It’s time to submit nominations for what has become an annual tradition to determine the worst intersection in Seattle.
Consider the intersection you hate to walk across. It’s also probably awful for biking, riding transit, and driving, too. In fact, this competition tends to highlight everything with wrong with Seattle transportation from an urbanist perspective.
Last year’s worst intersection, Denny & Stewart, is awful for people walking, who have to walk around cars blocking the crosswalks. It’s dangerous for the brave souls who are willing to bike through, who have to vigilantly watch for drivers turning. And, it’s maddening for drivers, who can’t go anywhere because of all the other drivers. Coincidentally, it appears some improvements are coming this summer.
The worst intersections from previous years aren’t any better, although some have seen improvements since they won the competition:
- 2017: Denny & Stewart
- 2016: Green Lake / 50th / Stone
- 2015: Denny & Terry
- 2012: 5th & Denny
- 2011: Aurora in South Lake Union
So, what’s the worst intersection in Seattle?
Troy is a pedestrian advocate who serves on the board of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. He loves cities and walking, hiking, and biking. He wrote a book to help others looking to find the right place for them, called Move to the Place of Your Dreams: A Relocation Handbook. By day, he is a professional consultant for a technology firm.