department, Sergeant Dianne Newsom Community Police Team Lead and Neil Hansen Crime Prevention Coordinator answered questions about public safety issues.  Captain Clark urged people to call 911 when they see suspicious activity.  Sergeant Newsome described the role of the Community Police team, and urged people to contact her with concerns about chronic crime problems.  Neil Hansen urged blocks that don’t have a block watch to call him to come out and help organize one.  Captain Clark reported that although the spike in residential burglaries in Broadview has flattened down to the “normal” level, the involvement of community members in crime prevention and reporting suspicious activity is still important.    

Will Murray Board Member

     

Upcoming events at the North Precinct

 

Open House and Picnic at the North Precinct    

July 10,2010 1-4    

10049 College Way North    

Food,music and Precinct Tours sponsored by the Seattle Police Foundation   

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What You Need To Know About Residential Sellers

 

By Ed McKenna   

 Seattle City Attorney Office   

 We’re all familiar with residential sellers, also known as solicitors, traveling salespersons, or door-to-door salespersons.   What you don’t know about them however, might just hurt you.    

 I recently received a phone call from a family member of an elderly resident.  The family member explained that the prior week, a solicitor knocked on the door, and proceeded to talk the elderly resident into an expensive burglar alarm system.  The elderly resident signed a contract that not only provided for the installation of the alarm, but also included an expensive monitoring fee, far in excess of that normally charged by reputable alarm companies.  What’s more, the contract included expensive penalties for early termination and even costs for the removal of the alarm at the end of the contract.  Was there a violation of the law in this situation?  Probably not.  What’s that have to do with public safety?  Plenty.    

 Most of us feel comfortable at our homes. Our homes are our castles, and many of us don’t mind opening the castle gate to perfect strangers, whether they sell scout cookies, magazines, newspapers, frozen steaks, brushes, vacuum cleaners, or alarm systems.  Many are legitimate.  Most are not.  Some are simply dangerous.  A quick Google search for  ‘traveling sales crews” gives reason to pause before opening your door to strangers.  Web titles such as “Magazine solicitor nabbed in sex case”, “Magazine salesman assaults resident who refused purchase”, “Salesmen suspected of burglary, forgery”, “Magazine salesman convicted of assault”, “Three arrested for deceptive sales”, “Magazine salesman pleads guilty to rape”. The list is endless.  Like other major cities, Seattle also has its share of crime attributable to residential sellers.  Just recently, an elderly Wedegwood resident was assaulted and home burglarized by two persons who claimed to be residential sellers.      

 Vanloads of sales persons travel the circuit through the United States. Each year, I’m told stories of crime attributable to some of these persons.  Even when arrested, they simply bail out and skip town, never to be seen again to answer for their charges.  Misdemeanor warrants are not extraditable, so even if arrested in another state, they won’t be returned to Seattle.  How do you know whether the solicitor at your door has a criminal history or is a wanted criminal suspect?          

 What can you do to protect yourself?  Don’t open your door to strangers is the obvious answer.  Install a “peephole” so you can see who is at the door.  If you don’t recognize the person, either inquire of their business through the door or simply don’t respond if you don’t recognize the person.   

 Most of us have signed up for the national “do not call list” so why should you have to listen to a sales pitch in your door.  Fortunately, Seattle has a law designed to stop residential sellers before they pester you.  Seattle Municipal Code section 6.260.050 provides that it is illegal to gain admittance to property for the purpose of selling at any residence bearing a sign stating “No Solicitors”, “No Peddlers”, or words of similar effect.  If a solicitor violates the sign and continues on your property, it could constitute the crime of criminal trespass.  Likewise, if you simply tell a solicitor to leave and they continue to try to sell, they are trespassing.  Call 911 to report the incident.    

 Seattle has many other laws regulating residential sellers.  For instance, sellers cannot sell after 9:00 p.m., they may not make deceptive or untrue statements, and they must, with limited exceptions[1], possess a residential sellers license, or a residential sellers agent card issued by the City.  Many solicitors carry flashy cards around their necks in an attempt to look official, but very few are legitimate.  In fact, a recent check revealed only four businesses had licensed residential sellers in Seattle.    

 Let’s say that you’re caught in a moment of weakness and decide to purchase some snake oil from a door-to-door salesperson.  After reflecting on the fast-talking salesperson and your lighter wallet, you decide you were taken advantage of.  What can you do?  Fortunately, there is some assistance.  Under most circumstances, the law provides a 3-day cancellation period.  You must cancel in writing no later than midnight of the third day after the sale, other wise you’re on the hook and obligated to complete the transaction and pay the contracted amount.  Of course, if you already ate those scout cookies, this provision doesn’t apply.    

  For more information, contact the City’s Revenue and Consumer Affairs department at 684-8484              


 

[1] Exceptions include newspaper (not magazine) sellers, perishable food sellers (candy) utility agents, and home sales parties.  _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

Scott Ringgold from Seattle Dept. of Planning and Development

Great turn-out   

March 13,2010   

Some skepticism was voiced at the community meeting. The City Vision of 2020 for Broadview-Bitter Lake – Haller Lake was written in 1999 with very little follow-up.  What will make the New Plan different?   

Scott Ringgold has his work cut-out for him.   

   

Taking a look at the proposed parks in Broadview 

   

Thank you for your hard work…and just maybe we will get some of that Seattle Park Levy Opportunity Fund.   

  

Walkability Gains Ground

Hi Richard,
I wanted to let you know that we enjoyed the Seattle Sketcher article and sketch about you and Linden Avenue yesterday in the Seattle Times!  I’m sending along an attachment with the article in case you want to save it or forward it to others.

Happy walks!
-Sue and Jim Jensen
Seattle