Monthly Archive for September, 2011

City says no light signal for ped collision hotspot

Capitol Hill Seattle reports on a dangerous intersection for pedestrians. An elderly man was recently hit at Pine & Boylston, as one of a few pedestrians who have been hit at that intersection over the past couple years.

SDOT studied the intersection but has indicated that a traffic signal isn’t the best solution. Spokesperson Rick Sherdian says, “Although this location did not meet the criteria for a signal, SDOT will study the types and causes of the collisions that have occurred at this location and determine what other traffic devices or methods could improve safety here.”

Sheridan explains the process that SDOT will go through in evaluating this intersection.

SDOT’s evaluation will review sight lines, markings, signs, pavement condition, time-of-day patterns, day-of-week patterns, bus zone placement, traffic volumes, distance to traffic signals and field observations. We will also study collision reports for any patterns of contributing pedestrian or motorist behavior. Given our significant workload, SDOT aims to complete this by year’s end.

That’s a long time to wait for a solution to be identified, but hopefully SDOT can address this problem before someone else is injured.

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Could Seattle support a strong volunteer-run pedestrian organization?

As of 2009, 3% of Seattle commuters bike and almost 8% walk to work. Over 13,000 bikers in Seattle and the region make up the membership of Cascade Bicycle Club, however there’s no organization for pedestrians with that type of membership.

Could an organization dedicated to walking be as successful as Cascade?

Feet First is a walking-focused organization, but they’re not trying to bring pedestrians together on a large scale. They do support walking in the city through their grant-funded safe routes to school program and neighborhood maps.

Perhaps since walking is such a common activity, pedestrians have no group identity the way bikers do and would not join together in such strength. I’m not aware of a large, successful walking organization in any other American city, but the benefits of one could be significant.

A visible, volunteer-led organization could do the following: Lead and coordinate social, educational, and historic walks open to all fellow walkers; Effectively disseminate news and events related to walking to the pedestrian community at large; and Work together as a group to improve conditions for walking.

Walkers around the city could get involved with this organization and partner with existing organizations to support, not replace, an organization like Feet First.

One concept to unite pedestrians into a single pedestrian body focused on the aspects of learning, acting, and walking is outlined in this presentation.

While there may be some interest in a new organization for pedestrians, could an organization like this earn enough support to become “Seattle’s walking body”?

To be successful, this volunteer-run organization would need a dedicated group of leaders and supporters, in addition to partnerships with other organizations. Are there enough walking enthusiasts out there to lead something like this? And enough people who identify as pedestrians to join in support?

This linked survey is intended to gauge interest and support to answer the questions above. Please feel free to distribute this link to others who may be interested and respond to the poll below.

Could a new volunteer organization succeed as "Seattle's walking body"?

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Book released on Washington State Pedestrian Law

For anyone who has been injured in a pedestrian or crosswalk accident, a new book has been written specifically for you:

Seattle attorney, Christopher M. Davis, has authored a new book written to help injury victims protect their legal rights after a pedestrian or crosswalk accident. The book, Right of Way: The Essential Guide to Pedestrian Accident Law in Washington State, is written to help victims of pedestrian collisions navigate the legal claims process.

“As an accident attorney some of the most tragic injury cases I see are those involving pedestrians and motor vehicles,” says Davis. “When a pedestrian has been injured in an accident the injures can be serious and long lasting. It is easy for victims and their families to be overwhelmed with the legal and insurance claims process that may ensue.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nationally 4,092 pedestrians were killed in preventable accidents in 2009. That averages to 11 people killed in fatal pedestrian collisions each day. Locally, Washington State Patrol reports a sharp spike in the number of pedestrian fatalities in Washington State. So far eight (8) pedestrians have lost their lives in District 7 in 2011.

In Right of Way, Davis offers basic facts about typical accident claims involving pedestrians; defines the legal and settlement process for crosswalk accident claims; gives tips on dealing with insurance companies; offers insight into how pedestrian claims are valued; and discusses common questions and legal issues that are often present in cases involving pedestrians, as well as the common pitfalls and traps to avoid. Davis also helps pedestrian accident victims understand the pros and cons of hiring an attorney to represent their case.

The book is published by Word Association Press and is available for $24.95 at Amazon.com.

From the description on Amazon:

Seattle attorney Chris Davis’ Right of Way: The Essential Guide to Pedestrian Accident Law in Washington State is without a doubt the best and most complete guide I have ever read on pedestrian accident cases. This is a ‘must read’ for anyone who has been injured in a pedestrian or crosswalk accident. The information will help you understand the insurance claims process, learn your legal rights, and give you vital information that will help maximize the value of your personal injury settlement.

If you were involved in a collision as a pedestrian, you could be eligible to receive a free book. Or, it can be purchased at Amazon.com.

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Seattle Interactive Walking Tour

A new interactive walking tour has recently been launched in Seattle:

Get off the couch and go enjoy Seattle in a totally new way – through an interactive walking tour!

If you love scavenger hunts, you’ll really love Seattle: The Game! It combines the fun of a scavenger hunt with the sights and history of a tour to create a self-guided, interactive experience.

  • Receive challenges straight to your mobile phone through text messages
  • Explore the coolest parts of Seattle to complete them
  • Learn interesting tidbits about the city as you go

With the growing popularity of The Game in locations like New York, Vegas, Boston, Philly, DC, San Francisco, Chicago, and LA, we’re now bringing this one-of-a-kind experience to the Emerald City and inviting the first 100 teams to join in the fun for FREE!

Choose from 3 awesome locations: Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, and the Seattle Art Museum.

We JUST LAUNCHED, so sign up NOW and we’ll email you instructions to play anytime before 10/10. Details below.

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  • Purchase free promo tickets here and we’ll email you instructions to get started anytime before 10/10.
  • Start at any time of the day and any day of the year, all on your own schedule.
  • When you’re ready to play, just activate your phone and go!
  • Free promo tickets are only valid until 10/10/11 so make sure to play by then!

So grab your phone, a couple of not-so-boring friends and get in The Game today!

The first 100 teams to sign up get free tickets. Click here for more information on Seattle: The Game.

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