Connect Rainier Valley
Connect Rainier Valley is a team of caring neighbors working to make walking and biking safer and more comfortable in Southeast Seattle.
Connect Rainier Valley works with Bike Works, Rainier Valley Greenways and the Rainier Riders.
Next Team Meeting: To be announced.
North-South Spine Greenway
By the end of 2014, the city of Seattle will begin studying building a north-south neighborhood greenway from Franklin High School to Rainier Beach. The route will follow 34th Ave S, Leticia Ave S, 35th Ave S, Renton Ave S, 42nd Ave S and 43rd Ave S. The team is working to make sure that the city of Seattle moves forward on this study quickly so the greenway can be constructed in 2015.
The city is currently studying building a neighborhood greenway on either S Myrtle St or S Willow St from John C. Little, Sr. Park to 55th Ave S. The city has already held its first public open house for the project and will come back to the community with a proposed route and design in the early fall. Read the SDOT project page for more information.
Safer Rainier Avenue Crossings
Bike Works and the Rainier Valley Greenways have successfully advocated for new traffic control lights and longer pedestrian signal timing on Rainier Avenue. The Connect Rainier Valley team supports these efforts.
The neighborhood around the current Mount Baker Light Rail Station and Lowe’s Home Improvement Center is undergoing a transformation that will result in more housing and a better, safer streetscape to walk. In addition, as part of the East Link project, Sound Transit is building a new light rail station where I-90 crosses over Rainier Avenue. These developments are an excellent opportunity for creating a safe, flat and direct bikeway connection from the Rainier Valley to the light rail stations in First Hill and downtown Seattle. The Connect Rainier Valley team has an eye to the future when a protected bike lane from First Hill to the Mount Baker Light Rail Station is a reality. Beyond that, we’ll work for a protected bike lane on Martin Luther King Jr. Way from the Mount Baker Light Rail Station to the Rainier Beach Light Rail Station.
Connect Rainier Valley team members are reaching out to local restaurants and retail stores in Columbia City, Hillman City and Rainier Beach to submit applications to the city for additional on-street (and on-sidewalk) bike parking racks.