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Safety concerns, both real and perceived, affect how people use East Marginal Way. Safety conditions can influence routing, mode choice (walking, biking, using public transit, or driving a vehicle), and level of traffic-related stress. A street like East Marginal Way—with missing or obstructed sidewalks, unconnected bicycle facilities, long distances between controlled pedestrian crossings and multiple, narrow travel lanes—can feel uncomfortable for all users.
Enhancing safety for all, with a particular focus on reducing potential truck-bicycle and truck-pedestrian conflicts, is a high priority.
- 289 total collisions occurred along East Marginal Way between 2012 and 2014
- 35% of all collisions resulted in injury and two lives were lost — one person in a vehicle and one person biking
North of S Spokane St
- 32 total collisions, with five collisions involving people riding bikes — one resulting in a fatality.
South of S Spokane St
- 257 total collisions — with an average of about 91 collisions per year along this 11⁄2–mile long segment, with one collision involving a person walking
- Speeds, in the afternoon peak hours, are lower than the speed limit of 45 mph
- A high proportion of collisions resulted in property damage only, and none resulted in fatalities; ten collisions (four percent) resulted in serious injury