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City installs traffic lights at former site of guerrilla crosswalk + Celebration Saturday

Photo of the North West Greenways.

Five months after SDOT removed an anonymously painted illegal crosswalk at 83rd and Greenwood, the department has opened a new, flagged and official crosswalk at the same location.

The crossing was a missing link in the N 83rd Street neighborhood greenway, connecting Green Lake’s improved bike lanes to the Interurban North Bike Path and 1st Ave NW Healthy Street.

intercity greenway map of green lake district on north 83rd street.Although the signal was supposed to be part of the green lane from the start, it was delayed. Some neighbors apparently got tired of waiting and took matters into their own hands, painting a crosswalk in September 2021 that took six months to complete before the city removed it.

NW Greenways celebrates the new signal from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday with a Halloween-themed event to “thank SDOT for making the streets less spooky.”

event poster with a ghost walking through a crosswalk.

From the NW greenways:

Earlier this week, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) installed a new crosswalk in the heart of Greenwood, North 83rd and Greenwood, with all the bells and whistles (a traffic light, bike detector, signage and a crosswalk)!

Neighbors are thrilled with the news, especially NW Greenways volunteers who have been defending the crosswalk…for years. The crosswalk creates a safe space at a very busy intersection near the Greenwood Post Office, the library, two elementary schools as well as many businesses, including the very popular Coyle Bakery. The crosswalk also connects to the Neighborhood Greenway, a designated route for cyclists/pedestrians – connecting Green Lake to First Avenue Northwest, then along other routes to Ballard.

‘Urban tacticians’ had worried about delays to the dangerous crossing after waiting years due to budget shortfalls and COVID – finally acted by installing a unique and highly visible painted crossing; it was painted in the middle of the night, without city approval. Once at the top, neighbors attested that the area had become much safer noting that the cars were both slower and more courteous to the “smugglers” and stopped blocking the mobility ramp for walkers and rollers , as they dashed into Coyle’s for a pastry or dropped off mail.

But the urban guerrilla crosswalk did not meet SDOT criteria and was eventually removed (ground).

While continuing to wait for SDOT to install a sanctioned crosswalk, thousands of neighbors who traveled the dangerous route were frustrated and worried: Traffic fatalities in Seattle are on a national upward trend and SDOT is under pressure. to make investments that improve safety on city streets. .

Thus, a big sigh of relief (and woo hoo) is heard from the neighbors delighted with their new “much less scary” passage.