Isn't it Weird That...

Some weird things we noticed about parks and parking.

By Josh Feit and Erica C. Barnett May 22, 2014

1. Isn't It Weird That ... So much of the opposition to the proposed 1.2-mile separated cycle track on Westlake Ave., which is part of the city's Bicycle Master Plan, is based on the loss of some 100 spaces of parking, much of it free—the very sort of "subsidized" city transportation facility that anti-bike activists typically decry because the users aren't paying "their fair share" for them? You know, like bike lanes! 

An email inviting cycle track opponents to attend and speak out at last night's bike Westlake bike meeting said (caps and bolds theirs) that the proposal "REDUCES PARKING for businesses, residents, moorage tenants, tourists and many users."  

Currently, nearly two-thirds of the parking spaces along the Westlake project area (that translates to 783 out of 1,712 spaces) are free and have no time limits. We have a call in to SDOT to find out how many of the 100 spaces that will be eliminated by the bike lane are among those 62 percent that are currently free along Westlake Avenue. 

2. Isn't it weird that ... the campaign against the August parks district vote—the mayor and the council have sent a $48 million permanent general parks funding measure to voters this August to replace the recurring levy that must be re-approved every six years, and tied to a specific parks package—say their campaign has been endorsed by North Seattle's 46th District Democrats?

The group, funded largely ($4,000) by property manager Faye Garneau,  hasn't actually gotten the thumbs-up from the 46th because ... the group's endorsement meeting isn't until tonight! 

Meanwhile, the parks district—37 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, about $4 a month more than the current levy—has won the official endorsements of southeast Seattle's 37th District, central Seattle's 43rd, West Seattle's 34th, and Northwest Seattle's 36th.

(On the other hand: Sabrina Hill, chair of the 46th, points out that the district did pass a resolution—by 90 percent—against the then-proposed parks measure and in support of the ongoing levy in March. So, the anti-parks district campaign website may be accurate tomorrow.) 


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