The use of road safety assessments is a proven tool to identify safety issues, particularly for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists. It’s also a key strategy in Bellevue’s Vision Zero initiative. If you would like to become involved in the next round of road safety assessments, which focus on streets near Bellevue schools (see map below), please respond to our questionnaire. The in-person walking audits for Highland Middle School, Sammamish High School, Stevenson Elementary School and Odle Middle School were completed in April and May. Additional walking audits for other schools will take place in 2023. See below for details.
Assessment locations for 2022
During the first year of grant funding, in 2022, road safety assessments were conducted at these locations in Crossroads and are summarized in a report, 2022 School Zone Ped-Bike Road Safety Assessments.
- Sherwood Forest Elementary School and Interlake High School – January 2022
- Highland Middle School – April 2022
- Sammamish High School, Stevenson Elementary School and Odle Middle School – May 2022
Assessment locations for 2023
During the second year of grant funding, in 2023, the school areas listed below will be studied. Schedules will be forthcoming.
- Lake Hills Elementary School, Big Picture School, Phantom Lake Elementary School and Tillicum Middle School
- International High School
- Newport High School
Improving safety near schools
The city wants to know how road safety impacts access to schools. To learn, Bellevue is conducting six road safety assessments near 12 schools with grant funding from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The goal is to gather local knowledge and community insights that may not be captured in a more traditional, technically oriented review process.
Outreach to Bellevue School District parents, students and staff, neighborhood residents and other community stakeholders, is an important part of the road safety assessment process. We invite you to provide your insights via one or more of the following methods:
Walking audits: The in-person walking audits for Highland Middle School, Sammamish High School, Stevenson Elementary School and Odle Middle School were completed in April and May. Additional walking audits for other schools will take place in 2023 (schedules will be forthcoming).
- Online questionnaire: A short questionnaire is available on the Engaging Bellevue webpage for community members to share their thoughts about road safety in the study areas.
- Focus groups: If you’re interested in participating in a focus group, please contact Bianca Popescu at email@example.com or call 425-452-4562.
Sign up for Vision Zero updates, including being notified when the walking audits for 2023 are scheduled.
About the assessments
Most of Bellevue’s fatal and serious-injury collisions occur on a relatively small number of city streets, known as the high injury network (HIN). To help address safety concerns on specific HIN streets, Bellevue has implemented a series of road safety assessments to identify safety issues, particularly for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists. Recently completed assessments include Northeast Eighth Street and Factoria Boulevard Southeast.
Funding for the road safety assessments comes through a $150,000 grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and a $42,758 match from the city.
- News release (Jan. 5, 2022)