By Karla Sclater, Feet First Development Committee Member     Brian Devereux is an advocate of walking to school, both as a parent, and in his position as Puyallup School District’s Director of Facilities and Planning. He understands, though, that “Walking to school is a complex issue. It has to be safe, timely, and parent, … read more

Walk & Roll Funding Available to Schools

Empowering Children to Walk & Bike to School Feet First and Cascade Bicycle Club are excited to offer a mini grant program to get more kids moving more. Let us support your efforts to increase the number of children walking and bicycling to school. We are excited to award funding to 25 school districts across the … read more

Our Position on Temporary Encampments for the Homeless

Here is our open letter from Feet First Executive Director, Lisa Quinn that was sent to the Seattle City Council.   Dear Seattle City Council:     Feet First would like to share its position about public space as the Seattle City Council considers legislation that would create safe public spaces for temporary encampments for the … read more

Story from the Sole: Walking and Talking with Nancy Guppy

By Karla Sclater   Anyone who’s seen comedian Nancy Guppy on television or stage, knows that she radiates energy and wit. On a recent sunny Monday, I got the chance to join Nancy on her morning walk in her Queen Anne neighborhood. This funny woman is quick on her feet and in shape. For about … read more

Keynote Speaker Dr. Eric Scharnhorst: Building Invitations for Walking in American Cities

By: Eric Scharnhorst, Designer of Opportunity Score at Redfin   Imagine dropping your car off at the mechanic. Now, how are you going to get anywhere? Can you walk home? Will you be able to get to work the next morning without a car? Do you feel safe walking in your neighborhood?   Or would walking … read more

Help Jane Celebrate 100!

    Become a part of Jane’s Walk on May 6 – 8th  Jane’s Walk is an annual event held on the first weekend of May, which celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out to explore their communities. This year, Jane Jacobs celebrates 100 years!   We are looking … read more

Feet First Hiring Development Assistant

Background: Since 2001, Feet First has been working across the state to ensure all communities in Washington are walkable. We help people take steps that create better places to live, learn, work, shop and play–a world that cares about health, community, and the environment.   About you and this position: You should be passionate about … read more

Story from the Sole: Kubota Garden offers Family-friendly exploration

By: Karla Sclater, Feet First Development Committee Member   You don’t have to know about the history of Kubota Garden to enjoy walking through it — and learning a bit about the history adds a rich layer to your experience. My family and I were lucky enough to get a personal tour through this 20-acre … read more

What in the world is a “sharrow”? A new cohort of Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors learned this gem of a street design term, among others

Neighborhood Walking Ambassador

  By: Karla Sclater, Development Committee Member   Gusting winds topped with consistent rain didn’t stop a new cohort of volunteers from attending a March morning Neighborhood Walking Ambassador training in Pioneer Square. Two sessions, an evening and a morning one, gathered “intrepid walkers,” said Lisa Quinn, at the Feet First office. Lisa, the executive director … read more

A Valentine to Remember

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By: Karla Sclater, Development Committee Member   Valentine’s Day morning languished in a fishbowl of fog, a condition not unusual for Seattle in the throes of winter. The lingering grey didn’t stop people from gathering at Commodore Park, however. Nestled along the Chittenden Locks in Ballard, we gathered for a Feet First walk designed by … read more