Ballard's 'Missing Link' of Burke-Gillman Trail Gets a Green Light

The Burke-Gilman Trail passes through Fremont...coming soon to Shilshole?

Bike enthusiasts are celebrating a victory today: a decision by a Seattle hearing examiner that the city can go ahead with construction on the so-called "missing link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail—a 1.5-mile stretch that runs along Shilshole Avenue between 11th Ave. NW and the Ballard Locks.

Work on that part of the BGT has been stalled by lawsuits for years, most recently by a suit brought by Ballard business owners, who worry about a significant loss of street parking if the trail goes through. They also say they're concerned about safety on that stretch, especially under the Ballard Bridge, where bike accidents are common.

The decision means the city can start work on the missing link without a full environmental impact statement—but the businesses have 21 days to file an appeal. And they probably will.

Read more about this and other Seattle bike-related issues in our July report, "Pedal vs. Metal."