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September 30, 11:25 AM click here to comment > 14

Get Ready for the Road Safety Summit on October 24th, 2011

On the evening of Monday, October 24th, Seattle City Councilmembers and I will convene agencies, community members, partners and other leaders for a Road Safety Summit to improve safety and responsibility on our streets. Working together, we will develop a shared citywide commitment to safety and develop an action plan that will lead to safer streets for all.

Please save the date:
The evening of October 24th
Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

This will be the first of three summit meetings. These meetings will result in a final list of commitments for safety that will be carried out by an extended network of people who care about road safety in Seattle.

In the weeks leading up to this first meeting, we will be asking for ideas from the public. We want to hear your views on how we can work together to create safer conditions.

As soon as we’re ready to take your input on these topics, we will let you know. I hope that you can join us in this process.

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Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn


Comment from Doug MacDonald
Time September 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

It is essential that well before the meeting, the 2010 Street Safety statistics be released so that analysis of the data can inform comment. When will the numbers be available?

Comment from CB
Time October 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

Hi, Mayor – Just read about the proposal to dedicate side streets to bicylists and peds. This is a great idea. I bike all the time and never on arterials, because it just feels too dangerous. Thanks for being so forward thinking – things like this will make for a liveable and sustainable city. One thing I am curious about is how you will handle transitions between neighborhoods, which are usually over bridges (I am thinking about getting between Capitol Hill and anywhere north of the Ship Canal, such as the U District) or very busy roads. Those squeeze points always seem so crowded and chaotic on a bike, and I’m not sure how to fix given it would be very expensive to widen.

Comment from Mary Davies
Time October 5, 2011 at 10:10 am

Love the Dexter fixes, but getting to Seattle Center/Queen Anne requires biking a skinny sidewalk under Aurora on Mercer. Temporary fix: convert one (of four) traffic lane to a two-way bike route?

Comment from X
Time October 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

Please, no more converting lanes on already overcrowded streets to bike lanes. Mary: Mercer Street road diet? Oh, please! Stop, already with the road diets!!! Those of us who don’t live in the center of town and don’t have good bus routes will continue driving and we have to find a solution to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe, but not by making the traffic worse.

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Comment from HN
Time October 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Hi Mr. Mayor:

Bicycling is simply too dangerous of a mode of transportation to be allowed on the streets of a big city. We need to ban all bicycles from arterial streets and all sidewalks. Small children in Seattle should never be allowed to ride on a bicycle be towed by one. Those changes will definitely make Seattle streets safer. Improvements that give a false sense of safety to cyclists simply encourage more cycling while deliberately makes life more difficult for car drivers.

Comment from David Smith
Time October 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I believe bicyclists riding with the rules of the road while communicating clearly and powerfully are treated far better than we can imagine.

I had a few crashes with cars in my first 25,000 miles until I was shamed into admitting a select few bicyclists were riding well traveled streets regularly and doing far better than I was even as I tried to avoid traffic. I haven’t had a crash since I changed my attitude, and began looking at the attitudes and skills of the safest and most mobile bicyclists. 100,000 miles plus w/o a crash now, all while riding with far more traffic! And I know several with over 300,000mi in traffic w/o car crashes. What a simple solution: move away from the behavior of anxious, and high crash rate bicyclists and move toward the behavior of the most confident and safest bicyclists.

For those who are curious and want to understand the two opposite directions bicyclists can take, bike riding or Bicycle Driving, I just happen to have a website


where you can see what Bicycle Driving can do for responsible people who want to learn healthy behavior and skills. We both use the bicycle, sometimes do the same thing, but too often bike riders and Bicycle Drivers are thinking and going in opposite directions!

Also offering a Free Introduction to Safe and Confident Urban Bicycling through N’Hood U Saturday October 29: scroll down to the class.

Comment from Niterider Minewt
Time November 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I am very impressed by your comments. In the drive to encourage health and wellbeing, bicycle safety is paramount – especially at night. How can we ensure cyclists are safer on the roads?

Webmaster of niterider minewt

Comment from GR 4 Griddler
Time December 1, 2011 at 8:09 am

I would be very interested to see the outputs of the October summit meeting. Have they been published yet?

Comment from Nathaniel Merrill
Time December 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

The workgroup will be presenting the results on December 12: and they will be made available around that date.

Comment from Cano Nefs 55250MM
Time December 1, 2011 at 10:15 pm

London in the UK has traditionally been a very dangerous city to cycle in but with the Mayor’s new cycle scheme and the building of numerous cycle lanes, cyclists are beginning to gain recognition. It can be done!

Comment from Philip Snorelcos Ensotou Ch3dsha Ver
Time December 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm

London has introduced congestion charging for cars entering the City. I understand that some US cities are considering introducing this.

Comment from Sam Sungbdd 5700
Time December 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm


Are you happy to receive input from the public on this yet?

Comment from Garmin Forerunner 405CX
Time December 9, 2011 at 12:43 am

Looking forward to seeing the results on 12th December