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Update on Maple Leaf's own electronic speed sign, radar gun – plus lower speed limits?

October 20th, 2011 · 14 Comments

This just in: Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who called for a road safety summit after recent bicycling deaths, and Seattle City Council members are convening said summit over the next several weeks. It includes a public forum at the Northgate Community Center, 6 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 15. Conclusions are due Dec. 12. More information here.

The Summit will center around three basic questions:

1. What do you think are the highest priority safety problems to solve on Seattle roads?

2. What do you think are the most important things to do to make Seattle roads safer?

3. We often talk about what government can do to promote safety. What are the ways that non-governmental groups and individuals can promote safety?


Here’s some news for the folks interested in our earlier post about the Maple Leaf Community Council acquiring a radar gun and hi-tech speed sign.

The council’s David Miller has now commented on the original post:

We have some woodwork and painting to do in order to get the sign prepped. I’m trying to make time to get that done. We’re also trying to get some info out of SDOT about speed data collection methodology. Once this is all in place, we’ll start working on the list of people who want our help to collect data and provide a visual cue for drivers to slow down.

This was inspired by the frankly surprisingly good outcomes on 15th from the radar signs there.

Miller goes on to speculate on the possibility of getting a lower speed limit in the neighborhood, something that would require the state Legislature to take action. The concept has fed into the supposed “war on cars” in Seattle – the Seattle Times has published a guest column in favor of flexible speed limits here; the Seattle Bike Blog has a look here.

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