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Cross Kirkland Corridor should separate wheels from walkers | Letter
The Cross Kirkland Corridor master plan calls for more than 40 percent of the trail to be shared by all types of users. Let's learn from the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River trails: it's not safe or enjoyable mixing bikes and pedestrians on the same path.
The alternative? A divided trail along the full length of the corridor: one path for bicycles traveling at speed and one path for walkers, joggers, kids on bikes and other slower users.
The master plan will be approved soon. Once finalized, it will be hard to change. The city of Kirkland has heard very little input regarding shared versus divided trail. In the absence of feedback, the current proposal for 40 percent shared trail is likely to be adopted.
If you believe that a divided trail is the safest option for all users—bikers, walkers, joggers, kids, elderly, disabled—send a brief email to the City Council at email@example.com and the Transportation Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current master plan proposal is available at kirklandwa.gov. Search for "Corridor Master Plan" then scroll down and click on the "slide show" link.
As the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River Trails upgrade, they are adding separate pedestrian pathways to increase safety. The recent Burke-Gilman study recommends separate trails for bikes and pedestrians. Let's make sure Kirkland follows their lead.
Karen Story, Kirkland