Community members are invited to join “Jane’s Walk” this Sunday, May 4th from 2:00-4:00pm. The purpose of the walk is to identify challenges children might experience as they cross Lake City Way and NE 125th Street while walking or biking to school.
Olympic Hills Elementary students will be relocated to the Cedar Park site while their building is rebuilt. For many, this will mean crossing Lake City Way – a state highway – to get to school. The walk zone for Cedar Park (indicated in pink on the map) includes areas both east and west of Lake City Way, as well as areas south of NE 125th. After the new Olympic Hills Elementary is opened, crossing Lake City Way (LCW) & NE 125th will remain an issue, since the enrollment boundary for the new Cedar Park Elementary crosses both arterials.
Walk zones for Seattle’s elementary schools are typically established by a 1 mile radius from the school, as the crow flies. However, the walk zone boundaries usually avoid crossing state highways or busy arterials where crosswalks are unavailable. For example, students who attend John Rogers Elementary but live east of Sand Point Way are eligible for yellow bus transportation, even though they live less than a mile from the school. At Olympic Hills, the current attendance area spans Lake City Way, but children living east of LCW are eligible for yellow bus transportation.
Sunday’s walk will be led by Katie Sheehy from the city’s Dept. of Planning and Development. Ms. Sheehy is currently involved with an urban design framework project for Lake City, so short-term and long-term ideas for improvements could be incorporated into that project. The walk will depart from Kaffeeklatsch (12513 Lake City Way NE) at 2:00pm.
If you’re interested in broader traffic safety issues for students, please consider joining the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee, which is currently seeking new members. This is a volunteer board that advises the Mayor and City Council with respect to school traffic safety. For more information visit the Council’s website.