Paint bus and bike lanes policy for mayoral candidate

Excerpts I wrote for Seattle mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston’s “Paint The Town Red And Green” campaign policy proposal: …Bus-only lanes are significantly more effective when they have their own dedicated space and are clearly painted as such. Data compiled by the US Office of Transportation Operations on all urban, red bus-only lanes shows thatContinue reading “Paint bus and bike lanes policy for mayoral candidate”

Most things are made, but for whom?

People typically accept things as they are. When we see a road, a home, a park, a restroom, we don’t wonder why they’re there—or think about why they’re not. This is particularly true when we lack the cultural and historical knowledge of oppression embedded in our lives to ask why.  Looking deeper, nearly everything aroundContinue reading “Most things are made, but for whom?”

Sierra Club’s Legislative Recap, Climate Edition

By Jesse Piedfort, Chapter Director of the Washington State Chapter and Kelsey Hamlin, Volunteer Outreach and Development Coordinator The 2020 legislative session saw important climate advocacy for Washington State. The brief 60-day session resulted in the passage of some important bills, but also some significant disappointments.  We pushed for bills in Olympia that would help reduceContinue reading “Sierra Club’s Legislative Recap, Climate Edition”

King County Transportation Benefit Districts Testimony

My testimony spoken to the King County Council’s Mobility & Environment Committee in February 2020 on behalf of the Sierra Club Washington State Chapter: “Hello, my name is Kelsey Hamlin. I’m here today representing Sierra Club Washington to talk about the Transportation Benefit Districts with you all as you start that conversation. I was actuallyContinue reading “King County Transportation Benefit Districts Testimony”

2020 Legislature: A Critical Year for Housing and Transportation

Every day we wait for holistic climate action across all fronts is a sacrifice we tack on to our health, our loved ones, and our planet. That’s why we want to let you in on our climate-driven housing and transportation priorities at the legislature. Together, we’ll tackle three priorities this session: A Clean Fuel Standard, theContinue reading “2020 Legislature: A Critical Year for Housing and Transportation”

Seattle Teachers Show Solidarity With Striking Bus Drivers

Hundreds of educators joined with striking bus drivers on the picket line Wednesday at a number of protest hubs throughout Seattle. The gulf between the drivers, represented by the Teamsters union, and First Student, a subcontractor with Seattle Public Schools, has widened since a one-day strike in Nov. 2017 after the two sides failed toContinue reading “Seattle Teachers Show Solidarity With Striking Bus Drivers”

With one last step in design review, hopes for 2018 start of construction for Capitol Hill Station projects

CHS is back in business just in time for the Capitol Hill Station “transit oriented development” projects set to create 400 affordable and market-rate apartment units and 59,000 square feet of commercial and community space along Broadway to finally pass through design review. Probably. The four buildings face a second round of review in the design “recommendation”Continue reading “With one last step in design review, hopes for 2018 start of construction for Capitol Hill Station projects”

King County Metro Access Slammed By Audit, Claims of Poor Service

Going out on a limb, parent Becky Bisbee, decided one day to use Access, a $61 million ADA transit program under King County Metro. Her non-verbal and physically disabled daughter was supposed to attend a day camp sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation but Bisbee couldn’t get her there. At noon, someone from the day campContinue reading “King County Metro Access Slammed By Audit, Claims of Poor Service”

Memorializing Ronacin Tjhung: How systematic transportation issues can lead to tragedy

A crowd of somber faces collected at the corner of Othello Station Saturday evening in memory of Ronacin Tjhung, a Filipino man struck by a car while riding his bike on Graham Street to his second job. via South Seattle Emerald