Sunday, December 16, 2018

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.

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...
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...