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September 23, 4:17 PM click here to comment > 5

Road Safety Summit Coming in October

A transportation system with no traffic fatalities or serious injuries, where all users share responsibility for their safety and that of others they encounter in their travels.

Can we do it? As a community we must try.

To determine how to encourage shared responsibility on our city streets, I have been working with members of the City Council to convene a Road Safety Summit of community leaders, experts, elected officials, and others.

Over the next two weeks, several Councilmembers and I will be calling on leaders in Seattle to participate in an effort to collectively examine what can be done to help people get where they’re going safely — whether they choose to travel by car, by foot, bike or transit.

Over the course of three meetings, the Road Safety Summit will bring together a broad cross section of stakeholders — roadway users, major employers, advocates, and community leaders — to do two things:

1. Create a shared citywide commitment to safety on our streets.

2. Develop concrete next steps each stakeholder group will own in service to safer streets for all.

As I talked about in my previous blog post, finding fault with each other won’t help us solve the problem. But I do believe this Road Safety Summit can help us find common ground and identify innovative efforts that we as a whole city can get behind.

We will share more details with you as they are determined, and hope that you’ll follow our progress.

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Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn

Comments

Comment from John Niles
Time September 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Mayor,
As a child, growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, I was run over by two wheels of a 1948 Plymouth in a guarded school crossing. A few years later I fell off a bike and landed on my head without a helmet. I obviously survived without long-run consequences. If you would like me to speak at the Summit about these historical events in my life and how I now behave on the streets as a pedestrian and a driver as a result, and some broader ideas on road safety let me know.
John

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Comment from Jake Jackson
Time September 29, 2011 at 3:00 am

Sorry, Mr. McGinn, but you have no credibility with the motorists of Seattle. You lied about the downtown tunnel. You gave a $90,000 job to a crony from the Cascade Bicycle Club. You jacked up parking rates. You removed traffic lanes from streets. You’ve done a terrible job of fixing the streets.

It couldn’t be more obvious that you despise motorists except when it comes time to try to take our money. Well, guess what? We’ve returned the favor. You have a 23% approval rating. You are less popular in Seattle than Richard Nixon was during the depths of impeachment.

Congratulations, Mr. Mayor. You have organized the motorists of Seattle. And we are going to make sure that you serve only one term. In fact, we just might recall you.

Forget about your “summit.” We’ve made up our minds. Have you considered resigning?

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