While waiting for the 48 this morning, I witnessed a car-vs-pedestrian collision. The pedestrian was hurriedly crossing MLK illegally to catch the bus and ended up shattering the windshield of the car. I was first on the scene, and assisted the pedestrian, who was limping, but apparently not really seriously injured, fortunately.
The driver was appropriately mortified, but that may have been because of the police car 20 feet away, parked to observe traffic.
We really ought to elevate or bury the traffic on MLK, to avoid this kind of thing. Anything less would be gross negligence.
That’s all just a long introduction to the P-I‘s nice piece on the state of pedestrian safety in Seattle. Other news items:
- Light Rail punctures Knute Berger’s gruff exterior.
- Frank at OR finally weighs in on Link.
- “The dude” approves of light rail. This should settle the debate.
- Driving less to get around leads to less obesity. Obvious, but often overlooked in the debate.
- Erica C. Barnett wants to finish the Burke-Gilman trail.
- Barnett is also all over the city’s head tax repeal proposal. It’s a thorough-yet-concise examination of the plan. Click on both links!