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Cyclists, leaders brave Gorst in search of elusive north-south Kitsap County bike path

Cyclists, leaders brave Gorst in search of elusive north-south Kitsap County bike path

GORST — Getting through Gorst, Kitsap County’s principal traffic choke point, is hazardous enough in a car. Now try it on a bike. Local cycling…

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GORST — Getting through Gorst, Kitsap County’s principal traffic choke point, is hazardous enough in a car.

Now try it on a bike.

Local cycling advocates, in an effort to expose state and local leaders to the perils of traveling the wishbone-shaped confluence of highways 3 and 16, led a "policy ride," from Bremerton to Port Orchard on Wednesday that included about two dozen riders.

It was not for the faint of heart.

"This is terrifying," exclaimed State Sen. Emily Randall, D-Bremerton, as a group of two-dozen bikers prepared to cross the lanes of Highway 16.

As a growing coalition including politicians, businesses and local Navy leaders pursue a half-billion-dollar megaproject to address the Gorst bottleneck , those cycling advocates are hoping the work can also find a long-sought bike and pedestrian-friendly path between the north and south parts of the peninsula. So on Wednesday, they showed the bike-pedaling group — one that included leaders from the state’s Department of Transportation and Gov. Jay Inslee’s office — the cycling conditions as they exist today.

"The purpose of the ride was to say, ‘This is ludicrous, and it needs to be fixed,’" said local bicycle advocate and Bremerton resident Dianne Iverson, a retired educator.While all cyclists — including your correspondent — did manage to get through Gorst unscathed, they didn’t make it out without a Washington State Trooper stopping for a roadside chat after a motorist complained the bikes had halted traffic. ‘Bike lanes to nowhere’ Gorst, traversed by more than 75,000 motorists each day, is […]

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