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Ballard Greenways seeks community support

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on December 31st, 2014

The Ballard Greenways team is encouraging locals to donate to Seattle Neighborhood Greenways before 2014 comes to a close. Check out their community statement below:

Neighbors,

2014 has been a very exciting year for Ballard Greenways! We’ve enjoyed the NW 58th Ave Greenway for an entire year. We have seen an 805% increase in the number of people riding on 58th Ave NW compared to the year before it was built.

This past summer a group of Ballard Greenways members led Councilmember Mike O’Brien on a bike ride along the future 17th Ave NW which was critical for securing funding to plan and build the 17th Ave Greenway in 2015. Once built Ballard will be home to the first location in the city where two greenways intersect (17th and 58th), woot woot!

Our work has been a team effort between Ballard volunteers and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways staff. As you may know, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways works effortlessly to advocate for safe streets for people of all ages and abilities. They are a staff of two (Cathy Tuttle and Gordon Paddleford) who are working tirelessly to improve access to our elected officials and SDOT. Our successful work in Ballard would not be possible without them!

Please see the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways newsletter and consider giving to this amazing organization. With your donation we can continue to advocate for safe streets for everyone!

Happy Holidays!

Warm wishes,

Bob, Chris and Jennifer

To find out more about Seattle Greenways click here.

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  • 4 dniall // Jan 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    As a bike commuter, I’m all for building better cycling infrastructure, but the 58th Street Greenway is a bit of a joke. I steer clear of it because it doesn’t seem at all safe for cyclists. West of 24th Ave, it’s just one lane wide (i.e. with cars parked on either side). I’ve seen cyclists having to pull off the road to let cars coming the opposite direction get by. Parents pulling bike trailers with kids in them. Just ridiculous. The only good thing to come out of the project was the souped-up pedestrian crossing on 24th Avenue. That’s a big improvement – but not really anything to do with riding a bike.

  • 5 Blardian // Jan 1, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I agree with dniall, I’d love more cycling infrastructure but don’t want more greenways.

    The 58th St greenway is worse than a normal arterial. At least on an arterial I don’t have to worry about oncoming traffic. Call it a failed experiment and push for proper bike lanes.

  • 6 Stevie // Jan 2, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I agree with the above two posts, and even the three spammers above that.

    Seriously though, I remember when the design for the 58th Greenway was presented. Many of us thought that it was short-sighted to place it on such a narrow street. The response was that traffic would move ‘slower’ and be more safe.

    The upshot is that I have had to pull over on my bike and often stop going Southbound while a car goes driving by quickly on the ‘Greenway’.

    I have returned to biking on 59th which is much wider and safer.

  • 7 Stevie // Jan 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

    For similar reasons outlined above, I will likely always ride N/S on 20th which is much wider with a bike line.

    17th Ave is no fun, particularly with jerky car drivers around the post office.

  • 8 Profile photo of Salmon Bay Salmon Bay // Jan 2, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Call it an ongoing experiment and improve the designs. Remove parking from one side of the street, and install traffic diverters at the end of each block so cars cannot continue on the greenways.
    I would like to see this greenway group put some effort into improving the Ballard Bridge cycling experience. By SDOTs own poll, it is the worst place in the city to bicycle, yet they continue to do nothing to make it better.

  • 9 Profile photo of Salmon Bay Salmon Bay // Jan 2, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Stevie, with the proper design, it could be much improved. But they will have to get bikes a safely across Leary, otherwise it is a fail. Greenways need to connect.

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    ” install traffic diverters at the end of each block so cars cannot continue on the greenways.”

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