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 road or on the sidewalk, in a crosswalk, or waiting on the curb to cross the street. The law applies equally to school hours and after-school events (like kids getting out of sports practice). Washington law further spells out that the zone extends 300 feet, or other distance established by regulation, in either direction from a marked crosswalk. (For reference, a football field is 360 feet long, including the end zones.)

When the sign is accompanied by flashing lights, you’re required to slow down regardless of the time of day and whether or not anyone is near the road.

But here’s where things get tricky

Washington’s Maximum Speed Limit When Passing School or Playground Crosswalks says, “…it shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to operate the same at a speed in excess of twenty miles per hour when operating any vehicle upon a highway either inside or outside an incorporated city or town when passing any marked school or playground crosswalk when such marked crosswalk is fully posted with standard school speed limit signs or standard playground speed limit signs.”

Neither of those laws mention “when children are present.”

The best advice: Slowing to 20 mph around schools is a safe call. It will add only seconds to your trip and may save you a citation – and even more important, it could save a life.

-From Pemco Perspective Newsletter, Sept 2017

Save the Date – Pocket Park Planting Party October 21

Remember when we did that Find It, Fix It Community Walk in April? Well, we also got a grant to spruce up the Pinehurst Pocket Park. We’ll be planting a bunch more native plants on October 21 and we want to make it a community event. We’ll remind you when the date approaches, but the info is below.

Also, if you’d like to volunteer to bring treats, or would like to put up posters or put flyers on porches near the park a few days before the event, please let us know by emailing We would also like someone to photograph the work party and the results of our work.

Taste of Eritrea – September 30th!

Tour Lake City Parks August 30th

Lake City Community Conversation 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017, 6:30 – 8 PM

Location Albert Davis Park
12526 27th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Event Description Join your neighbors for great food from local vendors and tours of several of Lake City’s parks. Hear about current and future parks and green spaces in Lake City and what you can do to help!
Neighborhoods Lake City/Olympic Hills/Victory Heights
DON Programs Community Happenings
Event Types Neighborhood Meetings
Audience All
Sponsoring Organization LakeCityFutureFirst.
Contact Chris Leverson
Contact Phone 2064458520
Contact Email
Site Contact Details Albert Davis Park
12526 27th AVE NE, Seattle 98125
Pre-Register No
Cost Free
More Info on the Web

SPD Wants Your Input on new CSO Program

Give Your Input on the Development of the Community Service Officer Program The City is now working to start a new Community Service Officer program that will support community-led strategies that lead to a reduction in criminal justice system involvement for communities of color.

The Community Service Officer program was previously a group of civilian police staff who provided supportive services to the community and built bridges between the community and the police. Your survey answers are critical to the development of this program and your participation is appreciated.

This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary. You can refuse to participate or discontinue your participation at any time.

Go here to give input.

Event at Albert Davis Park September 30th

Hear live music Saturday, September 30, at Albert Davis Park, 12526 27th Ave NE, next to the Lake City Library. Open Bluegrass Jam 2-4 pm. The whole event is a day of Art, Gems, Minerals, & Music at the park, 10 am – 6 pm.

3 Music Stages
75 Craft, Art, & Gourmet Vendors
45 Gem & Mineral Vendors 
9 Live Artists

Thornton Natural Drainage System Project Meetings

The Thornton Natural Drainage System project is coming to our neighborhood. Come to an informal drop-in session to:

  • Hear updates from the project team.
  • Chat one-on-one with the project team about the project.


Wednesday, August 23, 4:00 – 6:00 pm


30th Ave NE at NE 87th St


23rd Ave NE at NE 105th St

To support this work, Seattle Public Utilities performed soil testing in the neighborhood on August 10 and 11.

For more information, or if you can’t make it to the drop-in session, please contact:

Luis Ramirez, Project Manager: or 206.684.3660.

Visit the project website at:

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

There’s new art in the pocket park kiosk! It’s a beautiful watercolor painting by 8 year old Niko. The pocket park is on the corner of NE 117th & 19th Ave NE. Come see it on your stroll around the neighborhood. Thanks, Niko, for your contribution to our little park!

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

It’s time for the All-American BBQ again!

In what has become a Pinehurst tradition, Idris Mosque and the Islamic Center of Washington are hosting the annual All-American BBQ event again. According to the information flyer, “You, your family and your guests are invited to attend.” As with the past years, you will be greeted by the kind and friendly neighbours smiling at you, grilling hamburgers and hotdogs (yes, vegetarian options will be available) and enjoying conversations with you!

Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Place: 1420 NE Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98125

For questions, you can call (206) 353-3013.

Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge Design Update

In their first open house about the Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge this year, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) revealed a key design change that was adopted as the result of feedback from the neighbours.

The change pertains to the slope of the bridge. Before the update, the slope was set to be 8.3 per cent grade across the bridge. To be ADA compliant, SDOT created a few flat areas so people can take a rest. The steepness was the result of SDOT’s effort to stay within budget, which reduced the overall length of the bridge from 2,200 feet to 1,600 feet. To provide enough clearance between the bridge and I-5, They had no choice but to make the bridge steeper.

That apparently didn’t sit well with the neighbours. Amanda Tse, Project Manager of the Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge Project, told me that they had received “lots of feedback about the slope.” It’s easy to imagine not much of it was compliments.

The updated design has extended the length of the bridge by 300 feet, to a total of 1,900 feet. This has enabled the design team to reduce the slope of the bridge between the entry into the Northgate Station mezzanine and the west end of the bridge to a much more agreeable 4.9 per cent. The short section that connects the mezzanine access to the ground level on 1st Ave NE remains at 8.3 per cent.

Seattle Times reporter Mike Lindblom (right) talking with Rachel McCaffrey, Outreach Lead of the Bridge Project, at the open house.

It is exciting to see the bridge project taking shape. SDOT plan on completing the construction in time for the opening of the Link Northgate Extension in 2021. You can learn more about the project and its progress on SDOT’s project site. (Note: the site was updated on August 2, one day before the open house. It doesn’t have the information about the updated bridge slope.)