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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


Rail Turned Trail


While researching the Burke Gilman Trail (BGT) and its Missing Link, I found the origins of the (t)rail particularly intriguing. Rather than loading readers down with a ton of historical data in the original BGT post, I dedicated a separate post to the history of the multi-use trail.

Rail History

The origins of the Burke Gilman go all the way back to 1885, six years before SPU’s inaugural year. The Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern (SLS&E) Railroad founders: Judge Thomas Burke, Daniel Gilman and ten investors, spearheaded an effort to get Seattle on the map as a major center for transportation and trade.  Continue reading


Bike Sharing and Seattle


bike shareIf the hectic streets of New York can make it work, I’m sure Seattle’s plan to launch a bike-sharing program in the Spring of 2014 will be a largely positive endeavor. Bike-sharing is the public transpo. of cycling, with bike stations set up across cities where riders can grab a bike or return one. When New York first put its program into motion, there was lots of skepticism regarding the safety of more bikers being put onto already congested streets, but after five months, bike-sharing in NYC has caused no serious harm. Continue reading