With all the talk of rainbow-colored crosswalks on Capitol Hill, we should also pay attention to two new, plain-old white crosswalks added to the busy crossing of 12th Ave at E Howell. The new paint — plus a traffic-calming, pedestrian-helping curb bulb being installed at 12th and Harrison — are the product of a process started in 2011 by a committee of the Capitol Hill Community Council.
To be honest, leaving comments on a CHS post won’t really get anything done. But community energy harnessed by the committee and boosted by city grant funds has resulted in adding features that most agree should have been there all along.
The new twin crosswalks will hopefully help the steady stream of pedestrians and vehicles that travel through this stretch of 12th Ave just off Cal Anderson Park and in the connective zone between Pike/Pine’s restaurants and bars and the places where many of the people that enjoy and work at those amenities live.
Meanwhile, the 12th at Harrison bulb will help give pedestrians a shorter period of exposure to traffic flow and help us keep the pedal a little farther from the metal when driving through.
Thanks to Erin Abu-Rish for the pictures.