Editor’s note: Last week, Seattle Bike Blog interviewed Joe Mangan regarding his proposal to re-envision NE 65th St and surrounding streets near Roosevelt High School. This article provides a deeper look into his proposal to give the streets a true Vision Zero treatment.
Between 2013 and 2016, sixty-eight people were hospitalized as a result of collisions on NE 65th St, and a local father, Andy Hulslander, was killed as he biked home from work. In 2016, the Roosevelt and Ravenna-Bryant Community Associations wrote a joint letter to Councilmembers Rob Johnson and Mike O’Brien requesting action to improve safety. In particular, residents asked the city to address excessive speeding, insufficient parking and safe crossings, unsafe pedestrian and bike infrastructure, long waits for walk signals, and dangerous intersections.
Fast forward nearly two years, and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is finally releasing design illustrations of proposed changes to NE 65th St. One such illustration, showing the proposed “improvements from 14th Ave NE to 15th Ave NE,” is particularly important. Of the sixty-eight people hospitalized from 2013 to 2016, thirty-one were injured in this section alone. However, the design is simply disappointing, for everyone.