Group walks the ‘missing link’

My Ballard reader Silver and several other Ballard residents walked along the Burke-Gilman trail “missing link” on Monday.

Silver organized the walk in the forum, not as a protest, but as a way to learn more about the route. “We were interested in seeing what current conditions are like for pedestrians, as well as for bicyclists, along the missing link,” she wrote us. “Several of the group were avid walkers, and several more were primarily bicyclists.” Silver took dozens of photos along the way, documenting the conditions, and she posted them here.

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MichaelSnyder
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MichaelSnyder

From what I could see, it would give lots of local watering holes a boost by bringing hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians past their front door every day. These routes are also pretty highly used by cyclists today and a trail and stop light would help all of the traffic move both faster and more safely.

Silver
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Mondoman posted a couple of interesting links in the forums and I think they're worth reposting here:

Here's a Ballard Tribune story on the railroad: http://www.ballardnewstribune.com/2008/12/15/ne

And here are a lot of photos of the rail route from 5 years ago on the website of a train/train modeling enthusiast. He describes a ride-along as well, which helped me understand what really goes on with the train. http://www.docwightman.com/railroad/btrr/rideon

Thanks, MM!

Silver
Member

Michael also took pictures during our walk. Some are similar to mine, but he got shots of some things that I missed. You can see his pics here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/71527680@N00/sets/

It was nice meeting you, Michael!

ym
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ym

WHERE exactly would there be an increase in traffic that might mean more business for WHAT watering holes?

JM98107
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JM98107

Interesting report and photos. Isn't the new Nordic Museum location somewhere along this missing link?

Gurple
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Maritime (old and new locations). The Bit Saloon. Whatever _The Station_ is going to become. Bad Albert's. Conor Byrne. The Lock & Keel. The Loft.

I could go on, but you get the idea. Those are just the several southernmost bars that will be a block away from a trail that will be getting a lot more traffic of the non-driving variety.

ym
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ym

So Silver what did YOU learn from your walk? Perhaps that this is NOT some abandoned junk yard? How many actual bike commuters do you think will use this small area compared to how many people actually work there? Where does recreation fit in? Will this be a destination for the standard 40 something new parent/with golden retriever set?

Gurple
Member

Great stuff, Silver. Good on you for stepping up and organizing. Do you have any other events in mind for this group of trail supporters? I couldn't make the walk, but I'd like to get involved.

great idea
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great idea

I'd take the bike commuters and recreational riders anyday over all the wasted space down there.

or are those bums that hang out behind the Lockspot dumpster actually some of these 'industrial' employees on break?

ym
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ym

How is the space wasted? The walkers did not even know what the businesses do. Do you?

Idle activist
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Idle activist

Silver, do you even have a job?

ym
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ym

There is HUGE traffic where these places sit every day. I go by each one every day. You want to INCREASE that traffic? Nice.

ym
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ym

Have you really never seen these places before? Have you ever been to any?
I never see a lack of patron on any given night. Where on earth do you actually LIVE in Ballard? Have you ever left Market?

JM98107
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JM98107

How often does the train use the tracks?

BallardBizOwner
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BallardBizOwner

I love the photo of Barnacle Point Ship yard where the photo caption is “I wonder what they do there.”

I know it was locked down for the evening, but that is another shipyard and there is NEVER enough parking available there.

I know it is dirty, and “un-sexy” but these places provide a lot of jobs. Not glamorous, but family wage jobs for hard working people unafraid to get dirty.

Gurple
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I do believe that's the first time that anyone has taken me to task for spending /too little/ time and money at Ballard bars. :) Yes, I've been to all of those places, many times.

You asked about what businesses would see an increase in traffic (i.e., business) from the trail. I gave you my thoughts. I'm sure a lot of those businesses would be very happy to get extra trail traffic during happy hour and on weekend afternoons, which (in addition to the morning commute) is when the trail would draw the most users.

Gurple
Member

Hey, good point. Because anyone who has the time to post here during the day….

Uh. Hey, wait a minute….

ym
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ym

I got a kick out of that one too. Do these people even live in Ballard?

JM98107
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JM98107

What will happen when construction starts on the new museum? Is the business community protesting that too?

ym
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ym

The tracks are a minor issue.
This is just a list of what ONE business along the route does:
• Overhauls, repairs, and conversions
• Maintenance services
• Basic structural work
• Navigational systems Installation, repairs and troubleshooting
• Propulsion systems repair and maintenance
• Close tolerance machine work
• Hydraulic and machine repair
• Sandblasting, high pressure washing and painting
• Certified welding of stainless, aluminum, and mild steel
• Full service shipwright shop
• Full service pipe shop
• General ship supply store
Is that a waste?

ym
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ym

The museum will be on Market NOT on Shilshole.

unbiasedman
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unbiasedman

I am certain that all of the new bike traffic will make up for those who choose other establishments that they will be able to park near………..

Silver
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Yeah, and today I have to go do it. Must get coffee first though!

I'll try to get back to all the questions/comments tonight.

unbiasedman
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unbiasedman

intelligent post????? NOT!

ym
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ym

: )

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