Judge rules in ‘Missing Link’ appeal

A new ruling is out in the continuing legal battle over the “Missing Link” of the Burke Gilman Trail.  According to SDOT, a state appeals court has denied a motion for review filed by a group of businesses fighting the trail.  Back in April, a King County Superior Court judge ruled against those businesses on 8 of 9 complaints.  The only complaint they won involved an environmental review on a small section of the missing link which the city is now close to finishing.

Despite the new ruling, SDOT tells us the legal issues are far from over.  Once the environmental review is wrapped up, SDOT says the project will probably have to go back to the hearing examiner and could end up before the same King County Superior Court judge who issued the original ruling in April.  An attorney for the businesses who filed the lawsuit has not returned our calls for comment.

Disclosure: MyBallard is a non-voting member of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce.


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Pho
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Pho

MyBallard is an ACTIVE, DUES PAYING MEMBER of the Chamber of Commerce.

By remaining in the Chamber, MyBallard supports this lawsuit by providing support the plaintiffs suing the city, costing us tax dollars, and making Ballard a dangerous neighborhood for bicycle commuters and families.

SHAME ON YOU KATE AND CORY!!! SHOW BALLARD YOU CARE MORE ABOUT MONEY AND QUIT THE CHAMBER!!!

Hmmm
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Hmmm

You mean your own attorney did not return your calls?

As Chamber members, isn’t MyBallard one of the “businesses who filed the lawsuit.”?

Ballard Mother
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Ballard Mother

For a moment, try to imagine any of the other big neighborhood blogs in Seattle like SLOG or Capitol Hill Blog remaining in a business group that sues to stop bike trails of all things.

The GeekySwedes should quit the Ballard Chamber immediately. Enough is enough.

Pho
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Pho

Actually, I never click on ads and make a mental note to never patronize any of the businesses that advertise here.

Kelly
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Kelly

Yeah exactly… isn’t this just reporting on your own lawsuit?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

yet regardless if you don’t click on the ads people are paying for eyeballs, so you are helping selling advertising.

Happy Trails
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Happy Trails

DENIED! AGAIN!!

Suck it, Ballard Oil.

Suck it, Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel.

Suck it, Ballard Chamber of Commerce.

Suck it, MyBallard.

DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-NIED!!!

Gates
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Gates

Oh, this rant again…

Listen, I’m pro-bike and I love that the missing link is one step closer to being complete. I will love love love it.

wal
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wal

Not caring whether the bike route is completed via Shilshole Ave is a perfectly acceptable answer. There are plenty of issues that are of a higher priority in Ballard and the world.

Additionally, since MyBallard receives revenue from ad sales generated from website traffic, by viewing and posting on this website you are also contributing to the lawsuit against the missing link. I am sure that MyBallard thanks you for your support.

Pho
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Pho

Exactly because it seems to me they care about a few extra pennies instead of doing what’s right for families and kids and bike commuters and taxpayers in the neighborhood.

Trust me I do not support their advertisers. Their advertisers are paying MyBallard to tell me not to go there.

But I’m sure Ballard Oil is happy to have the Geeky Swedes on their side, fighting this appeal after appeal after appeal.

Chris Zimmerman
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would be interested to see how much money and time is going into this? do we really need a trail?
how about just a bike lane? i know that is a ridiculous request and all..

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Pho doesn’t like bike lanes because his trendy imported fixie bike may get splashed on by a dirty car tire. He’s special, so he needs a special place to ride his special bike. Because, you know, he’s better than you or me.

Silver
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Silver

Thank you so much for covering this issue! Eventually the trail will be finished. I look forward to walking and biking on it!

Guest
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Guest

Chris, no offense but you really need to read all the available information on the web that has led to this point in the saga of the “Missing Link” if this thread allowed web links to be posted i would post a number of them that would give you the history of this issue and it goes back to the early 1990’s. You can check the SDOT web site and the Cascade Bicycle Club web site, both have information about the issue.
And no, a bike lane would not work to connect the two ends of the Burk Gilman Trail. The trail is a multi use trail, not just a bike trail and the other users, joggers, walkers, skaters and wheelchairs etc can not go from a trail to a bike lane to get to the other part of the trail. This trail has to go where it is planned and the sooner the better.

Mikethebike
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Mikethebike

Exactly. I’m a biker myself and it would be nice to see the trail extended but let’s stop beating a dead horse. Take a different route or move. Maybe a park n ride that you can drive part of the way and bike the rest.

I’m sure there are many places to live close to the bike trail. Next we’ll be voting on the missing link between Ballard and Shoreline.

Stapler
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Stapler

oh please. it’s a multi use trail not a bike trail, you morons. I like to run with my child and it’s much safer to do it there than on the street. Would you suggest i take my child into a bike lane to run?

Ballard Dad
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Ballard Dad

The people beating the dead horse are the industrial businesses. They lose in court, then they appeal. They lose again, appeal. Lose again, appeal. Lose, appeal. Lose, appeal. Lose, appeal.

Stop beating a dead horse and build the trail! I’m sick of you obstructionists causing delays and costing our tax dollars!

Puck11
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Puck11

Can we, like, build this simple bike trail already??? The lawsuits are done, let’s move on now. The bicyclists and the community won, the curmudgeony businesses and chamber lost. Lick your wounds, congrats on all your new legal bills, and get over it.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

One step closer to completion.
One step closer to a functioning multi use trail.
One step closer to safer transportation for all.

The only downside is all the money and time being wasted on this when the outcome is inevitable. So much animosity as well. Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel has lost me as a customer. The Chamber does not have my support and my business will not join or participate in their events.
I look forward to the completion of the Missing Link, but I’m not sure anything short of SBSG dropping the suit and donating the materials to build the trail will get me to reconsider my boycott.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Care to elaborate, BD?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I completely agree. Ballard is no place for a cement plant. They should move to Shoreline immediately.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I’ve used the trail plenty. I fail to see how it’s safer than the sidewalk.

Stapler
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Stapler

a park and ride? that’s your solution for businesses lack of cooperation and unwillingness to give up the public land they use for a parking lot? are you suggesting we use their parking lot for a park and ride? i’m sure they would sue to stop that idea, too.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Pho, it’s not like they’re torturing puppies or something. You’re trying to reframe a disagreement over road use as a moral issue: good people favor the trail without question, everyone else is evil. This is not good for our neighborhood. Really, you just sound like an angry person that won’t be satisfied until everyone falls in line, or at least shuts up. Go ahead and continue to state your case, but could you at least stop attacking the Swedes, who provide a valuable service to the community, at no cost to any of us? Does the whole meaning of life come down to this one issue?

Stapler
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Stapler

have you run pushing a stroller on the sidewalk? visibility is limited due to pushing the kid and the pits and lumps in sidewalks become dangerous. Yes, i’ve fallen on poorly maintained sidewalks while jogging.

On the MULTI-USE TRAIL there are fewer street crossings, no untended and low-hanging trees. the trail is a well maintained level surface for many activities. Asphalt is a much better surface on which to run as well.

i’m sorry you’re biased against some hipsters on fixies, but those kids ride in the road to begin with. :)