In 2013, when RBCA asked Ravenna-Bryant neighbors if NE 65th Street is safe, 91% said it was safe for driving, parking, and using transit; 88% said it was safe for walking; and 43% said it was safe for biking.
In 2016, when RBCA asked Ravenna-Bryant neighbors to identify their most pressing mobility-related concerns, the most common comments received focused on feeling unsafe as a pedestrian on NE 65th Street.
When SDOT surveyed community members earlier this year about how safe people feel when they walk or bike on NE 65th Street, 57% said they feel unsafe.
After listening to neighborhood concerns, last year RBCA adopted a mobility safety action plan with a focus on advocating for safety-related changes to NE 65th Street. RBCA joined with the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association and NE Seattle Greenways to form the #Fix65th coalition. After many months of raising awareness of safety problems, including two pedestrian deaths after they were struck by motor vehicles on NE 65th Street, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) initiated a Vision Zero project for the busy corridor.
The second Vision Zero community forum will take place May 18 at Roosevelt High School. Neighbors are encouraged to participate and have your voices heard about how to best make NE 65th Street safer for all.