8/26 edit: Listen to the podcast here.
KUOW Weekday’s Steve Scher is hosting a show this morning at 9 a.m. on road diets in Seattle.
Eric Widstrand, the city traffic engineer for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).
Peter Philips, the publisher of Fishermen’s News and a member of the Fishermen’s Terminal Advisory Committee. Fisherman’s Terminal is located on Nickerson Street, which was just approved for a road diet.
Michael Ennis, the director of the Center for Transportation at the Washington Policy Center, a nonprofit free market public policy think tank.
You might recall Peter Philips’ recent opinion piece claiming GM Nameplate is leaving Seattle because of the bike lanes on Nickerson. This is, quite possibly, the one and only time I will recommend you read the online comments section. You’ll find some real gems.
While there may be a tiny sliver of truth to Philips assertion, it appears that GM Nameplate has been planning to move for some time. Back in July 2003, the PSBJ published an article on their intent to move:
Don Root, chairman and CEO of GM Nameplate, said he’s put his company’s two main buildings up for sale and will move once he finds buyers. The company’s headquarters is an 118,000-square-foot structure on the south side of 15th Avenue West, along the west edge of Queen Anne Hill. The second building, across the street, is 30,000 square feet.
What have your experiences been before and after road safety improvements on streets like Nickerson, Stone Way or Fauntleroy? Has it been safer and easier for you as a pedestrian to cross the road? Have you felt more comfortable riding your bike?
Please give your comments on the show this morning. KUOW call in line: 206-543-5869, firstname.lastname@example.org.