Memorial Walks and Rides

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Candlelight Vigil for Sandhya Khadka

Thurs April 17, 7:30pm

NE 115th & 5th Ave NE

in Pinehurst.

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Sandhya was killed by a truck

driver on Monday morning at

8:20am crossing 5th Ave NE

on her way to catch the 41 bus

to get to work and school at

North Seattle Community College.

 

Sandhya was 17-years old and the only child of her parents. Her father, Sahadev Khadka, lives

in Seattle and her mother lives in Nepal. Sandhya left Nepal in the past year to come to Seattle

to join her father and to attend school. Her dream was to become an accountant. Her passing

is greatly mourned by all who knew her.

 

Sandhya’s family will have some extra candles, but encourage those who join them to bring

candles with them. They hope to honor Sandhya and to “create awareness so that no other

young person has to die again.”

 

The NE 115th & 5th Ave NE intersection had been considered for crossing improvements by

SDOT in the past. A Pinehurst community meeting in mid-May will discuss this and other traffic

safety improvements in the Pinehurst neighborhood in the future. NE 115th is a proposed greenway.

Make 35th Ave SW safer for everyone in 2014 by investing in safety improvements. Please sign this petition!

Every year in Seattle around 12 people die while walking and biking on our streets. In order to raise awareness and prompt public action, since 2013 Seattle Neighborhood Greenways organizers have worked closely with local community groups, transportation and public health advocacy groups, the City of Seattle, and the families of people who have died while walking and biking in Seattle to hold Memorial Walks and Memorial Bike Rides soon after traffic fatalities occur. We follow a checklist to plan these important public events.

Please click here to join the coalition of active volunteers planning these events.

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A community was devastated by a horrific collision on Monday, December 30, as James St. Clair crossed at the intersection of SW Graham Street and 35th Avenue Southwest. Mr. St. Clair, 69-years-old, had lived at High Point less than one month.  His was the second fatality at this intersection. Susanne Scaringi, 27-years-old, died on her bicycle here in September 2006. We will walk one block south to the crash site to pay our respects to the family and friends of James St. Clair, and then we will walk another two blocks to Neighborhood House at 6400 Sylvan Way SW for juice and snacks and a brief discussion with City of Seattle officials about the tragedy and how to make safer streets for everyone in the High Point area. These tragedies don’t need to keep happening. Since 2006, there have been five fatalities as well as numerous serious injuries and near misses as children, adults and the elderly cross fast-moving 35th Avenue SW near High Point.
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    When: Tuesday, May 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Where: Meet at Seacrest Park 1660 Harbor Ave SW (water taxi docks here)

    Why:  We want the freedom to choose to travel on safe, healthy, livable streets. East Marginal Way is a necessary but hazardous segment of the daily commute for many people going to and from West Seattle by bicycle.

    Route: Follow a common West Seattle commuting route on a flat 3.2-mile ride (Alki bike path to West Seattle Bridge path to the site of Wednesday’s crash). http://goo.gl/maps/l5KOe

    Information about the ride: 

    We will be accompanied by Seattle Police Bike Units.

    · If you feel a great longing to pay your respects to the good man who died on East Marginal Way.

    · If you want to support changes now that will save hundreds of lives in the future.

    · If you want to be with us for yourself, your family and your community.

    We will meet at Seacrest Park at 5:30pm, follow the common West Seattle bike commuting path to the crash site with representatives from West Seattle Bike Connections, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, Commute Seattle, West Seattle Spokespeople, Cascade Bicycle Club, the Port of Seattle, and the City of Seattle.

    Participants on this ride support the goals of Seattle’s Road Safety Action Plan to achieve zero fatalities and serious injuries by taking action.

    www.WestSeattleBikeConnections.org

     

     

    When: Monday April 1 from 4 to 5 p.m.

    Where: Meet and end at Top Pot Doughnuts 6855 35th NE. Walk to 33rd and 75th.

    Why: In King County up to 100 people die and an additional 730 are seriously injured in traffic crashes every year.

    More: Monday is a week from when a tragedy occurred in front of Eckstein Middle School.

    Information about the walk: andres.salomon@seattlegreenways.org (617)501-2445.

    Mayor Michael McGinn will be walking with us.

    · If you feel a great longing to pay your respects to the good people who died at 75th and 33rd.

    · If you want to support changes now that will save hundreds of lives in the future.

    · If you want to walk for yourself, your family and your community.

    Facebook event listing.

    Crossing streets with dignity is our right as people everywhere in Seattle.

    We will meet at Top Pot Monday 4/1 at 4 p.m., walk to the crash site, and walk back via the proposed NE Seattle Greenway by 5 p.m.

    You can bring flowers. Or bring canned food to leave at the site that will be taken to the University Food Bank. Dennis and Judy Schulte, who were killed on Monday, had a passion to provide food for at-risk children.

     

    On Tuesday, April 2, 7-9 p.m. the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association will host a meeting with City officials at the RB Community Center.

     

    Note there is a medical fund for Karina and baby Elias as well as a memorial fund for Dennis and Judy Schulte.

    · Dennis & Judy Schulte Memorial Fund
    · Karina & Elias Ulriksen-Schulte Medical Fund