Let us cross the Westlake Cycle Track safely with our children.
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Along Westlake Avenue North the recently built cycle track was designed for low speeds to accommodate all ages and abilities. It is positioned directly next to the sidewalk, making it more dangerous for pedestrians. Hundreds of bicycle commuters travel daily at very high speeds along the path, often without regard for pedestrians. While we can all appreciate the safety improvement for our cycling friends, we must now address the safety of pedestrians crossing the cycle track among high-speed riders. A pedestrian was recently struck by a cyclist on the Cycle Track near Safe N Sound and sustained a minor injury.
As a Safe N Sound client or visitor, you surely have experienced the difficulty and dangers of crossing the cycle track. During the design we spoke up and SDOT provided a marked crosswalk at our building based on the amount of child visitors and installed signage dictating that bikes shall yield to pedestrians. We are thankful to SDOT for providing this feature but without the courtesy and cooperation of cyclists, it is little more than pavement marking.
We ask the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and City Council to:
Moderate bike speeds
Enforce yielding to pedestrians
Apply road rules to bike travel
SDOT has not been willing to engage in discussion with us to resolve the safety issues created by the cycle track. The Seattle Times is helping us raise awareness and together we can speak up for the safety of our children.
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