Saturday, September 7th, 2013 marked the official opening of the new Seattle Neighborhood Greenway in Ballard. The party encompassed just one block, NW 58th Street between 20th and 22nd Avenues NW (with car access as needed), but the Greenway itself runs the width of Ballard from the Burke-Gilman Trail to 6th Avenue NW. It features traffic-calming speed humps, stop signs for cross traffic, and more.
Ballard Greenways’ Jennifer Litowski shared the big scissors with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways’ Executive Director Cathy Tuttle and Mayor McGinn to cut the ribbon at 3pm.
I aided in the celebration by leading a short Kidical Mass ride of 50 people and 2 dogs to the event while a Spokespeople ride brought a group over from Wallingford. Riders big and small had fun getting Undriver Licenses, riding the Dutch Conference Bike from Dutch Bike Co, making smoothies with the Cascade Bicycle Club bike blender, dancing along the A-1 Piano street keyboards, and riding the bike rodeo course.