The Transportation Team’s mission is to hasten the transition to fossil-fuel-free transportation here in the Seattle area. Right now, half our carbon emissions come from transportation: focusing on this is essential. Our vision also includes transportation that is affordable, safe, convenient, resilient, and community-enhancing. We want pedestrians and bicyclists to have safe routes, good bike-parking, and gathering spaces. We want to expedite planned transit improvements, and add to the systems. These transformations are cultural as well as technical. So, the transportation group engages in a range of activities—artful activism and sign creating, messaging and outreach, as well as (of course) honing technical arguments in transportation policy.
The Transportation Team currently meets at 4:30 PM on the second Tuesday of each month, downtown in the Vance building. Email Andrew Kidde for room details.
What we’re up to right now:
Move All Seattle Sustainably
We have joined with other advocates as part of a new effort called Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS), calling for a more rapid transition to a zero-carbon and equitable transportation system. Read our letter to Mayor Durkan and the City Council, and check out coverage in Curbed and the Seattle Times.
Researching Congestion Pricing and Planning for a Future Campaign
Congestion pricing has resulted in immediate significant drops in emissions in cities around the world, and immediate improvements to air quality. How might we do the same in Seattle? Contact Andrew Kidde if you’d like to be involved.
Supporting and Improving Seattle’s Proposed Off-Street Parking Ordinance
We attended the public hearing on Feb. 21, 2017 at 9:30am, and the ordinance later passed by a 7-1 vote in Seattle City Council. The ordinance reduces the amount of off-street parking that new buildings need to construct. It also expands the areas defined as “frequent transit service areas” — in these areas, no parking is required. It also allows building owners to rent nearby underused private parking (called “flexible parking”) in lieu of constructing new parking. The ordinance also increases the amount of bicycle parking places.
Requiring off street parking is expensive — according to the City, including parking in a modern building can add up to $500 a month to the rental cost of a unit — which makes housing less affordable. Also, by making us all pay for the cost of parking (not only in rent for housing but in the cost of goods and services for retail), our current system subsidizes driving and prioritizes it over walking, transit, and biking. This ordinance begins to change that. Reducing the “parking subsidy” promotes walking, biking and transit, and this, in turn, reduces greenhouse gases and local air pollution; promotes public health; promotes safety; and grows resilient and connected communities.