Desiree, the mother of a Hamilton student who was severely injured in 2005 while crossing Stone Way in a marked crosswalk, wrote to invite the neighborhood to participate in a community meeting about the crosswalk:
The crosswalk at Stoneway and 41st is on the agenda at the next Fremont Neighborhood Council meeting this coming Monday (tomorrow). Because it is on the pedestrian bridge route that connects our two neighborhoods, it affects both neighborhoods.
Fremont Neighborhood Council Meeting
Monday, February 24, 2014, 7 – 8:30pm
Doric Temple, 619 N. 36th St.
7:25 Stone Way and N. 41st Crossing Update Mike Morris-Lent, Traffic Operations Engineer, SDOT
The Wallingford Council, Fremont Council, and the Hamilton Middle School PTSA have all asked SDOT and Mayor Murray to put a pedestrian activated or regular traffic light at this crosswalk. SDOT studied it back in 2001 and gave it a “N” for “Not Safe” rating without improvements.
It is a school designated crosswalk. It is on the route that connects to the pedestrian bridge over Aurora. No improvements were made and my son was hit and severely injured in the crosswalk in 2005. The road diet in 2007 was not adequate on it’s own to make the crosswalk safe. Seattle police continue to hold sting operations at this crosswalk as recently as six months ago, issuing up to 40 tickets per hour to drivers for “failure to yield to pedestrians”. There have been at least six people hit in this crosswalk in the last 10 years. Four of them suffered head injury ranging from concussive to severe.
I do not want to see anyone else suffer in a pedestrian crash here. Please join us help us get a light at this crosswalk and make it safe for our children and neighbors.
[Ed note: this story was also covered on KIRO recently. Thanks for the link, Heather.)