This from the group trying to find a fix for the “Missing Link” on the Burke-Gilman: “Our recent meeting to discuss completing the “Missing Link” was a HUGE success! Over 400 local residents and business owners attended. Consistent with public comments received by SDOT, the majority of residents and business owners want the City to select the Shilshole South Alternative to complete the multi-use trail, including Fremont resident and Seattle City Councilman Mike O’Brien, who attended and spoke at the event. Other guest speakers included Kevin Carrabine, President, Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail, Blake Trask, Senior Policy Director, Cascade Bicycle Club, Jon Hegemen, Founder, Ballard Farmer’s Market, Tom Bayley, President, Stimson Marina, and Jim Riggle, Owner, Olympic Athletic Club. Also, we heard from Jessica Dickinson, a Ballard resident who was seriously injured riding her bike through the “Missing Link.”

“All of the speakers reported that the Shilshole South Alternative represented the best option to achieve Project objectives and complete the “Missing Link.” Also, they encouraged everyone to continue sharing and demonstrating their support by writing and sending emails, letters, and postcards to the Mayor.”

“Next steps:

  1. Attend the special City Council Meeting to discuss the preferred alternative to complete the Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard, Chaired by Councilman Mike O’Brien, on Wednesday, February 15th, at12:00 p.m.
  1. Use one of the following links to send an email to the Mayor ( ) and the Director of SDOT( them to complete the Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail on Shilshole Avenue South.


“Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail, Friends of the Ballard Farmer’s Market, Olympic Athletic Club/Hotel Ballard “