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August 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM
Jared Mills is a librarian on the move. As the project manager of the Seattle Public Library’s “Books on Bikes” team, he pedals his bicycle around Seattle with a customized trailer to bring books and library services to community events.
At least, he did.
Mills discovered Wednesday that a key component of his Books on Bikes effort had been stolen the night before. The books are safe. The bike is gone.
“The trailer was not attached, thankfully,” said Mills, a supervising librarian at SPL’s Montlake branch. “It was safe and happy at the library. It was the bike they took off with.”
Someone sawed through the lock of Mills’ $600 black Marin Hybrid bike, which was parked outside his house in West Seattle.
He is still scheduled for outreach events throughout the area, though so Mills said he plans to check out a bike from the city. A loaner bike won’t replace the bike he had for six years and customized for his 6-foot-4 frame, though. Most importantly, his stolen bike could haul a trailer filled with books.
“It’s just kind of a bummer to lose my bike, but thankfully the trailer is OK,” Mills said. “I’ll find a way to make this go on.”
February 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM
A skeptical crowd is expected at Wednesday night’s forum on designs for half the future Highway 520 bridge landing in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood. This part, formerly known as “Lake to Land,” now is officially named the West Approach Bridge North, because it will build the new lanes only for the westbound direction. The federal government recently awarded the Washington State Department of Transportation a $300 million low-interest loan. This allows DOT to construct a segment from the floating section on Lake Washington to the Montlake Boulevard Exit in 2014-16.
But payments on the federal loan are structured to “wrap around” the state’s initial 30-year bonds in a way that locks toll-paying drivers and the state into debt through 2051. This does not count any future state bonds that might be required to complete the eastbound lanes and the Portage Bay Bridge, which may or may not be bailed out by tolls on Interstate 90.
Now, about those designs, linked here. They include a 14-foot bike and pedestrian trail, connected to the Washington Park Arboretum, and trail belvederes where people can step out of bike traffic and savor the view. The “ramps to nowhere, from an earlier unbuilt project, will be removed. More traffic will land among residential houses at a southbound exit near the old Museum of History and Industry site, because a direct ramp into the Arboretum will be removed.
A deeper problem is the mega-project strategy itself. As Fran Conley of the Coalition for a Sustainable 520 has said, Lake to Land could afflict the Montlake neighborhood with traffic arriving on the new westbound bridge before the state can find money to finish the entire Seattle side. That means there could be five or 10 years of road operations without a park-like lid and noise-deflecting barriers on the sides and undersides. “If they go ahead and build this thing, we should get the noise mitigation immediately,” Conley said Wednesday. Pavement on old sections should be replaced with quieter surface, she said, and a 45-mph speed limit should be enacted.
The Montlaker Blog breaks down the highlights and lowlights here, and urges DOT to preserve a chicken coop. Here is the state project website. The forum is at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, at 2100 Boyer Avenue East, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Here’s a state diagram:
October 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM
UPDATE, 6:43 p.m. | Authorities say the stab wounds were self inflicted.
A man in his 30s with stab wounds is being taken to Harborview Medical Center from 23rd Avenue East and Boyer Avenue East, according to the Seattle Fire Department’s Twitter feed. He is in serious condition. The intersection is in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
November 17, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Organizers say there could be as many as 1,000 people at the Montlake Triangle — between Husky Stadium and the University of Washington Medical Center — for a 4 p.m. ”Jobs not Cuts” rally.
But instead of going to the Montlake Bridge, the group now intends to march west to the University Bridge. The change was made due to “safety concerns cited by the Seattle Police Department,” according to Working Washington. The labor union-affiliated group calls itself part of the “99 percent” and is expected to be joined by Occupy Seattle activists, as well as students feeling the brunt of state higher-education cutbacks.
The primary safety issue is keeping routes open to the hospital, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson. Seattle Department of Transportation says the event “has the potential for creating major delays on all arterials leading to and from Ship Canal bridges,” including the possibility people might block two bridges, and that bus routes could be delayed.
Rally organizers are calling for greater federal investment to rebuild old infrastructure, one example being the Montlake Bridge. It’s part of a “national day of action” at old bridges around the country. This morning, some nonviolent demonstrators were arrested on the Steel Bridge in Portland, according to live coverage from the Oregonian.
Ironically, the lower UW campus sits next to a Sound Transit tunneling site where the federal government is supplying $813 million of the $1.9 billion cost for the light-rail corridor to Capitol Hill and Westlake Center. Also, the state is now seeking a “TIGER” stimulus grant of $15 million for the Triangle itself, to fund a pedestrian bridge linking the campus to the Sound Transit station in 2016. The University Bridge itself was built in 1916 and rebuilt in 1933, and has century-old water pipes beneath that burst in 2007.
See a traffic camera from Montlake Boulevard and Pacific Street.
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