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Someone installed a ramp over the Missing Link gravel pit

A wooden ramp with SDOT stenciled on it sits in a gravel pit leading to a bike lane under the Ballard Bridge.
Image from Stephen Mangum on Mastodon.

Seattle’s Department of Transportation created a new way to bike through the notoriously dangerous track-crossing section of the Ballard Missing Link: A ramp.

Though now that I look a little closer, I’m beginning to wonder if this really is an official piece of transportation infrastructure. Something about the font doesn’t seem quite right.

But is the ramp really that much more absurd than the gravel pits and sharp turns the city added earlier this year? The city is on the clock to complete phase two of the rail crossing project by the end of the year as part of a legal settlement. You may want to ride the BMX to work until then.

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10 responses to “Someone installed a ramp over the Missing Link gravel pit”

  1. Peri Hartman

    While they’re at it, SDOT could add riding on rolling logs, lateral jumping, and navigating a rotating turntable. Who says biking isnt’ fun :)

  2. Conrad

    Did you just dare me to hit that on a lime bike?

    1. citibike boyz

      you should do yourself a favor and look up the citi bike boyz. you will not be disapointed.

      1. PNWmtnBKR

        FknA, thats for sharing your page. Kicks ass.

  3. Simon


  4. Ed

    No way SDOT was behind this. It wasn’t partially built only to be redesigned and revised 4x by 4 different contractors!

  5. Bruce Nourish

    Where’s the Environmental Impact Statement? I’m gonna sue.

  6. John Parejko

    I’ve gotta go down there with my mountain bike and see if I can clear the bike lane from the ramp. Then maybe practice riding rails by riding a rail.

  7. Gary Anderson

    If you can fill the track groove with gravel why not just fill it with concrete and call it good.

  8. Al Dimond

    Bike infrastructure installed by legal process: might cause you to crash.

    Bike infrastructure installed by illegal process: might cause you to crash, but at least it’s funny.

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