Today I finished fleshing out all the sidewalks and crosswalks (both marked and unmarked) in the Licton Springs neighborhood of Seattle! This includes details on curb ramps and tactile warnings (or lack thereof) at each crosswalk so that pedestrians that need one or the other to get around can more easily plan a walking route using OpenStreetMap.
Although a lot of Seattle’s neighborhoods don’t have very well-defined borders I believe the ones for Licton Springs are fairly consistent across maps that I’ve seen:
- North border: Northgate Way
- East border: I-5
- South border: N 85th St
- West border: Aurora Ave
Now that I’m done, I determined that Licton Springs makes up about 1% of Seattle’s land area, so I consider this a pretty major win in the amount of pedestrian infrastructure mapped!
I took on the project of mapping all of the sidewalks and crosswalks in Licton Springs because I have been walking my dog around this neighborhood quite a bit and noticed that OSM didn’t have any of the sidewalks mapped in the neighborhood (though a few marked crosswalks had been). Particularly surprising was that none of the sidewalks along this section of Aurora Ave had been mapped! This is a pretty busy street that has a lot of foot traffic normally due to the density of businesses and the RapidRide E bus line running along it.
Though I have been mapping for a while now, this was certainly the largest task I had undertaken so far and was able to see it through from start to finish! I hope the Seattle OSM community can continue mapping more of the sidewalks and crosswalks around the city!