Finn Hill Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Improvements

Finn Hill Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Improvements

Pedestrian and bicycle safety concerns have been raised repeatedly at FHNA meetings over the past year. One bicycle fatality occurred along Juanita Drive last year, and another fatality occurred on NE 131st Way – although it was a vehicle related accident. Both corridors are the primary ways for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles to access Finn Hill, and neither of the corridors has sidewalks or designated bicycle lanes. Recognizing these problems, FHNA policy committee members recently provided comments on the City’s Draft Capital Improvement Plan  that was presented to City Council in June.

The comment letter  specifically identifies a handful of safety improvements that are needed along several of the key arterials in the neighborhood. The identified improvements are not an exhaustive list of needs, but are meant to begin identifying transportation investments the neighborhood would like to see in the coming years. The City recently responded to the neighborhood requests, and plans to begin looking for ways to implement several of them.

To help in implementing these important projects, FHNA also seeks to obtain support of the Juanita Neighborhood Association for those projects that benefit both neighborhoods, such as new sidewalks, bike lanes, and a center two-way left-turn lane along 100th Avenue NE at the north end of the City. This will be a topic at Juanita’s board meeting in August. The City Council plans to adopt the 2013-2018 CIP near the end of the year.

If you are interested in becoming involved please contact jon@finnhillalliance.org

 

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