The City of Seattle has a goal to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2030.  This effort is line with "Vision Zero," an empirically proven strategy of improving traffic safety through engineering and design rather than education and enforcement.

Achieving zero deaths by 2030 is an achievable goal — if the city continues to build out its planned bike network under the Bicycle Master Plan and make data-driven corridor improvements on the most dangerous streets.

Between 2004 and July 2017, there were 683 traffic collisions along the corridor of Green Way Drive N, East Green Lake Drive N, East Green Lake Way N, Green Lake Way N, and Stoney Way N, between Aurora Avenue N and 45th Street.  That's nearly one crash every week.

As a result of the collisions, there were 350 people who sustained injuries.  Of the collisions, 35 involved people walking and 72 involved people biking.  Even more crashes and serious injuries accumulated on N 80th Street, N 50th Street, and N 40th Street.

Protected bike lanes, speed humps, and rectangular rapid flashing beacons are proven effective tools for calming traffic, reducing collisions, and improving safety of people walking and biking.

(source: People for Bikes)

Seattle in particular has a strong track record of reconfiguring traffic lanes and adding bikeways to reduce collisions and maintain traffic throughput.  Here's a chart created by Troy Heerwagen for Seattle Neighborhood Greenways that shows the impact of Seattle's rechannelization projects.

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For the Green Lake & Wallingford Paving Project, the City plans to add protected bike lanes on the Green Lake Drives/Ways from Aurora to 45th Street, and uphill protected bike lanes on N 45th Street.  These improvements will substantially improve safety and comfort along the entire corridor and better help the city reach its Vision Zero goal.

We believe the project should include additional improvements, including:

  • Designing and signing the streets adjacent to parks and near schools to 20 mph, consistent with state and city policies.
  • Squaring-up the intersection at NE Ravenna Boulevard so pedestrian crossings are shorter.
  • Creating a protected south-bound bike phase at NE 50th Street.
  • Routing the two-way protected bike lane from the Pitch & Putt to 50th Street intersection in the western edge of the Woodland Park Playfields parking lot, avoiding three driveways.
  • Adding a two-way protected bike to the north side of 50th Street from Fremont Avenue to Green Lake Way.