More details on the city’s upcoming Road Safety Summit

The mayor’s office has released more details about the upcoming Road Safety Summit. The first forum will be at 6 p.m. October 24 in the Bertha K. Landes room at City Hall.

From the mayor’s office:

Please join us for a Road Safety Summit
First meeting: October 24th, 6pm

We invite you to participate in a Road Safety Summit, convened by Mayor Mike McGinn and members of the Seattle City Council.

The Summit will center around three basic questions:

  1. What do you think are the highest priority safety problems to solve on Seattle roads?
  2. What do you think are the most important things to do to make Seattle roads safer?
  3. We often talk about what government can do to promote safety. What are the ways that non-governmental groups and individuals can promote safety?

Working together, we will develop a shared citywide commitment to safety and an action plan that will lead to safer streets for all.

This Road Safety Summit consists of three gatherings that are open to the public:

Public Forum #1
Monday, October 24th, 6pm in the Bertha K. Landes room at City Hall RSVP

Public Forum #2
Tuesday, November 15th, 6pm at the Northgate Community Center RSVP

Public Forum #3
Monday, November 21st, 6pm at the Southwest Community Center RSVP

The forums will consist of a short presentation of background data and then discussions about these three questions in smaller groups. You will submit your comments at the end of the discussion period. These public forums are identical in format; to give input and participate you only need to attend one.

Final Road Safety Summit Meeting: Next Steps
Monday, December 12th, 6pm in the Bertha K. Landes room at City Hall RSVP

This meeting is open to the public. The Summit Workgroup will present their proposed next steps for improving traffic safety on Seattle’s streets.

Please visit this page to RSVP to the event(s) you can attend. Or visit the Road Safety Summit website for more details.

We ask that you:

  • Participate in the process with good faith effort, following the process outlined by conveners and facilitators to produce a successful effort with positive public outcomes
  • Listen to what other participants are saying and appreciate that there are multiple viewpoints to these complicated topics

If you have questions, please email rebecca.deehr@seattle.gov.

What would you like to see come from the summit?

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2 Responses to More details on the city’s upcoming Road Safety Summit

  1. Double D says:

    Education. Plain and simple. I am daily bike commuter and see MANY folks on bikes pay no attention to any rules of the road. Somehow people need to be informed that what they do or don’t do affects everyone. I am no yellow jacket Fred either, quite the opposite, but come on people, you’re giving us a bad rep here…

    • Al Dimond says:

      For what it’s worth, a lot of people that have no idea how to bike in traffic are out there riding fast in fancy-pants gear. I’m not really talking about the crazies with no regard for their own well-being, but people that just don’t know how dangerous their techniques are.

      The skills necessary to bike safely in traffic are within the reach of almost everyone that rides. Usually you just follow normal traffic principles. It’s sad that people advocating that cyclists learn to ride properly are labeled elitists — nobody would call someone elitist for suggesting that drivers follow sound driving principles.

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