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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Walk for Safety on March 28 – It’s the Lake City Way
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
3/26/2014  10:00:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jim Curtin, Traffic Safety Coordinator, SDOT, 206.684.8874
Angie Ward, WTSC Program Manager, 360.725.9888
Richard Sheridan  (206) 684-8540


Walk for Safety on March 28 – It’s the Lake City Way
Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project Launch

SEATTLE – On Friday, March 28, at 4:00 p.m., Seattle residents and students will converge at Chase Plaza at 125th and Lake City Way to officially launch the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Corridor project, a multi-faceted program to enhance safety along the corridor.

Preceding the event, a safety walk will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Lake City Way NE at 30th Avenue NE and NE 130th Street as each group walks through the heart of the Lake City Business District, highlighting the potential safety concerns they face daily.

Immediately following the event at 4:30 p.m., law enforcement officers will begin emphasis patrols along the corridor targeting issues that commonly lead to collisions along Lake City Way, including: failure to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists, distracted driving, following too close, disregarding signals, speeding and impaired driving.

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project will help make Lake City Way NE a safer and friendlier roadway for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. The goal of this project is to reduce collisions and improve pedestrian mobility using engineering, education and enforcement efforts. The program will increase law enforcement patrols, develop a safety outreach campaign and install more than one million dollars in improvements along the roadway.

Highlights motorists and pedestrians will see include:

  • New regulatory and warning signs
  • “Your speed” signs at several locations
  • Significant pedestrian safety improvements along Lake City Way at 24th Avenue NE, 110th Avenue NE and through the heart of the Lake City Business District
  • An educational campaign intended to raise awareness about safety issues

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project is supported by grants from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Washington State Department of Transportation as well as Seattle’s Bridging the Gap transportation levy. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Seattle Police Department are leading this effort.

Since January 2013, a task force made up of community members and local and state agencies has been working together to identify problems and develop action plans using data driven, low cost, near term engineering, enforcement and education solutions designed to reduce deaths and serious injuries. Please visit the project website to learn more about collisions on Lake City Way and to check out the entire Action Plan for the corridor at www.seattle.gov/lcw. For more information, please contact SDOT project manager Jim Curtin at (206) 684-8874.

These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.gov. The City of Seattle shares this traffic safety goal and you can read more about local plans to reduce serious collisions at www.seattle.gov/besupersafe.

 

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