Most of Bellevue’s fatal and serious-injury collisions occur on a relatively small number of city streets, known as the high injury network. To help address safety concerns on specific HIN streets, Bellevue has implemented a series of road safety assessments. RSAs are a proven tool to identify safety issues, particularly for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists. The use of RSAs is also a key strategy in Bellevue’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic deaths and serious-injury collisions on city streets by 2030.
Examples of recently completed RSAs are along Northeast Eighth Street and Factoria Boulevard Southeast. If you would like to become involved in the next round of RSAs, which focus on high injury network streets near Bellevue schools, please see the public involvement section below.
Road safety near schools
To improve safety on HIN streets near Bellevue schools, the city obtained a two-year grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to fund six RSAs near 12 schools. The city’s goal with this project is to gather local knowledge and community insights that may not be captured in a more traditional, technically-oriented RSA process.
The project will use community input from parents, students, school staff and neighborhood residents who regularly use these streets, data from traffic studies, and industry best practices to identify and prioritize safety solutions that can be implemented through capital construction projects by the city.
RSA locations for 2022
During the first year of grant funding, in 2022, RSAs will be conducted at these locations and approximate timeframes:
- Sherwood Forest Elementary School and Interlake High School – January 2022
- Highland Middle School – March 2022
- Sammamish High School, Stevenson Elementary School and Odle Middle School – April 2022
RSA locations for 2023
During the second year of grant funding, in 2023, the school areas listed below will be studied. Schedules and a map will be forthcoming.
- Lake Hills Elementary School, Big Picture School, Phantom Lake Elementary School and Tillicum Middle School
- International High School
- Newport High School
Outreach to Bellevue School District parents, students and staff, neighborhood residents and others, will be an important part of the RSA process. City staff invite you to participate in the 2022 project using one or more of the following methods:
- Walking audits: The three walking audits will take place between January and April 2022. An Eventbrite page is being created to register your interest in participating, and a link to it will be posted on this webpage in early 2022.
- Online questionnaire: City staff are drafting a questionnaire where community members can share their concerns about safety in the study areas. A link to the questionnaire will be posted on this webpage in early 2022.
- Focus groups: If you’re interested in taking part in a focus group, please reach out to Franz Loewenherz using the contact information in the box on the right side of this webpage.
Funding for the RSA project comes through a $150,000 grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and a $42,758 match from the city.