It’s budget season at the City of Tacoma, and City Council needs to hear from YOU about why funding walking, rolling, and biking is critical. The active transportation budget in the draft biennial budget is small, and does not include dedicated funds for bike lanes, ADA accessible curb cuts, or sufficient funds for missing sidewalks. Properly funding active transportation is imperative to address safe mobility, equitable access for all, and the climate crisis. Join other advocates to speak up and make your voice heard!
November 15th, 2022 City Council meeting – biennial budget public hearing.
Meet in the lobby outside of Council Chambers (747 Market St, 1st floor) at 4:30, then we will sit in the back of the chambers together at 5pm. Bring a friend and make some new ones! Plan to have 90 seconds to speak. Write out your comments (or main points) ahead of time and be sure to practice to ensure you’re within the 90 second time limit. Optional RSVP on Facebook. For help writing your comments, check out our advocacy page or contact our Advocacy Manager Laura directly at LauraS@downtownonthego.org
To testify over Zoom, use this information and raise your hand for the budget public hearing (not regular public comment!): www.zoom.us/j/84834233126 Passcode: 349099
To testify over the phone, use this information and press *9 to raise your hand for the budget public hearing: 253-215-8782 Meeting ID: 848 3423 3126
If you’re busy during the meeting time, you can email your councilmembers directly. Contact information here.
Why is active transportation funding important?
- Vision Zero! In 2020, Tacoma City Council committed to a goal of zero traffic deaths or serious injuries by 2035. To meet this ambitious goal, we need to transform the way we think about traffic violence, how we prioritize funding, and how we design our streets. Funding active transportation is necessary to create better, safer, more accessible infrastructure for those walking, rolling, and biking.
- Climate! In 2021, Tacoma City Council committed to the Climate Action Plan and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The plan calls for completing our sidewalk network by 2050, supporting high frequency and high capacity transit projects, hosting active transportation events, updating design standards to prioritize bicyclists and pedestrians, and more. We can’t reach our climate goals without reducing how much people drive, so we need to build a Tacoma where it is safe, convenient, and accessible to walk, bike, and use transit. A lot of that work happens in active transportation; to reach these goals, we need a fully funded and staffed department.
- Fight traffic violence! Traffic deaths and serious injuries are increasing across the country, and we’re seeing that trend reflected here in Pierce County. To reverse this, we need to design roadways where cars slow down and bicyclists & pedestrians have connected and protected facilities like protected bike lanes, wide side walks, and intersections that prioritize the safety of people over the speed of cars.
- Safe mobility for all! We know that low income, BIPOC, and disabled individuals are more likely to rely on active transportation and transit, face transportation overburden and insecurity, be impacted more by traffic violence, and be displaced away from services into neighborhoods with insufficient infrastructure and connectivity. Better infrastructure makes everyone safer and investing in historically underserved communities and neighborhoods helps to right historic inequities.
- And more! Storytelling and personal experience is the core of good public testimony. Talk about what’s most important to you and your communities.
Join Downtown On the Go and Sound Transit for free, easy, accessible, and family-friendly bike and walk tours in South Tacoma to learn about transit, walking, biking, and rolling facilities and infrastructure improvements planned to improve access to the South Tacoma Station. Snacks from local businesses will be provided before the bike tour and at the mid-way point of the walk tour. Pre-registration is encouraged for both tours. Facebook event here.
Saturday, November 12
Bike Tour: 10am – 12pm, meet at South Tacoma Station (5650 S. Washington St.) *REGISTER HERE* 4.5 mile ride.
Walk Tour: 1 – 3pm, meet at South Tacoma Library (3411 S. 56th St.) *REGISTER HERE* 1.75 mile walk.
For the bike tour, beginners are welcome but some experience street or group riding is preferred. The walk tour is very family friendly! There will be a scavenger hunt activity for kids during the walk.
Join us for a fundraiser benefiting the work of Downtown On the Go! This important event will be held at West of the Waterway – a great venue down on the Foss waterway. It will be a fun night with over 100 local leaders and community members in attendance.
Register today to support mobility, transit, and Tacoma transportation alternatives! This is a great opportunity for the community to see that you support transportation advocacy and mobility equity.
Downtown On the Go serves the Tacoma community by working to improve the interconnectedness of Tacoma and Tacomans by advocating for improved transportation policies including access to walkable neighborhoods, transit accessibility, bicycle infrastructure, and more. Money raised at the fundraiser will go a long way towards helping us to continue this important work, and will contribute to the enhanced livability and accessibility of Tacoma.
Join Downtown On the Go for our first in-person fundraiser since 2019!
The air is crisp, and the sky is grey – that means that Light Up Your Ride is right around the corner! Nov. 6 marks the end of daylight saving time, which means shorter days and darker commutes by bike. But that doesn’t have to mean less bike riding! Downtown On the Go, joined by Pierce Transit and Razor, wants to shed some light on commuting by handing out free bike lights and other resources on Nov. 3, 2022 at Light Up Your Ride from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at STINK (628 St. Helens Ave.).
Whether riding a bike at night or in dreary weather, bike lights or reflectors can make all the difference in safety. Come and support a downtown business and learn the best tips and tricks from seasoned Tacoma bike commuters. Thank you to GeoEngineers for sponsoring this event!
Join Downtown On the Go for our annual bike ride with elected officials! There’s lots of new infrastructure coming to Downtown Tacoma- and outside of downtown. We’ll highlight what’s new, what’s missing, and what Tacoma’s bike network could be. This is an opportunity to engage directly with City Councilmembers and staff about biking in Tacoma.
Register in advance for this 4 mile ride. A helmet and completed waiver are required for participation. Participants will meet at 747 Market St., with the ride departing at 5pm and returning by 7pm. There will be some hills, which will be taken slowly. RSVP on Facebook.
The goal of Park(ing) Day is the same as it has been for 17 years: to call attention to the need for more urban open space, generate discussion and debate around how public space is utilized, and to improve the quality of urban habitat. For the last few years, we’ve seen parking spots utilized in ways they haven’t before: as restaurant dining space, gardens, bench spaces, and pedestrian rights-of-way. Since 2005, Park(ing) day has been an international event in which artists, citizens, and businesses transform a metered parking spot into temporary public space, and now the event is returning to downtown Tacoma on September 16 from 10am-2pm! Parking spaces along Pacific Ave. between S. 7th and S. 11th will be creatively and temporarily transformed for public use.
Check out this year’s map and list of participants!
Save the date and join us downtown to explore the parklets, enjoy local food vendors, and reimagine the use of public use spaces. DOTG will host a Walk Tacoma tour through the event footprint to highlight all participants. Tacoma’s 2022 Park(ing) Day is organized by Downtown On the Go. See examples of previous Tacoma Park(ing) Day parklets in the DOTG Facebook photo albums, and learn more about international Park(ing) day here.
PARK(ing) Day was originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio.
Join Downtown On the Go (DOTG) and 2nd Cycle for the free Hilltop Family Bike Day on Saturday, August 6th from 11am-2pm! Enjoy a fun, youth-friendly bike obstacle course, a four (4) mile family-friendly bike ride through the neighborhood at noon, and ice cream provided by Hilltop Action Coalition. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist, or you’re just getting started, this event is accessible for everyone. The obstacle course will be setup in the parking lot of the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.) at 1105 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and the bike ride will start there at noon. The casual ride will be led by DOTG Bike Committee members and will highlight parks and other landmarks in the neighborhood. The ride is a great way to learn about Hilltop and to see how so much of Tacoma is accessible by bike. What better way to experience summertime than getting out on your bike? We’ll have youth bikes for kids to borrow for the obstacle course, helmets to share, and snacks to fill you up! Register here for free!
DOTG is proud to present bike related events year-round, and to advocate for safe, accessible, equitable and connected bike infrastructure in Tacoma. Learn more about Downtown On the Go by finding us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Thanks to the City of Tacoma, Venues & Events for supporting this event.
Curious about Downtown Tacoma? Want to get outside and celebrate summer? Then DOTG has the event for you! Starting out on August 4, the free challenge will send you on a journey through downtown to decode clues, do activities, and visit locations on foot, on bike or skateboard, or by bus and Link.
Registration is closed for the virtual hunt, but you can still REGISTER HERE for the in-person hunt (5-8pm on Aug. 11 at Firefighters’ Park)!
The hybrid event, sponsored by Pierce Transit, Waste Connections, Razor and BCRA, offers two ways to participate: complete the hunt virtually on your own between August 4 – 11 and submit answers via email, or pack the fun into one evening (like we used to!) between 5pm – 8pm on August 11, starting at Firefighters’ Park (909 A Street). Participants choosing the eight day virtual hunt should register online by Monday, August 1, and will receive details and clue sheets via email at noon on Thursday, August 4. Join us at the in-person celebration at Firefighters’ Park from 5 – 8pm on August 11th to pick up prizes, and enjoy live music, activities and opportunities to meet DOTG staff, partners and sponsors.
Build a team of colleagues from work, grab a pal or two, work individually, or bring the family to learn more about active transportation, explore great Tacoma locations, and get out into the community. All ages are welcome. Scavenger hunters can work individually or create a team up to five members. Prizes will be awarded to teams and individuals who achieve certain point levels based on responses and activities. Engage with Downtown On the Go social media during the hunt by using unique hashtags, sharing photos and checking in at specific locations.
Thanks to our sponsors:
To celebrate Ride Transit Month, Downtown On the Go is riding the bus with Pierce Conservation District. The event will take place on Thursday, June 23rd from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Participants will meet at Commerce Street Transfer Area Zone C to ride Pierce Transit Route 41 through Tacoma’s Eastside to the Swan Creek Park Community Garden, then return to Commerce Street.
Pierce Conservation District Executive Director Dana Coggon will highlight PCD’s recent community work in the Eastside, including at Roosevelt Elementary and Swan Creek Park. Ride the Bus events are a celebration of community and transit in Tacoma, highlighting local organizations and leaders while getting Tacomans out on transit.
Space is limited, registration is required. Loaded ORCA cards will be provided to participants. Thank you to Pierce Transit for their partnership, and Rainier Connect for sponsoring Downtown On the Go’s 2022 Ride Transit Month events.
Explore the vibrant musical culture of downtown Tacoma in this 0.5 mile walk, led by the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. The walk will begin at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, July 6 in Pierce Transit Park/Theatre Square Park (the park next to Theater on the Square) and lead throughout the downtown Theater District, Antique Row, and Opera Alley. Enjoy performances along the walk that highlight a variety of arts organizations and learn more about the history and programs that these groups offer! At the end of the walk, enjoy ice cream and popsicles provided by the TYSA Board of Trustees. An American Sign Language interpreter will be available on the tour. Register here for free!
After the in-person walk, the tour will be available on the free GeoTourist app.
The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by MultiCare, is a five-event walking series. The fun, themed walks, now in their thirteenth 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.