And while the stretch of the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs through the neighborhood might be among the most heavily-used stretches of bike trail in the nation, there are no truly comfortable north-south bike route options.
The city and University Greenways aims to change that. They are holding an open house to discuss a potential neighborhood greenway on 12th Ave NE. Details:
6 to 7:30 p.m., November 20, University Christian Church
Today, 12th Ave NE does not meet up with the Burke-Gilman Trail, but a planned development starting next year could connect the street and the trail:
The University of Washington is starting construction on the Maple and Terry Halls January 2014. The site is the former location of the old Terry Hall and 1101 Café and Center Building and sits at the south edge of the 12th Avenue and NE Campus Parkway intersection. The design considers connections to Central Campus, the University District and the Burke Gilman Trail. One prominent feature is the creation of a pedestrian corridor between Maple and Terry Halls, which will also function as an open space for social gatherings and community and campus events. This corridor will link to Lincoln Way and 40th Avenue NE on the south side and 12th Avenue and NE Campus Parkway on the north, making it important that thoughtful design be given to the treatment of connections like the proposed greenway on 12th.