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Creating Surveys

By Chris Kissel December 7, 2009

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1. Commute Seattle, a joint project of the Downtown Seattle Association, King County, and the City of Seattle, is holding three "Bike Chat" forums for bicyclists this week, the first of which is tonight.

The organization (whose Web site features this sweet bus tracker) is encouraging cyclists to come with any issues, complaints, or thoughts on bike commuting downtown. They're also giving out free bike lights.

Today from noon til one, Wednesday at 5 pm, or Friday at noon. At 600 Stewart St, in the 2nd floor conference room. To RSVP email [email protected]

2. William Langewiesche, Vanity Fair's international correspondent and formerly an Atlantic Monthly staffer (where he wrote pieces on the World Trade Center cleanup and the space shuttle Columbia disaster) will be at Town Hall tonight to read from and talk about his new book, Fly By Wire, about that airplane that surprise-landed in the Hudson River in January.

Langewiesche says the real hero in the January incident wasn't the pilot, but a French-designed electrical "fly-by-wire" system that takes over for pilots during potential disasters. And Langewiesche strongly praises Airbus, the airplane manufacturer that built the Hudson River plane and that implements the fly-by-wire system.

Tonight at Town Hall, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5.

3. The Hidmo Community Empowerment Project is holding a meeting tonight called "SOS: Safety on Our Streets." The meeting will consist of a five-member panel discussion , a small-group session, and a community town hall discussion.

Tonight at the Garfield Community Center, 2323 East Cherry Street. 6 pm to 8 pm. Childcare and refreshments are provided.

4. The City Council's Committee on Open Government is holding a public hearing tonight to discuss the Draft Public Engagement Plan, a three-point document that outlines the committee's plan to involve the public in the legislative process.

The committee, chaired by Richard Conlin—which includes Bruce Harrell, Sally Clark, and Nick Licata—was created in February and has met about once a month since then.

They're looking at creating surveys, conducting interviews with citizens re: city government, holding more council meetings outside of City Hall, and using the City Council's Twitter account to solicit feedback on their Web site.

The meeting starts at 5:30 pm, at City Hall, second floor.
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