Voices in Support of Trail Preservation

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Comments made by friends and neighbors:

What a treasure the Cross-Kirkland Corridor is! 

I live close to the access points in Crestwoods Park, one of which - the north end - can accommodate my hybrid bike. I frequently use it to get to Totem Lake (Urban Coffee Lounge, and Gold's Gym). 

Tonight I took it the other direction, and discovered some great new access points; one that allows you onto 106th Ave NE near Metro Market (where I cross NE 68th to go to PCC), and another that has been resurfaced and makes for an easier ride up a steep hill, connecting you to NE 60th Street, which brings you past Northwest College, and up the hill to 114th Ave NE which will take you behind the college to one of the entrances to Watershed Park. At the end of NE 60th Street is also the footbridge that crosses I-405 at the NW corner of Bridle Trails State Park. 

My two-hour excursion this evening included cottonwood snow, choruses of frogs, lots of running rabbits, a snake (who was just trying to cross the road!), and a large, and startled coyote (behind Chainline Brewing). I had great vantages of Lake Washington and the Olympic Mountains, and from the SE corner of Watershed Park, a great view of Mount Rainier. I rode down to the creek at Watershed and was treated to the evening symphony of birds amid the gurgling and splashing of Watershed Creek.

So glad I ventured out tonight! -- Wesley Andrews

The Cross Kirkland Trail is a cherished green space for our residents and wildlife and serves as a natural buffer to the environmental impacts of increasing density in our community. -- Michelle Sailor

To say the least I think this is an insane idea. I cannot possibly fathom how any potential benefit of a bus line across this path is going to do anything remotely tangible to help any traffic problems. The cost would be astronomical versus the ROI. All I seem to get from the council are excuses like, "It was always part of the plan", or "$250,00 was spent on a study and that study showed, blah, blah." The idea is terrible in theory, but the bus idea specifically is really stupid. -- Rob Burns

No way. -- Christina Brugman

Please keep busses on I-405 where they belong, using the two toll lanes and special HOV ramps that were designed to serve busses (and certainly provide nothing for carpoolers who use the NE 85th exit into Bellevue). The new trail is a real gem, like Marina Park downtown. There's no need to pave over wetlands and ruin neighborhoods and cause safety issues for Peter Kirk Elementary and Kirkland Middle School students. -- David Wall

I am opposed to buses running on the trail. This is the most stupid Idea the city of Kirkland has come up with yet. -- Albert Hern

Putting buses on the CKC is the worst kind of bait and switch government. Not just no, but HELL NO. -- Curt Blake

To say the least I think this is an insane idea. I cannot possibly fathom how any potential benefit of a bus line across this path is going to do anything remotely tangible to help any traffic problems. The cost would be astronomical versus the ROI. All I seem to get from the council are excuses like, "It was always part of the plan", or "$250,00 was spent on a study and that study showed, blah, blah." The idea is terrible in theory, but the bus idea specifically is really stupid. -- Rob Burns

Just when the people along the Cross Kirkland Corridor finally felt some safety and security in their property values, now it appears that the government is rapidly trying to ruin them again. Everyone agrees that the bus system is broken in its current state, if not, take a ride on the bus and see for yourself. Running buses down a nature corridor next through neighborhoods, next to schools and through awkward street crossings is just about the worst idea imaginable.  

I urge the county to reconsider this and urge the city to actually fight in the best interests of the people for once and oppose this. To whom it may concern, the residents of Kirkland DO NOT WANT THIS. Leave the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail in tact as it sits. Feel free to make improvements to the pedestrian crossings but do not fill the trail with any sort of trains, buses, taxicabs or otherwise.

Do not believe the lies of contractors and corporations who will try to convince you of some new pavement, electric bus or other product that is going to make this all bearable. None of those things make it acceptable to carve out a 100 foot wide path through an environmentally sensitive area.

Here's some advice to Kirkland. Pull out your handbook of environmental restrictions that you like to apply to everyone's residential projects and apply them to this. Please do this before wasting hundreds of thousands of my tax dollars on environmental feasibility studies and then environmental mitigations in an attempt to force this project to work that no one wants. -- Geordy Rostad

This is really sad this is happening once again. We had to save our parks from ARC and here they go again trying to take away the corridor. There are so few places to walk here. We are already chocked full of bus exhaust and it certainly would decimate the trail. If KCC wants to do something good, they should have fought against losing a lane on 405, just so Olympia can tax those of us who live here. How did we get chosen to pay that extra tax anyway? -- Jennifer McWethy

As a city we take great pride in our natural resources, exceptional park and natural areas, and recreation opportunities. Developing the CKC into a transit corridor is antithesis to the city's stated mission and goals of "preserving the City's existing charm and natural amenities" and "protection of the natural environment." -- Kelli Curtis

Love this new trail! lets find a way to keep it a trail for walking biking running meeting up with friends and family! -- Nancy Edgers

Let's show the City that we don't want buses or rail on the trail. Keep transit on the I-405! Attend the Council meeting on Tuesday and attend the Open House on Thursday. Wear Green to visually show your support. Let's keep our trail natural. -- Suzanne Welton

My wife and I moved to Kirkland a year ago and the clincher for making the move was the beauty and availability of the CKC. As a runner, dog-walker and bike rider I love the trail. We should preserve the beauty of the trail and continue to enhance that beauty over the years. We should not pollute the trail with the noise and distractions that come with rail and/or buses. Let's not disturb its natural beauty. The CKC is a treasure that should be cultivated and enhanced, not diminished to accommodate traffic - rapid transit belongs on the existing highways built for that purpose. -- Jonathan Stutz

Public transportation for Kirkland connecting to the greater eastside n Seattle metro areas is vital for our economy and the people who rely on safe, inexpensive transportation. The issues of bus traffic and the increasing traffic congestion throughout the region needs to be addressed. Using the CKC makes no sense for metro light rail n Metro bus lines. The trail runs mostly through low density residential housing and is only 5.75 miles. The CKC better serves its current use as nature trail for the public to use as walk, run, and biking trail. Metro light rail n busses would be much better served access the areas the riders need to go, which is not in our low density residential housing areas. King county metro transportation needs to take a page from areas like Santa Clara County, CA VTA Light Rail and Bay Area Caltrain systems, which serve the needs of public transportation very well and are linked together. -- Richard Jordan

You guys should set up a petition at change.org - this will be way easier to sign than sending separate emails to all these addresses (which probably will end up in their spam folder anyway) and something that you can track and show to the authorities. I strongly support your position of course - I use the trail on my bike often to work and with kids on the weekends. -- Boris Bobrov

One thing I would add to the Save Our Trail message is that the 255 Bus will be re-routed AWAY from 108th Ave NE. That will affect a lot of Houghton residents who take daily to work in Seattle. -- Shawn Etchevers

As a strong supporter of walking, biking and transit, I am very disappointed at the city's plan to sell out our trail. The Cross-Kirkland trail is a real gem, and is one of a very few places to walk that has virtually no traffic noise.

While the right-of-way may physically exist to run buses alongside the trail, it is impossible to do so without completely destroying the aesthetics. The construction of the busway would replace trees and greenery with concrete, as well as force the permanent closure of many trail access points in the name of "safety". It would also subject trail users to constant noise of diesel engines, especially during rush hour, with buses running every 2-3 minutes. The SODO busway trail is a good indicator of what the ultimate result would be - technically usable, yes, pleasant, no.

And all this for a bus corridor that is not even really necessary. Curves and safety considerations would limit buses to around 35 mph, so, even from a transit perspective, the Cross-Kirkland Trail would not be a viable replacement for buses down I-405, especially with the newly opened express toll lanes available. For local bus service, parallel roads, such as 108th Ave. and Lake Washington Blvd. receive only light to moderate traffic, even during rush hour, so it is not necessary to take over the trail to achieve quality bus service. If money is available to improve the quality of bus service in Kirkland, it should be spent on running existing bus routes more frequently, instead. I hope the city will listen to us and not sell out our unique asset for a bus corridor that is not necessary. -- Eric Feiveson

NO buses on the trail! This is the most stupid idea the Kirkland City Council has come up with yet. -- Albert Hern

I do not agree with putting bus rapid transit on the CKC. I do not support council members who promote this diminution of a beautiful Kirkland natural resource & irreplaceable Quality-of-Community-Life asset. Bus rapid transit belongs with vehicles on I-405. -- Rich Bergdahl

I strongly support the Save Our Trail organization. This green space is crucial to maintaining the healthy lifestyle of our Kirkland community. It is an unusually unique and wonderful way for our schools, neighborhoods and the entire community to connect. -- Kristine Isaacson

Our family moved to Kirkland in 2012. One of the reasons we chose to move here (as opposed to Bellevue) was Kirkland's commitment to preserving its parks and other natural settings which we feel contributes to the city's healthy vibe. We were thrilled when the trail opened - our family is out there most afternoons and nights when the weather allows. We were even more thrilled when businesses, such as Google, supported the trail further by building a playground and zip line on it for kids. It demonstrated that the city council was able to convey to businesses like Google, their commitment to preserving a sense of community.  Allowing bus lines to cut through would not only be questionable (I'm not sure of many public bus lines that people take that cut through residential areas), but would disrupt the harmony of both its residents and its natural setting. As a new resident to Kirkland, if I had known what I know now about this proposal, I would not invest in looking for a home here. I'm sure I'm not the only rational person to think this. While a home is a home, it is also an investment and I think this proposal would cause home prices in Kirkland to go down, to be frank. The fact is, our healthy environment is an asset, and our natural setting (near the water - which by the way, the bus lines or the proposed trees that would act as sound barriers, would obscure a good number of home views), along with other resources (such as good schools and close proximity to other bigger cities) makes Kirkland unique. To make a poor decision on this could really have a huge adverse impact on Kirkland's character. I really hope the trail stays and that the city remains committed in preserving Kirkland's character and sense of community. -- Susan Shin Robinson

Let's keep our corridor for pedestrians and bikes! Buses and trains stay on the transit corridors we already have like 405 and 108th/6th. -- Terri Butler

Putting trains on the trail is a bad idea! -- Bruce Butler