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September 15, 1997

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Bike Lane Leaders from Woodinville and bothell joined together las week to dedicat new bike and pedestrian lanes along 132nd Ave. N.E., on the border of thge two cities. Breaking ground for the planting of a ceremonial tree are (from l.) Linda Sarpy and Randy Ransom, Woodinville Parks and Recreation Commissioners, Woodinville City Councilmember Barbara SOlberg, Mayor Bob Miller, Bothell City Councilmember Mike Noblet and Mayor John Curtin.

Photo Courtesy City of Woodinville

Joint-city bike lane, pedestrian path dedicated

  by Andrew Walgamott
   WOODINVILLE--Last week, city leaders from Woodinville and Bothell formally dedicated the new pedestrian and bike lane alongside 132nd Ave. N.E. Residents of Pioneer Hills, Holly Hills and the Wedge now have an eight-foot wide path independent of the street on which to walk, jog, push strollers and bicycle.
   "This is a fine example of how our two great cities can accomplish so much by working together in a collaborative way," Bothell Mayor John Curtin said. 132nd forms the border between Woodinville and Bothell.
   The City of Bothell worked as the lead agency on the project, providing management and inspection services while Woodinville participated in the design review and public involvement phases.
   Curtin pointed out that the project also addressed safety needs of school children. Woodin Elementary and Woodinville High School are nearby.
   Woodinville Mayor Bob Miller said he loved the new trail and called for more. "We need more of these in different neighborhoods," Miller said. A tree planting commemorated the event. The path connects with sidewalks leading into Woodinville as well as new bike lanes on both sides of N.E. 195th St. near WHS.
   Trail users on 132nd are protected from oncoming cars by a strip of grass and trees. The amenities give the appearance of a narrower street, slowing traffic, according to Woodinville Senior Engineer Gary Wiggins.
   "They were a joy to work with, a hard working city," Wiggins said of partnering with Bothell, a call echoed by his counterpart at Bothell, Cos Roberts. Total cost to both cities was approximately $350,000.
   The Woodinville Water District was involved as well, relocating water mains and other water facilities during the project. Miller said that in the coming weeks, Woodinville would take over responsibility for 132nd. Currently, the road changes jurisdiction seven times between Woodin Elementary and SR 522, Miller said.