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Council News Release

5/19/2008  12:14:00 PM
Frank Video, Licata Office, (206) 684-8849

Councilmember Nick Licata

Interactive website encourages citizen participation in pedestrian safety

SEATTLE—Councilmember Nick Licata today posted the first nine intersections that have been submitted as “ Critical Crossings ,” by Seattle residents who are concerned about pedestrian safety. Councilmember Licata said, “I created Critical Crossings to solicit submissions to help me better set priorities for improving pedestrian safety. I am pleased that Seattleites have responded. ”

The first nine submissions are in the Northwest and Northeast sectors of the city: 1) N. 125th Street & Densmore Avenue N., 2) N. 128th Street & Corliss Avenue N., 3) N. 128th Street & Densmore Avenue N., 4) Holman Road N. & N. 105th & Greenwood Avenue 5) NE 50th Street & 9th Avenue NE, 6) NE 125th & 25th Ave. NE, 7) NE 75th & 35th Ave. NE, 8) Sand Point Way NE & NE 52nd St., 9) Sand Point Way NE & NE 103rd St.

Councilmember Licata will continue to accept nominations of “Critical Crossings” and digital photos to post on the site. The site will add new photos monthly. Suggesting changes or improvements to an intersection or a crosswalk does not mean that the City will make the suggested changes or improvement because the changes may not be warranted under existing standards or because the City’s professional engineering staff may not agree that changes are needed.

To submit your entries:

  • Email your digital photos to Councilmember Licata’s legislative aid, Frank Video, In the subject line type: “Critical Crossings.”
  • Include any comments you wish to make about each intersection you submit.
  • In your message indicate if you want to post your email address and or name next to your photo so others can contact you.
  • Submit images in JPG or GIF format. The image should be 640 x 480 pixels or larger. To insure quality, images smaller then 640 x 480 pixels will not be posted on this site.
  • The intersections will be catalogued and kept posted on the site. New photos will be added each month along with comments on photos received from website visitors.

Councilmember Licata said, “I will use this information to suggest intersection or crosswalk changes or improvements. Keep in mind that the City of Seattle is obligated to provide streets, including intersections, which 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.”


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