Dear Mayor Durkan and other Seattle Elected Leaders,
We are in the middle of a pedestrian safety crisis.
So far this year, 15 people have lost their lives while walking and biking on Seattle's public streets, and 73 people who have suffered life-altering injuries.
Thank you for your leadership in getting Vision Zero back on track in Seattle including:
- Safer speed limits: Safer speeds save lives, and we're so happy to see Seattle implementing a 25 mph speed limit on all arterial streets.
- Red light running prevention: Running red lights endangers everyone, so doubling the number of cameras that catch and fine red light runners just makes sense.
- Walking head start traffic lights: The majority of collisions between people walking and driving happen at intersections. We applaud SDOT’s new policy to double the number of traffic lights that give people walking a head start next year, with all traffic lights to follow.
- Vision Zero Task Force: This panel of experts will ensure we treat traffic violence like the public health crisis that it is.
We're excited by the Mayor's leadership today. We hope Seattle and Washington State leadership will work together to make all of Seattle's streets safer as soon as possible, including state routes like Aurora Ave N and Lake City Way.
Thank you for your leadership in these four important first steps! Please implement these changes as quickly as possible to stop people from being killed on our streets.