Category Archives: Transportation

Wind gusts bring down large tree branch across 35th Avenue Northeast

A branch is shown after it fell on 35th Avenue Northeast. (LCL photo)

A branch is shown after it fell on 35th Avenue Northeast. (LCL photo)

A tree branch fell onto a van during gusty winds on Friday. The end of the branch landed on the van with a woman and dog inside. They were uninjured but the van had some dents and scratches from the tree.

The branch was first reported about 11:45 after it fell near Northeast 123rd Street.

The traffic impact from the branch was minimal as 35th Avenue Northeast is already closed south of there for the Thornton Creek project near Nathan Hale High School.

Lake City as viewed on a 1980s Atari game console

Computer graphics have come a long way since the 1980s. Now the smartphones we carry around in our pockets can render imagery with stunning detail. With a bit of nostalgia for Atari-era video games, we share this 8-bit map of Lake City courtesy of 8-BIT CITY.

The site renders maps without the impressive abilities of Google or Bing. Instead it shows interactive maps in the style of 1980s video games. You can scroll around the map to explore the neighborhood. Just watch out for the Space Invaders or Centipedes.

What does Lake City want? Community members respond at LC Future First kickoff

During Wednesday evening’s public kickoff of Lake City Future First, community members  were asked to write down desired elements that they think would improve Lake City. As usual, sidewalks and walkability were easily a dominant theme. But there were also a few other interesting requests and ideas. You can see a somewhat random sampling below.

What would you like to see in Lake City’s future? Add your suggestion in the comments below.

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Woman pushing stoller hit by car in Olympic Hills, driver flees

Seattle Police investigators look over the scene where a dark sedan hit a woman pushing a baby stroller on 19th Avenue Northeast in the Olypmic Hills neighborhood of Seattle. The driver fled the scene. The neighborhood is one of many areas in north and south Seattle that does not have sidewalks and pedestrians are forced to walk in the street. Photographed on Friday, May 23, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Seattle Police investigators look over the scene where a dark sedan hit a woman pushing a baby stroller on 19th Avenue Northeast in the Olypmic Hills neighborhood of Seattle. The driver fled the scene. The neighborhood is one of many areas in north and south Seattle that does not have sidewalks and pedestrians are forced to walk in the street. Photographed on Friday, May 23, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com used with permission)

The driver of what was reported as a dark sedan hit a woman pushing a stroller on 19th Avenue Northeast near Northeast 140th Street. Seattle police were searching for the driver after the vehicle and occupant(s) fled the scene.

Like much of Lake City, the street lacks sidewalks and pedestrians are forced to walk in the street.

From Seattle Police:

Around 1:20 PM, the 32-year-old woman and young child, who was in the stroller, were walking on (19th Avenue Northeast) when the driver of a sedan struck the woman and then sped away.

Witnesses provided different descriptions of the suspect’s vehicle—either a maroon Acura or a dark brown Mercedes—but all said it had a cracked windshield. Witnesses also described the driver as an Asian male with spiked black hair.

The woman sustained a lower leg injury in the incident. The child in the stroller was not injured.

Traffic Collision investigators responded to the scene and are handling the case.

Photos: Event teaches kids bike safety, issues free helmets

More than 100 people came to Olympic Hills Elementary School on Saturday to learn how to safely ride a bike. Kids were fitted for free helmets and practiced safe biking in a “bike rodeo.” The rode involved negotiating obstacles and riding while looking over your should to be aware of hazards.

The kiddos also learned fire safety and got to sit in a Seattle Fire Department fire truck.

The event was organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club, Lake City Greenways, and Feet First.

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Free bike helmets, bike lessons, and a fire truck at Saturday’s ‘Day of play’ at Olympic Hills Elementary

Do you have a proper-fitting bike helmet? Do you know how to safely ride a bicycle?

On Saturday, April 26, the Cascade Bicycle Club, Lake City Greenways, and Feet First are hosting an event at the Olympic Hills Elementary School playground. There you can be fitted for a new, free bike helmet. You kiddos can explore a fire truck and there will even be some healthy snacks there.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and continues till noon. The flyer is below.

The flyer for 'Day of Play'

The flyer for ‘Day of Play’

Thursday vigil held for girl killed crossing street in Pinehurst: lots of broken hearts and a spectacular rainbow

Thursday evening’s vigil for 17 year-old Sandhya Khadka was an event filled with sadness and broken hearts. The accident on 5th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 115th Street claimed the life of the recent immigrant as she crossed the street on her way to school at North Seattle Community College.

She was killed at an intersection where neighbors have advocated for a crosswalk. They have cited the large number of people that cross there to access the Number 41 bus line. Documents show that in 2013 their proposal was denied because Seattle’s Department of Transportation said it didn’t meet crosswalk criteria.

A petition was passed around at the vigil, but mostly people were there to mourn a young life cut short.

Just as dozens of people gathered to begin the vigil, a spectacular double rainbow arced overhead.

Her roommate Shraddha Kakshapati told the Seattle P-I that the rainbow represented Khadka’s happiness at seeing all the people gathered for her.

“That’s her. It was her smile. She was smiling,” said Kakshapati.

The rainbow was captured in the P-I photo below. You can see more coverage in the P-I by clicking here.

A double rainbow arcs overhead during a vigil for Sandhya Khadka, a 17 year-old student killed while crossing 5th Avenue Northeast while on her way to school at North Seattle Community College. She was hit by a truck while crossing near Northeast 115th Street. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com, used with permission)

A double rainbow arcs overhead during a vigil for Sandhya Khadka, a 17 year-old student killed while crossing 5th Avenue Northeast while on her way to school at North Seattle Community College. She was hit by a truck while crossing near Northeast 115th Street. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com, used with permission)

Vigil planned for 17 year-old student struck by car, killed in NE Seattle

Sandhya Khadka was the only child of her parents.  Sandhya left Nepal in the past year to come to Seattle and to attend school.  Her dream was to become an accountant. (courtesy photo)

Sandhya Khadka was the only child of her parents. Sandhya left Nepal in the past year to come to Seattle and to attend school. Her dream was to become an accountant. (courtesy photo)

Sandhya Khadka, a native of Nepal, left her home country in the past year to come to Seattle where her father lives. She came to the U.S. to attend school. Her dream was to become an accountant.

That dream abruptly ended on Monday morning when 17 year-old Khadka was struck and killed by a truck, while on her way to school at the intersection of NE 115th Street and 5th Avenue NE in Pinehurst.

She was hit by the truck while crossing 5th Ave NE, on her way to catch the 41 bus to get to school and work at North Seattle Community College.

The Seattle P-I reports:

A green Ford Ranger headed south about 8:20 a.m. on Fifth Avenue Northeast hit the pedestrian while she was crossing west at the intersection of Northeast 115th Street.

Seattle Fire Department medics responded and declared the girl, 17, dead at the scene.

A drug recognition expert evaluated the pickup truck driver, per protocol, but determined the driver was not impaired. The driver was released at the scene.

On Thursday night, a candlelight vigil is planned for the young girl, the only child of her parents. The family would appreciate your attendance.

The vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of NE 115th Street and 5th Avenue NE in Pinehurst.

Her father, Sahadev Khadka, lives in Seattle and her mother is in Nepal.

Sandhya’s family will have some extra candles, but encourage those who join them to bring candles with them. They hope to honor Sandhya and to “create awareness so that no other young person has to die again.”

The Seattle P-I reported that In recent years, neighbors have advocated for a crosswalk at that intersection. The P-I reported:

A proposal in 2013 by neighbors cited the number of people that cross there to use the number 41 bus. However the Seattle Department of Transportation denied the proposal and said the intersection did not meet criteria for a crosswalk.

Meeting to discuss relocating bus stop in front of Romio’s scheduled for April 16th

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The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro Transit (Metro) are seeking community feedback on a proposal to relocate the bus stop currently in front of Romio’s Pizza. SDOT and Metro will present this proposal at the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s public lunch meeting, April 16th, 1pm at the Elliott Bay Brewery on Lake City Way.
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This proposal responds to outreach from the Lake City community to the City of Seattle and King County regarding loitering and safety concerns at the northbound bus stop on Lake City Way in front of Romio’s Pizza.

This led to conversations between SDOT and Metro with representatives of the North Seattle Chamber regarding bus stop relocation. SDOT and Metro recognize that relocating the stop could improve access to transit and pedestrian safety as well as alleviate the loitering and safety concerns highlighted by the Chamber.

At the meeting on the 16th, SDOT and Metro will discuss the factors that influence selection of bus stop locations, including:

• Stop spacing (Are stops placed at regular intervals along the corridor?);
• Transfer points (Are stops placed to facilitate transfers to intersecting routes?);
• Lane position (Do buses stop within a travel lane, or do buses pull out of traffic to stop?);
• Lighting
• Adjacent businesses
• Shelter
• Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
• Pedestrian safety
• Law enforcement
• Art

Metro and SDOT want to coordinate effectively with business and community interests, as they assess whether relocating the stop will alleviate some of the concerns that have been raised with the current location. Please encourage everyone you can to attend this meeting.>

PHOTOS: Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project kickoff

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project sign is unveiled. (LCL photo)

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project sign is unveiled. (LCL photo)

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project kicked off on Friday, March 28 with a safety walk and sign unveiling at the intersection of NE 125th Street and Lake City Way.

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project is a joint effort between agencies and citizens to improve safety along Lake City Way from Northeast 78th Street to NE 145th Street. The team is comprised of three teams —engineering, enforcement and education— that will identify problems and develop action plans using short term, low cost solutions to reduce serious injuries and deaths.

The Friday event featured officials from the Seattle Department of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation, Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol, and Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark.

Community members marched with signs, socialized and unveiled a large street sign that will inform drivers of the project and enhanced traffic enforcement. Probably the most exciting moment was when two dozen motorcycle cops and officers in cruisers launched form the event to begin a blanket of traffic enforcement. You can see photos of the event below.

Marchers are pushed to the edge of the crosswalk by a car. (LCL photo)

Pedestrians are pushed to the edge of the crosswalk by a car during the event. (LCL photo)

Members of the Free Wheelers participate. (LCL photo)

Members of the Free Wheelers participate. (LCL photo)

Students from Nathan Hale High School participate. (LCL photo)

Students from Nathan Hale High School participate. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol Troopers pose for a photo at the event. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol Troopers pose for a photo at the event. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

A sign written in Arabic is held up. (LCL photo)

A sign written in Arabic is held up. (LCL photo)

A sign in Spanish is held up. (LCL photo)

A sign in Spanish is held up. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

City Councilmember Sally Clark speaks. (LCL photo)

City Councilmember Sally Clark speaks. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol troopers and Seattle Police officers begin enhanced traffic enforcement. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol troopers and Seattle Police officers begin enhanced traffic enforcement. (LCL photo)