Metro Transit has a new emphasis on numbers, and the Leschi community’s ridership is found wanting. Metro plans changes to Route No. 27, which now runs the length of Yesler Way from downtown to Lake Washington and then along the lake to Colman Park. 

Metro wants to cut this service to peak hours only: 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. That would mean the end of midday, evening and weekend hours. 

Metro is suggesting that Leschi residents can walk to the Nos. 14 or 3. The problem with this is that folks down in lower Leschi along the lake would have a half-mile, very steep, uphill walk to access either of these other buses. This is not a great option for those in their 80s who have given up their cars long ago or those with any kind of mobility problems or other physical conditions that would make a walk like this difficult, if not impossible.

Leschi residents have been writing and calling the Have a Say line to express their displeasure. 

Metro had planned a January meeting in the area to tell us its final plan, but that meeting has been postponed to February as they sift through all the comments they have received so far.

In the 21st century, we like to think there is progress in our modes of transportation; we now have electric cars that don’t rely on fossil fuels, but Leschi faces being cut off from the rest of the city. We in Leschi had better options 100 years ago, with a cablecar that came from downtown, down the steep hill to the lake, and a passenger foot ferry to the Eastside. 

And this after a $40 increase in our car tabs for Metro? 

Metro will hold three meetings in February to discuss its final decisions on Route 27 and the changes to the No. 2: 

•Madrona Community Council meeting, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:15 p.m. at the Madrona Shelterhouse, 34th Avenue and East Marion St.

•Central Area Neighborhood District Council meeting, on Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave. S.

•Washington Middle School (2101 S. Jackson St.), on Feb. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

— Diane Snell, 

Leschi News editor

Leschi Community Council 

Madison Park 

The Seattle Parks and Recreation made its decision in late December regarding the fence at the North Beach Park: The fence is coming down. 

Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams met with several Madison Park residents to assure the community that there will be local neighborhood involvement from both sides of the issue, in order to find an amicable settlement. This process will be completed before any action on the fence is taken. 

A working group of eight individuals will form the committee, along with two parks department staff members who will facilitate the group’s efforts. Michael Shiosaki, director of development and planning will act as the project manager. The meetings will be open to the public and hopefully be held in the neighborhood. 

Dates for the meeting have not been set, so check with the Madison Park Community Council (MPCC) website for further information. News will also be posted on the neighborhood e-mail exchange. One can sign up for this e-mail list on the Madison Park community website: www.madisonparkseattle.com. If you have questions, contact MPCC president Gail Irving at presidentmpcc.irving@gmail.com.

At the last community council meeting, local resident Bob Ed-miston discussed the opportunity our neighborhood might have in participating in Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Neighborhood Greenways are dedicated residential streets, often paralleling an arterial, with low traffic volume and traffic speeds. 

Neighborhood Greenways are intended to be connections between parks, schools, residences and neighborhood businesses, while providing a quieter, slower-paced place where bicycles and pedestrians safety are all given priority. 

Cars are still able to drive and park on Neighborhood Greenways, though, by implementing various traffic-calming measures the streets become safer for non-vehicular users also. The primary purpose of these Greenways is to provide a safe corridor for our community members to travel on. 

Seattle City Councilmember, Sally Bagshaw announced Jan. 10, 2012, that a set of pilot Neighborhood Greenways will be planned by Seattle Department of Transportation, totaling 11 miles of quieter, safer streets to get around the city on. It is hoped that 12 miles per year will be added in following years. 

If you have questions or want to get involved, contact Bob directly at lenswork64@gmail.com or (425) 985-4182. 

Our Snow Brigade is up and running. Having had a good opportunity to reach out to our neighbors during this last month’s snowstorm, be reminded that we will be available if or when more storms come our way this winter. 

If you need assistance with emergency transportation, dog walking, snow shoveling, grocery or prescription pickup, do not hesitate to call. Liz Brandzel is coordinating these efforts; call her at (206) 249-9230. Thank you to all who have offered your help.

Also, we are actively looking for people who would like to help with the design, writing and editing of our local newsletter. Contact presidentmpcc.irving@gmail.com if you are interested. 

Mark your calendar for Feb. 6, 2012, for our next community council meeting. We meet at the Madison Park Bathhouse on Madison Beach at 7 p.m. 

— Gail Irving, president