First report – California Way is open up and down the hill, but you have to turn right (toward Seacrest) at the bottom – that’s exactly where the road is blocked off to westward traffic. Off now to check along Admiral feeder streets to Alki. ADDED 8:37 AM: The Alki-bound streets along Admiral are marked LOCAL ACCESS ONLY starting at Lander – but at the bottom of the hill, neither 62nd nor 63rd has a sign right now; we turned beachward at 63rd but of course you can’t detour west at Alki because of the sidewalk work, so we turned east and then routed onto 61st to head inland.
Not sure if that will remain the detour the entire day but we’ll check later. Lots of folks already gathering for the West Seattle 5K (WSB sponsor) at 9:30; we’ll be covering that and more, as it goes.
10:27 AM UPDATE: We’re covering the 5K separately (see that story here) but also making a few more notes here about car-free logistics, till we launch a new report when the activities start in earnest about an hour from now. Parking enforcement officers on Segways are on patrol, as the 5K participants continue crossing the finish line (after almost an hour, it’s down to the walkers now). (added later – a pic of the Segway officers, pre-race):
10:44 AM UPDATE: The 5K is officially over- but remember, the streets are already closed for the day, so people are walking, biking, skateboarding already. High clouds have moved in so it may not be as baking-hot as yesterday seemed.
11:21 AM UPDATE: The tablers and demos are setting up, since activities kick off shortly. From the Tully’s window, we see Zipcar setting up right across the street – the Ryan Leech setup with Norco is just east of there (he’ll be putting on a mountain-bike-stunt-riding show a bit later; here’s the full schedule of bicycle-related events, courtesy of Cascade Bicycle Club). Around noon, we’ll be heading back outside to take a look at how restaurants are doing, since that continues to be a point of contention for some — whether the “car-free days” depress business. Things seem rather brisk here in Tully’s, though we have no point of comparison to a normal Sunday morning.
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