Serena, Colin and I took a spin along the Wallingford Greenway this morning. Then, we crossed Stone Way through what will be a remarkable safety island for pedestrians and bicyclists. We rode around the neighborhood to the west of Stone Way.
I will personally attest that Woodland Park Ave. N is a wonderfully wide and sedate road that is comfortable to ride with kiddos on-board. I felt like I could ride my (slow) pace, take a visible road position and there was still plenty of room for oncoming or passing vehicles, including other people on bikes. It could be a worthy Greenway contender if crossings at Bridge and 38th to the south and 46th and Green Lake Way to the north were improved similarly to the Stone Way crossing.
But the best thing we saw on the ride was the new runnel going in on the pedestrian bridge over Aurora Ave. at 41st Street. The construction guys were improving the hand rails while the concrete frames were in place for the actual runnel. Anyone who knows how much fun it isn’t to haul a bike up and down a long set of stairs will cheer this improvement.
Once you cross Aurora over this bridge, you’ll find yourself two blocks from B.F. Day Elementary School. B.F. Day draws from both sides of Aurora, so this runnel will help kids and families who want to bike to school from the east side of the attendance zone.