The Cross Kirkland Corridor is a trail which runs north/south along an abandoned rail line passing neighborhoods, schools and parks. Kirkland purchased the park, removed the old rails and created a fabulous asset for our community including strollers, joggers, bicyclists and dog walkers.
What many in town may not know is that the City of Kirkland plans to rip out the existing trail and remake the corridor for transportation including two lanes of buses. Some would even prefer light rail instead of buses. The goal of the city to allow for multiple modes of transportation along the route, including room for bikes and pedestrians.
The question many Kirklanders are asking themselves is why would we want to ruin the natural trail we have today with buses or rail?
The history of the trail and the city's planning process to date is of public record. A significant portion of the public seems quite happy with the Cross Kirkland Trai as it is. What do you think? Should we protect the trail as it is today or should we build it out to include buses or light rail?
In a September letter to the editor titled, LETTER | Should Council spend $250K for buses on Cross Kirkland Corridor? [Poll] we included a poll asking if you would like buses added to the corridor. We include the poll here for your review and in case you have not yet taken the poll, we invite you to do so.
Below is a plan of how the city thinks the Cross Kirkland Corridor should look. Today, strollers, joggers, bicyclists and dog walkers enjoy the full 100 ft width of the corridor on a trail that runs down the midpoint.
According to city documents, their vision for the future corridor would include:
- 30 feet of bus lanes abutting against people's homes that are along the trail;
- 16 feet of span for bicyclists; and
- 8 feet of span relegated to pedestrians and walkers.
The plan also calls for PSE power lines and other utilities along the corridor.
If you are a stroller, jogger or dog walker, you will only have access to 8% of the trail width and you will lose the natural buffer that you enjoy today on portions of the 6+ mile corridor. Is this your vision of the future for Kirkland?
In a January 2014 letter to the editor titled, Cross Kirkland Corridor Safety Concerns: Your Input is Needed (poll), we included a poll asking readers to share how they would use the corridor. We have included that poll here as well.
The polls used by Kirkland Views are non-scientific and are subject to the design limitations of PollDaddy.com