Traffic

SDOT Traffic Representative to Attend Quarterly Meeting

Shauna Walgren, from Neighborhood Traffic Operations at SDOT, will be attending our Quarterly meeting to talk to us about the 20 mph zones that SDOT would like to pilot in this area. Initially the city is planning eight city-wide pilots and is beginning outreach to community groups. 

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Is There A Way To Reduce Commuter Traffic To Our Neighborhood?

On January 10, hear a presentation from a Seattle Department of Transportation representative regarding the Residential Parking Zone (RPZ) surrounding the Swedish/Sabey campus.  RPZ #2 limits on-street parking during the day to two hours.  Affected streets include parts of north-south streets from 15th Avenue to 21st Avenue, and parts of east west streets from Fir Street to Spring Street. For a map and details on the RPZ, see http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/rpz_z2.htm

The intent of the RPZ is to discourage commuters to the Swedish/Sabey campus from parking on neighborhood streets.  City policy is to discourage single occupancy vehicle (SOV) commuting to all institutions, including Swedish/Sabey.  One of the ways this is done is to limit the amount of garage parking that can be provided, and to require minimum parking rates.  However, since Squire Park has a supply, free on-street parking may be an alternative choice for some commuters.  The expectation of the City is that, by limiting parking to two hours, those who might otherwise take advantage of free on-street parking are discouraged from doing so.

The question neighbors are asking is whether or not the current policies of RPZ 2 are effective. Many neighbors see apparent Swedish/Sabey commuters parking and later, in two hours or so, returning to "rub the chalk off" their tires, or to move their cars.  Others, just outside the boundaries of Zone 2, feel that the effect of the RPZ is to increase the number of commuters driving to and parking on their residential streets.

Is it possible that the current parking time limit --- two hours from morning to afternoon ---could be changed?  Is expanding the boundaries of Zone 2 appropriate or possible?  What other questions do you have about the policies of the RPZ program? Come to the January meeting to talk about that.

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