SR-520 BRIDGE OPPORTUNITY SLIPPING AWAY
_A quote from “Cascade Bikes”:http://cascade.org_
The good news is that no matter how many lanes wide, the new SR-520 bridge will make room for bicyclists and pedestrians. However, if a few noisy NIMBY’s get their way, getting to the bridge from the south won’t get any easier.
For years, the State and other stakeholders have been talking about connecting the bike/ped lane on the bridge to a street-end in Madison Park. A connecter from SR 520 wouldn’t just get people to the bridge – it would open up an easier north-south route between lake side neighborhoods.
Some residents of Madison Park, or the nearby gated-community of Broadmoor, have suggested they will sue on environmental grounds if the connection is considered. However, if there are any environmental impacts from connecting the ped/bike lane to dry land, the SR-520 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is
where they should be studied.
So, the State won’t study this connection in the unless asked by the City of Seattle, and the City, under pressure, is letting our window of opportunity to close.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Mayor Nickels needs to hear from you today. Tell them you want a connection between the new SR-520 bicycle/pedestrian path and a street in Madison Park in the SR-520 EIS.
Send an e-mail or call right now, before you forget, to Mayor Greg Nickels and Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis at (206)684-4000, or firstname.lastname@example.org. To email Mayor Nickels, go to http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/citizen_response.htm
If you have time, don’t forget the City Council at (206)684-8888 or email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;