Daily Archives: August 11, 2008

Police Blotter: Connecting Ericksen-Hildebrand by force

Not even chains can stop one motorist’s revved-up desire for convenience while running errands about town. This week, a truck busted through a chain blocking the connection between Hildebrand Lane and Ericksen Avenue. According to folks that work in the area, this isn’t the first time someone has broken through barriers erected by businesses fed up with cars using their parking lots as a through way between the two (officially) unconnected streets.

Also this week, a dissatisfied customer threatens to sic her incarcerated husband on a Winslow bank and kill an unhelpful teller.

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A safer trip to Blakely school

The city is putting the finishing touches on a series of pedestrian and traffic safety improvements near Blakely Elementary School this week.

The improvements include a new sidewalk linking between the Blakely Heights neighborhood and the school, and a drop-off area on the south side of Baker Hill Road intended to ease congestion in the school parking lot.

The city also aims to slow drivers down with new road islands solar-powered beacons that will flash during school hours.

“Blakely Elementary has been described as being hidden in the trees,” said project engineer Chris Hammer, noting that many drivers speed past the area, oblivious to the school.

The beacons and islands will prompt drivers to slow down and drive carefully in the 20 mph zone, he said.

The roadside along the project area incorporate a low impact stormwater drainage system that channels water into permeable gutters.

The project was funded through a federal transportation grant administered by the Puget Sound Regional Council.

Pedal x 2 = π

There’s an old saying that pedaling a bike makes pie taste sweeter.

Well, they say that on Bainbridge Island, at least.

Islanders have for six years turned out for the annual Bike for Pie ride, a short jaunt that trades a little sweat for a wedge of homemade goodness.

This year’s 6-mile ride on Sunday will wind from Winslow to Fort Ward State Park, where a plethora of pies await.

Dana Berg, president of the Squeaky Wheels bicycle advocacy group, will lead the ride. The 2008 Bike for Pie t-shirt, which will be available for purchase at Fort Ward, was designed by bicyclist and artist Peggy Brunton.

And the best part: the pie’s free.

The wheels start rolling from the Marge Williams Center on Winslow Way at 10 a.m.

For more info, go here.