— Advertisement —

There are trees growing through the grate in the 4th Avenue bike lane buffer

Tree saplings with buds on the branches growing out of a metal grate in a downtown street.

There are a half dozen trees growing out of the metal grate in the buffer space protecting the 4th Avenue bike lane downtown across the street from Westlake Park. I noticed them while biking home Wednesday evening, and I had to stop.

They are the same kind of tree as whatever is growing on the sidewalk next to the grate (perhaps a tree person can tell me what it is in the comments below?), and they seem to be growing from a ledge that is maybe a foot or so below street level. Who knew the downtown street grime was such fertile soil?

But what I really love about these little doomed trees is that they are all in a perfect line inside the buffer space protecting the bike lane. It’s an adorable little metaphor about what’s possible when we reimagine our city space and remove cars from even a couple feet of it. Nobody would have expected this to happen, I’m sure. But as the renown chaos theory mathematician Ian Malcolm once said, “Life finds a way.” That is, so long as there is not a constant stream of cars mowing it down.


— Advertisement —

Tree saplings with buds on the branches growing out of a metal grate in a downtown street.

About the author:


Related posts:

Comments

3 responses to “There are trees growing through the grate in the 4th Avenue bike lane buffer”

  1. bill

    Put me down as not-a-fan-of-trees-destroying-infrastructure. Those trees are probably growing from roots that found their way into whatever the grate covers. Long term this is just bad for the bike lane. See the Burke-Gilman….

  2. Peri Hartman

    That is pretty awesome. And pretty pathetic. Our city needs to spend more on maintenance. Money is easily allocated for sparkling new projects … and then they become old and forgotten.

  3. E

    ‘ little doomed trees’ has a nice ring to it

— Advertisement —

Join the Seattle Bike Blog Supporters

As a supporter, you help power independent bike news in the Seattle area. Please consider supporting the site financially starting at $5 per month:


Latest stories

Bike Events Calendar

Jun
18
Tue
6:00 pm South Seattle Safe Streets Coali… @ Virtual via Zoom
South Seattle Safe Streets Coali… @ Virtual via Zoom
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Joint meeting between Rainier Valley Greenways & Beacon Hill Safe Streets.ShareMastodonTwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jun
20
Thu
7:15 pm Point83 @ Westlake Park
Point83 @ Westlake Park
Jun 20 @ 7:15 pm
Point83 @ Westlake Park
Meet up in the center of the park at 7ish. Leave at 730. Every Thursday from now until forever rain or shine. Bikes, beers, illegal firepits, nachos, bottlerockets, timetraveling, lollygagging, mechanicals, good times.ShareMastodonTwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jun
23
Sun
1:00 pm Redmond History Ride @ Marymoor Park Velodrome Parking Lot
Redmond History Ride @ Marymoor Park Velodrome Parking Lot
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Redmond History Ride @ Marymoor Park Velodrome Parking Lot | Redmond | Washington | United States
Join this 13 mile bike ride around Redmond at a Leisurely pace. We’ll visit various sites both old and new as I tell stories about the city that was once known as Salmonberg.ShareMastodonTwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jun
24
Mon
5:30 pm Downtown Greenways monthly meeting
Downtown Greenways monthly meeting
Jun 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Last Monday of the month.  Join us! https://seattlegreenways.org/downtowngreenwaysShareMastodonTwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jun
26
Wed
6:00 pm Ballard-Fremont Greenways Meeting
Ballard-Fremont Greenways Meeting
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Ballard-Fremont Greenways meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Join the google group for monthly meeting information: https://groups.google.com/g/ballard-greenwaysBring your enthusiasm and ideas to share with the group or just stop in to say hello[…]
— Advertisements —

Latest on Mastodon

Loading Mastodon feed…