Interesting what you find out is in your own backyard. Kirkland is quite literally just down the road from me and here’s an interesting idea on what that city’s doing with pedestrian safety.
What began as an experiment at five intersections with no signals downtown in 1996 has grown to 47 throughout the city. Pedestrians can pick up a flag in a stand, wave it while crossing the street, then deposit it at a stand on the other side.
Technically I suppose this isn’t around the corner but in driving home from the airport recently we noticed a construction sign on a road near our house indicating lane closures that were about to start. The road in question is Old Redmond Road in the city of Redmond and is the road where I catch a bus for work. There’s also the typical suburban strip mall down a few blocks from where we live on this road.
Regretably there’s been no sidewalk on part of Old Redmond Road and for more than two years a project to put one in was in a stalled state due to funding issues or so I was told. This has made it difficult for me to walk to things like a grocery store and such in this shopping center.
A bit of web browsing this morning tells me that the City of Redmond must have found some money. The project descriptionn says that the missing sidewalks will be added.
Personally this is great news for my little corner of the world.