Max Richards was out for a walk with his dog Pink on the morning of September 21st when he was fatally struck by a driver. Sunday, neighbors and safe street advocates will gather at Bellevue Pl E and Belmont Ave E for a walk to honor the life of the 79-year-old and to talk about how to make the area safer for walkers, riders, and drivers:
Memorial Walk for Max Richards
Sunday, October 2nd, 1 to 3 PM
Bellevue Pl E and Belmont Ave E
Max Richards was killed crossing at Bellevue and Belmont on Wednesday morning, September 21. Max was walking his dog in a legal crossing. We want to make sure this crossing and every crossing in Capitol Hill is safe for people who walk.
We will gather at the place where Max was killed. We’ll stop and remember Max, then walk to Cal Anderson Park to discuss ideas for how we can make streets better for walking on Capitol Hill. Along the way you can get to know your neighbors and hear about their stories about the difficulty of walking around Capitol Hill.
Bring your dog & honor Max!
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CHS reported on the Central Seattle Greenways effort to organize the memorial and the community push to get a crosswalk painted at the intersection as the city studies traffic conditions in the area. District 3 representative Kshama Sawant has joined the call for a marked crossing.
“The purpose of the Memorial is to honor Max and to make sure this crossing and every crossing in Capitol Hill is safe for people who walk,” a Central Seattle Greenways statement on the memorial reads. The group said Andrew Richards will attend to speak about his father.
Max Richards’ wife Marilyn Black told CHS her husband spent most of his career as a professor of English literature at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Two years ago this month, Richards and Black moved from Melbourne to Seattle so Black could attend a masters program at Seattle University. The couple recently signed a lease for a new condo in Melbourne overlooking the water, where they had planned to return in 2018.
Sunday’s walk is planned to conclude at Cal Anderson Park.