We noted this morning that King County is about to settle a $7 million lawsuit involving an accident at 12th Ave E and E. Thomas. A few of you have spoken up to say that 12th and Thomas is a problem intersection and needs to be fixed:
This is a dangerous intersection, especially at night. If you’re a pedestrian trying to cross 12th east to west, it’s almost impossible to see northbound traffic because of the parked cars.
Here’s one way to work together to communicate issues like this to the city. We’ve added a SeeClickFix map to CHS http://capitolhillseattle.com/seeclickfix
It’s pretty simple to use. Using the map, you can report street and sidewalk issues or see other issues that people have reported. If you see something you agree needs attention, you can add your support by selecting the issue to ‘get fixed’ too. You can read more about how it works in this NYT profile.
We’ve sent e-mail to SDOT asking how they use information from SeeClickFix but haven’t heard back from them. CHS plans to use the map to cover issues that need attention — and we’ll also make sure SDOT sees and responds. The department is listed as one of the ‘watchers’ for our area along with City Council transportation committee head Tom Rasmussen.
Potholes, sidewalks and crosswalks aren’t always the weightiest of topics — but it’s the kind of stuff that helps make a neighborhood a good place to live. Let’s see what this map can do.
Speaking of that, we’re still gathering information about the crosswalks planned for the area around the light rail construction zone. Look for an update on that from CHS soon.