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Come on out on Tuesday Oct 27 for a lightshow of support for the Missing Link. We're so close to completing this world-class facility, but now the designed and funded trail from Fred Meyer to the Locks is back in court, with a mayoral election coming up that could put the Missing Link in jeopardy

This isn't a "New Ballard vs. Old Ballard" issue - the trail completion is a decades-old solution to new Ballard problems like increased congestion, climate change, and rising rates of obesity. It's also not a "bikes vs business" issue - the trail is for all of us, no matter how we walk or roll, and the majority of Ballard businesses support completing the trail. 

So join us next Tuesday! Afterparty at Dutch Bike Seattle. We're making pint-sized T-shirts for the families that show up first. Here's the press release (online version here):


Dear Burke-Gilman TRAIL SUPPORTERS in Ballard and Beyond,

Join us for a quick "flash" action to declare our collective support for completion of the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link - from Fred Meyer to the Ballard Locks. Let's demonstrate that the trail is for A L L of us, and that WE ARE THE MISSING LINK! We would be honored to have you stand with us.

In 1997, the Ballard Neighborhood Plan identified completion of the trail as its #2 priority. In 2003, Seattle City Council adopted a preferred route along the rail right-of-way, and directed Seattle Dept. of Transportation to design and seek funding. In spring 2009, SDOT prepared to put the project out to bid - but several business groups filed a lawsuit opposing trail construction. It's time to move on and get the trail built ...

Who/What: A gathering of ALL TRAIL SUPPORTERS, be they walkers, skaters, strollers, bicyclers, moms, dads, kids, grannies, for a silent show of support honoring the trail and the decades of hard work it took to get us to this point. 

When: Tuesday, October 27, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Where: Shilshole Ave NW, opposite 17th Ave NW, just west of the Ballard Bridge - look for the people with the blinking lights!

How: Walk, bike, run, skate, glide

What Else?: B.Y.O."Blinky" red light if you've got one, and bring your bikes, strollers, walkers, wheelchairs, dogs and skateboards.

We'll have cool orange "WE ARE THE MISSING LINK" T-shirts for the first 100 participants (donations accepted).

Be prepared for inclement weather - rain or shine, we'll be there!

Join us as well for the after-party nearby at Dutch Bike Seattle, 6:30pm, 4421 Shilshole Ave - just east of the Ballard Bridge. Beer and NA drinks will be provided. We will have a grill set up so bring your grillables.

This action supported by Sustainable Ballard, Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail, Totcycle/Kidical Mass, Feet First, Groundswell NW, Seattle Likes Bikes, Cascade Bicycle Club,, CoolMom, Spokespeople, SCALLOPS, Urban Sparks, Sunset Hill Community Association, Washington Liveaboard Association, and thousands of Seattle citizens ...

For more information, contact: Kevin, and Vic,

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Reader Comments (2)

Great idea. Is there a printable poster that we can distribute? If so, what's the link?

October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R. Wolf

Hi - There's a pdf, but not especially handsome ... the online press release would probably forward better.

October 24, 2009 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

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