The final event of Safe Roads Awareness Week, March 25 to 28, 2014, was Friday’s Walk for Safety on Lake City Way NE. With police escort, demonstrators carried signs past lines of heavy traffic on Lake City Way to alert drivers to be aware of surroundings, slow down and share the road.
The crowd then gathered for a rally at Chase Plaza, southeast corner of NE 125th Street. Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark and SDOT traffic engineer Jim Curtin announced the start of the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project which will bring engineering improvements, extra enforcement, and greater safety awareness to the busy Lake City Way NE traffic corridor.
The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project is a coordinated effort between the community, the City of Seattle, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Corridor Safety Projects are one of the tools employed by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to achieve the goal of ending traffic deaths and injuries by 2030.
SDOT has created a page for the project which includes Collision Data. In the past year there have been 154 crashes on Lake City Way NE. Causes of the crashes included failure to yield to oncoming traffic, excessive speed and failure to yield to pedestrians.