Ravenna-Bryant neighbors demand a safer NE 65th Street

Councilmember Rob Johnson spoke to about 60 people who walked on NE 65th on June 16 demanding a safer street for all. Photo from Fix 65th Facebook page.

“The Seattle DOT signs saying “Stop for pedestrians” placed at random locations along NE 65th are confusing for car drivers (car drivers really shouldn’t stop for jay-walkers) and create a dangerous situation for pedestrians who think that cars will stop.”*

“Cars speeding at all hours of the day on 25th Ave NE between 65th and 55th. (especially during commute hours).”

“Narrow sidewalks close to traffic on 65th.”

Cars consistently encroach upon crosswalk at NE 65th and 15th Ave NE.”

“Crossing NE 65th to get to Eckstein middle school is difficult and dangerous for children trying to get to school (and bus riders). Cars are going fast and don’t stop.”

“The slow change for pedestrian signals on NE 65th at Ravenna and 20th, the speed of traffic – cars don’t stop.”

“Walking across NE 65th is dangerous most of the time. Especially the intersections between 20th and 25th. Parked cars along 65th block views of drivers and peds and no one seems to remember that peds have right of way once they step into the street.”

These are just a few of the comments about NE 65th Street made by community members who recently took RBCA’s mobility assessment survey. Similar comments were made by Ravenna-Bryant and Roosevelt neighbors who marched on June 16 to raise awareness about the many motorists, bikers, and pedestrians who have been sent to the hospital after being involved in collisions on NE 65th Street. A Fix 65th coalition formed to further push for changes and is now circulating a petition asking SDOT to start the process soon.

The RBCA’s Mobility Assessment Task Force will wrap up assessment activities this summer and develop an action plan for addressing pedestrian, bike, and motor vehicle safety problems in our community, including NE 65th Street. Interested in being a part of the solution? Contact RBCA or attend the July 5 board meeting to learn more.


*Seattle Pedestrian Law includes information about when motorists are required to stop for pedestrians.