Six Fatalities in the Last Week Shine Light on the Need to Increase Safety with Larger Transportation Levy

While investigations into each case are ongoing, what can be said now is that we are not making sufficient progress on Seattle’s Vision Zero goal, to eliminate fatal and serious injury collisions. At Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, we believe the next transportation levy, which will be on the Seattle November 2024 general election ballot, must take bold steps to get this safety crisis under control.

The levy is currently with the Seattle City Council for review and amendments.

Big Moment for the Future of Biking

Every Seattle neighborhood deserves bike routes that are safe, comfortable, and convenient for people of all ages and abilities. Through advocacy, we’ve made tremendous progress in the city, from building the downtown bike network to creating safe routes to bike to school.

Mayor’s Proposed Transportation Levy Won’t Get us Where We Need to Go

Together with a coalition of advocacy organizations, we are concerned with the Mayor’s proposed transportation levy which fails to address the city’s critical safety and accessibility needs.

The Mayor’s proposed levy:

  • Slashes transit funding by $52 million (30%), accounting for inflation and different levy time periods.
  • Slashes pedestrian funding by $32 million (23%), also adjusted. This funding stream includes the city's critical sidewalk maintenance and ADA programs—essential for enhancing accessibility through crossing improvements and curb ramps — which both face cuts in the proposed levy.
  • Dramatically increases car-focused spending by $189 million (33%), compared to the previous levy.