In August, Vancouver conducted its first open streets event, Sunday Streets Alive, that opened streets to pedestrians, bicyclists and more. It was a great experience that increased our connection to our neighborhoods. Our community thrives when streets welcome other ways to safely travel along with cars. A great example is the new buffered bike lanes along MacArthur Boulevard.
Wouldn't it be great to continue this momentum?
The State Senate Transportation Committee is holding "listening sessions" around the state and will be in Vancouver this evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Department of Transportation Southwest Region Office, 11018 N.E. 51st Circle.
Let's tell our legislators that we want and need smart, cost-effective transportation networks that serve us all -- kids walking and biking to school, bicycle commuters, transit users, the elderly, and everyone else. Not only do investments in walking and bicycling make streets safer, they also improve the health and economic well-being of our community.
Madeleine von Laue