There's lots of chatter right now around our relatively new,and quickly beloved, Cross Kirkland Corridor. The City of Kirkland owns the land and Sound Transit has an easement over it. The plan from the beginning was to have some form of transit/light rail to connect Issaquah, Bellevue and Totem Lake. But apparently nobody mentioned BUSES, which is on the forefront of their minds now. Locals are quickly assembling to weigh in with their thoughts on how these types of changes might impact the natural serenity and safety of our widely used trail. Perhaps the 405 is a better place for diesel buses to be zipping around? I have to say, this is one of the many things I love about Kirklanders. We stay pretty quiet and chill until something comes up that really really rubs us the wrong way- and they we rally together and make our thoughts be known. So- do it to it. Let them know what you think. Silence is assumed approval.
Here are the details from a flyer that is being circulated:
Our City Council wants to put buses on the CKC. Tell them to pursue, existing, alternate, better options.
Preserve the Cross Kirkland Trail, Naturally.
The Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) is a 5.75 mile walking and biking path and green space meandering past schools and parks and connecting 13 neighborhoods. It is enjoyed by walkers and bikers of all ages. The City is rushing to develop plans for Sound Transit’s 2016 ballot measure and wants to put Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on this trail. Buses on the CKC are unnecessary and would destroy the trail forever.
Projecting Buses Every 2 to 3 Minutes
The City of Kirkland proposes adding two paved bus lanes for BRT. According to the City, they expect a bus would go by every two to three minutes during peak travel times. With such high traffic, the tranquility of the trail would be forever altered as well as the safety of the trail users.
There are Better Options: I-405
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will better serve our community on existing infrastructure such as I-405. (The I-405 Master Plan calls for BRT.) Redmond and Bellevue have successfully added BRT on their city streets. Kirkland can do the same.
Preserve Our Green Space For Future Generations
As the impacts and pressures of increased density continue, we need to preserve and protect the green spaces we have for future generations.
Here’s How You Can Tell The City Council You Don’t Want Buses On The CKC
• November 17th, 7:30pm, Attend the City Council meeting and Wear Green to visually show
• November 19th, 6:30pm, Attend the Open House at the Kirkland Performance Center and
• Write Letters to the Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
• Email the City Council with your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Email Sound Transit with your thoughts: EmailAllBoardMembers@soundtransit.org