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September 15, 4:27 PM click here to comment > 0

The Reader – Improving Road Safety

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
News, Updates, and Information


Improving safety and responsibility on our roads

Recent tragedies on our streets require us to ensure road safety is a top priority. Everyone who uses the streets in our city – whether it’s in a car, on a bicycle, on a bus or train, or on foot – is a family member, a co-worker, a neighbor, a friend who is just trying to get home safely. No one wants to be the person in the car who gets in an accident. No one wants have a friend or family member who is injured or even killed.
It’s time to stop finding fault with each other, and to start finding a remedy. There has been a lot of overheated rhetoric about cars versus bikes or bikes versus cars, and it’s not helping make our roads any safer. We need to look at what we can do to help people get where they’re going safely. That requires the public as well as city government to take new steps to address road safety.
The Mayor's Office will be convening a summit of community leaders, experts and elected officials to determine how best we can encourage an attitude of responsibility and empathy on the roads, and make it safer for all users. We are going to spend some more money this year to continue or expand our public safety education programs. We’re going to reexamine our enforcement efforts and find ways to improve and expand them. And we will continue to build new infrastructure that emphasizes safety.

Read more about our road safety efforts on the mayor's blog.

Efficient Buildings
Last week, Mayor McGinn was on hand for the formal launch event of the Seattle 2030 District. The City of Seattle is proud to be a Founding Member of the 2030 District, a public-private collaborative working to meet aggressive goals to reduce energy and water use. The 2030 District is one of several innovative programs that are creating jobs while reducing our environmental impact. Another is Community Power Works (CPW), which provides affordable home energy assessments, rebates, and financing. If you live in the CPW neighborhoods – Central and South Seattle –  be sure to sign up for an affordable audit.

Preserving grants
The City Council, City employees and Mayor McGinn are committed to providing excellent public service. The difficult economic climate we face requires us to look for ways to more efficiently deliver those services. That’s why we recently announced a new approach to the City’s grant programs. By combining many of the various grant programs the City currently offers into one Community Grant program, we will achieve significant administrative savings. In fact, for 2012, these changes will generate enough savings to increase the grant dollars going out the door. In this economy, sensible and innovative solutions like these are more important than ever. For more details, read the mayor’s blog post.

Community Centers
Continuing our efforts to improve city services through finding efficiencies, on Monday, Mayor McGinn and Councilmember Sally Bagshaw presented recommendations for changing how we do business in our community centers. These changes will allow us to be more flexible and responsive to community needs, by reducing operating costs by $1.23 million while preserving direct services. For the details of the plan, see our blog post or Seattle Parks and Recreation’s website.

Upcoming Events (for more see

Sept 16:
11:00 a.m. Growing Transit Communities, Mary Gates Hall, University of Washington

Sept 17:
11:00 a.m. Fiestas Patrias Parade in South Park, 14th Ave S and S Cloverdale St
11:00 a.m. Delridge Day, Delridge Community Center, 4458 Delridge Way SW
3:00 p.m. Seattle Mobile Food Rodeo, 1600 W Armory Way

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill