City Stone Way Bike Protest
posted by August 1 at 18:57 PMon
Just got back from the bike protest against Mayor Nickels’s elimination of the long-plannned bike lane on Stone Way between 34th and 40th, where 300 to 400 bikers circled around Fremont two by two at rush hour to show that drivers aren’t the only ones who use the roads. The reception the bikers received was mostly friendly, with one ball-capped guy holding a “Biker Bullies” sign the lone exception. Cascade Bicycle Club’s David Hiller seized the opportunity to announce some great news: The Burke-Gilman Trail through Fremont, which was going to be closed for yet another year thanks to complaints by Fremont property owner Suzie Burke (who’s developing a project adjacent to the trail) will open later this month. Turns out the “easement” Burke said required the city to close the trail doesn’t do anything of the sort; according to Hiller, who contacted bike-friendly City Attorney Tom Carr about the trail closure, the easement only requires the city to figure out a way to make the trail safe for bikes and construction. If they can find a way to do that without closing the trail, that’s what they’re supposed to do. So the city will now follow the law, and open the trail. One down, one to go.