Mayor Greg Nickels is seeking candidates for positions on the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board (SPAB) for terms beginning in March 2006.
The SPAB was established in 1993. Board members advise the mayor, City Council and departments on issues related to pedestrian safety and accessibility. These include policies and plans affecting the pedestrian environment, and ongoing input on projects throughout the city which could potentially change that pedestrian environment. SPAB also provides input on annual decisions about budget priorities, and targets specific issues of interest to board members. Several positions will be available in March 2007.
SPAB seeks applicants from a variety of ages, walks of life and areas of the city of Seattle. Past and current members include professional designers and engineers, neighborhood activists, landscape architects, and people of various ages, ethnic backgrounds and levels of mobility who have an interest in pedestrian issues. Board members normally serve two-year terms, with an opportunity to seek reappointment to a second two-year term at the end of the first term. The only firm requirements are that board members must reside within the city limits and can not be employed by the city of Seattle. Senior citizens and applicants of color are encouraged to apply.
Potential projects that the SPAB may look at in the coming months include the Pedestrian Master Plan, the Rainier Corridor Safety Project, the Alaskan Way Viaduct, proposed criteria for sidewalk installation, and a variety of transportation policies. Ongoing topics of interest include physical obstructions in the pedestrian right-of-way, enforcement of violations at crosswalks, public education about pedestrian issues, and city budgets, both present and future.
The board meets the second Wednesday of every month, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, go to the SPAB Web site at www.seattle.gov/spab, where you can find Six Steps to a More Walkable Seattle, which outlines six long-term goals of the board.
Applications can be submitted by mail to:
Seattle Department of Transportation
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3900
P.O. Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996