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Speeders outside Olympic View Elementary bring radar cameras to Fifth Ave. N.E.

August 16th, 2012 by Mike

Saying that speeding drivers during school zone hours outside Olympic View Elementary School are among the fifth worst in the city, the  Maple Leaf Community Council emails that the city intends to install a radar-operated camera to catch speeders along Fifth Avenue Northeast.

These units are like the automatic red light cameras, but focused on speeders. Those caught speeding will receive citations in the mail.

The radar cameras will be placed between the flashing “School Zone” lights. They should be installed, barring construction problems, in August or early September to be operational when the school year begins.

Olympic View is at 504 N.E. 95 St, between Fifth and Eighth avenues northeast. The statistics on speeding in a school zone came from the Seattle Department of Transportation, the community council says.

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

October 20th, 2011 by Mike

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?

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

October 20th, 2011 by Mike

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?

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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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Maple Leaf getting its own radar gun, speed sign

October 15th, 2011 by Mike

This one goes out to you, Mapleleafer, and to you, 15th Ave Resident, and to Anon, and Sue and Gwen and Donna and  the host of other folks who’ve commented on traffic and speeding since Maple Leaf Life got going.

Late this summer the Maple Leaf Community Council voted to voted to acquire a radar gun so local residents could target speeders in the neighborhood.

They’re getting a speed sign, presumably somewhat similar to the one at right, as well.

The news was in the latest council newsletter, which should have arrived at your doorstep last week.

According to the council:

The cost of speed measurement and display gear has plummeted in recent years. We authorized the spending of a few hundred dollars to acquire the gear. The plan is to use it to measure speeds in problem areas of the neighborhood as well as to deploy it to remind drivers to slow down.

We’re still working out policies, procedures and safety measures, but we expect to be able to start using the gear later in 2011.

Interested? Leave a comment or email the council’s David Miller, David.Miller (at) MapleLeafCommunity.org.

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City asked for help after traffic circle smashed

August 16th, 2011 by Mike

This was the scene Friday evening, Aug. 12, ago after a motorist smashed right over the speed circle at Northeast 88th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

Now the Maple Leaf Community Council says it will ask the city for help in stopping persistent speeders. “MLCC will request a speed analysis on 88th and ask SDOT if any additional traffic mitigation techniques are available,” writes Joshua Newman, council president.

Northeast 88th Street is the last through street on the north before the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park blocks east-west travel, and as a result gets heavier traffic. It’s also designated as a bicycle route by the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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iPods, joy riders, guitars, Google maps – news from the neighbors

August 4th, 2011 by Mike

News from Maple Leaf neighbors:

1) Lost an iPod? Call or email the folks above.

2) Zack posts on our Facebook wall a little before 10:30 a.m. today:  “Spotted the Google Maps car in Maple Leaf today. Last seen at 80th & 4th Ave NE. Smile for the camera!”

3) Also on our Facebook wall, Kendra posts: “Ginny Reilly’s (of Reilly and Maloney singing fame) Gallagher acoustic guitar was stolen from her North Seattle residence on the afternoon of Saturday, July 30.

“The guitar is a ‘71 Special’ model, serial # 1032. It was in a soft black canvas ‘gig bag’ case with a black iron-on patch inside, facing the neck toward the upper end. This has been Ginny’s main performance instrument for over 30 years, and we are devastated by its loss.

“With only ~3,600 Gallagher guitars in circulation anywhere, these instruments are unique, noticeable, and rare.  Any/all leads welcome: reillyandmaloney@comcast.net.”

4) And finally, Arya emails today: “Yesterday at about 7 or 8, a BMW 5 series (e61) came roaring up 89th street. They crossed the 17th street intersection with enough speed (50 mph +) to completely leave the ground, bottom out at the other side of the intersection. They left a lot of car parts on the scene: Transmission/ oil pan cooling fins and a fender/light cowling (which had part numbers that I used to identify the model)

The car had all the windows down, and had 4 young men laughing (all shirtless, maybe one wife beater amongst them).They stopped at the top of the hill (near 15th) the driver got out, looked at rear bumper, then got back in and drove off.

I guess I bring this up for 2 reasons:

One: Maybe that car was stolen, I could probably identify the driver. Know of any stolen BMWs?

Two: The 17th and 89th st intersection is dangerous due to people flying though in both directions at speed w/o stopping to check for cross traffic.

There is no traffic circle or any speed bumps here, and I’m told by neighbors that there have been many collisions over the years.

There are a lot of children on bikes who ride here daily, and I don’t think it is unlikely that some is going to get hurt.

Think you could use help us get some traffic management done here? Requests with the city don’t seem to get us anywhere.

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