Paul Andrews

Seattle Parks hearing on closing parks for bikes Feb. 26

In Today's Ride on February 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Seattle parks commissioners will hold a public hearing on street closures around parks for bicycling, running and pedestrians from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) at parks headquarters, 100 Dexter Ave. (at Denny) in Denny Park.

This is a great deal. We lived for some time next to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where much of the park was closed to car traffic on Sundays. Wow, what a carnival: Roller bladers held line dances, people came out with their dogs and kids in strollers, bikes everywhere. It was like a mini-Woodstock every Sunday.
If Seattle is to make good on Mayor Nickels’ silly boast about being No. 1 for bicycling, this is a great step.

Here’s the rundown:

Seward Park’s upper loop road and Carkeek Park’s road west of the environmental learning center would feature “Walking Wednesdays” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May through September.
Lake Washington Boulevard would close Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May  through September except during Seafair.
Volunteer Park Western Loop around the reservoir would be closed full-time year-round.
Arboretum Road south of Graham Visitor Center, same thing: Full-time year-round closure with access for permitted weekend events.

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