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Bicyclist crashes down concrete stairs

March 14th, 2010 by master

Just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, a woman riding her bike crashed while down a long, concrete staircase just above N 42nd St. and 1st. Ave. NW.

We arrived just after medics rushed her to the hospital. Neighbors who heard the crash called 911, and they told us the 20-something woman was wearing a mountain climbing helmet, which had slipped off after the crash. They said it appeared the woman was partying with friends and may have been inebriated at the time. She apparently flipped end-over-end, landing on the last few stairs.

The woman was unconscious and bleeding when medics arrived. There’s no word on her condition. (Thanks Silver for the tip.)

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Debris blocks Burke Gilman trail

March 3rd, 2010 by master

SDOT reports Wednesday evening that debris is blocking the Burke Gilman trail, at Phinney Ave. N and North Canal Street. The Corps of Engineers is working in the area. While the trail is blocked, trail users headed to the west should detour to N 34th Street at Stone Way North, and those headed to the east should detour at 1st Ave. NW to Canal Street.

Adds Andrea Takash of the Corps of Engineers in comments:

We apologize for any inconvenience. Our contractor is working as quickly and safely as possible to remove the trees and keep debris out of the way. The contractor should be done on the Fremont side of the cut no later than Monday, March 8. No work will take place Saturday or Sunday.

This project is phase two of restoring the historic Fremont Cut colonnade. We will be replanting 40 poplar trees this year and 400 understory plants. The goal of this project is to maintain a healthy state along the collonade.

After the contractor is done on the Fremont side, they will move to the South Ship Canal Trail near Seattle Pacific University. All work will be complete no later than March 14. A total of 29 trees will be removed during this phase.

If you have questions or concerns, please call me at 206-764-3464.

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Bicyclists beware on Burke Gilman Trail

November 3rd, 2009 by master

Update 12:30pm: The trail is now fixed.  Thanks again, Michael!

Bicyclists should use caution when riding along the Burke Gilman Trail through Fremont.  Michael sent us this picture to warn others about pavement work on the trail behind Sound Mind & Body.

Watch out for the pinch flat

I saw at least one cyclist who was repairing a pinch flat after he hit the sharp pavement cut.  This is a hazard and people are better off walking or riding on the dirt through this section until the pavement repair is complete.

No word yet on when the work will be complete but we’ll keep you posted.  Thanks for the tip, Michael!

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Woman seriously injured on Burke Gilman

July 15th, 2009 by master

Fremont Universe reader Jon says a bicyclist was involved in a nasty accident Wednesday on the Burke Gilman, near 3rd Ave. He writes:

A woman hit at speed one of those locked bollards in the path that are intended (I suppose) to prevent people from driving their cars on the trail. She was very badly injured…. I’ve nearly clipped those posts myself and thought they should be made more visible somehow (orange flags on a fiberglass mast?) This poor woman obviously didn’t see them at all. It was chilling.

Medics responded to the accident just after 8:30 a.m. Due to health privacy laws, we’re unable to check on her condition.

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City to complete Burke Gilman ‘missing link’

June 10th, 2009 by master

Despite an appeal from a group of Ballard businesses, the City of Seattle’s hearing examiner has ruled that plans to bridge the “missing link” of the Burke Gilman trail in Ballard will move forward. My Ballard has the story here.

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Bicyclist killed in Wallingford

March 17th, 2009 by master

Just a few weeks after a bicyclist was killed in Ballard, a woman riding her bike in Wallingford was hit and killed by a car Friday morning. It happened at N 56th St. and 1st Ave. NE just before 10:30 a.m. The victim has been identified as Carol Salomon, 60, a University of Washington faculty lecturer. Very sad.

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Lake Union Loop Trail officially open

December 4th, 2008 by master

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Greg Nickels has opened the six-mile trail around Lake Union, known officially as the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail. “The trail creates a pathway for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy access to neighborhoods and parks, and to explore some of our history along the shores of Lake Union,” Nickels said. As part of the improvements over the last year, the city extended the path along Westlake Avenue 870 feet to meet the Fremont Bridge. Now, as many hikers and bicyclists know, it’s far from a seamless journey around the lake (see the map in .pdf), and the city is planning more improvements to come.

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Why gap in bike lanes on Fremont Ave?

November 24th, 2008 by master

Just the other day, we had to jump aside for a couple bicyclists who rode up the sidewalk in front of Pete’s Coffee. As you may have noticed, there are no bike lanes between 34th and 35th streets on Fremont Ave. Scott Henry wrote the Seattle PI and asked why there’s a gap there. After all, the rest of Fremont Ave. has bike lanes — some of them brand new — extending all the way to Phinney Ridge. But SDOT says there’s not enough room for bike lanes on that particular stretch, suggesting that bikes move into traffic, instead.

The bus stops on both sides of the road also complicates matters. Drag the photo above to take a look around.

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Bike ‘sharrows’ added to Fremont Ave.

November 10th, 2008 by master

The city has painted “sharrow” markers all along Fremont Ave.

The sharrow symbol, a bicycle topped with two chevrons, is meant to signal motorists to share the road with cyclists. The markers usually go in at places where bikes are moving closer to the speed of vehicles (i.e., downhill) and where the road isn’t wide enough to accommodate a bike lane.

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