Students from Nathan Hale High School (NHHS) are joining the effort to make Lake City Way safer for pedestrians. Students will walk the intersection of NE 110th St. and Lake City Way (LCW) today from 4:30-5:30 p.m, carrying signs and crossing back and forth through the intersection to raise safety awareness. Representatives from Seattle’s Dept. of Transportation (SDOT) and the WA Traffic Safety Commission will also be in attendance.
This is part of an ongoing educational component of the LCW Traffic Safety Corridor Project, which kicked off earlier this year. Similar crosswalk actions have already been held at the intersection of 130th and LCW (near Fred Meyer), as well as at the intersection of 125th and LCW (near Bartells). These hour-long events are designed to boost awareness of the need to look out for each other, whether driving, walking, riding a bike or using other modes of transit.
The 110th intersection is critical for NHHS students who use it to access Metro bus lines and nearby homes. The Traffic Safety Corridor Project includes an engineering component and this particular intersection is already identified for improvements, which will be implemented over the course of the project.
These crosswalk actions are open to anyone in the community, so if you’re in the area, please come participate! Or if you’d like to get involved in helping the Lake City area become more pedestrian friendly, you can learn more via the Lake City Greenways‘ Facebook page.
Visit SDOT’s website to learn more about the LCW Traffic Safety Corridor Project, described there as,“a project to improve safety along Lake City Way from NE 78th St. to NE 145th St. The task force is working with 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 task force is organized into three teams, engineering, enforcement and education, to identify problems and develop action plans using short term, low cost solutions designed to reduce serious injuries and deaths.”