Progress made on Vision Zero Campaign, City reports

The City of Seattle has released its 2017 Vision Zero Progress Report, which highlights steps the City has taken to move closer to its Vision Zero goal of ending traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030.

Vision Zero was launched in 2015 as a citywide, collaborative effort to improve street safety for everyone. Since then, the City has supported Vision Zero with more than $200 million in funding through the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle.

For the past two years, Seattle has moved forward on a number of engineering, enforcement, and education efforts to meet this aggressive goal and improve safety for all travelers:

  • Redesigned portions of Seattle’s most crash-prone streets, making them safer travel for people driving, walking, biking, and riding transit
  • Improved coordination between SDOT and the Seattle Police Department to enhance enforcement efforts and target top contributing circumstances to crashes (speeding, impairment, distraction, failure to yield to pedestrians)
  • Reduced the speed limit on 2,400 miles of residential (non-arterial) streets and 75 miles of center city arterials, because slowing down to the speed of life is critical to reaching Vision Zero
  • Partnered with transportation companies to reduce impaired driving by offering discounted rides in nightlife hotspots
  • Developed an approach to reach out to underrepresented communities, as they often bear a disproportionate burden of crashes

“Seattle is one of the safest cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean we should accept death and injury as a byproduct of commuting,” says SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “We will continue to retool our streets with an emphasis on safety versus speed.”

The City knows that ending traffic deaths will not happen overnight. Vision Zero is a long-term goal that Seattle can only achieve with a steady stream of changes to our streets and our behavior.

While SDOT has seen trends headed in the right direction,preventable tragedies still do occur. Over the past two years, more than 40 people have lost their lives as a result of traffic collisions. Another 300 people have been seriously injured. People walking and biking, and older adults continue to be overrepresented in serious and fatal crashes.

“I’m proud that Seattle is a national leader on safety, but there is more work ahead,” says City Councilmember Mike O’Brien. “To reach our goal of zero traffic deaths, we need to do everything we can to make sure our kids, older adults, and everyone in between can get around our growing city safely.”

In the months ahead, SDOT plan to:

  • Continue focusing on high crash corridors
  • Improve pedestrian safety by installing more than 40 leading pedestrian intervals to give people walking a head start in crosswalks
  • Expand turn restrictions in some locations
  • Review speed limits in urban villages where vehicle-pedestrian collisions occur most often
  • Build 50 blocks of new sidewalks

Read more about has been achieved done and where the City is headed in their Vision Zero Progress Report, available at

Heritage Camp: A Nordic Smorgasbord set for June

This year’s Heritage Camp: A Nordic Smorgasbord will take place from Monday – Friday, June 26 – 30, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St).

Heritage Camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-12 and is set to be a week of fun activities and crafts related to all things Nordic!

Leif Erikson Lodge is again co-sponsering the camp. Reservations are necessary and can be made by contacting Alisoin Church at (206) 789-5707×19 or by emailing

Cost for Heritage Camp is $175 for Museum Members, $125 for Leif Erikson Lodge Members (thanks to an extra subsidy that they are providing to their members) and $200 for General Admission.

If your Seattle Public School child would like to come to Heritage Camp but is unable to miss the updated last day of school, prorated costs for attending Tuesday – Friday are available.

Click here to learn more about Heritage Camp.

Lagunitas Brewery to host AVEDA’s Save the Sound event next week

AVEDA’s Save the Sound Event will be held on Tuesday, May 16, from 5:30 p.m. at Lagunitas Brewery (1550 NW 49th St).

Locals are invited to support the event that is set to include a silent auction, live music, a cash bar and pizza from Ballard Pizza Co.

All proceeds benefit Puget Soundkeeper’s clean water programs.

Tickets cost $15 per person and are available for purchase online. This is a 21+ event.

Peddler Brewing to kick off Thursday Movie Nights

Locals are welcome to join the team at Peddler Brewing for their Summer Outdoor Movie Series on Thursday evenings throughout the summer.

Rain or shine, outdoor movies will be held under their large tent in the beer garden. Be sure to show up plenty early to get a seat at one of our picnic tables and a beer before the film begins.

Attendees can also bring camp chairs and blankets to make their viewing experience as comfy and cozy as possible. Movies are free to attend in the all-ages beer garden and a food truck will always be on site to satisfy the crowds.

Peddler is kicking off the series tonight with Idiocracy at 8:30 pm.

Movies will run from May through September, every Thursday except First Thursday which continues to be Trivia Night. Check out the schedule above.

Support Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program at Majestic Bay

Ballard’s Majestic Bay Theatre will screen Men In Black this Saturday, May 13, at 9:45 a.m. in benefit of the students in the Digital Filmmaking Program at Ballard High School.   

If you live in Ballard, chances are you frequent the Majestic Bay Theatres.  And if you’ve seen a film at the Bay, chances are you’ve seen A Trip to the Groovies, the policy trailer produced by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program.

For years, the Majestic Bay showed A Trip to the Movies to inform audiences of theater rules and etiquette. A mock instructional film set in what appears to be 1960, the trailer follows two children, Russ and Ellen, as they navigate the process of movie-going.

When the Bay went digital in 2014, they needed a policy trailer in a digital format.  Rather than purchasing a ready-made trailer, the Bay invited the Digital Filmmaking Program at BHS to produce one.  The film students were thrilled! After considering various ideas, Ballard’s filmmakers decided to follow Russ and Ellen to the movies again – this time in 1977. The challenging concept required period vehicles, costumes, hair. make-up, and actors who might possibly be the original Russ and Ellen – seventeen years later.

The Majestic Bay was so pleased with the new trailer that they made an immediate donation and also pledged to host an annual fundraiser for the Digital Filmmaking Program.  The screening of Men in Black on May 13 is the second annual event, and will be preceded by A Trip to the Groovies.

Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program provides state-of-the-art equipment and professional experiences for students, and has a well-established record of preparing students for college and careers in media-related fields.  It is funded largely by support from the Ballard community, thanks to partners such as The Majestic Bay.  For more information, visit .

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Development Update May 11: A subdivision and a unit conversion

One application and one decision makes up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


2401 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow the conversion of the carport to a 9th unit in an existing apartment building. 3 parking spaces to remain.


1726 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6528468. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 5/25/2017.

Young American Ale House to close in coming weeks

Restauranteur Maria Hines has come to the difficult decision to close Young American Ale House (1744 NW Market St) for good in the coming weeks. The eatery transitioned from The Golden Beetle in September last year.

Read more details about the closure in Hines’ statement below:

As a restaurateur, there’s always a balancing act in weighing one’s passion as a chef with the reality of operating a successful business. I feel truly fortunate to have so many positive things going on simultaneously.

In this juggling act, and after a lot of patience and hard work, I’ve decided to close my dream pub, Young American Ale House, in the next few weeks in Ballard. I re-concepted Golden Beetle to open Young American Ale House, and with that, had to carry over the debt of Golden Beetle.

Restaurant survival on its own is hard enough and adding the debt on top of that proved too difficult to overcome. I plan to save this great concept for another place at another time and want to thank the wonderful Ballard friends and neighbors we’ve treasured getting to know over the years in that space.

Looking ahead, momentum continues at Tilth (10+ years) and at Agrodolce (5 years this December), both going strong. I’m continuing to advocate on regional food sustainability issues, and entertaining new plans. More exciting news is coming down the road and I’m so grateful for your support!

Guests are encouraged to come in for some of their favorites, including Poutine, Young American Burger, Chicken Pot Pie and signature craft cocktails and local tap beer. Young American Ale House will continue to take reservations for Mother’s Day.

First ever Shilshole Boatfest set for next month

Shilshole Bay Marina is celebrating its first-ever Shilshole Boatfest on June 10. The fun will kick off at 11 a.m. and last until 4 p.m.                                                                                                  

This free event will allow attendees to get out on a boat (or many), introduce them to people who can help them navigate how to get into boating (even without owning a boat), and how to boat safely.

After enjoying time on the water in the boats of their choice, the shoreside festival offers more fun for all with activities including two sea-themed bounce houses, lawn games for kids and adults, live music by Marina Christopher and The Side Project, food trucks, a beer and wine garden and many boating-related and Ballard community partner booths.

Visitors can try out boating in many forms (all are free of charge):

  • Sail with Sound Experience on the historic 133-foot schooner Adventuress. Two three-hour sails will be offered.
  • Take a cruise into Shilshole Bay and back on 20-40 foot sailboats from Sail Northwest, Seattle Sailing Club, and Windworks Sailing & Powerboating. Take the helm or help hoist a sail under the instruction of licensed skippers.
  • Experience the thrill of powerboating with a trip beyond the breakwater with rides by Freedom Boat Club Seattle.
  • Watch kids (ages six to 14) learn to sail as they receive instruction right in the marina on Opti dinghies with Corinthian Yacht Club.
  • Enjoy 20-minute test drives of kayaks and standup paddleboards from Ballard Kayak and Paddleboard.

Additional vessels will be available for viewing and boarding:

  • For those who have always wondered what it’s like to live on a boat, the Shilshole Liveaboard Association will have boats open for touring and their owners available to chat about their on-water lifestyle.
  • Learn how to enjoy Washington State’s marine parks and safe boating practices with their 23-foot, bright yellow, aluminum WALTER – Washington’s All-Equipped Law Enforcement Trailing and Education Resource boat.
  • And the ever-popular Seattle Fire Boat is scheduled to do a water display at 2:30 p.m. just beyond the breakwater in Shilshole Bay.

“For anyone thinking about getting into boating but doesn’t know how to start or what kind of boating they’d most enjoy, this is a great way to test the waters,” says Tracy McKendry, Director of Recreational Boating at the Port of Seattle.

Current boaters can donate old sails to the ReSail Project, which keeps old sails out of landfills by providing sails for developing countries in the south Pacific and shelter for homeless people here and in Mexico. Sails will be collected at the event as well as at Dockside Solutions the week leading-up to the event.

The event is produced by Shilshole Bay Marina with support from Ballard Kayak and Paddleboard, Freedom Boat Club Seattle, Sail Northwest, Seattle Sailing Club, Shilshole Liveaboard Association, Sound Experience aboard the Schooner Adventuress, and Windworks Sailing & Power Boating.

For a complete schedule of activities visit the official Shilshole Boatfest webpage.

For more information on Shilshole Bay Marina events visit Events and Races or visit Seattle’s Best Marinas for recreational boating opportunities.

Photo credit – Port of Seattle, Don Wilson.