Story from the Sole: Laurie Towey Is Just Singin’ and Dancin’ in the Rain

Laurie Towey is a fairly recent addition to the Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador program. Like many of us, though, she is long time lover of walking in community with others. Laurie shares what motivates people to volunteer in this way – why does she show up to lead?   Laurie was already leading her … read more

Mercer Students & Parents Get Safer Route to School–Audit Recommendations Adopted!

Our walking audits are unique and great community engagement tools. On our audits we work with community members, elected officials, and city staff to assess the community and identify barriers and opportunities to walking so that the city or neighborhood can take steps toward improving places for people to walk. Community members are encouraged to … read more

Safe Routes to School Director (Interim through January 2016)

  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 … read more

Pedestrian Safety Bill Signed into Law!

Gov. Jay Inslee signs Substitute Senate Bill No. 5957, May 11, 2015. Relating to the pedestrian safety advisory council.

On Monday, May 11, 2015, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5957, which creates a Pedestrian Safety Advisory Council. The bill, which was co-written by Feet First, had earlier been approved by both the full House and Senate with bipartisan support.   The new law creates a Pedestrian Safety Advisory Council to include … read more

Learn to Lead Neighborhood Walking Tours!

Calling all Walkstars…   Do you love to explore new places on foot? Do you enjoy sharing your discoveries with others? Do you care about health, community, and design?   Then become a Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador!   This month we are offering two opportunities to join this fun and informative program. These free workshops will prepare … read more

Jane Jacobs Would Be Pleased!

Were you one of the 149 people who joined one of the 15 Jane’s Walks around the Puget Sound region organized by Feet First? If you did, then you might have explored public gardens, public art, architecture, or learned about upcoming changes in a neighborhood.   For the last three year’s we have been proud to be … read more

South Park, White Center and West Seattle Communities In Motion!

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Communities In Motion, a King County Metro-funded program, recently launched in South Park, West Seattle, and White Center. Through June 6, the Communities In Motion team is reaching out to individuals who live or work these neighborhoods to explore their travel options and take fewer drive alone trips.   King County Metro Transit partners with local … read more

Does Your School Have a Circulation Plan?

As fewer families walk, bike, and bus, and more drive their children to school, arrival and departure procedures have become a common safety concern for schools. The problem is, too many people want to be in exactly the same place at exactly the same time. High traffic volumes at schools can have the effect of discouraging walkers, … read more

Safe Routes to Schools Funding Moves Forward in Olympia

The Washington State Legislature continues work on a transportation funding package that includes funding to create a safer walking and biking environment for school children. Now that the House and the Senate have passed their respective budget proposals, critical negotiations are underway between the two bodies. While the Senate version essentially maintains statewide funding for … read more

Join a Jane’s Walk

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Explore and Celebrate Local Communities On Foot with Jane’s Walks   On May 2 and 3, join Feet First for Jane’s Walks, a series of 16 free community walks across the Puget Sound Region, exploring the diverse makeup of our neighborhoods. Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs, who championed walkable neighborhoods, urban … read more