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Despite more than a decade of bicycle activism, Ballard Bridge remains a danger

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is by Taylor McAvoy through our partnership with UW’s Community News Lab journalism course. Riding home at night a few years ago, Haley Keller had to cross the Ballard Bridge with its notoriously skinny three-foot-wide sidewalks. She … Continue reading

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Trail supporters, opponents and city leaders strike a deal to complete the Ballard Missing Link

UPDATE: Construction on the Ballard Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail will break ground by winter 2018, Mayor Ed Murray announced Tuesday during a press conference flanked by both longtime trail supporters and business owners who have fought the trail … Continue reading

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CM O’Brien urges the Mayor, SDOT to make a choice on the Missing Link

Councilmember Mike O’Brien joined neighbors and representatives from nearby businesses Friday to urge SDOT and Mayor Ed Murray to make a decision about their preferred option for the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link in Ballard. “I believe if the city prioritized … Continue reading

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Pack these Ballard Missing Link meetings + Business owner’s video explains the options

OMG JUST BUILD THE MISSING LINK ALREADY!!!1!1!! OK, had to get that out of my system. As frustrating and drawn out as the seemingly endless Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link debate has been in recent decades (yes, decades!), we have never … Continue reading

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Missing Link megastudy confirms: Build the trail already!

829 pages have been added to the already-towering mountain of documents studying the 1.2-mile Ballard Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail. An estimated 22 people have gone to the hospital due to crashes on this dangerous stretch just since work … Continue reading

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New signal to help Ballard buses could also create a new bike/walk connection

Taking advantage of a new traffic signal planned as part of an effort to speed up buses on 15th Ave NW, SDOT is planning a short neighborhood greenway to help connect homes and destinations long divided by the freeway-like 15th. … Continue reading

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Missing Link claims another victim ahead of tonight’s Ballard safe streets open house

This morning, the train tracks on the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link claimed yet another victim. Reader Ted came across a woman who took a very bad spill in the same spot so many people have crashed before her. After helping … Continue reading

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The network effect: For the 1st time, 2 neighborhood greenways in Seattle have crossed

Ballard’s new 17th Ave NW neighborhood greenway officially marks an important step in the city’s all ages and abilities bike network: Two neighborhood greenways have finally crossed each other. It’s hard to believe it took until 2016, but at least … Continue reading

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Huge open streets weekend: Bicycle Sunday extended into Mt Baker, Ballard Summer Parkways + Park(ing) Day

Summer ain’t over yet, dammit. This weekend is by far the biggest open streets weekend Seattle has ever seen. We’ve already told you about today’s Park(ing) Day, the biggest in Seattle yet. More than 50 pop-up parks will appear in … Continue reading

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The first ever Seattle Summer Parkways was fun, but let’s go bigger in Ballard

Seattle held its first ever Summer Parkways last weekend in the Central District. Three miles of residential streets linked several neighborhood parks in a car-light loop, encouraging people to bike, walk, scooter or use any other people-powered method to explore … Continue reading

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Work on north-south Ballard neighborhood greenway gets underway

The city is starting construction on a long north-south neighborhood greenway in Ballard connecting Whitman Middle School to the Ballard business district. As we reported earlier this year, this will be the first time two neighborhood greenways intersect. So in … Continue reading

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Check out the ten miles of car-free Summer Parkways in the Central District and Ballard

Seattle is stepping up its open streets game in 2015, remaking the old Summer Streets program into the bigger and more active Summer Parkways. Basically, the events will smash together Summer Streets (neighborhood street fairs) with the car-free family fun … Continue reading

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18 Missing Link victims will go to the hospital by the time the trail study is complete

Hours before a public meeting Thursday to discuss the missing 1.4 miles of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard, an ambulance pulled away from NW 45th Street under the Ballard Bridge to take another injured person to the hospital. By the … Continue reading

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For first time, two neighborhood greenways will connect later this year

The city has built stretches of neighborhood greenways in Ballard, Northeast Seattle, the Central District, Delridge, Beacon Hill, Wallingford, Olympic Hills, the University District and Greenwood, but they are all sort of floating in space with limited usability because they … Continue reading

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Finally, movement on court-required Missing Link study + 98.6% voice support for trail

After somehow spending a year and a half to “finish analyzing the feedback from the EIS scoping process held in late 2013,” the city is holding an open house to present the plan to develop a study of options to … Continue reading

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Celebrate the end of Bike Month at Peddler Brewing Friday & Saturday

Bike Month is almost over! Well, actually, Bike Month never ends in Seattle. But if it’s an excuse to drink bike-loving beer, then I’m bike-loving there! Peddler Brewing in Ballard will host two days of bike party, kicking off with … Continue reading

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Here’s how to make the Ballard Bridge safer now without spending a fortune

The Ballard Bridge is awful for biking and walking. That’s been well documented. And the solutions studied to retrofit the bridge to make it better for biking and walking carried one hell of a price tag, perhaps somewhere in the … Continue reading

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City finally set to finish Ballard Missing Link tweaks announced in 2012 + Scary near miss video

In late 2012, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen and then-Mayor Mike McGinn held a press conference under the Ballard Bridge to announce a series of temporary safety improvements to the dangerous streets connecting the two severed ends of the Burke-Gilman Trail. Some … Continue reading

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Ballard Farmers Market will offer valet bike parking Sunday

Here’s very welcome news to anyone who has found themselves improvising a bike parking spot in the Ballard commercial core: Cascade Bicycle Club will host valet bike parking at the Ballard Farmers Market Sunday (but you still need to bring … Continue reading

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A video letter from a Peddler Brewing owner about the dangerous Ballard Bridge

This video letter from Peddler Brewing co-owner Haley Woods to city leaders about the terrible state of walking and biking on the Ballard Bridge is funny, strange and yet very serious. The tiny sidewalks further encroached by concrete pillars, the … Continue reading

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