Support the Missing Link
Please sign the petition below to support completing the Burke-Gilman Trail, creating a safe and continuous trail from Golden Gardens Park to the east side of Lake Washington.
A group of businesses and the Ballard Chamber of Commerce has sued the City of Seattle and Cascade Bicycle Club to try and stop the project.
The businesses obstructing and delaying the project should drop their complaint. Pedestrians and bicyclists deserve safe and convenient accommodation on our public rights of way.
Click here if you need more information about the lawsuit and this critical project.
- The Burke-Gilman Trail is lauded as a regional commuter and recreational route. Businesses and residents want more transportation choices to move everyone through this corridor.
- Residents of Ballard have said in the neighborhood plans that they want the trail completed through the neighborhood, connecting residents to jobs, shopping and cultural amenities. The project will safely separate pedestrians and bicyclists from industrial traffic.
- Appellants have said in public they will stop at nothing to prevent the trail from being completed.
- The appellants repeatedly claim the trail will put them out of business, despite the fact that even Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel has moved some operations adjacent to the existing trail without incident.
- Dozens of bicyclists are seriously injured each year on the infamous railroad tracks underneath the Ballard Bridge. The appellants now threaten an injunction to stop the city from reorganizing the tracks for better safety.
The false conflict presented between fishermen and bicyclists is a red herring. All evidence given suggests that the city acted in good faith, working with every business along the route. Further delay will not only waste hundreds of thousands of staff hours and taxpayer dollars, but result in more needless injury and suffering.
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Have you experienced safety ...|
|591||Fri Feb 10 16:39:12 EST 2012||Bill McGuire||Bremerton, WA||All to often shoulders are either too narrow, gravel, or non-existent. Most bridges seem almost designed to kill cyclists.|
|590||Mon Feb 06 00:02:12 EST 2012||Eric Ludwig||Seattle, WA||The shoulder on the road is too narrow and parked cars along shilshole make the problem worse. I have never seen any conflict with the cement trucks. The drivers of the trucks are very professional. More....|
|589||Fri Dec 02 15:48:05 EST 2011||Richard Feeney||Port Orchard, WA||I am the 2012 Vice President of the West Sound Cycle Club and member of the Cascade Bicycle Club & Bicyle Advocacy Washington. I totally support the completion efforts on the Burke-Gillman Trail.|
|588||Wed Nov 23 05:10:22 EST 2011||Robert Smith||Poulsbo, WA|
|587||Wed Nov 23 02:21:05 EST 2011||Lindsey Beadle||Seattle, WA||Crossing the railroad tracks is treacherous. Worse when it rains. Because there is commercial here, we need the bike lanes more! You can barely see bikes rolling through here and there are curves in the More....|
|586||Fri Oct 07 18:18:41 EDT 2011||James Aliano||Kent, WA|
|585||Sat Sep 03 15:20:17 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Seattle, WA||RR track crossing is difficult and dangerous. Vehicles and bicycles do not mix well along this route. Bicycles will never go away; everyone will be safer once they are off of the main roads.|
|584||Fri Aug 19 13:26:21 EDT 2011||Amanda Lipsey||Missoula, MT|
|583||Wed Aug 17 09:58:21 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Seattle, WA||Yes. I fell on the rail road tracks in that area and damaged myself and my bike. Also, drivers are not nice to bikes.|
|582||Thu Jul 28 22:03:45 EDT 2011||Torin Schaafsma||Seattle, WA|
|581||Thu Jul 21 14:35:48 EDT 2011||Richard Franko||Seattle, WA||Railroad tracks are an issue and signage. Please complete the link, it's vital for creating a safe and clear passage through Ballard, while keeping the businesses alive.|
|580||Wed Jun 29 03:02:42 EDT 2011||Jennifer Simon Halai||Seattle, WA||Signage is confusing. I accidentally biked on to the Ballard Bridge because of signage indicating a bike lane. I discovered later it was actually an extremely narrow shared walkway with pedestrians.|
|579||Sat Jun 18 07:36:09 EDT 2011||Shanna Holcomb||london , NY||That's known that money can make us autonomous. But what to do when somebody doesn't have money? The one way only is to try to get the <a href="http://bestfinance-blog.com/topics/mortgage-loans">mortgage More....|
|578||Tue Apr 12 17:52:06 EDT 2011||Ian Schooley||Seattle, WA|
|577||Tue Apr 05 23:25:18 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Redmond, WA|
|576||Thu Mar 31 21:00:26 EDT 2011||Dennis Heller||Seattle, WA||201 -->200My wife fell while crossing the track a few months ago. No injuries but it could have been bad. This has dragged on for over 18 years. Please get out of the way and allow the trail to be completed.|
|575||Wed Mar 16 18:32:48 EDT 2011||katherine scheulen||seattle, WA|
|574||Tue Mar 08 23:51:43 EST 2011||Craig Everhart||Edmonds, WA||On the RR track xing as well as the non-bicycle 'lane' adjacent to the perpendicularly-parked cars enroute to the Locks and that back out into oncoming bicycles and passing traffic.|
|573||Mon Feb 21 18:09:34 EST 2011||Joseph Sundstrom||Lynnwood, WA|
|572||Mon Jan 31 21:14:29 EST 2011||Howard Donaghy||Port Orchard, WA|
|571||Mon Jan 31 01:26:11 EST 2011||Alyson Littman||Seattle, WA|
|570||Fri Jan 28 13:36:05 EST 2011||Lane Wilkinson||Seattle, WA|
|569||Wed Jan 26 02:56:13 EST 2011||Dan Austin||Seattle, WA||Yes. Extremely dangerous commute along shilshole or Leary, no good options between Frelard/Ballard.|
|568||Wed Jan 19 02:10:47 EST 2011||Sean Hardgrove||Seattle, WA|
|567||Wed Jan 19 02:01:34 EST 2011||Joshua Shanks||Seattle, WA||Yes. I often have to dodge between the flow of traffic and car backing out of their parking spots. While I've never had a collision with a driver I have had several close calls and my general safety feels More....|