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Walk for Safety on Aurora

June 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Safety issues are always front and center when it comes to Aurora Avenue. Now a group of concerned citizens are working with the city to launch the Aurora Traffic Safety Project.

As a kick-off to the two-year safety improvement project, called “Expect the Unexpected,” they’re inviting everyone to a mass walk on Thursday, June 18. Meet up on the west side of Aurora at N 86th Street at 8:15 a.m., or at N 81st Street or N 80th Street at about 8:25 a.m. After the mass walk on Aurora, the project launch will occur in front of Bagley Elementary, 7821 Stone Ave. N., at about 9 a.m. with Seattle Department of Transportation Director Grace Crunican.

Join the Feet First Chicken, the Bagley Bee, an accordionist and Seattle residents as we launch the Aurora Traffic Safety Project – a 2-year concentrated effort to make Aurora a safer, friendlier road.

This is going to be a fun community event (when was the last time you walked Aurora with a chicken, a bee, and an accordionist??). The walk gives the community a chance to draw attention to this important highway which has one of the highest accident rates in the state – nearly 46 collisions a month! Walkers will be joined by Bagley Elementary families on their usual walk to school.

The real project work will continue over the next two years, with more than $250,000 committed to reduce speed and raise driver and pedestrian awareness. Initiatives will include engineering (e.g., new crosswalks, red light cameras, painted stop bars at all Aurora crosswalks, radar speed display signs), enforcement (e.g., crosswalk stings, speeding enforcement) and education (e.g., signs, pamphlets and other outreach efforts).

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