Dear city leaders and staff,
Please fund and implement a protected path on Aurora along Green Lake Park.
The existing outside path of Green Lake Park at the park’s west side, along Aurora, is dangerous for people walking, jogging, and biking.
Rutted, potholed, and filled with tree roots, the dirt path is difficult for people to avoid twisting ankles or keep balance on their bikes. Narrow, people passing one another often must step into the Aurora roadway.
Exacerbating these issues, Seattle Parks Department banned biking and clockwise walking and running from the interior path around Green Lake, forcing these folks to use the outside path. This has put more people at risk, near 40+ mph traffic.
When the pandemic restrictions ease-up, the issues will remain. The inner park trail is frequently crowded with families taking leisurely strolls. Around most of the lake joggers and bicyclists can use adjacent streets, the outer trail, and soon the eastside two-way protected bike lane. But on the westside they have no alternatives: either jostle through the crowds or put themselves in harm’s way along Aurora.
It doesn’t have to be this way. For years, drivers were not allowed to the curbside northbound lane. A recent restriping by WSDOT reopened the lane to drivers, just before the pandemic hit.
Now is the time to create a safe path around the westside of Green Lake Park. Please repurpose the cubside northbound lane for people walking and biking by installing a jersey barrier along Green Lake Park.