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Seattle residents feel unsafe walking

September 15, 2009
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This story is from outside Burien but illustrates that keeping pedestrians safe is a region-wide challenge.  I count myself among those who have been nearly hit by inattentive drivers.

Half of Seattle residents think the city is safe for pedestrians, despite almost four in 10 who say they’ve had a near miss with a car while walking, according to a survey by the Seattle Department of Transportation….

SDOT officials say the results should help establish a baseline for the city’s Pedestrian Safety Master Plan, which aims to improve Seattle’s walkability, reduce car-vs-pedestrian collisions and design safer, more pedestrian-friendly streets in neighborhoods. Council members also took input on the master plan Tuesday.


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What improvements are proposed?

September 15, 2009
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On 136th Street, there are sidewalks on some stretches and not on others. What sidewalks exist are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In one place, there is a tree growing right through the middle of the sidewalk, obstructing the pathway.

The Transportation Benefit District will repair inadequate sidewalks 136th Street, between Ambaum Blvd SW and Des Moines Memorial Drive.  It will also build bike lanes going in each direction.  This project would connect to the city’s existing pedestrian and bike facilities on 4th Ave SW, connecting to Burien’s downtown.

8th Ave S is entirely without sidewalks between S 136th St and S 128th St.  The Transportation Benefit District would build an 8-foot wide “multi-purpose facility,” which is a concrete path shared by pedestrians and bicyclists, along 8th Ave S.  This project would connect Cedarhurst Elementary School to the city’s pedestrian and bike network, enabling students there to walk and bike to school safely.

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September 15, 2009
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Welcome to the campaign to approve Burien’s Transportation Benefit District vehicle license fee, also known as the Sidewalks and Bikes Levy!  We are working to get the word out to the voters of Burien about the many benefits of improved transportation choices in Burien.  We hope this site is informative to you, whether you are a Burien voter or are just interested in our efforts to build a more walkable, bikeable city.

In brief, here’s what we are about.  In July, the Burien City Council created Transportation Benefit District No. 1 as a way to fund needed pedestrian and bicycle improvements–specifically, some of the highest-priority projects from the 2004 Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Master Plan.  The improvements would be paid for with a $25 vehicle license fee assessed on vehicles registered in Burien.

We’re a group of interested Burienites who are working to show the voters of Burien that this is a smart investment in our city’s livability and sustainability.  We would be honored to have your support!

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