Glad emphasis put on pedestrian, bike safety in Everett

A big thank you! to the Everett Police for stepping up enforcement on pedestrian intersections on Broadway and Evergreen Way. Nobody leaves home in the morning thinking that they won’t make it back home alive, or that they could kill or seriously injure someone during their daily commute, but this has been happening all too frequently in Everett.

As a member of the Everett Bike/Walk Committee, we have been aware of the escalation in pedestrian deaths and injuries since we began looking at police data early this summer. There have been 30 pedestrian, and three bicycle deaths on our streets in the last 8 ½ years. In addition, there have been 100 serious injury accidents, plus over 500 minor injury accidents in the last five years- mostly involving pedestrians.

When we mapped the locations of these incidents, it was not surprising that both the Broadway and the Evergreen Way-Rucker corridors were the location of many of these tragic events. Both inattentive drivers and pedestrians, some of whom chose to ignore basic traffic laws and signals, are a major cause of these accidents.

If you walk or bike in Everett, please stay mindful of traffic around you, and observe the signals and crossing signs at busy intersections. All of us will be safer if you do.

Ann Morgan

Everett

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