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Transformation Transportation

A conversation with Peter Harnik, Lid I-5, and Cascade Bicycle Club

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Date:
Thursday, May 23
Time:
7:30 pm PDT
Cost:
$5 – $25 Sliding Scale
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Venue

The Wyncote NW Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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Note: Town Hall events are approximately 75 minutes long.

Book cover: A wooden bridge stands in a green forest, covered in shadows. Title at the top says "From Rails to Trails: The Making of America's Active Transportation Network"
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From Rails to Trails: The Making of America's Active Transportation Network

University of Nebraska Press

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From left to right: Headshots of Peter Harnik with Katy Ricchiuto and Tyler Vasquez
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Come to learn how Seattle — and the nation — can repurpose old transportation corridors to improve the environment, reduce energy use, and help curtail climate change. Author and film producer Peter Harnik will tell the history of the rails-to-trails movement and the critical role played by the state of Washington and Seattle’s Burke-Gilman Trail. Afterward, there will be a description of the exciting campaign to construct a park lid over Interstate 5 and complete rail trails on the east side of Lake Washington.

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Peter Harnik, a life-long conservationist, is co-founder of the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, where he served for 10 years as vice president. Following his retirement, he spent four years researching and writing From Rails to Trails, a history of the movement that shines a particular spotlight on the role of Seattle and Washington State. The book is now being made into a documentary to be aired on PBS in 2025. Harnik, who lives with his wife in Arlington, Va., claims to have bicycled or walked on 207 rail-trails so far.

Katy Ricchiuto is a pivotal figure in shaping Seattle’s urban landscape. Her visionary approach spearheads discussions on managing population growth and urban density. With a focus on enhancing livability and urban vitality through policy development, Katy’s expertise has helped influence land use and transportation policies, including the Seattle Transportation Plan and the SR 520 Montlake Lid project. Her dedication extends to the U District, where she leads innovative advocacy efforts for Lid I-5 North. This initiative aims to reconnect communities spanning from the U District to Wallingford, Ravenna, and Roosevelt by constructing a highway lid over Interstate 5 between NE 45th and NE 50th Streets.

Tyler Vasquez serves as the Seattle Policy and Advocacy Manager at Cascade Bicycle Club, bringing a unique combination of lived, academic, and professional experiences to Seattle bike advocacy. Guided by his childhood experience of unsafe biking conditions in southeast San Diego, Vasquez is deeply committed to improving bicycling for all. His background in transportation policy and community engagement advances Cascade’s goals for a more equitable and bike-friendly Seattle.


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