Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge – New Design

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has a new, completely-reworked design for the Northgate Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge (“The Northgate Bridge”).

They had the original design 30 percent complete in 2015. Concerns over the potential cost overruns were raised, and independent cost validations were performed. As the result, the original design was deemed too costly. A new project team was selected to start from the scratch in 2016. As of today, the new design of the Northgate Bridge is 30 percent complete.

SDOT presented this design to a group of civic stakeholders in a meeting on April 5.  The stakeholders included leaders from the Northgate and neighbouring communities, such as Greenwood, Lake City, Licton-Spring and Pinehurst. Notwithstanding the differing views and preferences on the details, the stakeholders liked the design. Here’s the SDOT presentation.

If you have any questions and/or feedback on the Northgate Bridge, please feel free to send it to, and we will be happy to relay it to the appropriate personnel at SDOT.


Pinehurst Picks

Well, ’tis the season…

April 2017 Pinehurst Crime Map

Here is a partial picture of Pinehurst property crime for the month. Click on the map to enlarge it.

You can see ALL the types of crime at Select the North neighborhood and enter a date range.

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for May 2017

This month’s guest speaker was Scott Lindsay, Public Safety Advisor to Mayor Murray, who talked about Seattle’s Navigation Team. The Nav Team was started this year as one response to the homelessness crisis. The team is comprised of SPD officers and social workers. They go to unauthorized encampments to offer services and encourage folks to move to shelter. The team also coordinates trash cleanups. In two months, 3,500,000 pounds of trash have been hauled away.

For more information from the meeting, including a summary of the April crime dashboard for north precinct, read the minutes here.

Road Rules – Turning Left into Which Lane?

Is it legal to turn into the outside curb lane when you turn left onto a four lane road?

A) Yes, it’s legal if you can clearly see that the outside lane is open and no one else is merging into it;

B) Yes, it’s legal as long as you’re turning onto a one-way street.

C) No, it’s illegal to turn left directly into the outside lane.

The answer is C. Turning directly into the outside lane is illegal in Washington – but it’s a mistake drivers often make.

Turn from the lane that is closest to the direction you want to go and turn into the lane closest to the one you came from. Once you’ve completed your turn, you can change to another lane if you need to.

The only time it’s legal to turn left into the outside lane is when you’re on a road with two left turn lanes and you’re in the outside, right-most, turn lane.

Adapted from Pemco Perspective Newsletter

Lake City Customer Service Center

There’s a city customer service center in Lake City, upstairs from the library, at 12525 28th Ave NE. It’s open 9-5 Monday through Friday, except holidays.

You can make payments in person:

  • Electric bills (Seattle City Light)
  • Water, sewer and garbage bills (Seattle Public Utilities)
  • Pet licenses
  • Parking tickets and moving violations (credit cards NOT accepted)
    • Types accepted
      • Parking citations (handheld or hand written) – If payment is received within 15 days of issue date
      • Parking citations with delinquent notice – If payment is received on or before the notice due date
      • Infraction citations – If payment is received within 15 days of issue date
      • Infraction/Parking citation payments where amount owing can be verified by the court with a phone call.
      • Court Time Pay Agreement – If payment received on or before due date.
      • Pre Trial Diversion payments

You can get information about:

  • City and other job opportunities, including Summer Youth Employment
  • Community and Neighborhood Organization Contacts
  • Crime Prevention and Block Watch Materials
  • Food Banks
  • Gold Cards (Senior Discounts)
  • Heating Bill Assistance
  • Land Use and Zoning Information
  • Metro Bus Schedules
  • P-Patch Community Garden Program
  • Weatherization Services

You can access the internet for free (visits limited to one 30-minute session per day)

And you can get applications for passports (with some limitations).

See the website for more information.

Northgate Transit Open House May 6, 2017

Kids’ Art in the Pinehurst Pocket Park

Eight year old Zoe drew this jazzy picture at last year’s Pinehurstfest. Look at those singers sing, and those dancers dance! Thanks for brightening the park, Zoe! Her drawing will be there throughout May. The park is on the corner of NE 117th & 19th Ave NE.

If you would like to submit your child’s artwork for the Pocket Park, please email 

Pinehurst Pets – Dixon


Here’s a friendly neighborhood kitty!

If you’d like your pet featured, please send a photo and its name and a short description or story to

Find It, Fix It Community Walk Success!

Our walk with the mayor was a much larger than we expected! Many high-level city employees were there, such as the SPD North Precinct captain, our District 5 City Council member, the Fire Department chief, head of Parks & Rec, head of Department of Neighborhoods, head of Utilities, engineers from SDOT, and of course the Mayor. On top of that we had a police bike escort to sort out traffic for us.

We hope that the city will take our requests seriously and help us improve the neighborhood.

Thank you to all the neighbors who came out for the social hour and who walked with us! It was actually a lot of fun.