Proposed crossing to connect Ballard neighborhoods

SDOT is considering the installation of a new pedestrian signal at 15th Ave NW and NW 53rd Street as part of an effort to connect Ballard’s new 17th Ave NW Greenway and the Burke-Gilman Trail.  This new signal would create a dignified way for residents to access bus stops, parks, and medical care without needing to travel up to a 1/2 a mile out of their way to find a safe crossing.

The West Woodland Neighborhood Association supports the addition of a pedestrian signal at NW 53rd Street and 15th Ave NW.  The new crossing would provide our neighborhood with many benefits, including:

  1. Ease of access to amenities in the core of Ballard such as, medical care, community and cultural events, parks, and commercial interests.
  2. Provide a safe connection for pedestrians and cyclists to travel from the Burke-Gilman Trail to the 17th Ave NW Greenway.
  3. Create an opportunity for small business owners in Ballard’s Brewery District to participate in events such as Ballard Art Walk, Ballard Jazz Festival, and more.

Example of what the crossing would look like at NW 53rd & 15th Ave NW. Click to enlarge

Support the NW 53rd Street Crosswalk:

It’s easy to let SDOT know you support the proposed crossing at NW 53rd Street and 15th Ave NW.  We have created a letter for you, just fill-in a couple items and email to one of the addresses below.

Letters of support should be emailed to West Woodland Neighborhood Association at: or SDOT at:

Learn More:

Learn more about this project, which is funded by the Levy to Move Seattle here:

Find the BGT Missing Link – Public Meetings

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The Burke-Gilman Trail (BGT) is one of the most heavily used pedestrian and bicycling facilities in Seattle, a vibrant trail connecting multiple neighborhoods and other city and regional trails. It serves as a major transportation corridor for commuter and recreational bicyclists.

The Burke-Gilman Trail Extension (Missing Link) Project would connect two existing portions of the Burke-Gilman Trail through the Ballard neighborhood, to complete the regional facility that otherwise runs continuously from Kenmore Park to Golden Gardens. Currently, the trail ends at the intersection of 11th Avenue NW and NW 45th Street (on the east), and begins again at 30th Avenue NW at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (on the west). The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) proposes to connect these two segments of the BGT with a marked, dedicated route for pedestrians and cyclists.

This project is one of the City of Seattle’s top-rated trail priorities as identified by the Bicycle Master Plan. A complete trail network improves Seattle’s health and quality of life by providing safe bicycle and pedestrian travel routes for residents of all ages.

Public Involvement:

Review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the four proposed connection options, and join your neighbors to discuss at Leif Erikson Hall on Thursday, July 14 (6 – 9 pm) or Saturday, July 16 (10 am – 1 pm).

Public Meeting #1:

Date: July 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Leif Erickson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street

Pubic Meeting #2:

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Leif Erickson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street

Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Project Information:

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Hey SDOT… Make 6th Ave NW a Safe Routes to School

Another weekend, another car crash on NW Market Street. For those who live near the east end of Market, between 4th Ave NW & 6th Ave NW, you know how dangerous these intersections can be for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Cars fail to stop at the crosswalk used daily by West Woodland Elementary students, blowing right through the red light even with a crossing guard present.

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Car crash near 6th Ave NW & NW Market Street on Saturday, June 11, 2016

What is the problem?

6th Ave NW could be a well loved street for families to walk and bike to school and to the Burke Gilman Trail, but it has dangerous intersections to cross – like NW Market Street – that needs to be fixed.

Who is involved?

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is working to empower Ballard Greenways, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, Fremont Greenways, and residents of the West Woodland Neighborhood in Ballard.

Get Involved!

February 2016 Ballard District Council approved Neighborhood Park & Street Fund money for intersection safety improvements at 6th NW and NW 65th. We need your support to make changes at 6th Ave NW & NW Market Street. Tell Seattle Department of Transportation to make 6th Ave NW a Safe Routes to School.

Add Your Name Here:

Data Shows Ballard Locations With Most DUIs

According to Project Know, a website dedicated to informing people about addiction and treatment options, 15th Ave NW is one of the worst streets in Seattle when it comes to drunk driving and DUIs.

Three locations along this arterial – at NW Market Street, NW 65th Street, and NW 85th Street – are featured in Project Know’s top six accident locations around Seattle.  These three locations have been host to a total of 38 DUI arrests in 2015, second only to the area surrounding the University of Washington, which had 88 DUI arrests.

For those of us who live near 15th Ave NW, we know how dangerous this roadway can be – multiple lanes and few lights – many refer to it “Ballard’s Freeway”.  It will continue to garner this poor reputation until traffic calming measures are taken, including more stop lights.

Thanks to technology-based rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, it’s never been easier to get from point A to point B.  Pull out your smartphone, link to the appropriate app, and you can order and pay for a driver to be at your side within minutes, usually at rates much lower than a traditional taxi.

So why are people still driving after they have been drinking?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  Comment below, or email:  I may use your comment in a follow-up blog post.

Access the full Project Know report here:

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5th Ave NW Summertime Kick-Off Block Party

SDOT Block partyThe first block party of the season is happening this Saturday, June 11, and you’re invited!  5th Ave NW neighbors, between NW 60th & NW 62nd Streets, are organizing a family friendly summer get-together for all West Woodland, Ballard Neighbors.  Expect to see LIVE music, lawn games, and more!  Please bring a pot-luck item to share!

Date:  Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time:  2:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location:  5th Ave NW, between NW 60th & NW 62nd Streets
Event Details:

Help Wanted!

Donations of the following are gladly welcomed: paper products, compostable utensils, gas grill (just for the day), banquet tables, tablecloths.  Cash donations are also greatly appreciated!


If you have questions about the event, or how to help, please contact:

  • Alex: or 631-880-9836
  • Gwynne: or 603-828-5058


Hub Drills Happening In Ballard & Phinney On June 11

What is your community doing to prepare for a major disaster?  On Saturday, June 11 between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, join your neighbors in a simulated earthquake response drill at one of the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs.

Volunteers, or Citizen Actors, are needed to assist with the drill.  If interested, arrive early and check in with the Hub Coordinator  These activities are designed to help you learn how you can be ready to help in the event of a disaster!

Participating Hub Drill Locations In NW Seattle:

Ballard Commons Park
5701 22nd Ave NW
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Ballard Shilshole Marina
7001 Seaview Ave NW
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Broadview Lutheran Memorial Church
13047 Greenwood Ave N
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Phinney Community Center
6532 Phinney Avenue N
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Additional Information:  

A detailed map of all drill locations and specific times is available on the main page of Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs.


Vote For Your Favorites In The BEST Of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards

BEST of - new FB Logo - blue pic background finalYou know that breakfast spot where you always take visiting friends, or that coffee shop you love to relax at? It’s time to show your favorite local spots some love by voting for them in The Best of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards!

The BEST of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards wants your help in recognizing THE BEST businesses, non-profits, and more in West Woodland, Ballard!

The Best of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards contest is asking YOU, the reader, to nominate your favorite businesses, non-profits, and more in West Woodland, Ballard in categories such as pet friendly, new restaurant, health, fitness, beauty, and more!

Now is the time to vote!
Voting is open from June 6 – July 7, 2016.
Click HERE to Vote!

The contest takes place online only. The top business, non-profit, and more nominated in each category will be considered the winner.  The winners will be announced July 2016 in a special announcement on West Woodland, Ballard Neighborhood Blog.

Nomination Eligibility:  

Any business located in or owned by someone who lives in the West Woodland Neighborhood of Ballard is eligible to be nominated for this award. A map of the West Woodland neighborhood is available here:

Not sure who to vote for?  

Take a look at the West Woodland Neighborhood Business Directory to help chose the BEST of West Woodland. If you don’t see your favorite business listed, let us know by emailing

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