While we were busy living our lives, Seattle started to grow up, and we are out of road space! Cars may make sense for some trips, but they also take up a lot more space than do people on a bus, bike, or riding in a wheelchair or walking on foot. And many of our citizens live without a car, whether to save money, to go green, or because of age or disability. Cities that mature will always find more efficient ways to move people around. It’s time for us to step up our game.
In short, we have to make it as easy to get around the city without a car as it is with one. That means we need to respect the time and convenience of the car-less as much as we do drivers.
We have a lot of work to do to help transit recover from the pandemic, expand it to serve more people, and to make it easier to get around Seattle without a car.
We need multiple safe and accessible ways for everyone to get around and between our neighborhoods.
Here is where we need to start
- Renew the Move Seattle levy with a focus on sustainable transportation. The current Move Seattle levy will expire in 2024. I believe that any renewed levy should focus on providing safe infrastructure for people who walk or bike, and invest in transit.
- Use city resources to support transit service.
- Dedicate enough road space in our high frequency bus corridors to move more people, more quickly and reliably
- Support on-time delivery, easy access to stations, and expandability, for all Sound Transit 3 projects.
On foot, a bike, or a wheelchair
- Invest in safe and accessible infrastructure in our district after all I’m a dad, and I walk most places, often with my wife and my two little boys. I see dangerous and difficult gaps in our infrastructure every day.
- Build our communities with a disability lens, which makes neighborhoods that are far more comfortable and safe for everyone.
- Make street crossings safe for children, the disabled, and everyone else.
- Build genuine, separate, barrier-protected bike lanes and “ungap the map.”
- Build accessible sidewalks in long-neglected neighborhoods.
- Make Vision Zero a reality focusing first in our most vulnerable neighborhoods, particularly those in South Seattle.
- Legalize complete neighborhoods so that people have access to their daily needs.