We've been pushing for a more accessible Lake Washington Boulevard for two years, and we're not stopping now! The community visioning process is underway, and despite past surveys run by SDOT that supported keeping the street open to people walking/biking/rolling, the results of this survey will likely be the only ones taken seriously.
The survey can be a bit confusing. We recommend supporting the following solutions in question 6:
- "Provide dedicated space along the boulevard to separate people driving and people that ride bikes"
- "Increase the number of days, weekends, or seasons the road is temporarily closed to cars and open to people that ride bikes, walk, and use mobility aid"
- "Add traffic calming devices such as speed humps"
We recommend supporting the following solutions in question 8:
- "Provide more sidewalks and wider walking paths"
- "Improve pedestrian crossings with marked crosswalks, tactile push buttons, and raised crosswalks at key pedestrian crossings"
- "Stop signs, flashing lights, and other devices to stop traffic and allow people walking and using mobility aid to cross the street"
For question 11 we recommend encouraging the city to use half of the street for a trail and the other half for an access lane, and to improve access to Lake Washington Boulevard from nearby bus stops.
How you can help:
- Take the Survey Now to share how you use Lake WA Blvd and how it could be safer.
- Share the survey with your friends and neighbors!
The Community Task Force, representatives convened by the city that will help shape permanent improvements for the street and guide further outreach, will be making recommendations based on the results of this survey and other community engagement.
Thanks to your advocacy, we recently secured $400,000 in funding from the new Parks District budget which will be used to implement the final design that comes from those recommendations, starting in 2023.
Thank you for your continued advocacy! See more information in the City of Seattle's email below.
P.S. - Power our efforts to make more safe streets for people! Thank you!