Community Power in Seattle
The Seattle community near 35th Avenue NE is coming together to make a dangerous roadway safer.
In the area are many businesses, schools, and community activities.
And there is a serious car crash nearly every week.
A safety project proposed by a group of neighbors will help people walking, people on bikes, people driving and those using transit.
“We all just want to get home safely.”
35th Avenue is just one lane in either direction, but the lanes are 12 feet wide. People drive 40 mph, park their cars illegally during rush hour, and get frequently get confused about turn lanes.
Safety improvements would include flashing crosswalk beacons and better sight-lines at all marked and unmarked crosswalks.
Major intersections would have left-turn pockets to reduce congestion.
People on bikes would be given separation from traffic. More folks would feel safe to bike on 35th Avenue, potentially reducing traffic volume. And, improving transit stop designs and consolidating bus stops will make bus trips faster and more appealing.
Even if it isn’t your neighborhood, making this street safe isn’t about someone else. It is about all of us in our growing city.
As our local communities become more populated, and as traffic increases, it is time for the voices of our communities to be heard by the City of Seattle.
Next time, it might be your street.
Most “car accidents” are predictable, and preventable.
In November 2020, I had the honor of participating in a virtual jury trial for a car crash lawsuit as plaintiff’s co-counsel with my good friend Jeff Tuttle. His client, Keith, had been riding his bike to work. He hit by a car turning in front of him. Keith suffered various injuries—including a head injury. While […]
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