Bicyclists/Pedestrians

The city plans to create bicycle parking in areas of the city, but West Seattle is not first on the list.

"We plan to install them at various locations around the city, but have not yet decided on all of the locations," said Seattle Department of Transportation spokesperson Marybeth Turner. "I would expect that there could very well be this type of bike parking in West Seattle and Ballard if there is interest."

By mid February new bike facilities will be installed: Mid-block of Broadway East between East Harrison Street and East Republican Street (by Broadway Market); at the corner of 12th Avenue and East Spring Street (by Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Cafe Presse); and at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue Northwest and Northeast 70th Street (by the Greenlake Condominium).

On-street bike parking will be filled with bicycle racks and surrounded by a raised curb and take the place of one to two motor vehicle parking spaces. Bicyclists can enter the parking area from the sidewalk and each car-sized space will accommodate up to eight bikes.

02/11/2009

In mid-January the Cascade Bicycle Club filed a motion to intervene in the appeal filed by a number of business and industrial groups seeking to halt the city's planned completion of the Burke-Gilman Trail's missing link.

On Jan. 20 the city's hearing examiner granted them intervener status. This status gives the club the right to call and cross-examine witnesses and bring evidence during the March 23 appeal hearing.

David Hiller, advocacy director for the Cascade Bicycle Club, said the club's motion was approved because it has spent the past 30 years investing money and time into completing the trail and was able prove that track record to the hearing examiner.

The appeal was filed Dec. 17 against the Seattle Department of Transportation's determination of non-significance on the environmental impact of the project that would allow construction on the trail to begin this spring. It was filed by Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, Ballard Oil, the Ballard Interbay Northend Manufacturing and Industrial Center, the North Seattle Industrial Coalition and the Seattle Marine Business Coalition.

02/11/2009

The city plans to create bicycle parking in areas of the city, but Ballard is not first on the list.

"We plan to install them at various locations around the city, but have not yet decided on all of the locations," said Seattle Department of Transportation spokesperson Marybeth Turner. " I would expect that there could very well be this type of bike parking in West Seattle and Ballard if there is interest."

By mid February new bike facilities will be installed: Mid-block of Broadway East between East Harrison Street and East Republican Street (by Broadway Market); at the corner of 12th Avenue and East Spring Street (by Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Cafe Presse); and at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue Northwest and Northeast 70th Street (by the Greenlake Condominium).

On-street bike parking will be filled with bicycle racks and surrounded by a raised curb and take the place of one to two motor vehicle parking spaces. Bicyclists can enter the parking area from the sidewalk and each car-sized space will accommodate up to eight bikes.

02/11/2009

Between 75 and 100 people crowded around the makeshift memorial for Ballard resident Kevin Black on 24th Avenue Northwest on the evening of Feb. 5.

The onlookers, alternately crying and laughing with their memories, were gathered there to say farewell to Black, 39, who was killed Feb. 4 when his bicycle collided with a van.

Black, a father of two girls, worked at the University of Washington as a molecular neurobiologist.

The crowd was a mix of PTA members, scientists, cyclists, neighbors and even bar patrons who had wandered onto the street, said Dave Rider, who runs the cycling team of which Black was a member.

"It's an amazing thing," he said. "I think it's a testament to Kevin."

Black's friend and neighbor Dennis Grove said Black was the type of person who connected with all types of people.

"He had a smile and a charisma that made people want to talk to him," Grove said. "He had a sparkle in his eye."

Grove said Black was an active member of the neighborhood and talked about how lucky he was to live in a community like Ballard where everyone knew each other.

02/05/2009
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Michael Harthorne

A memorial for the cyclist killed Feb. 4 still stands at the accident site near 64th and 24th Avenue Northwest.

The city plans to create bicycle parking in areas of the city, but West Seattle is not first on the list.

"We plan to install them at various locations around the city, but have not yet decided on all of the locations," said Seattle Department of Transportation spokesperson Marybeth Turner.

01/29/2009

The city plans to create bicycle parking in areas of the city, but Ballard is not first on the list.

"We plan to install them at various locations around the city, but have not yet decided on all of the locations," said Seattle Department of Transportation spokesperson Marybeth Turner.

01/28/2009

The Seattle Department of Transportation announced today (Jan.

01/26/2009
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The Seattle Department of Transportation announced today (Jan.

A damaged BMW in the Seacrest Pier parking lot became further mangled when booby-trapped and ignited Saturday. No worries.

01/12/2009
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Photo by Kara Brock

A BMW was ignited in front of Alki Crab and Fish Saturday. The dramatic scene was part of a shot for an MTV reality show pilot, "The Phone."

As community projects in 2008 have been finalized and have come to a successful close, Ballard neighborhood groups have only begun to plan out what they have in store for their communities in the new year with ideas to take advantage of the renewed parks levy, creating safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists and raising money to expand or create new projects.

14th Avenue NW Visioning Project

The 14th Avenue NW Visioning Project committee made great strides in 2008 and ended the year with a dedication celebration for the completion of the new intersection at Northwes

01/12/2009
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