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A Resolution in Support of Investigating Pedestrianization of the Ave

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A Resolution in Support of Investigating Pedestrianization of the Ave

Link: https://depts.washington.edu/asuwsen/oro/#!LegislationView/id=196528

WHEREAS, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Ave is the least travelled street in the area to the immediate west of the University of Washington, probably due to its large pedestrian presence and amount of retail businesses; and,

WHEREAS, the light rail station is due to open near University Way NE in 2021, along with the remainder of the Northgate Link project; and,

WHEREAS, turning onto the Ave, either right or left, slows down traffic on the arterial, especially NE 45th Ave, due to heavy pedestrian traffic; and,

WHEREAS, pedestrianization promotes public access and enhances links to public open spaces (1) , in accordance with the ASUW Senate’s commitment (R-22-23) to enhancing public spaces

WHEREAS, pedestrianization enhances pedestrian safety by reducing pedestrian-vehicular conflict; and,

WHEREAS, pedestrianization encourages walking traffic; and,

WHEREAS, Seattle Department of Transportation has voiced their support and has set a goal as to making Seattle “America’s Most Walkable City” (2); now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON:

THAT, the ASUW encourages the Seattle Department of Transportation and City of Seattle to study the benefits, impacts, and effects of the pedestrianization of University Way NE between NE 41st Street and NE 50th Street with enhanced crosswalks across each street; and,

THAT, the ASUW encourages the Seattle Department of Transportation and City of Seattle to pursue such pedestrianization should the study determine such pedestrianization to provide an overall net benefit in terms including but not limited to business, traffic, safety, environmental impact, and the homeless residents of the Ave; and,

THAT, a copy of this resolution is forwarded to Seattle Department of Transportation Street Use Director: Kevin O’Neill; Seattle Department of Transportation Policy and Planning Director: Tracy Krawczyk; Seattle Department of Transportation Deputy Director of Policy and Planning, Street Use, and Transit and Mobility: Benjami de la Peña; Seattle Department of Transportation Director: Scott Kubly; Seattle City Councilmember: Rob Johnson; U District Square; ASUW OGR Local Legislative Liaison: Leah Haberman; and ASUW President: Osman Salahuddin.

REFERENCES:

(1) http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/transportation/td_fulllowermanhattan.pdf

(2) http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/docs/PedSafetyBrochure.pdf