In addition to hearing from the City Attorney about legal actions being taken regarding the Sisley properties located in the Ravenna and Roosevelt neighborhoods, during RBCA’s May 6 community meeting neighbors heard from Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) staff members about pedestrian, bike, and motor vehicle safety locally.
They began with an overview of traffic-related trends.
- In Seattle, while population is increasing, vehicular traffic volumes are declining and transit and bicycle volumes are increasing.
- Though collisions are decreasing, there are nearly 12,000 collisions each year — about 33 crashed per day.
- Most traffic fatalities and serious injuries are preventable.
In the Ravenna-Bryant area, several changes have been made to increase pedestrian safety.
- As part of SDOT’s Safe Routes to School project, flashing lights and photo speed enforcement systems are being installed near schools.
- After a recent hit and run incident on NE 55th Street that resulted in life-threatening injures to a pedestrian, RBCA reached out to SDOT. As a result, SDOT conducted a traffic assessment that shows most vehicles on NE 55th Street drive at or near the speed limit. SDOT staff also agreed that pedestrian safety measures should be taken.
- To request studies of a road that may pose safety hazards, community members may contact SDOT at Neighborhood.Traffic@seattle.gov or 684-8681.
- The presentation concluded with an update about changes made to NE 75th Street since the traffic incident that killed two people last spring.