Here is the 4th 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.
Mark contributed to this application on behalf of the Northlake Safety & Security Team, which is committed to finding solutions to improve the safety and security of the residents, workers, students, cyclists, joggers, customers and visitors that share this unique community.
The proposed location of our project would improve access to and from the Burke Gilman Trail through the only stair access along Northlake Way that connects down to the Seattle Waterway 17 park, parking, offices and restaurants.
Northlake Way lacks vital traffic signals, street lamps, sidewalks and visibly marked crosswalks to protect the growing number of pedestrians. This has encouraged vehicles to drive faster than what is safe or appropriate through the neighborhood which connects Fremont and Ballard to Wallingford and the University of Washington. This is unsafe to both pedestrians crossing the road and vehicles entering/leaving parking along Northlake Way.
Apart from the residents, workers, students, cyclists, and joggers, there are also a substantial number of patrons crossing the sidewalk to enter/leave Westward, a nationally acclaimed restaurant located at 2501 N Northlake Way. During the fall and winter months there may be as many as 300 patrons a day, while during the spring and summer the number soars to 800 patrons a day. Westward is just one of the many businesses in this area that contribute to the cultural and financial success of the community, providing employment opportunities and significant revenue that effectively benefits everyone.
We propose the addition of a clearly marked crosswalk that would incorporate the following: 1 curb bulb, 2 curb ramps, and a flashing beacon with in-pavement LED lights.
This project addresses the safety needs of pedestrians by providing a safe crosswalk that is clearly visible during the day as well as throughout the night. The addition of a flashing beacon will also alert drivers to slow down and to be more cognizant of cyclists and oncoming traffic that also share the road. This is especially important on N Northlake Way because of the lack of sidewalks and light poles on both sides of the road. This neighborhood has seen cars broken into, stolen, abandoned, garbage dumped weekly, aggressive panhandling, trespassing, assaults and two murders along this particular stretch all during just this last year. The increased visibility even at this section will not only help with pedestrian and vehicular safety, but the added light and improvements will help in deterring crime.