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Protecting road safety on East Marginal Way

This morning a collision between a bicycle and a truck took place on East Marginal Way in SODO, resulting in the death of the person on the bicycle. My heart and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim. These tragedies hit hard on everyone involved: the driver of the truck, the first responders, and those who had to witness the aftermath. It hits me hard too. I want to know that everyone traveling our roadways can do so safely.

I met with Seattle Department of Transportation director Peter Hahn and City Traffic Engineer Dongho Chang this morning. I directed them to report back on what we can do immediately with existing resources to improve safety on this corridor. They have also been looking at the feasibility of a separated cycle track at this location as part of the Bicycle Master Plan update.

This tragedy, like other recent tragedies, reemphasizes the importance of safety on our streets. We want everyone to get home safely.

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Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn


Comment from Kirk Sugamele
Time May 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm

While this death is tragic, why are we now focusing on this location? SDOT’s own survey found that the Ballard Bridge was the least safe crossing in Seattle. The mayor needs to direct SDOT to see what can be done immediately with existing resources to improve safety on the areas identified in their survey as the least safe. For instance, the sidewalk on the Ballard Bridge at the south end merge is dangerously laden with potholes at the precise location a cyclist must signal to merge at a right angle into 40-50 MPH traffic. THIS is the area that needs attention. SDOT has already identified it. And yet, as usual, nothing gets done.