Friday, 19 April, 2019

Chris Priest

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Chris Priest is a writer and community advocate who lives in northeast Seattle. Chris is a founding member of Safe 35th--a community-based group focused on bringing planned and agreed upon safety improvements to 35th Avenue NE in the Wedgwood, Ravenna and Bryant neighborhoods. He is a frequent cyclist, runner, transit rider, and walker who believes safe, inclusive modes of transportation are the way of the future.
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 Safe 35th (who support implementing safety improvements to 35th Ave NE) and representatives...
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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 excavator with its bucket slamming down into pavement right in front of me....
After more than a year of contentious wrangling over proposed safety improvements to 35th Avenue NE, mediation between two local groups is now over and two alternatives have been sent to Mayor Jenny Durkan. As previously reported, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) had slated...
“You’re a liar,” an enraged, middle-aged man shaking a red sign with the words “SAVE 35th” in white block letters screamed as a young woman expressed support for traffic improvements to 35th Avenue NE in Seattle’s Bryant/Ravenna/Wedgwood neighborhood. “You lie!” he kept yelling as she tried to go...
A few weeks ago, a group opposed to adding bike lanes to a North Seattle arterial tweeted out, “Single mothers don’t commute to work on bikes. Privileged #techbros do…” Of course, they got pummeled by hundreds of single moms (and dads) who do indeed bike to work...
As someone who walks, jogs, bicycles, and drives 35th Avenue NE every day, I support the safety improvements the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has proposed because 35th is not safe for anyone--not drivers, not pedestrians, not cyclists, not children, not the elderly, not the community. When I jog 35th, I...