Bike to the Downtown Farmers Market

Celebrate Bike Month by cycling to the Downtown Farmers Market on May 6th (10am-3pm, on Broadway between S. 9th and St. 11th)! Visit the Downtown On the Go (DOTG) booth to get more information about bike resources as well as details for the events we have planned for the summer, including Bike Bingo and our Walk Tacoma series. The Market will be generously offering $2 market tokens to those that travel by bike to the market on May 6th, so don’t forget to stop by the Market info booth to get yours!

DOTG is proud to join organizations across Tacoma-Pierce County to celebrate the many benefits of bicycling for transportation and recreation this May. In light of these unprecedented times – this Bike Month will look different from years past – but organizations participating in Bike Month will be sharing bicycling-related resources, activities, and tips throughout the month. Get more info about Bike Month here, and follow Tacoma Mobility on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with events and activities.

Thank you to the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Communities of Interest for sponsoring our Bike Month events.

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Walk Tacoma: Downtown Mural Walk

Take a virtual guided tour through Downtown Tacoma to enjoy murals and hear directly from local artists about their work. Learn the stories behind some of downtown’s amazing murals, as well as the artistic minds behind them. Art has long been an important facet of Downtown Tacoma, and we can’t wait to bring more exposure to some of its hidden gems. In partnership with Spaceworks Tacoma, the 1.1-mile walk will be available on the free GeoTourist app starting on May 5. The tour begins on Hood St. behind 7 Seas Brewing and Taproom (S. 21st & Jefferson Ave.).

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by MultiCare, is a five-event walking series. The fun, themed walks, now in their twelfth year, encourage people to enjoy Tacoma on foot by introducing new walking routes and sharing information about the community and its history through the guided tours. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 walks will be available virtually through the GeoTourist app.

For more information on the full Walk Tacoma Series visit www.downtownonthego.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Walk Tacoma: Downtown Tacoma Waterfront Walk

Take a virtual guided tour along Downtown Tacoma’s historic waterfront and learn about locations and individuals that have had a significant impact in our city​. Led by Patty Peterson, Director of the Tacoma Waterfront Association, the 1.6-mile walk, will be available on the free GeoTourist app starting on April 7, and is sponsored by the Tacoma Waterfront Association. The tour begins behind the Henry Waterfront Apartments (1933 Dock St.) on the Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade.

Explore the lovely and fascinating Tacoma Waterfront along the Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade, and learn about the importance of the waterfront to Tacoma’s history as well as how it continues to shape and influence the culture, design and vitality of our special city. Visit the Tacoma Waterfront Association’s website to learn more about their history and involvement in our city.

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by MultiCare, is a five-event walking series. The fun, themed walks, now in their twelfth year, encourage people to enjoy Tacoma on foot by introducing new walking routes and sharing information about the community and its history through the guided tours. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 walks will be available virtually through the GeoTourist app.

For more information on the full Walk Tacoma Series visit www.downtownonthego.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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2021 Walk Tacoma Kick-off

The 2021 Walk Tacoma series will kick off on April 7, with the launch of the year’s first virtual walking tour (coming soon!), and an opportunity to receive a special Walk Tacoma gift bag. We have reached the maximum number of registrations for the Kick-Off and are not accepting any additional participants at this time.

Registrants must attend in-person to pick up their bag – items will not be mailed. DOTG staff will be at the George Weyerhauser park next to the Henry Waterfront Apartments (1933 Dock St.) from 4p-6p on April 7th to hand out bags. *Social distancing and masks will be required.*

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Friday Forum: Breaking the Urban Bubble

Racism in Transportation Policy

Breaking the Urban Bubble: Race & Transportation Policy in Pierce County and Tacoma

Friday, March 26, 2021
Noon – 1 p.m. (online)

How do infrastructure ideas become reality? How do problems like faulty sidewalks and inadequate bus stops get fixed? Policy in Tacoma is a web of stakeholders and decision makers, often spanning into Pierce County. Follow along as we track issues from concept to implementation and learn how to have concerns addressed.

Panelists:

  • Andrew Austin, Government and Community Relations Manager, Sound Transit
  • Deputy Mayor Keith Blocker, City of Tacoma
  • Laura Svancarek, CTR & Advocacy Coordinator, Downtown On the Go
  • Councilmember Derek Young, Pierce County
  • Tanisha Jumper, City of Tacoma (moderator)

Friday Forums bring together local leaders, experts, and the community to talk about transportation issues facing Tacoma and our region.

If you can’t attend the live Friday Forum, check out the recording at our media sponsor, Channel 253! And don’t miss the after-show podcast on Crossing Division.

You can view the Forum recording on TV Tacoma at the following broadcast schedule:
Fri. 3/26 – 4:30pm
Sat. 3/27 – Midnight, 9:30am, 4pm
Sun. 3/28 – Noon, 7pm
Mon. 3/29 – 1am, 1pm
Tue. 3/30 – 9am, 9pm
Wed. 3/31 – 2am, 4:30pm, 10:30pm
Thurs. 4/1 – 5am, 4:30pm
Fri. 4/2 – 4:30pm

Thank you to GeoEngineers for sponsoring this event!

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Ride the Bus with Hilltop Action Coalition and Tacoma Housing Authority

Join the virtual Ride the Bus event on March 11, 2021 from 3 – 4 p.m. to discuss housing and transit developments in Hilltop, and how they are affecting local residents. Downtown On the Go is looking forward to chatting with Brendan A. Nelson, a Certified Nonprofit Professional and current President of the Hilltop Action Coalition, as well as Alyssa Torrez, a Real Estate Development Project Specialist for Tacoma Housing Authority. DOTG’s own Advocacy & CTR Coordinator, Laura Svancarek will be moderating the conversation. Learn how transit and housing planning and infrastructure can lead to gentrification, and how current Hilltop residents could potentially be impacted by the current developments.

The recording will be posted on the DOTG Facebook page after the event.

This free event, sponsored by the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Community of Interest, is an annual Ride the Bus event that gives riders a chance to learn about transit and their community, ask questions, and have a conversation with leaders.

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Parkland Walking Audit

Parkland Walking Audit Video

The Parkland community has seen rapid growth in the past several decades and has proven to be the fastest growing CDP in Pierce County. Many residents have made the broad case that while Parkland’s population continues to grow, the development of physical infrastructure supporting the community has lagged. One of the clearest examples of this lag in development of physical infrastructure are the neighborhood’s sidewalks. Many streets in Parkland lack any sidewalks at all.

In 2020, the Pierce Conservation District retained a consultant with expertise in the Parkland community to engage community members in a walkability study. The consultant, a lifelong Parkland resident, convened a working committee to begin developing the scope of the walkability project. Committee representation included staff from organizations like the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Pierce County, Pierce Conservation District, and Downtown on the Go.  The working committee began efforts with a shared understanding of the need for additional sidewalk development in the community. Additionally, the committee was aware of near-future sidewalk development in the Parkland community through Pierce Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) initiative.

The initial scope of the project was to produce a community informed ranked list of the streets most in need of sidewalk development in Parkland. This ranked list would be informed by responses to a community-wide survey. In the weeks of planning, the scope also grew to include two community walking audits. Work on the Parkland Walkability Assessment began in July 2020 and was completed by December 2020.

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Friday Forum: Can Street Safety be Anti-Racist? (And How?)

Racism in Transportation Policy

Can Street Safety be Anti-Racist? (And How?)

Friday, February 26, 2021
Noon – 1 p.m. (online)

Register here! Once your registration is complete, you will receive an email confirmation with more event details.

Who feels safe in Tacoma streets? Street safety initiatives often rely on police enforcement with racially asymmetrical impacts. Join us for an exploration into what contributes to real and perceived safety in public spaces, focusing on how race informs safety, why, and a few ideas of steps to address racism in public space safety.

Panelists:

  • Liz Kaster, Senior Planner & Active Transportation Coordinator, City of Tacoma (Public Works Dept.)
  • Isha Hussein, Youth Organizer, The People’s Assembly
  • Naomi Smith, Attorney at Law, Lawyers Against Systemic Racism, Advocacy Committee Co-chair
  • Tanisha Jumper, City of Tacoma (moderator)

Friday Forums bring together local leaders, experts, and the community to talk about transportation issues facing Tacoma and our region.

If you can’t attend the live Friday Forum, check out the recording at our media sponsor, Channel 253! And don’t miss the after-show podcast on Crossing Division.

You can view the Forum recording on TV Tacoma:
Fri. Feb. 26: 4:30pm
Sat. Feb 27: Midnight, 9:30am, 4pm
Sun. Feb 28: Noon, 7pm
Mon.  Mar 1: 1am, 1pm
Tue. Mar 2: 9am, 9pm
Wed. Mar 3: 2am, 4:30pm, 10:30pm
Thurs. Mar 4: 5am, 4:30pm
Fri. Mar 5: 4:30pm

Thank you to Parametrix for sponsoring this event!

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Meet the Staff: Tracy

Name:  Tracy Oster
Occupation: Executive Director
Employer: Downtown: On the Go!
Gets around by: Walking, Biking

Where do you live and where do you work?
I live in Federal Way and currently work from home.

How do you get there?
As I am starting this new role, I look forward to determining the best way to commute when we are back in the office.

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Meet DOTG’s new Executive Director

Join us in welcoming the new Executive Director for Downtown On the Go, Tracy Oster!

DOTG’s Board conducted an extensive search for a new Executive Director, comprising many talented and qualified candidates across local, regional, and even national networks.  Ultimately, it was Tracy Oster’s impassioned engagement with the mission and values of DOTG, coupled with her remarkable nonprofit expertise and proven ability to manage and grow an organization such as ours, that really convinced us we had the right candidate to lead DOTG.  We are all so excited to see her flourish in this position and can’t wait for Tacoma’s local advocates, businesses, partners, and community members to see firsthand the ways she can help DOTG constantly improve and make downtown Tacoma more vibrant, equitable, and pedestrian friendly.  As our new ED, Tracy will be a charismatic face to an ever-maturing organization, a strong-willed advocate for relationships and broad coalitions, an accountable leader for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all that we do, and an enthusiastic and proactive proponent for all matters related to multi-modal transportation in Tacoma.  We could not be more proud in welcoming you aboard, Tracy!

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