Would Seattle ever accept Sound Transit buses on the Burke-Gilman Trail? No way. In fact, the very nature of the trail is to serve the non-motorized and recreational needs of the community. The BG Trail is the envy of our region and it is a model for other communities to follow, unless, that is, you are the City of Kirkland.
Kirkland has our own version of the Burke-Gilman recreational and non-motorized trail today. It is officially called the CKC, or more affectionately known as, Our Trail. But for some convoluted reason, our policy makers want to lay asphalt for buses and ruin this greenbelt.
So, we in Kirkland are left asking ourselves, Why must Kirkland accept two lanes of Sound Transit buses paved over our own trail, known as the CKC? Why can't Kirkland have our own Burke-Gilman Trail?
Something doesn't add up.
The CKC is Kirkland's 5.75 mile longitudinal park serving our community as a recreational and non-motorized trail connecting our neighborhoods, schools and parks. Our Trail is lined by a 50 foot greenbelt on either side. It is also lined with signage which reads, "Environmentally Sensitive Area." One would think such an area should be protected from runners, cyclists, dogs and most especially, bulldozers.
The image above shows how silly this situation really is: There are signs lining the CKC which read, "Environmentally Sensitive Area," and "Another Future Healthy Forest" sitting directly in the path of the two proposed Sound Transit bus express lanes.
This is not a joke.
Should Kirklanders allow our policy makers to pave bus lanes over these environmentally sensitive areas? Are we really willing to turn Our Trail into an expressway for buses zipping by at up to one every 2-3 minutes?
We can imagine Kirkland's new marketing campaign... "Welcome to Kirkland. Please look the other way as we bulldoze our Future Healthy Forest."
Do our policy makers recognize the inconsistencies inherent in the city policy when they justify bulldozing environmentally sensitive areas in the pursuit of Sound Transit bus expressways on the CKC?
The CKC is our community's version of the Burke-Gilman Trail. We need to preserve and protect it for future generations. We need to keep Sound Transit buses off Our Trail.
If you care about preserving and protecting green space for future generations, speak up. If you want the CKC to become Kirkland's own Burke-Gilman Trail, speak up. If you want to keep the bulldozers at bay, speak up.
Communicate your thoughts:
- Email the City Council with your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org (they need to hear from you)
- Email Sound Transit with your thoughts: EmailAllBoarddmembers@soundtransit.org (they also need to hear from you)
- Write Letters to the Editor: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (residents need to see your letters)
- And Most Important - Communicate with family and friends
- Special Presentation on Transit Options on the CKC to City Council on Nov. 4, 2015, http://www.kirklandwa.gov/Assets/City+Council/Council+Packets/110415+Special+Mtg/7a_SpecialPresentations.pdf