I thoroughly agree with Ms. Gilliland’s letter last week, that rabid bicyclists don’t belong on a trail with the leisurely class of dog-walkers. I have given up the entire idea of a leisurely walk in Woodinville, just because no one thinks to separate these two vastly diverse activities, walking and maniacal bike-riding on the same narrow strip of pavement. Perhaps Ms. Gilliland would enjoy Aaron James’ writings, which I’ve read several times myself. My husband was hit by a bicyclist and fell down, and that was it for us.
On another note, we are getting ready for a move to a new home, hopefully in Woodinville, our home of over 40 years. While browsing realtor ads I see the new listing realty photos that make the image of homes so obscure, so washed out, that one is hardly motivated to drive by. I believe realtors should be held to a standard of photography that translates into a viable picture in the Weekly, even if I’m browsing above my income level.
Camp Unity Eastside encampment is moving on Aug. 1 to Kirkland Congregational Church. CUE has been located at Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church since November 2013.
Camp Unity Eastside is a transitional mobile encampment and self-managed outside community. We make our focus on giving a hand up to those who have a need for simple shelter. Each member here is a responsible and active part of keeping CUE running. To offset the cost of operating and handling the responsibilities that come from offering safety and a place to reside, shower and eat, we each pay a maintenance fee of $30. In this way we empower our camp and each other to be contributors.
We are supported by donations in kind. Meals, food, and clothing are surely appreciated as they are what makes us capable of providing beyond our own means.
This will be our first time being hosted at KCC. Yet we are excited to be part of Kirkland once again. Also, we will be moving to Holy Spirit on Nov. 1.
I wish to make some observations about your June 30 front page article, “Driver Fined Only $175 for Fatal Crash in Kenmore,” about Caleb Shoop’s tragic accident.
I witnessed the accident (and submitted my observations to the city’s police chief) and I concur with the King County Prosecutor cited in the article that vehicular homicide does not apply. I disagree with Fucoloro’s gratuitous allegations that the hapless truck driver whose vehicle hit Caleb ought to be penalized further.
The accident was first triggered by the driver of one of the cars headed south, who decided far too suddenly to stop to let Caleb cross the street forcing the rest of us drivers to stop quickly too. Upon seeing all of the cars stopping unexpectedly Caleb traversed the street. The youngish truck driver on the farthest right lane going north didn’t see any of this and failed to slow down enough or stop. I think the $175 penalty the young truck driver had to pay and the pangs of regret which I’m sure he carries are commensurate with what he did.
I consider the response by the City of Kenmore to re-stripe 61st Avenue extremely questionable although probably goodhearted. One of my neighbors thought it goofy. A sort of a bike lane was added (but not for the entire length of the street) which I used yesterday for the first time. It was only a small relief because the city eliminated one of the northbound lanes and this forces drivers wishing to give a biker a little more room than the narrow bike lane offers to drive over the solid yellow line, which few are willing to do.
As a result of the re-striping, an entire lane is out of bounds for drivers and this can only cause even longer lines for the greater number of commuters that use 61st. Given the greater number of homes the city has allowed in our area, 61st now carries more traffic than before but now, with the re-striping, there is less street space for the cars to go through. It doesn’t make any sense.
Carlos B. Gil