Are you interested in a safer Roxbury Street?

Pedestrian safety on SW Roxbury Street is a serious concern, particularly for children attending Roxhill Elementary and Holy Family schools. Despite school zone lights, crosswalks and speed limit signs, vehicles routinely travel well above the posted 30 MPH limit. Meanwhile, features such as wheelchair ramps and crosswalks are lacking in many areas.

Consider these recent statistics from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and an ongoing survey they are conducting:

  • 39% of vehicles traveling eastbound towards the Roxhill Elementary school zone were going faster than 35 MPH in the area.
  • 10% were traveling 39 MPH or faster in that same area.
  • Likewise, 13.5% of vehicles exceeded 35 MPH in the school zone at 20th Avenue, directly in front of Holy Family School.
SDOT working on 30th & Roxbury, June 14, 2013.
SDOT working on 30th & Roxbury, June 14, 2013.

The Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights (WWRHAH) Neighborhood Council would like to improve safety for all users of Roxbury Street and would like your input. Help us petition SDOT to study methods for improving safety on Roxbury Street, including:

  1. Increasing pedestrian safety, particularly in the two school zones.
  2. Reducing vehicle speeds, especially for top-end speeders.
  3. Improving crosswalks for schools and for general pedestrians.
  4. Reducing the number of accidents and collisions for all users.

Please tell us your concerns about Roxbury Street. Would you support such a petition to SDOT? Are there particular safety improvements and traffic calming measures you would like to see implemented (radar signs, pedestrian islands, crosswalks, etc.)? Do you have any other ideas for improving pedestrian safety?

There are many ways to get back to us:

We hope to present these findings to the community at an upcoming WWRHAH council meeting and discuss how to proceed. In addition, we will be communicating with neighborhood groups in Highland Park and White Center to get their ideas on changes to Roxbury Street.

Thank you for your input. We look forward to hearing from you.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi
    I run The Community School of West Seattle on Roxbury and 22nd and I would be happy to support efforts to increase pedestrian safety but also the safety of our families pulling in and out of the 4 main schools/programs along Roxbury.
    However I am surprised not to see sidewalk improvements included. It is almost treacherous in my opinion to walk from 16th to 35th. I see most people walking from Safeway towards 16th and both sides of the street and horribly over grown and dangerously close to the traffic. I think the main intersection at 35th and Roxbury and 28th (?) and Roxbury need to be a NO TURN ON RED zone. I see time and time again children almost getting hit by turning cars. Anyway-those are just a few ideas I have. Please add us to your mailing list csws@comcast.net Thanks for working on this.
    Sarah Airhart

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