Seattle Department of Transportation data identifies the block of Dick’s Drive-In (111 NE 45th St) as 2010′s most hazardous intersection for bicyclists, reports seattlepi.com. Four collisions involving bicycles happened at this site last year, and six over the last three years. Fortunately, none were fatal.
I walked the two blocks to Dick’s Thursday evening to watch bikes and cars. I saw several bikes come downhill in the street, a couple ride uphill on the sidewalk (legal in Seattle), and a few motorists turn into Dick’s or onto 2nd Avenue with cell phones to their ears.
A helpful hint from reader Hoyt:
This spot is on my regular commuting route. After years of left-turning cars failing to see me as I came down the hill toward Dick’s, I started using my front (non-blinking) bike headlight at all times of the day and night. It has really helped and I have noticed that cars don’t turn so close in front of me any more.
From Cathy Tuttle, regarding our future neighborhood greenway:
The whole intention of Neighborhood Greenways is to reduce conflict, increase comfort, and help people travel more safely to the places they want to go by bicycle or on foot. Greenways help us move towards a vision of safer streets for all road users. Infrastructure that makes it safer for walking and bicycling automatically benefits drivers too. Greenways, like the first Seattle Greenway that is going to be built this year in Wallingford, from Latona to Stone way along 44th and 43rd, will make our neighborhood safer for everyone. If you feel comfortable letting your child walk to their friend’s house to play, then you’ll feel more comfortable when you have to drive as well.
Tangletown resident and Cascade Bicycle Club Director of Communications M.J. Kelly witnessed a car/bike crash on Wednesday just east of I-5. It’s all very close to home, as are the crash sites of three people killed while biking recently. I’ve recently invested in bigger, brighter lights for my bike, but haven’t made any changes to my routine, which includes passing Dick’s most days. Please share any advice/observations you think might prove helpful to your neighbors.