West Seattle Blog… | FOLLOW-UP: West Seattle “Driver’s Report Card” Trial Report Card

(BMS photo from mid-April)

As reported here, the “driver’s bulletin” pilot project did not seem to have much effect on drivers stopping for pedestrians – and a SDOT the representative acknowledged it. This happened during an update given to the city Pedestrian Advisory Councilonline meeting last night (only two board members were present waiting for a wave of new people expected to join soon).

As previously reported, the pilot project involved signs at two locations in High Point for six weeks, each reflecting the results of data collection indicating whether drivers were stopping for pedestrians. Most weeks the results were worse than the previous week. SDOT Kadie Bell Sata acknowledged to the advisory board, “It didn’t have the huge impact that would have been great.” She said the project also collected data – not reflected on signage – on whether or not racial bias affected drivers’ tendency to stop. The test has now moved to Rainier Beach, where six signs are in place, three at marked crossings, three at unmarked crossings. A simple change they made after High Point – bigger signs. They are still deciding on other places in town to continue the test, part of a grant-funded safety campaign that will also support the 25mph speed limit. Later in the meeting, the speed limit was part of a Vision Zero security program update Allison Schwartz, who said he had some success – a 20% decrease in injury crashes and a 54% decrease in “high end speeders”. But the city’s death rate is still higher than it has been historically, she said, with 10 people killed so far this year, including the man killed while he was crossing a street in West Seattle last Friday night and one person was killed while riding a bike in SODO yesterday morning. . Of those 10 people, Schwartz said, four were walking, four were in vehicles and two were on bicycles.

Amanda J. Marsh