The Seattle City Council candidates in District 5 squared off in a mobility forum co-hosted by The Urbanist on June 5. Candidates had broad agreement about the need for safer streets and adding sidewalks where they’re lacking, a big problem in District 5, which covers the northern half of North Seattle. Watch the forum video for more insights and stances from the candidates.

The D5 forum took place at Haller Lake United Methodist Church and was moderated by former Seattle Mayor candidate Colleen Echohawk. The event was streamed on Zoom and recently posted to The Urbanist’s YouTube. It was the first in a series of mobility-focused forums put on by a collective of local advocacy organizations.

Hosts of the Mobility Forum series include: 350 Seattle, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, Cascade Bicycle Club, Disability Rights Washington, Puget Sound Sage, Seattle Subway, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Seattle Transit Riders Union, Transportation Choices Coalition, The Urbanist, Transportation for Washington, Teamsters 117, Washington Bikes, Washington Council of the Blind Advocacy Committee, West Seattle Bike Connections, and Duwamish Valley Safe Streets.

The Seattle Mobility Forum series will head to District 3 next on Saturday, June 10, followed by District 4 on June 12, and District 1 on June 14. For more details see below. Video from the latter three forums will be posted to The Urbanist YouTube page after the fact.

District 3 Forum on June 10

District 4 Forum on June 12

  • Where: University of Washington, Savery Hall Room (260 Chelan Lane, Seattle, WA 98195)
  • When: 6:00-7:30pm Monday, June 12th
  • Moderator: Crystal Fincher
  • Zoom and in person registration link
  • D4 Facebook link

District 1 Forum on June 14

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Doug Trumm is publisher of The Urbanist. An Urbanist writer since 2015, he dreams of pedestrianizing streets, blanketing the city in bus lanes, and unleashing a mass timber building spree to end the affordable housing shortage and avert our coming climate catastrophe. He graduated from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in 2019. He lives in East Fremont and loves to explore the city on his bike.