Crosswalk: Urban Bridge

by Dave Marshall

Location: 25th Ave NE and NE Blakely St.

The crosswalk at the South end of the 25th and Blakely intersection spans four lanes of traffic, two northbound and two southbound. These four lanes comprise a major arterial between the University district and parts northward. This crosswalk is a part of the Burke-Gilman trail, a pedestrian, rollerblade, and bicycle thoroughfare. The intersection is controlled by a four-way signal with crossing signals.

The surrounding land uses include a 24 hour convenience store, gas station, two restaurants, a hotel, and the public trail. The general location of the crosswalk is immediately north of a retail district. Two bus stops are sited near the crossing, one northbound and southbound, servicing all the way from Bothell through the south end of the University district.

The immediate area is usually populated by nearby residents or visitors to the restaurants or hotel. Trail traffic passes through often, especially at peak commute hours. The traffic consists mostly of packs of bicycles moving at high speed. In the summer season recreational traffic along the trail increases due to nicer weather. The primary users of the bus stops are University students traveling to and from campus.

Few impromptu and unprogrammed activities take place, though one does primarily in the summer and include a fruit stand on the east side of the crosswalk. Other than that there is little space for activities other than those planned for the space.

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