The first of three Road Safety Summit meetings will be October 24, Mayor Mike McGinn announced on his blog.
The Summit was called after Robert Townsend became the third person killed while biking in Seattle this summer.
“It’s time to stop finding fault with each other, and to start finding a remedy,” the mayor wrote earlier this month. Nobody needs to die on Seattle’s roadways, and we need to prioritize safety in our road investment decisions.
From Mayor McGinn’s blog:
On the evening of Monday, October 24th, Seattle City Councilmembers and I will convene agencies, community members, partners and other leaders for a Road Safety Summit to improve safety and responsibility on our streets. Working together, we will develop a shared citywide commitment to safety and develop an action plan that will lead to safer streets for all.
Please save the date:
The evening of October 24th
Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
This will be the first of three summit meetings. These meetings will result in a final list of commitments for safety that will be carried out by an extended network of people who care about road safety in Seattle.
In the weeks leading up to this first meeting, we will be asking for ideas from the public. We want to hear your views on how we can work together to create safer conditions.
As soon as we’re ready to take your input on these topics, we will let you know. I hope that you can join us in this process.
Portland had their fifth transportation safety summit earlier this year. They have found that the mode with the most to gain from traffic safety projects are actualy people driving or riding in motor vehicles:
If Seattle does this right, we can dramatically reduce the number of lives lost or dramatically altered by injury in our city. Let’s take the enthusiasm and message of the Safe Streets Social to the next level. Get ready to be involved in our city’s first Road Safety Summit.
Here’s the presentation from Portland’s 2011 Transportation Safety Summit: