The Ship Canal Trail now connects Fisherman’s Terminal with the Fremont Bridge and provides a long-needed biking, walking and accessible route through the mess of dangerous overpasses at the south end of the Ballard Bridge.
Of all the projects for biking and walking due for completion this year, this trail extension may be the most important. It’s less than a mile long, but it has been over a decade in the making. For people not driving, the south end of the Ballard Bridge has long been something of an at-your-own-risk endeavor, effectively splitting the neighborhood in two and isolating much of Magnolia.
Biking on the overpasses is a risky endeavor with expansion gaps that can grab a bike wheel and little elbow room for passing cars. Many people choose to simply ride many miles out of the way just to skip the stressful interchange.
I shot the video above yesterday (sorry about the stream of consciousness commentary). The new section of trail begins around the 6:00 mark.
What are your thoughts on the trail?