Connect Southeast

Connect Southeast is a team of caring neighbors working to make walking and biking safer and more comfortable in Southeast Seattle.

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Next Team Meeting: To be announced.

Rainier Avenue Safety Corridor Project

In the wake of several high-profile car crashes and pedestrian deaths in the Rainier Valley, the city of Seattle is starting a "Rainier Avenue S Safety Corridor Project" to make Rainier Avenue safer for everyone --- people walking, biking, driving, and sitting in cafes. The Connect Southeast team is working to build public support for making Rainier Avenue as safe as possible, including creating an all ages and abilities bikeway along the corridor.

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.

Transit Access

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.

Bike Parking

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.