For years, the intersection on 59th Ave SW & SW Admiral Way had a pedestrian activated light for crossing Admiral. Although not ideal, the light generally stopped traffic. This did not offer a solution for crossing 59th, nor did it address concerns of speeding on Admiral.
As we all began our morning commute to school for the start of the year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) deactivated the traffic light, and placed all-way stop signs for this imperfect intersection that is far from a traditional 4-way stop. Unfortunately, the current changes have provided an increase in lack of safety for both pedestrians and drivers. Concerned parents and other area residents have been reaching out to key stakeholders for redress of their concerns. The response? The Seattle Department of Transportation is engaging in data collection, evaluation and analysis, with the data to be analyzed over a 6-month period — taking us right through our dark and rainy Seattle school days.
A group of parents has formed a task force so that the City hears the force of our collective voices and experiences, and what a safe intersection means to our community and for our children’s’ safety. And we need them to hear that the final solution cannot wait until our darkest season is over. But we cannot do it alone. Please join your voices with ours!
Here are some simple steps that you can take right away:
- Sign the petition. You can find it on our website
- Join our FaceBook Page:
- Share stories, experiences, anecdotes, problem-solving suggestions, and anything else on your mind about the changes to the intersection
- Send an email to SDOT. We have a template on our website.
- Ask your friends and neighbors to join the dialogue
It is critical that we as Alki Elementary parents demand that the city take the necessary steps to protect our children. Make your voice heard by visiting www.AlkiKids.com! All children deserve a safe route to walk to school.