Here is the last of 5 projects submitted for the Neighborhood Project and Street Fund. Your feedback is welcome and helpful as the Wallingford Community Council and other groups decide which projects to endorse. Tomorrow I plan to set up a vote to further help determine preferences.
This proposal is from Desiree. Desiree is writing as a parent and lifelong caretaker of a child who was seriously injured crossing Stone Way North:
Stone Way North is one of Seattle’s most difficult streets to cross if you are child walking to school or an elderly person walking to the bus. Despite repeated efforts by SDOT to make Stone Way North a more usable street, it is still a place with frequent car collisions and serious injury incidents with people who walk and bike. More people than ever are walking, driving, and biking on Stone Way North as new office and residential buildings are added. Now is the time to increase more safe crossing options.
Drivers of cars, buses, and delivery vehicles have a difficult time seeing people waiting to cross Stone Way North, particularly when it is dark. School children often walk to and from school in the dark in the winter, and it is to increase our children’s safety that this application is most dedicated. Stone Way North and North 43rd Street are used by children going to B.F. Day Elementary in Fremont, Hamilton Middle School in Wallingford, and Lincoln High School used as an interim school. There are also a number of residential and service facilities for people with disabilities and senior housing along Stone Way North. This project increases their mobility options.
People who drive need to be able to know when there is a person waiting to cross busy Stone Way North. The intersection at North 43rd Street is a greenway connection that already has traffic islands, pedestrian signs, and other control devices intended to protect people when they walk and bike across this street. What this crossing could use to help let drivers know there are people waiting to walk and bike across the street is a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB).
N 43rd Street and Stone Way North is about midway between signalized crossings at N 40th Street and N 45th Street. An RRFB would let people walking and biking push a button that would trigger flashing lights to alert people driving cars know there are people waiting to cross. I also would like to add an additional safety island at the N 43rd Street and Stone Way North crossing if there are sufficient funds.