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Pedestrian Issues: Business and Commute Travel in South Park Existing Facilities, Gaps and Recommended Improvements.

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1 Pedestrian Issues: Business and Commute Travel in South Park Existing Facilities, Gaps and Recommended Improvements

2 About Feet First Feet First promotes walkable communities by: Mobilizing people to take action Informing policy makers to prioritize funding/policies Educating and energizing the community Providing relevant programs, tools and infrastructure

3 Goals of Study To provide safe pedestrian facilities for commuters to walk or access transit in South Park To further educate the South Park business community about pedestrian commute opportunities To provide viable facilities for pedestrian access to transit and promote non motorized business commuting for employees __________________________________________________________ The Congestion Management / Air Quality (CMAQ) grant specifically addresses non motorized commutes (to and from worksites) in, out and through South Park.

4 Approach to Study Reviewed the following plans/reports: South Park Action Agenda/Neighborhood Plan City of Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan Feet First Walking Audit Report Consultations with: City of Seattle-DON/SDOT, Concord Elementary, Sea Mar, SPNA Traffic Subcommittee, King County Metro Conducted Field Assessment Community Walk March 31 st from Concord Elementary to Sea Mar Developed Recommendations

5 Presentation Contents Existing Inventory/Facilities Major Gaps Recommended Improvements

6 Traffic Volume (8 th Avenue S) The majority of traffic on 8 th Ave S, from the north and south industrial areas, is distributed onto Cloverdale St. Note: RED lines indicate highly traveled walking routes Source: SDOT

7 Traffic Volume (Cloverdale St) Buses use Cloverdale St as their main corridor. There is a high level of pedestrian activity accessing transit service here. Currently, most of the vehicles on Cloverdale St arrive using the South Park Bridge. The upcoming closure of the bridge may shift this pattern. Note: RED lines indicate highly traveled walking routes. Source: SDOT

8 Truck Routes In, Out, and Through South Park Official SDOT routes: Highway 99 SR 509 Unofficial truck routes exist on most streets, e.g.: S Cloverdale St 8 th Ave S 14 th Ave S Note: The effect of closing the South Park Bridge on these and other unofficial routes is unpredictable. Source: SDOT

9 Current and Revised Bus Routes There are currently four major bus routes in South Park: 1.Route 60 – Service from White Center to Capitol Hill 2.Route 131 – Service between Highline Community College and Downtown 3.Route 134 – Peak hour service between Burien Transit Center and Downtown 4.Route 132 – Service from Highline Community College to Downtown (Route 23 includes service between White Center and Downtown in the northernmost part of South Park.) Note: Although these routes share start and endpoints, they serve different communities along the way. Source: King County Metro

10 Transit will be re-routed to the 1 st Ave S Bridge after the closure of the South Park Bridge in June, Route 60 will drop service on S. Cloverdale St to the South Park Bridge and reroute north to 1 st Ave S Bridge. Transit Service Changes/Re-routes

11 Transit Service Re-Routes Routes 131, 134 will travel through South Park to the 1st Ave S Bridge. Routes 132, 23 will not be affected.

12 High Priority Area for Walking Improvements Source: SDOT City of Seattles Pedestrian Master Plan identifies high priority areas for improvements, both for walking along the roadway and crossing the roadway. Tier One projects receive high priority for improving pedestrian conditions. Along-the-roadway improvements may include traffic calming and sidewalks. Note: Improvements in these identified areas are dependent on dedicated funding in the Pedestrian Master Plan.

13 Sidewalks and walking conditions in the manufacturing/industrial areas function poorly, if at all. Most lack any pedestrian infrastructure and are given high priority in the South Park Action Agenda and mentioned in the Pedestrian Master Plan. Sidewalk Inventory Sidewalk data from the City of Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan. Employer data from Reference USA.

14 Lighting inventory is currently being studied. Lighting Inventory

15 Recent & Planned Improvements New sidewalk on 7 th Ave S between S Director St and S Henderson St (Bridging the Gap) A new pump station (7 th Ave S & Riverside Dr) is going to be installed, which will solve drainage problem Plans for improving the Pedestrian Bridge at 8 th Ave S and S Henderson St (Grants currently supporting this effort: Neighbor to Neighbor and SDOT) Paved bus platforms both ways at 5 th Ave S and S Kenyon St and 5 th Ave S and S Holden St Traffic bulbs on 8 th Ave S in front of the South Park Community Center. New sidewalk 7 th Ave S and Concord St (Bridging the Gap)

16 Updated, replaced and relocated drainage catch basins and inlets and resurfaced asphalt, pavement and rebuild portion of roadway with concrete paving on 14 th Ave S Restriped crosswalks on 14 th Avenue South and S. Cloverdale St/14 th Ave S and S. Henderson St Installed traffic camera on corner of 14 th Ave S and S. Cloverdale St Installed new curbs on 14 th Ave S Restriped crosswalk 8 th Ave S and Cloverdale St Constructing a multiuse trail between S Henderson and S Director Streets Source: South Park Action Agenda Recent & Planned Improvements Installed curb ramps and repaired sidewalks throughout South Park

17 Major Gaps #1 Lack of signage at intersections to identify stairs (10 th Ave S and 12 th Ave S, at Trenton St). Debris, moss, and overgrown foliage on the staircase make it difficult to use the stairs safely. The 12 th Ave S and 10 th Ave S staircases are direct links to Sea Mar Administration Building, South Parks largest employer. Homeless encampments and loitering discourage their use for commuting. The RED lines indicate highly traveled walking routes.

18 Major Gaps #2 Lack of sidewalks along bus stops in the northwest part of South Park contributes to low bus ridership. Bus platforms, installed in recent years, provide protection from poor stormwater drainage in this area. A bus platform is needed at 2 nd Ave S and S Holden St, in the eastbound direction. (South Park Action Plan) Photo: bus stop eastbound direction of S Holden St & 2 nd Ave S Bus Route

19 Major Gaps #3 Crime and trash are barriers to pedestrians accessing transit on 8 th Ave S, 14 th Ave S and Cloverdale St On 14 th Ave S and Cloverdale St drug dealing is a major deterrent to pedestrians Along 8th Ave S there are trees uprooting the sidewalk creating a hazard.

20 Major Gaps #4 The unmarked crosswalk and the lack of pedestrian scale lighting make the walk along Cloverdale St between 14th Ave S and 5 th Ave S difficult and potentially dangerous. Intersection of Highway 99 and Cloverdale St pictured

21 Major Gaps #5 High levels of traffic along S Cloverdale St and 8 th Ave S make it difficult for commuters walking to transit, particularly peak period weekday business commutes. Both streets provide direct access to bus service to White Center, Beacon Hill and downtown. The RED lines indicate highly traveled walking routes. map

22 Additional Pedestrian Commute Concerns The intersection of W Marginal Way, S Holden St and 2 nd Ave S provides access to Pioneer Human Services, Northwest Center and several other South Park businesses from nearby transit. Crosswalks are needed in two places: –Crossing 2 nd Ave S on the north side of S Holden St –Crossing the off-ramp from W Marginal Way on the south side of S Holden St Drainage issues and flooding of the unpaved streets from stormwater runoff, particularly in the manufacturing and industrial area, restricts pedestrians from walking to and from transit stops S 96 th St (located in unincorporated King County) lacks sidewalks to serve businesses at this location The south side of SW Michigan St, just west of 2 nd Ave SW, lacks a sidewalk. There is a bus stop here for Route 23 and several businesses across the street, including Seafreeze Cold Storage. The crosswalk at 2 nd Ave SW and Michigan should be re-striped.

23 Preliminary Recommendations HIGH Level of Investment Complete pedestrian lighting. (Supports South Park Action Agenda) Lighting inventory is currently being studied Complete sidewalk network in South Park, including: –Arterial bus route in northwestern South Park: 5 th Ave S, S Holden St, and S Kenyon St –S 96 th St in unincorporated King County –South side of SW Michigan St, west of 2 nd Ave SW Develop a program to pave roads in South Parks manufacturing industrial area: –Re-pave old arterials, such as S Holden St, 5 th Ave S, Kenyon St, and 8 th Ave S south of Trenton St. –Pave gravel roads Provide/improve bus platform for transit users at 2 nd Ave S and S Holden St. Complete drainage work in lower basin creating improved pedestrian transit access Repair, rebuild and realign stairs at 10 th Ave S and Trenton/12 th Ave S and Trenton Work with community, government officials, agencies etc., to advocate for funding to replace the South Park Bridge in an expedited manner.

24 Preliminary Recommendations MEDIUM Level of Investment Improve the intersection of W Marginal Way S and S Holden St with additional crosswalks to provide transit riders access to nearby worksites. Investigate opportunities to connect bike and pedestrian infrastructure adjacent to the new transfer station (5th Ave S west of Highway 99) Post signage to identify stairs at intersections Evaluate drainage issues in the lower basin of South Park Create an Adopt a Walkway business maintenance program to keep stairs free of debris. Adopt similar program for sidewalk cleaning in retail core Identify and paint unmarked crosswalks and determine the need for signage near transit service for pedestrians (S Cloverdale St.) For example, provide a crosswalk at Cloverdale St and Highway 99 intersection. Work with the freight community to identify patterns of unofficial truck route use so necessary pedestrian commute improvements can be implemented. Develop a Neighborhoods on Foot Walking Map to highlight key transit access locations and walking routes with business identification for commuter use. Provide on-street pedestrian wayfinding signage throughout South Park, highlighting transit locations.

25 Preliminary Recommendations LOW Level of Investment Create/Maintain bilingual South Park business announcements (via designated block leaders) with updated information including: South Park Bridge public mtgs/notices, changes in access to transit and walking routes, etc. Use existing resources/collaborate with non-profit agencies such as ECOSS and the Duwamish TMA to identify opportunities to pool/match funds to complete pedestrian improvement projects. Work with business community to secure small grants to cover costs of business outreach programs and materials (bilingual) to include: o Incentive programs/Pre-tax benefits offered by TMA / King Co. Metro for pedestrian/transit commuters o Business Watch programs where businesses watch streets and report incidents to increase safety for pedestrians/community o Develop a map of South Park identifying rerouted transit stops and businesses to inform pedestrians of new access to transit o Work with King Co Health Dept to distribute literature about the health benefits of walking as a means of commuting o Anti-litter campaigns: Seasonal schedule for business clean up days to make walking more desirable Advertise Feet First Walking Ambassador program to encourage walking. Provide practice walks/walking buddies from their worksite as start up program incentive Host a Feet First business community Walk and Talk with Councilmember Tim Burgess to discuss barriers to walking: crime and safety issues. Create a brochure for businesses/employees with customized commuting information for their worksite. Provide a map showing their worksite and key residential areas (highlight theirs) Provide employees with pedestrian commute options: best walking routes, access to transit and transit schedules.

26 Things to Keep in Mind In addition to the closure of the South Park Bridge, there are two larger transportation projects that will impact the South Park neighborhood: the Viaduct/Tunnel project and Spokane St Viaduct. Both will cause increased pressure on the 1 st Ave S Bridge. The South Park Bridge replacement should be built without delay to absorb congestion from those projects. During the bridge down time, marketing alternative commuting options and providing improved facilities for pedestrians to access transit will help offset the resulting increased congestion. The South Park Bridge closure will force the majority of the freight community, (local, regional and statewide) to shift north to the 1 st Ave S Bridge. The demands on the 1 st Ave S bridge to accommodate additional commuters and freight traffic will grow exponentially. Non motorized commute options (biking, walking to work/walking to transit) save money, are a healthy alternative and a green solution. Collaborate with the King County Department of Health on outreach/marketing activities. The Duwamish Transportation Management Association (TMA) is South Parks local non-profit organization that provides assistance with non motorized commute needs. They are a resource and referral organization that serves as a liaison to WSDOT, SDOT, City Councilmembers, King County Metro, the Port of Seattle, and other Seattle transportation leaders. They are available to help South Park businesses.

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