[nfbwatlk] Welcome to Pedestrian Advisory Board SPAB

Jacob Struiksma lawnmower84 at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 19 06:43:13 UTC 2009

Welcome to SPAB

Founded by a temporary resolution in 1993, the Pedestrian Advisory Board was made permanent by Seattle City Council Resolution 29532 in 1997. The Board is composed of 11 regular members - six appointed by the Mayor and five appointed by the Council. The Get Engaged: City Boards and Commissions program created an additional spot in the board specifically for a young adult (18-29) member.

The Board has been chartered with four tasks: 
  a.. Advise the Mayor, City Council and all departments and offices of the City on matters related to pedestrians: including the impact which actions by the City may have upon the pedestrian environment; 
  b.. Contribute to all aspects of the City's planning and project development processes insofar as they may relate to pedestrian safety and access; 
  c.. Promote improved pedestrian safety and access by evaluating and recommending changes in City design guidelines and policies; 
  d.. Prepare an annual report on the status of its work program and achievement of its goals to the Mayor and City Council. 
Additionally, the Board has determined its goals, as further defined in the Six Steps to a More Walkable Seattle 
  1.. Proportionate funding equity for pedestrian improvements 
  2.. Preserve and enhance the streetscape and the pedestrian experience 
  3.. Active enforcement against blockages and encumbrances on sidewalks 
  4.. Position utility poles and parking meters to lessen pedestrian way interference 
  5.. Cleaner sidewalks 
  6.. Public education campaign 
Board meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in New City Hall on 5th Avenue between James and Cherry, Room L-280, Second Level. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, please call Brian Dougherty (Seattle Transportation Pedestrian Program) at 206-684-5124.

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