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Dangerous Distraction: Why treating streets as highways & people on foot as criminals makes Seattle more dangerous

Like zombies, they walk among us, texting, checking emails, talking, selecting music — and, according to a study published Wednesday, oblivious to cars, trucks, lights, crosswalks and the concentration required to get through urban intersections alive. This is the actual … Continue reading

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Cops mock West Seattle man struck by truck while jogging to work

“That’s why you drive a car!” said one Seattle Police officer responding to the scene of a man struck by a semi truck near the foot of West Seattle’s lower bridge while he was jogging to work during the October … Continue reading

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Walking in Seattle: 1/3 of Seattle pedestrian deaths occur on state and federal roads

Almost all of Seattle’s streets are city-owned and operated. Yet one third of the people who die while walking in our city are killed on federal and state highways, Walking in Seattle reports: Of the 104 pedestrians that were killed … Continue reading

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KPLU: Seattleites notoriously unwilling to jaywalk

People in Seattle almost never jaywalk. In fact, the population’s firm adherence to the red crosswalk hand is the stuff of legends. For many, including myself, it’s one of the first things that stands out during an initial visit to … Continue reading

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City will retime short Alaskan Way walk signal

During the viaduct walk event a couple weeks ago, I noticed the walk signal at Alaskan Way and King St near the waterfront seemed awfully fast. So I posted a video I shot and sent an email to SDOT. Turns … Continue reading

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People walking bear disproportionate number of traffic deaths and tickets

Here is a look at the recently-released SDOT 2010 Traffic Report, in light of the city’s Road Safety Summit. This post focuses on data for people walking. We will dive into the data related to biking in a later post. … Continue reading

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Scoffing at pedestrian safety

I am blown away by the backlash against a recent SDOT pedestrian safety campaign. You may be asking, Wait, there are people who are against a marketing campaign aimed at decreasing collisions between cars and people walking? Yes. The charge … Continue reading

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Mapped: The advantage of the Seattle bike/bus combo

Mapnificent is the coolest. For those of you who thought you were going to get work done in the next half hour, I apologize.

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Why do we need pedestrian advocacy?

Walking in Seattle published an editorial today asking, “Does Seattle need a pedestrian advocate?” After all, bicycle advocates have had some success getting bicycle projects completed and are a strong voice in city policy. So why not pedestrians? The idea … Continue reading

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New SDOT walking map a good step forward – UPDATED x2

In the style of the city bicycle map, SDOT has released a city walking map, noting areas where grades become steep and other points of interest to walkers (such as viewpoints and public art). It also notes some walking routes … Continue reading

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Funding SDOT: Tax parking and car licensing

Like every other department in the city, SDOT is facing serious budget shortfalls. Amid a re-stoked tunnel debate (if you haven’t read Dominic Holden’s piece last week about what could go wrong with the tunnel, do so), SDOT is struggling … Continue reading

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