Under the guise of safety, Seattle Police justified a way to make more money: speeding tickets en masse. Of course, that is just if I am being cynical. Thursday police gave over 677 tickets to 509 drivers on Aurora Avenue. They did give almost 200 people warnings instead of tickets (Did they realize how much money they left on the table? At least 2oo tickets x $100 = $200,000). The police had set up a command center at 125th and Aurora and had over 50 police officers involved. Thursday was only the beginning of a two year project to improve “safety” along Aurora – so continue to drive carefully, obey the speed limit, and do not use your cell phone. Not to say Aurora is the safest street. Between April 2005 and March 2008, 1,581 collisions occurred on Aurora from the Battery Street Tunnel and North 145h Street.
I would say ride a bike, but they gave two tickets to bicyclist as well (see break down of tickets here). So whether by car or by bike, please be careful driving to and from The Highlands if you are using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue. Better yet just be careful no matter which way you go.