Traffic associated with job and population growth is overwhelming our local streets. We can make our existing streets more efficient with our signaling and other infrastructure, but we are not going to build our way out of this mess. That means we need to focus on moving people, not just cars.
One way to do that is by making it more efficient for buses to travel on our streets, even during peak hours when traffic is at its worse. This will make it easier for buses and cars to share our streets, while also prioritizing our streets for transit. And we must get light rail done faster!
Safety also must be a top priority. In 2012, my administration established the goal of ending traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030. I will continue to support Seattle’s Vision Zero efforts to improve safety for everyone who uses our streets. And if we really want to tackle the issue of climate change head-on, we’ll need to look at how we’re getting around (transportation accounts for 60% of climate emissions in Seattle).
Transportation isn’t just about moving people around, it’s also about taking care of the place we live. For me, that means
Getting back to basics. Filling potholes and maintaining our streets should be a high-level concern. Let’s also be sensible about road closures for construction.
Protecting streets and sidewalks as public spaces. Innovative plans like park streets, parklets, and non-adjacent restaurant seating can help open up our streets and improve our quality of life.