Greenways are going places

Sometime in September, I started noticing changes happening on 39th Ave. NE. First, some ramps were being built to connect to the Burke-Gilman Trail. Then the intersection was popped out for safer pedestrian crossings. And then concrete islands appeared on 65th St. to help with safer crossings. 'Lo and behold, folks, a new neighborhood greenway is well on the way!

This Friday, Oct 26, the 39th Ave. Greenway is opening to great fanfare. And costumes. And kids on bikes. And donuts!

From the Wedgwood Community Council:

While not all of the painting and striping will likely be completed in time for the ribbon cutting, that won’t stop us from having fun.  There will be a ribbon cutting, refreshments, and festivities at the greenway’s connection to the Burke (39th Ave NE & NE 52nd Street) beginning at 8 a.m!  The Thornton Creek Elementary south bike train will depart around 8:45 a.m. in the full glory of their Halloween costumes. You can see the full invitation HERE.

Join us there to celebrate and ride Seattle's newest greenway!

Then on Sunday, join us for a fun family bike ride along the Ballard Greenway. The ride meets at the Ballard Commons at 10 a.m. The ride is organized by Cascade ride leaders and greenway aficionados Cathy Tuttle and Robin Randels.

The group will first explore the west side of the Greenway to see how it links to the Burke-Gilman Trail, then pass the Ballard Library to explore the east side of the Greenway before returning to the Ballard Commons and on to the Ballard Farmer's Market.

Volunteers from Ballard Greenways, including local bike advocate (and recent ALI graduate) Shannon Koller, will be on hand to answer questions about the project. At approximately two miles, the route is short enough to accommodate our younger family members. You will encounter gentle hills, roundabouts, marked and unmarked intersections, uneven and cracked pavement, traffic lights and a bike lane. This presents an opportunity to teach our emerging urban cyclists about how to successfully navigate these elements in a supportive and fun environment.