Municipalities may soon have the option to lower speed limits to 20 mph on non-arterial streets. Plus, Capitol Hill bikers will want to gear up for a community tour ride to learn more about the opportunities and challenges in creating a Capitol Hill Ecodistrict.
The speed limits measure, part of the Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill (SHB 1045), passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee last week, and now has until mid-April to get a full Senate vote before heading to the Governor for a signature, according to Seattle Bike Blog.
This is the point where the bill languished one year ago, but it now has much more time to get a full vote. Obviously, it’s never wise to let up until the job is done, but things are looking much better than one year ago.
Most attention is moving to transportation funding, especially for transit as King County Metro faces massive cuts in service without legislative action. Transportation for Washington and many other groups are working hard to get the legislature to allow local transit funding options to avoid what could be a completely unacceptable 17 percent cut in service.
Read more about the bill on Seattle Bike Blog.
Meanwhile, sign up now to learn about the Capitol Hill Ecodistrict effort to create a sustainable neighborhood by joining a bike tour April 4.
CHS has reported on Capitol Hill Housing’s green initiative here:
An “EcoDistrict” refers to a neighborhood committed to sustainability through reinvigorated infrastructure and a focus on various environmental areas like energy, water and transportation. The result could be a zone around Capitol Hill’s light rail station created with incentives for developers to build green, sustainable buildings — similar in ways to the Pike/Pine Conservation District’s incentives for encouraging preservation.
The bike tour beings at Sam’s Tavern at 4 PM and finishes at 5 PM with happy hour. Registration for the bike tour is free here. Here’s more about the event:
Cascadia Green Building Council is partnering with Cascade Bicycle Club and Capitol Hill Housing, celebrating our third ramp-up event to Living Future ’13 with a bike tour of the district. Leaders from the Capitol Hill community will highlight key features designed to address healthy living, walking and biking as part of an integrated environmental performance approach.
The bike tour will finish at a happy hour open to all. Dr. Howard Frumkin, dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, will join the happy hour to lead a discussion about the relationships between design and health.