Rainier Ave has a serious speeding problem.
But, of course, that speeding problem is actually a symptom caused by the street’s dangerous, highway-style design problem. Four lanes of traffic splitting through bustling neighborhood centers and business districts is inherently dangerous. In fact, it’s the most dangerous city-owned street in Seattle.
You can help change that by getting involved with the city’s Rainier Ave Road Safety Corridor Project, which is holding its second community meeting tonight (Tuesday) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Ethiopian Community Center (8323 Rainier Ave S).
How dangerous is it? In just the last three years, there have been at least 1,243 collisions between Columbia City and Seward Park, causing 630 injuries and killing two people. KUOW reports that 11 people have died on Rainier in the past decade.
But you’ve already heard about this from Seattle Bike Blog. But check out this excellent story by KUOW featuring the wonderful Phyllis Porter, who works for Bike Works and helps run Rainier Valley Greenways. It’s only a couple minutes long, but it gets straight to the point:
“The things that are happening in Rainier Valley, Columbia City, Hillman City,” [Porter] said, naming the neighborhoods off Rainier Avenue, “these things are unacceptable. And something needs to be done now.”