The Cascade Bicycle Club has responded to a city hearing examiner's decision to require a full environmental impact statement for the completion of the "missing link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail. (The hearing examiner ruled that the project, which bicycle safety advocates have been asking the city to complete for more than six years, "would likely have significant adverse impacts in the form of traffic hazards"---collisions between bikes and trucks.)

Surprise: They're not happy. Specifically, Cascade director Chuck Ayers said in a statement, “We are disappointed. The Missing Link continues to be a major safety concern, and this setback perpetuates the problems that already exist with the rail road tracks, navigation, and interaction between road users.”

Just last month, another cyclist reported being hit by a car on the missing link, which stretches roughly from the Ballard Bridge to the Ballard Locks.

We have a call out to Mayor Mike McGinn's office to find out how he plans to instruct the Seattle Department of Transportation to respond to the hearing examiner's ruling. SDOT could appeal the ruling or agree to do a full EIS, which would cost the city money, obviously, and potentially months of delay on a project that has already been pushed back nearly half a decade.
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