The pedestrian safety cause along 24th Ave E is starting to produce real results. SDOT officials plan to implement a number of improvements in response to concerns raised by residents to the Seattle Public Schools Traffic Safety Committee. Of specific interest is the crossing at 24th & McGraw, with its notoriously short crossing light and hazardous conditions for school kids walking to Montlake Elementary. Some of the changes include:
– Allowing on-street parking along 24th during peak hours to help calm traffic. This also provides more parking access for local businesses — a win-win all around, except for speeding vehicles.
– Installing 20 mph School Zone signs with beacons flashing during the 30 minutes before and after school hours.
– Adding more time to the crossing signal and pushing the stop line further back from the crosswalk.
– Seattle Police enforcement of speed limits during school commute times.
Look for these changes over the next year. In the meantime, thanks to those Montlake residents working with the City and School District for showing us how civic engagement is done.