Silver Lake Residents Join Forces to Address Traffic and Safety Issues

Founding member of Keep Rowena Safe Scott Gamzon addresses attendees at community meeting.

Silver Lake residents and stakeholders came together at a community meeting on March 20 to discuss the impact of way-finding apps like WAZE on neighborhood streets and share concerns about specific traffic and safety issues. A standing-room-only crowd filled the Ivanhoe Elementary School auditorium to hear a presentation on the apps by SLNC Transportation and Neighborhood Safety Committee Co-chair Tony Michaelis, who co-chairs the committee with Paul Emmons. The meeting was moderated by SLNC Co-chair Anne-Marie Johnson. Numerous residents described specific problems on their streets – and offered solutions – to a respectful and enthusiastic audience. Angus Street resident Howard Petersen, who attended the meeting, said, “I was pleased by the general feeling that the community could work together to reduce or even eliminate cut-through traffic on Angus without simultaneously ending the Rowena Road Diet.” The committee took extensive notes, which will be shared with Council Districts 4 and 13, along with the Department of Transportation. Additional meetings will be announced.