Join your neighbors this Wednesday, March 18 from 4:00-5:00 pm as they gather to remind everyone that Lake City Way is a place for walking, biking and rolling, not just a pipeline for vehicles. Lake City Greenways and the Lake City Way (LCW) Traffic Safety Project are staging another “crosswalk action”
Walkers will gather in the southwest corner of the Fred Meyer parking lot and will cross and recross the intersection at LCW and 130th. Crossing is done legally, with the light and in crosswalks, for an hour during rush hour. Walkers carry signs with messages like those seen here. Signs and safety vests will be provided!
LC Greenways represenative, Janine Blaeloch, has helped organize several of these crosswalk actions along LCW. “I know it sounds about as much fun as crossing the street, but it’s more fun, because you are hanging with neighbors and educating everyone around you. We are re-branding LCW, folks, one action and one engineering improvement at a time.”
The LCW Traffic Safety Project kicked off over a year ago, in response to data compiled between January 2007 and December 2011 that shows that on this 3.7 miles stretch of roadway there have been:
- 717 crashes (143/year)
- 21 serious and fatal crashes (4/year) and
- 438 total injuries (88/year)
The project involves a three-pronged approach to reduce collisions and injuries, including: 1)education, 2) enforcement (which can be seen with increased patrols along LCW), and 3) engineering. The action plan below identifies all the intersections which will be re-engineered to increase safety.