Wallingford resident and JSIS parent Meg Chadsey has put together a letter-writing campaign to get a crosswalk installed on NE Pacific Street at either Latona Avenue NE or 2nd Avenue NE. so students and their families who use the Burke Gilman trail can safely cross NE Pacific on their way to & from school. In her email to us, she writes:
This project would also benefit all trail users (bike commuters, Wallingford residents, those wishing to access the Wallingford greenway via the recently designated ‘bike corridors’ along 2nd and Latona…). Many people cross these dangerous intersections every day, and there’s currently no signage altering drivers of their presence, or any means of slowing traffic along NE Pacific.
In addition to her application to the Neighborhood Projects Fund, she’s asking fellow residents to help by emailing the mayor and city council members the following letter:
Dear Mayor McGinn/Seattle City Council Members,
I’m writing to let you know about a pedestrian/cyclist safety issue in my Wallingford neighborhood that needs your attention. Many people use the North Lake Union section of the Burke Gilman trail, and the adjacent sidewalk that runs along N/NE Pacific St. as they travel between the surrounding residential neighborhood, John Stanford International School (JSIS), the UW, and the Fremont, North Lake Union and Wallingford business districts. User groups include bike commuters, elementary school students, the UW community, and recreational joggers and cyclists, and residents. Safe access points to the trail are limited, particularly along NE Pacific St. between N 36th St. N and 5th Ave. NE.
One section in particular that I feel needs addressing is where 2nd Ave. NE and Latona Ave. NE meet NE Pacific St. Despite the fact that dozens of JSIS students must cross NE Pacific St. at these junctions on their way to and from school each weekday, and the recent addition of ‘sharrows’ to both 2nd and Latona to encourage use of these avenues as cyclist ‘corridors’, there is nothing to alert drivers of the pedestrian/cyclist presence, or to facilitate their safe passage across NE Pacific St. A crosswalk at either 2nd or Latona is urgently needed; ideally one with a pedestrian/cyclist-activated flashing signal, since the high-speed traffic travelling along Pacific is frequently unaware of or unwilling to stop for pedestrians and cyclists waiting to cross at these junctions.
I urge you to visit this site, particularly during the busy commute hours, or when JSIS students are travelling to and from school, and see for yourself the hazards faced by pedestrians and cyclists. A Neighborhood Project Fund application requesting a crosswalk along this section was filed this February; the application contact is Meg Chadsey. Feel free to contact her with questions or to set up a site visit at email@example.com.
Thank you for your consideration,
[your street address]
If you are interested in giving Meg a hand, you can grab a copy of the letter here: Letter in support of crosswalk at NE Pacific St. Meg adds:
Sally Clark Council President <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sally Bagshaw <email@example.com>
Tim Burgess <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Richard Conlin <email@example.com>
Jean Godden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bruce Harrell <email@example.com>
Nick Licata <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mike O’Brien <email@example.com>
Tom Rasmussen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Want to learn more about the proposed crosswalk? Meg will be attending the Wallingford Community Council meeting tonight to discuss the petition.