[nfbwatlk] FW: footprints november: purpose and partners

Jacob Struiksma lawnmower84 at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 20 02:14:25 CST 2009


 

 	

 
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November 2009  

  

Dear Friend of Feet First,

One of the rewarding parts of working at Feet First is the opportunity to
work with amazing partners. From schools, community and neighborhood
associations, government agencies, tribal nations, nonprofits and
businesses, our work is more meaningful and effective when we work together.

In October, Feet First partnered with Safe Kids Seattle a program of
Harborview Medical Hospital on a month long project at Concord Elementary
School. The pedestrian safety activities took place throughout the month of
October starting with International Walk to School Day and ending on
Halloween. A group of families and students also met at nearby Marra Farm to
walk together as part of a "walking school bus" for both events.  The
project impacted over 300 students, parents and teachers and contributed to
increased pedestrian safety.

Our partnership with Safe Kids, provided funding for film equipment for the
school journalism class.  The new equipment will allow the students to film
a number of videos and Public Service Announcements focusing on walking and
biking to school.  The educational awareness videos will be shown to
students throughout the year. 
  
We continue to build our Green Feet program at John Muir Elementary School.
We organized four walk to school day events. Sound Transit was a key partner
at all of the events. One of the walking school buses left with Zapgridlock,
Sound Transit's mascot and joined a walk from the Mt. Baker Link Light Rail
Station. 


Earlier this month, a critical report was released by Transportation For
America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, highlighting the
continued national tragedy of pedestrian deaths and injuries in the U.S.,
and points to policies and projects that states and municipalities can
implement to make it safer and more convenient to walk. In Washington State
alone, there were 126 reported deaths from 2007-2008. This number is not
acceptable. Now more than ever, we welcome you as a partner in our
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QiYiTbG1woqn> First Member for just $30. Being a Feet First Member entitles
you to regular e-newsletters, invitations to walking events and membership
meet-ups beginning in 2010, updates on how you can be a safe walking
advocate in your community, and more. 


And if you work for King County and take part in the Employee Giving Program
consider a gift to Feet First our code is 9006. You can reach the pledge
form by clicking on www.kingcounty.gov/employees/giving/CatalogAndForms.aspx

Thank you for your continued support.

I would love to see you person. Join us on Saturday, December 5th at 2:00
p.m. for a walk, talk and show at the Central Cinema. More details about the
event are below. 

Sincerely yours, 

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Lisa Quinn
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lisa at feetfirst.info 

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your footprint

CD Street Stories: Showcase Event 
Saturday, December 5, 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m
1411 21st Ave, (Central District) Seattle 

Join us as we host our annual neighborhood showcase event. This year we
highlight the Central District through our CD Street Stories.

Feet First worked with youth from the Central District area to combine the
art of story telling with a web based tool called Yodio. We invited youth
from the neighborhood to take pictures of the pedestrian and cycling
environment in the central district.

Come together to learn, share and explore how students view where they live,
attend school and spend time with friends. Raw and uncut, these are their
stories.  You'll be surprised by what you see and learn.  

The three top multimedia videos will receive a Canon ELPH digital camera!

Come prepared to take a short walk around the neighborhood. before we view
the Yodios and meet the young film makers. The suggested donation is $25.
Your event entry includes beer, wine and non alcoholic beverages and food.
Plus one free raffle ticket with a chance to win: 


*	2 tickets to Seattle Symphony 

*	2 adult day ski passes for Stevens Pass 

*	One pound of fudge from Rocky Mt. Chocolate Factory 

*	$25 Gift Certificate and Pure Flavor cookbook from Sugar Mountain 

*	Bottle of wine from AOC Travel Guide 

*	Family pass to Woodland Park Zoo 

*	10 free Yoga class at The Samarya Center 

*	Two adult passes to the Seattle Art Museum 

*	Cinema Tickets from the Central Cinema 

*	Gift Certificate from Tutta Bella  

*	$25 voucher from Browlick 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:  


*	Central Region Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Care Council 

*	Central Cinema 

*	Yodio 

For more information, please contact us by emailing elaine at feetfirst.info,
calling 206-652.2310, or visiting http://walkcdseattle.blogspot.com/ 

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make a difference 
 
New Blumenauer Bill Would Expand Safe Routes to School to High Schools

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has just introduced H.R. 4021, the Safe Routes
to High Schools Act, to make high schools eligible for federal Safe Routes
to School funding. The current federal Safe Routes to School program created
in 2005 through SAFETEA-LU is making it safer for more children to walk and
bicycle to school all across the country.  The current program is limited to
elementary and middle schools (grades K-8).  

Rep. Blumenauer was joined in introducing H.R. 4021 by a bipartisan group of
nine other members of the House:  Reps. Bono Mack (R-CA), Capps (D-CA),
Cassidy (R-LA), Connolly (D-VA), Filner (D-CA), Holt (D-NJ), Schwartz
(D-PA), Welch (D-VT), and Wu (D-OR).
 
What you can do:
We encourage Safe Routes to School supporters to e-mail your House members
with the following message:

I support the federal Safe Routes to School program because it is making it
safer for more kids to walk and bicycle to and from school-improving health
and safety.
 
(Insert a sentence or two about your local Safe Routes to School efforts.
If you have a high school that needs Safe Routes to School funding, please
add that too.)
 
I hope you will support the Safe Routes to School program in two ways:
.    Let Chairman Oberstar and Ranking Member Mica know that you support the
provisions in the Surface Transportation      Authorization Act that will
strengthen Safe Routes to School;
.    And, please consider cosponsoring Rep. Blumenauer's H.R. 4021 to allow
high schools to apply for Safe Routes to School funding.
 
Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to hear back from you on this
matter. 

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your help needed


Creative Transitioning from Mayor Elect McGinn

Feet First has been asked by transition team for Seattle Mayor Elect McGinn
for feedback as the new administration moves forward.  We would like to
extend an invitation to you, to take part in the discussion and creative
approach to launching the new city administration. If you live in Seattle,
share your feedback by answering the three questions at:
http://new.seattle.gov/  
Comments must be received by Monday, November 23rd at 5:00 p.m. 

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Attend one of two pubic forums on the SR 520 Design Option


Tuesday, Novmber 24th, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
Seattle City Council Committee of the Whole 
WSDOT Presentation to the Council/Public Comments on the SR 520 West side
Designs

Tuesday, November 24th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
SR 520 Legislative Workgroup Town Hall Public Meeting, Displays, Public
Forum and Input     
The Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98105 

SR 520 Legislative Workgroup voted 12/2 in favor  of the "A" Westside Design
option is also supported  by many Seattle community groups, 46th Dst.
Democrats and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact
Virginia Gunby 206-524-2731 or emailing vgunby at aol.com 

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West Seattle Wayfinding & Kiosk Project Moves to Admiral/Alki 

Feet First is working with Admiral and Alki communities on phase two of the
West Seattle
wayfinding and kiosk project. The phase one involved working with community
representatives in the Fauntleroy neighborhood. The project is fundedby the
City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods with a large project matching
fund grant.   Phase three of the project will include kiosks and wayfinding
signs in Morgan Junction and Alaska Junction. This project will be completed
by
October 2010.

Admiral Meetings: 

Friday, November 20, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the West Seattle (Admiral)
Library
Wednesday, November 25, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the West Seattle (Admiral)
Library
Tuesday, December 1, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  at Hiawatha Community Center
Thursday, December 3, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the West Seattle (Admiral)
Library

Alki meeting dates are yet to be established and there will be subsequent
Admiral meeting dates as well.
For more information about this project or to get involved email Holly Zipp
at hzipp at yahoo.com or Chas Redmond at credmond at mac.com


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Ten Commandments of Super Foot, the Robert Moses of Sidewalks


Written by our dedicated Feet First Board Member Jack Whisner 
 
One: Thou shalt have no other modes before the pedestrian.

Two: Thou shalt build sidewalks on arterials that lack them and provide safe
pedestrian crossings. 

Three: Thou shalt maintain sidewalks and stairways well. 

Four: Thou shalt teach your children to walk, bike, and take transit safely
so you do not have to spend your days as a chauffer. 

Five: Thou shalt provide safe walk ways for children and seniors. 

Six: Thou shalt not encroach into crosswalks with your vehicle. 

Seven: Thou shalt provide good wayfinding for pedestrians. 

Eight: Thou shalt provide frequent, fast, and reliable transit service in
urban areas to extend the range of pedestrians. 

Nine: Thou shalt consolidate driveways and manage access on major arterials
to improve traffic safety. 

Ten: Thou shalt not covet your neighbor's SUV; thou shall not covet your
neighbor's tight buns from walking; thou shalt not covet your neighbor's
Jimmy Choos. 

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mark your calendar

Thursday, December 3rd, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m 
Nord Alley Party V 
Between Main and Jackson in Pioneer Square 
2500 Bottles. One Message 
Join us for the popular art in the alley party at the Nord Building. Check
out the amazing art installation inspired by the Northern European Festival
of Lights (using recycled bottles). 
RSVP to Nikki Somers by emailing nikki at vogel-hust.com 


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Saturday, December 5th, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1411 21st Ave, (Central District) Seattle 
CD Street Stories Showcase Event
Join us as we host our annual neighborhood showcase event. This year we
highlight the Central District through our CD Street Stories.More details
about the event are listed above.


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Tuesday, December 8th 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Washington Middle School Walking Audit
Join staff of Feet First and interested parents, students, community members
and school staff for a short walk of the neighborhood to observe conditions
our children face walking to school. Your input is very valuable. Snacks
will be provided. 
To learn more or to RSVP for the event contact Jen Cole by emailing
jen at feetfirst.info or calling 206-652-2310.   


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Thursday, January 28, 2010 all day
Transportation Advocacy Day 
State Capitol, Olympia 

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