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How much of a pedestrian safety problem do we have in Maple Leaf?

June 5th, 2014 by Mike

Anni emails:

I’ve lived in Maple Leaf for 12 years and live very close to the lower baseball fields on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast between Northeast 80th & 82nd streets. I have three young kids and our street is full of kids like most of the streets in the neighborhood.

I am very concerned about the speeding and overall lack of awareness from drivers that I’m seeing on our neighborhood streets.

She goes on to ask: “I’m curious to know whether anyone else has expressed this concern and if the Maple Leaf Community Council has or is planning to address it?”

And she wondered about purchasing signs, like the one above. (We’ll paste her entire email below.)

We get few tips or inquiries directly about pedestrian safety; the issue gets raised more in comments on other posts. Examples are here and here.

But the last person who directly emailed about pedestrians would agree with Anni. “Richard” wrote (in late February):

I am writing to beg my Maple Leaf neighbors to pay attention to pedestrians while driving. I run in the neighborhood several times a week and don’t think any reasonable person would believe I should be taking my life into my own hands running on the sidewalks of my neighborhood for less than three miles.

Most times the drivers are apologetic and polite when they realize how close they’ve come to hitting a pedestrian. But I’m still surprised by the number of times that drivers have blamed me in one way or another for being a pedestrian either entering or crossing the intersection they’ve pulled through.

He later added, of a specific incident: ” His immediate reaction was to get out of his car and start yelling and then drove alongside me for almost an entire block yelling out of his window for me to wear some lights. I think they’re startled to realize that they’ve almost hit someone.”

The failure of drivers to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks irritates many residents, some of whom (Donna!) will count the number dozens of cars that whiz by while waiting to cross Roosevelt Way Northeast at the hardware store.

Certainly many Maple Leaf streets are … graced … with those green turtle statues warning of children at play. And the politics of getting marked crosswalks installed are complicated. (Be aware that the city considers all intersections to be crosswalks, marked or not.)

The Maple Leaf Community Council has been a long-time advocate for safer streets, sidewalks and crosswalks, and will likely weigh in on its current activities. (During the council’s May membership drive, it posted activity updates on its Facebook page.)

We’ve also heard from local businesses, like the Blue Saucer and the late, lamented Maple Leaf Grill, about pedestrian issues.

Here’s Anni’s entire email:

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Next Maple Leaf Community meeting is Jan. 30

January 17th, 2013 by master

Join your neighbors on Jan. 30 to discuss some of the issues that are important to fellow Maple Leafers!

The January Maple Leaf General Community Meeting is from 7-9 p.m. at the Olympic View Elementary School Cafeteria, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free licensed child care service will be provided.

The main topic of the meeting will be transportation challenges, which are front and center in many Maple Leaf neighbors’ minds after last week’s bus fire on Interstate 5 that brought traffic both on the freeway and through Maple Leaf to a standstill.

But cars aren’t the only topic bound to come up in the transportation discussion, which likely also will include pedestrians, bicycles, buses and more. You’re invited to share you concerns with the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board, along with representatives of local government agencies who have been invited.

Other topics at the meeting will include:

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Come to Tuesday night's Road Safety Summit at Northgate

November 14th, 2011 by Mike

Update: The mayor’s office promises to live stream the summit here.

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who called for a Road Safety Summit after recent bicycling deaths, and Seattle City Council members are holding a north end public forum at the Northgate Community Center on Tuesday Nov. 15.

The summit runs from 6-8 p.m. at the center,  10510 5th Ave. N.E., and 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?

Conclusions are due Dec. 12.

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Come to Tuesday night’s Road Safety Summit at Northgate

November 14th, 2011 by Mike

Update: The mayor’s office promises to live stream the summit here.

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who called for a Road Safety Summit after recent bicycling deaths, and Seattle City Council members are holding a north end public forum at the Northgate Community Center on Tuesday Nov. 15.

The summit runs from 6-8 p.m. at the center,  10510 5th Ave. N.E., and 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?

Conclusions are due Dec. 12.

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