Art Koura, almost 90, misses Bainbridge Island. In 1919, his parents, Otohiko and Hatsuko Koura, strapped on their infant son and came here to pick strawberries. They liked it so much that a year later they left their Seattle home to try farming on the island. Six years later, they had as many children and seven acres on High School Road. The farm was successful, and Otohiko became president of the Community Association from 1936 to 1941.
It’s surprising that there aren’t more bicycle-vehicle collisions on Bainbridge Island’s seven-mile stretch of State Route 305 when considering the thousands of vehicles and hundreds of two-wheelers that race to and fro the ferry terminal each day. Collisions are common on a busy road that is generally an accident looking to happen, but the last major bicycle-vehicle accident occurred nearly four years ago when a car driven by a Bremerton woman – distracted by a cell phone – struck and threw an island man 85 feet. Chris Stanley was seriously injured but miraculously lived to tell about it.