Staff Biography

Chris Priest

Former Contributor

Chris Priest has been a contributor to The Urbanist since 2018. He covers health, transportation, technology, and infrastructure and how these influence urban policy and community engagement. He was a founder of Safe 35th, a grassroots campaign pushing for a safer street design for 35th Avenue NE, and continues to advocate for communities and improving transportation for the safety and wellbeing of all users. He is a frequent cyclist, runner, transit rider, and walker who believes safe, inclusive modes of transportation is the way of the future.

Recent Articles

Car Activist Revolt Hangover: Living with the New 35th Avenue NE

Now that we’ve had the new, definitely not improved 35th Ave NE for about six months, it’s time to take stock in how it has worked out and determine what the group opposed to safety...

Mayor Durkan Cancels 35th Ave NE Bike Lanes, Caves To Anti-Safe Streets Advocates

Behind closed doors earlier today, recently appointed director of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Samuel Zimbabwe, interim transportation advisor to Mayor Jenny Durkan, Elliot Helmbrecht, and other city staff met with members of...

The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of Google’s Smart City in Toronto

Sidewalk Labs is Google’s (ahem, Alphabet’s) secretive department focused on developing ‘smart cities.’ In 2017, the company was awarded an opportunity to reimagine the urban environment on Toronto’s waterfront. Dubbed Quayside, they signed an...

Looking for the Future of Transportation at the Consumer Electronics Show

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is “the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.” More than 180,000 people attend, and about 4,400 companies exhibit in 2.7 million square feet of trade...

The War on Pedestrians

It’s 7:30am on a weekday. I’m jogging along 1st Avenue from downtown into Pioneer Square on my way to SoDo. As I make my way to an intersection, I run into an enormous, moving...