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Greenways Letter to City

Greenways logoGreenways logoGreenways logoAfter news like the permitting of Ricks’ street sign, we often hear from readers asking what can be done. When writing to city representatives, articulate and compelling arguments are more likely to be heard than angry rants. Here’s a great example of an advocacy letter written by Lake City Greenways in response to the recent permitting of digital pole signs along Lake City Way.

You can lend your support to a letter like this by simply copying and pasting it, adding a small section expressing your own views on the matter, and emailing it to council members (addresses below).

Mayor and City Council email addresses:


Man discovered trapped overnight in wrecked car on edge of ravine

Firefighters work to remove a man trapped in a car on the edge of Thornton Creek ravine.

Firefighters work to remove a man trapped in a car on the edge of a ravine.(LCL photo)

John Shearer came outside to an unusual sight in his yard on Tuesday morning. There was a wrecked car in blackberrry bushes, on the edge of the ravine, pointing downward into Thornton Creek far below. When Shearer went to investigate, he discovered a man trapped in the car, laying under the dashboard. The man had been there all night.

Firefighters arrived after Shearer called 9-1-1. They had to cut the roof and steering wheel from the car to free the 67 year-old man.

Shearer said that cars often drive down the driveway, led astray by GPS devices that seem to be unable to make sense of streets around the ravine near Hiram Place NE. News crews using GPS devices even had a difficult time finding the location as some ended up on the southwest side of the ravine.

The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition, according to Seattle Fire Department Spokesman Kyle Moore.

The Seattle P-I has photos showing firefighters rescuing the man and showing the car after the rescue in their post here.

Update: Photo added (below) from other side of ravine, courtesy of a neighbor.

Car in ravine as seen from the west side of Thornton Creek.

Car in ravine as seen from the west side of Thornton Creek.

Map below shows where accident happened.

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Car knocks down power pole on Lake City Way

A City Light crew works to right a large power pole knocked down on Lake City Way.

A City Light crew works to right a large power pole knocked down on Lake City Way.

A car knocked down a large power pole on Lake City Way early Sunday morning. The pole on the west side of the street near NE 95th Street fell north and was laying mostly on the sidewalk. Power lines were down in the westernmost lake of LCW.

The accident, reported on 911 logs at about 5 a.m., caused the closure of some southbound lanes, causing a traffic backup as a crew worked to lift the damaged pole.

There were no significant power outages reported after the accident. You can check a status map for Seattle City Light at this link.



Lake City Way Traffic Safety Corridor

The City of Seattle has partnered with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Washington State Department of Transportation to launch a multi year Corridor Safety Project on Lake City Way. This program will be similar to the recently completed Aurora Traffic Safety Project.

The goal of the project is to reduce collisions by 25% along LCW from  75th to 145th by:

  1. Community identified street improvements.
  2. A public education campaign.
  3. Increased enforcement efforts.

The Taskforce has met twice to date now – On Wednesday, January 16th and Wednesday, February 13th at the Lake City Community Center from 4 to 6 pm. The Taskforce will be meeting for 6 months to come up with an action plan.

At the first meeting, a presentation of the collision data was made. It showed what kinds of collisions were happening, where they happened, what time and conditions, age of involved parties, whether cyclists or pedestrians were involved, and if there were fatalities or injuries. The data showed that LCW has a higher rate of collisions than similar corridors.

At the second meeting, there were three break out groups to identify issues related to enforcement, education, and engineering. The results will be made public soon and will be posted on this site.

The next meeting time and date is to be announce for mid March. It will be a bus tour down LCW to look closer at the locations identified as having issues.

If you would like to be involved on the Taskforce, or just receive updates, please contact the project manager ( Jim Curtin ) at jim.curtin@seattle.gov