Small businesses promote safer roads in Seattle

SEATTLE - A dozen Seattle restaurants and breweries helped raise money Tuesday for Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, a safe street advocacy coalition.

Fremont Brewing Company was one of the businesses that participated. Co-founder Sara Nelson said they planned to donate $500 to the effort.

"We very closely monitor consumption because we want people to be safe on the road in all modes. It is a top concern for us," said Nelson.

Madi Carlson, a Seattle Neighborhood Greenways volunteer, passed out information to interested customers at the brewery.

"We want safe streets for all for drivers, for walkers, for people on bikes," said Carlson. "I am so excited about Vision Zero."

Vision Zero is a commitment the city to work toward zero deaths on Seattle streets by 2030. A city report finds on average there are 30 collisions per day. Each year there are more than 10,000 collisions, leaving 150 people seriously hurt and claiming 20 lives.

Davey Oil says a bike is his primary mode of transportation. He welcomed the traffic conversation.

"What I saw tonight was many people talking about good ideas for making our streets safer. The fact is no one feels good about the level of danger that is existing out on the road," said Oil.

Money raised will go toward Seattle Neighborhood Greenways' advocacy work.


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