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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT Mobilizes Traffic Signal Cabinets to Pilot Safety Decals

5/13/2008  11:30:00 AM
Dawn Schellenberg, SDOT Strategic Advisor, 206.684.5189

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Mobilizes Traffic Signal Cabinets to Pilot Safety Decals

(SEATTLE) As part of the campaign to decrease fatal and disabling collisions along Rainier, SDOT is installing safety decals illustrating good pedestrian and bicycling habits. On Monday, May 12, SDOT applied five different drawings to the narrow sides of the signal control cabinets at 18 locations along Rainier Avenue South between South Dearborn Street and 75th Avenue South.

With over 60 languages spoken along the corridor, it is important that safety messages be direct and simple. By using a visual language the city is able to communicate more effectively with the multi-lingual community. Development of the decals is the result of a partnership between the city of Seattle’s Art and Cultural Office and SDOT, and is funded through the 1% for Art Fund. program.

“Our goal is to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation,” said Grace Crunican, SDOT Director. “By improving sidewalks and encouraging safe behavior, we support our neighborhoods and fight climate pollution.”

Signal cabinets are located at nearly every signalized intersection in Seattle. Typically cabinets are treated as invisible ‘street furniture.’ However, in some cities community groups develop artwork for individual boxes, in the same spirit as the painting of King County Metro Transit shelters.

Artist Anne Hayden Stevens developed the artwork to remind street users of their role in the community and to act as a deterrent to unsafe actions. Staff at SDOT’s Sign Manufacturing Shop printed the decals on reflective, graffiti resistance materials to increase their visibility. The project is a pilot and, if successful, may be adopted by other neighborhoods along busy city corridors.

The Rainier Traffic Safety Project aims to replicate the success of other similar statewide corridor safety programs, which have resulted in, on average, a 25 percent reduction in fatal and disabling accidents. The project uses a three-pronged approach to achieve its goals, focusing on education, enforcement and engineering. The safety project builds on Mayor Greg Nickels’ Southeast Seattle Action Agenda and 10-point pedestrian safety campaign. For more information on the program visit:

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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