Host a Pinehurst People’s Street

Seattle’s People’s Street program is coming back in 2018 for the 4th year. The program supports Seattle neighborhoods to create temporary, pedestrian-only streets by closing off certain city blocks to vehicles and opening them up for, well, for whatever you can think of: a dance, a yoga session, a potluck, a kids’ playtime….

The […]

2017 Pinehurst/Northgate Find It, Fix It Update Report

Here is a report of the results of the Find It, Fix It Community Walk we did April 2017. It shows actions that were completed, those in progress, and things they have no plans to do. Read it here. <—Note that because the file is too big to put on WordPress (this blog site), clicking […]

2018 Your Voice Your Choice

Time to submit our ideas for park improvements and pedestrian and street safety feature improvements. Last year Pinehurst benefited from this process and we can do it again this year if we submit ideas and vote for them. Below are some dates for brainstorming project ideas. The more people, the merrier —>


Road Rules: Is It Ever Ok to Pass on the Right?

The idea of “passing on the right” makes many drivers uncomfortable, except maybe when overtaking another driver who is turning left. However, Washington law does permit passing on the right on multi-lane roads when it’s safe to do so.

This question also applies to “left-lane camping” on the freeway and whether or not the HOV […]

Road Rules – Two Way Turn Lanes

These are direct quotes from Washington State RCW 46.61.290 regarding two way turn lanes:

A two-way left turn lane is near the center of the roadway set aside for use by vehicles making left turns in either direction from or into the roadway.

Upon a roadway where a center lane has been provided by distinctive […]

Road Rules – Turning on Red Arrow

Q: When is it OK to turn right on a red arrow? Does it matter if there’s more than one lane turning? And is it ever OK for a left turn?

A: Under Washington law, you can turn right on a solid red arrow (the same as a solid red light) provided you come to […]

Pedestrian Safety Improvements on 5th Ave NE

Late 2017/early 2018 SDOT is making safety enhancements on 5th Ave NE between NE 115th St and NE 127th St to reduce crashes and make it easier to walk and bike in the Pinehurst neighborhood. This Vision Zero spot improvement project is part of SDOT’s plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city […]

Road Rules – Left Lane Camping

Washington enforces “keep right except to pass” laws. Washington law states, “It is a traffic infraction to drive continuously in the left lane of a multilane roadway when it impedes the flow of traffic.” It doesn’t matter if you’re driving the speed limit.

In 2016, Washington state troopers stopped more than 16,000 left-lane campers […]

Road Rules – School Zones

Washington enforces 20 mph speed limits in school zones. Some people contend that the “when children are present” signs create confusion about when the law applies. In the Washington law, “when children are present” refers to children’s proximity to the road.

The reduced speed limit applies when you see children walking along the […]

Update on Safety Improvement Work in Pinehurst

A few weeks ago, Pinehurst Community Council invited Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to have a table at the upcoming Pinehurstfest so they can share their progress on the safety improvement work with the Pinehurst neighbours.

We just received a reply from SDOT. Brian Dougherty, in charge of Pedestrian and Neighbourhood Projects, regretfully turned down […]