Project Seeks to Improve Pedestrian, Bicycle Safety Near Mt. Baker Station

Project Seeks to Improve Pedestrian, Bicycle Safety Near Mt. Baker Station

Last year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) launched a new project designed to identify near-term access and safety improvements for the community near the Link light rail station and the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Rainer Avenue in the North Rainier area of South Seattle.

The Accessible Mt. Baker project kicked-off in December 2014 and is currently in the process of identifying and developing designs for pedestrian and bicycle safety projects in the 1/2-mile of the Link light rail station area.

Later this month, an open house will provide community members the opportunity to hear project updates from the project team, review proposed design concepts, and chat one-on-one with the project team about the project and drivers.

The event is planned for Thur., March 26, from 6 to 8 pm at Kings Hall (2929 27th Ave. S.).

SDOT is also conducting a series of interviews with community members and transit users in the area to determine community priorities around how the existing transportation system functions and how it can be most readily improved. The survey takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete and can be found here.

The results of the survey will be used to inform safety and traffic improvements. Questions include:

  • How do you usually get around the Mt. Baker Neighborhood?
  • What’s your relationship to the Mt. Baker Neighborhood? Do you live, work, shop, or attend school or training here?
  • A goal of this plan is to ensure all ways of getting around are safe, especially for pedestrians, bikers, and transit users. If all forms of transportation are considered, Mt. Baker can become a walkable destination, not just a place to pass through. How supportive are you of this goal?
  • Please prioritize the specific strategies that you believe will improve pedestrian safety in the neighborhood
  • What new uses or activities would you like to see in the area within walking distance of the light rail station?
  • How important is the introduction of urban open space (urban open space is defined as parks, green space, or other open space) to you?

According to SDOT, the project is expected to last from nine to 12 months.

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