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Silly Slowdowns

We added colorful shapes to crosswalks along MLK Jr Way in Hilltop as a way to slow traffic and bring attention to pedestrian safety. We are testing out this streetscape element as a part of the Hilltop Links to Opportunity project

Every signal intersection is a crosswalk and pedestrians have the right of way. We want to create safer streets and also more FUN streets! We worked with the City of Tacoma to help keep our project safe and used temporary paint as a way to start conversation about something that might one day be permanent.

The installation and accompanying surveys that went along with this project helped add to the traffic calming effect. When cars go slower pedestrians are safer and walkability is increased.

What is traffic calming?

Traffic calming demonstrations are temporary installations that provide an opportunity to review the impact that street design can have on pedestrian activity. Slowing vehicle traffic can assist in making streets feel safer, more livable, welcoming to residents of all ages, and promote a healthier community overall.

What is walkability?

Walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking. Factors influencing walkability include quality of sidewalks, traffic and road conditions, building accessibility, and safety.

Who is a pedestrian?

A pedestrian is anyone who is getting around on foot. Whenever you walk to the work, school, the store, or your friends house you are being a pedestrian!

Why are crosswalks important?

It is always important to look both ways and listen before you cross the street. Every intersection is a crosswalk and painting lines on the road helps position pedestrians where they can be best seen by cars. Reflective and light-up signage shows cars where pedestrians are crossing.

This project is funded in part by the Neighborhood Council of New Tacoma and a Neighborhood Small Innovative Grant.

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