People and Bicyle Safety: Share Your Ideas by April 17

People and Bicyle Safety: Share Your Ideas by April 17

Dear Finn Hill friends and neighbors:

Do you have an idea for a project that would improve pedestrian or bicycle safety on Finn Hill? The City of Kirkland is looking for suggestions, and it has already set aside money for your great idea.

The Kirkland City Council has designated $150,000 for safety enhancement projects suggested by residents of Finn Hill, the Juanita Neighborhoods and Evergreen Hill/Kingsgate. City officials are accepting ideas through this Thursday, April 17. To be eligible, a project should cost no more than $50,000.

Questions? Contact the City’s Neighborhood Coordinator, Kari Page, at or Jon Pascal, FHNA board member, at

Details from the City

The City Council is pleased to announce a pilot program to address neighborhood pedestrian and bicycle safety needs. The Pilot Neighborhood Safety Program will be focused on the new neighborhoods (Finn Hill, Juanita Neighborhoods, and Evergreen Hill/Kingsgate) in 2014. If successful, the Program will be implemented Citywide using 2012 voter approved safety funding from the Streets Levy.

The Program’s Purpose

The Purpose of the Program is to re-energize neighborhood associations by empowering them to work collaboratively to identify, prioritize and address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues. In the current pilot program, there is a total of $150,000 available for projects under $50,000. Project proposals should fall into the following categories and are not limited to these examples.

  • Bicycle facility: Bike lanes or trails.
  • Crosswalks: New crosswalks, improved crosswalk ramps (Americans with Disabilities Act), crosswalk islands, and rapid flashing beacons.
  • Intersection improvement: Striping, signage, parking, and curb “bump outs” or curb extensions to narrow the roadway and better define pedestrian crossings.
  • Traffic calming: Traffic islands, speed cushions, narrowing roadway, street marking, signage, and radar signs.
  • Walkway/sidewalk and trail: gravel trail, short distance of sidewalk, steps.
  • Street light: on existing utility pole or installing a new light pole.

Step One:

Submit project ideas for consideration on the City’s Capital Improvement Program interactive map. The “Submit a project idea” feature helps citizens voice their ideas for projects to be considered by Neighborhood Safety Program. Click “I want to” and select “Submit a project idea,” find the location on the map and click the spot and the project request form will pop up. Or, email Kari Page, Neighborhood Services Coordinator (or call 425-587-3011) to submit an idea. This is the first step in getting your project considered.

Step Two:

Neighborhood associations will review all project ideas. Individuals, community organizations, and businesses interested in applying for funding must work with their neighborhood association to have their project idea evaluated against other suggested improvements in the neighborhood.

Step Three:

The Neighborhood Safety Program workshop will be held on April 17 to refine the scope of priority projects and work with City staff to develop cost estimates. Applications are completed for neighborhood’s top priorities. Applications will be available April 17 at the meeting and the next day on the City’s Neighborhood Services website.

Step Four:

Proposed projects will be evaluated on their scope and quality.  The evaluation will be done by a panel of Neighborhood Leaders and Chamber of Commerce Representative with the final approval by City Council.  The criteria for evaluation will be based upon the following categories.

  • Technical City staff safety score
  • Neighborhood and community support
  • Neighborhood and community benefit
  • Community participation in implementation
  • Budget that is well planned and realistic
  • Readiness to complete project within 18 months
  • Address maintenance needs

Important Dates

  • Submit Project Ideas: Until April 17, 2014
  • Applications Available: April 17, 2014
  • Application Workshop: April 17, 2014, Kirkland City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue
  • Applications Due: No later than May 8, 2014
  • Panel Review: May 14, 2014
  • Panel Decision: May 28, 2014
  • City Council Decision: June 17, 2014
  • Projects Announced: By end of June, 2014
  • Projects End: June 1, 2015

For questions or additional information, please contact Kari Page at (425) 587-3011 or e-mail

Scott Morris
Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance – President
(formerly Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance) | 206-972-9493
PO Box 682, Kirkland WA 98083

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