One of the most dangerous intersections for people on foot is at 23rd and Jefferson, in front of Garfield High School and Ezell’s Famous Chicken. Five people were struck by cars between 2009 and 2011, making it one of the worst spots in the city for people walking, the PI reports.
The report comes on the heels of the city’s new Road Safety Action Plan, announced in late August. The plan has the goal of reducing traffic deaths to zero by 2030 through a combination of safe road engineering, enforcement of traffic laws, education and “creating a culture of empathy” on the road. I wrote about the plan over at Seattle Bike Blog (for those not familiar with my other work, road safety is a particular passion of mine).
Below is the full Road Safety Action Plan. 23rd Ave is scheduled for repaving in 2014. What would you like to see happen on the street to make it safer?
UPDATE: I just received a press release from the Puget Sound Regional Council (which hold the reigns on lots of Federal transportation grants) that includes these two line items:
· 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements – South Jackson Street to East John Street – $3,500,000
· 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements – South Jackson Street to East Madison Street Preservation – $1,500,000
We’re working to track down more details. Stay tuned!