Feet First commends the City of Kirkland’s action to preserve the former BNSF rail corridor and convert it into the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) project. The opportunity to walk and bike along a path that connects so much of Kirkland is truly exciting. Our Neighborhood Walking Ambassador program has already led several walks that feature the CKC, and it has received rave reviews from the participants! We also compliment the city for proactively planning the future of the corridor through the Cross Kirkland Corridor Project Study.
We recently shared comments with the City of Kirkland’s Public Works Department as they continue to develop the design for the Cross Kirkland Corridor. You can read the full letter here; a summary of our comments is below.
Separate People Who Walk and Bike
In designing the corridor it is essential that people who walk and bike feel safe and comfortable using it. We believe that the best way to achieve this is by separating the uses.
Wayfinding Signage, Lighting, Street Furniture, and Drinking Fountains
An attractive and user-friendly system of wayfinding signage should be a key element of the CKC
design. Information on the distance and walking time to these sites should be included. Pedestrian scaled
lighting is important to support safe, inviting, and accessible places.
There is a need for public restrooms along the corridor.
For more information about the Cross Kirkland Corridor, please visit the City of Kirkland’s website. The current proposal for the CKC is available here.
If you would like to share your own comments with the City of Kirkland, please send a brief email to the City Council and the Transportation Commission (c/o David Godfrey):