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Burke Gilman Missing Link – Addressed after 20 years in the making

Out of nowhere the other day, my son asked, “Dad, do you know Bill Nye? We are watching a few of his videos in school.” My response was, as a matter of fact, “Yes, I had the opportunity to serve the City of Seattle with him 20 years ago. We were both on the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. He was, shall we say, a spirited individual.”

Back in 1997 and 1998, one of the front burner issues for the Board was how to best leverage recent legal agreements between the city and the railroad companies related to the Burke-Gilman bicycle trail through the neighborhood of Ballard.

Seattle’s Mayor Mike Murray apparently (and finally) addressed this outstanding issue yesterday. Twenty years in the making. I am thankful I do not work directly in city government. Even Bill Nye could not make this process faster.

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