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HEAD TO HEAD: Bainbridge Spartans stay strong at Mat Classic. A22

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014 | Vol. 114, No. 9 | | 75¢

Merchants to be cleared off Winslow sidewalks

Let’s get it in gear

City and businesses work together to resolve issue of clogged sidewalks BY CECILIA GARZA Bainbridge Island Review

Bainbridge city staff has decided to work with merchants in downtown Winslow to open sidewalks back up for pedestrians. The increase in sidewalk retail over the past year has prompted an overflow of complaints to the city’s planning and public works departments, Planning Director Kathy Cook told the Bainbridge Island City Council. “I think this is something that needs to be addressed,” Councilwoman Anne Blair said during last week’s extended discussion. “From my perspective it’s something that was raised before, and when I just initially began running for city council,” she recalled. At the end of 2012 the council determined a policy would need to be implemented to mitigate the retail use of the sidewalks, this includes dining tables, chairs, display and sales racks. As other items were prioritized above the sidewalk issue, however, a policy was never approved and the complaints have continued. Several of the comments the staff have received include handicap accessibility, a cluttered appearance that detracts from the new Winslow aesthetic, pinch points for pedestrians walking side-by-side and general safety. City staff has likewise received positive feedback that retail use of the side-

2014 Chilly Hilly lives up to its name Once again, as it has for the past 42 years, the last Sunday in February arrived on schedule and meant only one thing to anybody on the road on Bainbridge Island: It was Chilly Hilly time again. The annual 33-mile bicycle event celebrated it’s 43rd year in 2014, and saw the usual influx of riders from Seattle that has become part of the event. It has proven a popular Bainbridge Island attraction, drawing a record-setting crowd of 6,029 riders in 2010. Each year riders have come from far and wide to participate, including some from Alaska, Iowa, Nevada and New York. Photos by Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review E






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Bainbridge Island Review, February 28, 2014  

February 28, 2014 edition of the Bainbridge Island Review

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