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Welcome to Critical Crossings

Critical Crossings is dedicated to raising awareness of pedestrian safety in Seattle by publishing images of traffic intersections and crosswalks submitted by citizens who believe intersections are critical to their safety.

How to submit your entry:
(crossings within Seattle city limits only)

  1. Email your photos of critical crossings, or your comments on crossings posted here, to Type: "Critical Crossings" in the subject line.
  2. Include brief comments with your photos. Comments received without a photo and not referring to an already posted photo will not be posted.
  3. Name the cross streets of each intersection or crossing you submit, i.e. "Slowpoke Ave. N. & N. 43rd St." or "mid-block between SE Slippery St. & Rough Road S.”
  4. Name the sector on the map (to the right of this box) your intersection or crossing is closest to.
  5. Submit images in JPG or GIF format. The image should be 640 x 480 pixels or larger. To insure quality, images smaller then that will not be posted. Entries are posted once a month, during the first week of each month.


Click below to view entries.

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I created this site to inform my priorities for improving pedestrian safety. A critical street crossing is a crosing that the person submitting it considers critical to pedestrian safety. Its posting on my web site does not mean the City of Seattle also considers it critical. Since the photos and comments submitted are anecdotal data based upon citizen experiences, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is not obligated to analyze or address such data. However, SDOT will follow-up with those who submit postings to Critical Crossings.

Keep in mind that the City of Seattle is obligated to provide streets, including intersections that are reasonably safe for ordinary travel. This does not mean free from any and all potential hazards. No intersection or crosswalk is reasonably safe if drivers and pedestrians do not exercise necessary care.

I invite you to send me your snapshots of intersections and street crossings by following the instructions above. I will catalogue the photos I receive and keep them posted here. If I receive several photos of the same intersection or crossing, I will pick just one or two to post. Sorry, but I will not be able to post photos that are not formatted accordingly nor will I be able to post hard copy photos you might want to snail-mail to me.

Each person submitting a photo or comment will be assigned a unique 'Respondent #', allowing viewers to see which postings a person submits while allowing for anonymity. If you would like your name and/or email address listed with your postings so people can contact you, please indicate that in your email.

If you are interested in legislation, projects and general issues impacting pedestrian safety, you can sign up to receive my pedestrian safety bulletins by emailing In the subject line type: "Add to Pedestrian Safety List."

If you are interested in a broader range of issues affecting you, then please sign up for Urban Politics, the longest continually running email newsletter on civics in Seattle. To subscribe, simply email, while leaving the subject line and message body blank.

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Nick Licata
Co-Chair, Seattle City Council Pedestrian Safety Committee

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