City Bike Master Plan Moves Forward
posted by October 29 at 15:24 PMon
This morning, members of the Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Group briefed the City Council the latest draft of the Bike Master Plan, which will go before the full council on Monday.
I’ve written before about some of the problems with the (generally impressive) bike plan—notably the fact that it neglects the South End, for example. I’ve also written about concerns that the city is abandoning its commitment to implement the master plan—replacing planned bike lanes with “sharrows,” in which bikers share the same space as cars.
During this morning’s briefing, Pete Lagerwey, a transportation planner with the city’s Department of Transportation (SDOT), sang the praises of sharrows, saying they signal to cyclists that “this is a good place to ride.”
When council president Nick Licata asked him whether there was any enforcement mechanism to ensure that cars would share the road, Lagerwey responded that there was not. “The intent of the sharrow is to reinforce the existing lane.”
Because those non-enforceable, out-in-traffic sharrows are working so well now.
(Incidentally, Jean Godden asked the bike planners about the controversial sharrow on Stone Way, which replaced a planned bike lane. “A lot of people have been calling my office” about the sharrow, she said. “Is there something we can tell them—that it looks likely that we may change it—or is that it?” In response, SDOT traffic management director Wayne Wentz told Godden the city eliminated the bike lane because of a “major capacity problem” on Stone Way—a very different story than the one they were telling back in August, when the city’s decision to cut the lane at the request of a single property owner, Suzie Burke, led to a massive two-wheeled protest.)