By Bill Fenimore
The Phinney Neighborhood Association now has some great new features to help broaden our staff and visitor’s options for getting to the Phinney Center. This is a continuation of the work we started last summer. Both of these new improvements are in the corner of the upper lot next to the new stairs.
We have a beautiful new bike rack/sculpture that was the “peddle-away” winner of the Artistic Bike Rack competition. Designed and fabricated by Bruce Andersen of Andersen Studios, the piece includes options to do minor bike repair. We wanted to make bike riders feel more welcome and this project should accomplish that. Andersen Studios has great public art all over the area. This project was funded by a Department of Neighborhoods matching grant. Learn more about the artist team at www.andersenstudios.com.
In addition, the Center has installed two new electric vehicle charging stations. Our partner on this project is ECOtality (www.ecotality.com). The two chargers are linked to the Blink Network via the Internet. This is our contribution to the shift away from carbon fuels for a more sustainable future. The dilemma associated with electric vehicles is to have enough locations for charging even as the conversion to electric begins. Unless we build it they won’t come.
This spring we will be seal coating and re-striping the lots to conform to the City of Seattle’s parking requirements. This will provide more spots and somewhat tighter parking (because the City specifies the size and number of spots). That is good news as the number of visitors for classes and events continues to grow here, but it means that biking, walking and carpooling are more important than ever.