Ballard community rallies hundreds for Missing Link
Final route selection is near — the time is now to keep momentum going 

We're still reveling following an uplifting event last Friday, where hundreds of caring members of the Ballard and bicycling communities turned out to support the completion of the Missing Link.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail, the Olympic Athletic Club, the Farmer's Market Association and Ballard Hotel, offered up free food and beverages — plus a healthy dose of support for the South Shilshole alternative

Here's a quick recap of the excitement

The evening started with a familiar exercise — reflecting on who has been affected by the Missing Link:

We also saw strong business support for the South Shilshole alternative:

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways highlighted that this was a change from past Missing Link gatherings:

The sponsors graciously allowed Cascade to say a few words as well. Senior Policy Director, Blake Trask, spoke:

We are thankful to the many caring citizens who have brought light to the issue of the Missing Link for nearly three decades. This has been a community labor of love — with leaders like Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail, and now fresh energy from Ballard neighbors and businesses, as well as groups like the Farmer’s Market.

Over the past nine months, Cascade took an earnest step back to evaluate the four trail options. After a thorough vetting, the clear option forward that is safe, simple and connected is South Shilshole.

Cascade remains committed to open and constructive dialogue with all interests, including those who have expressed concerns about this alignment. We believe there are win-win solutions that can improve mobility and safety for all users in Ballard.

Finally, Mike O'Brien got the crowd going with a call to break ground in 2017:

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) officials said a final route will be selected "within the next several weeks." A such, Cascade is asking officials to "show the love" to the Burke with a Valentine's Day-themed campaign.