Saturday, January 15, 2011

City of Burien to host a Complete Streets workshop - Thursday, Jan 27

Do you want Burien to be a safer place to bike and walk for you and your kids? Good news! An in-depth session on the City policies and design standards needed to make Burien more bikeable and walkable is happening this month. The approach is called "Complete Streets" and it's an approach to transportation planning that has municipalities evaluate opportunities for enhancing bikeability and walkability for all users any time a major transportation project is planned.

There will be Complete Streets training provided by the Cascade Bicycle Club and hosted at City Hall on Thursday, January, 27th from 8:00am to 12:00pm. It will be attended by City staff and elected officials, but more importantly is open to the public. With Burien's upcoming Transportation Master Plan process, this is a great opportunity to start learning about the issues and ways citizens can influence the final plan.

The City of Burien is being provided this training as part of a DHHS grant awarded to the Healthy Highline Communities Coalition to support schools, local governments and communities to increase healthy eating and physical activity through policy, systems and environment changes that will improve the health of residents and students in the greater Highline area.

The event starts at City Hall at 8:00am with a presentation, information and discussion about what complete streets are with David Hiller, Cascade Bicycle Club Advocacy Director, and Tessa Greegor, the club’s Principal Planner. David and Tessa will then lead a walking exercise through part of Burien’s downtown; some vans may be used for part of the route if the gathered group is larger. Following the exercise, the group will return to City Hall Multi-purpose room for information & discussion session from 10:40am -12pm.David Hiller, will be leading the walking exercise and discussion session.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP by contacting City of Burien Management Analyst, Dori Babcock at (206) 248-5529, or email at dorib@burienwa.gov.

For more information on the Cascade Bicycle Club, or their work on Complete Streets, please see their education foundation website, http://www.cbcef.org/, Cascade's blog, http://blog.cascade.org/ or check out the Complete Streets Coalition website: http://www.completestreets.org/.

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