Originally published September 2, 2014
By Andres Salomon
It is completely unacceptable a street known to be as dangerous as Roosevelt Way NE is not being aggressively examined for traffic calming and other improvements during its 2015 reconstruction. Read the complete report here.
Join a Walking Audit co-hosted by Feet First Tuesday, Sept 2 at 5:30pm. A Bicycle Brainstorming Session co-hosted by Cascade Bicycle Club is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 3 at 6pm.
By focusing on quick, cheap, paint-only solutions, the 2015 construction has the potential to create non-protected "mixing zones" at intersections. Mixing zones are where bikes share a lane with buses and cars that are turning right. As funding becomes available, later work could focus on traffic signal upgrades that allowed bikes to safely traverse intersections without needing to mix with cars or buses.
We can and should be asking much more from our multi-million dollar maintenance projects. Concerned neighbors are organizing community efforts to help identify needed walking and biking improvements along Roosevelt Way. I look forward to our community successfully engaging with the city to push forward on additional solutions that will Roosevelt a safer, more humane street.
The repaving project includes the University Bridge (Eastlake Ave NE), Roosevelt Way NE between the University Bridge and NE 65th St, and small portions of 11th Ave NE and NE 42nd St.