Each spring, I look forward to being the first to see a robin and brag to my friends. I am not sure if the bike lanes will still be around next spring but I truly look forward to seeing my first cyclist in the bike lanes.
I travel 55th Street and 40th Avenue four times a day, seven days a week and I have yet to see any cyclists.
In addition, when it is dark and raining it is impossible to see the lane markings. I can only imagine how it will be this winter!
Also, I am constantly moving from left to right in my direction of travel as the position of the car lanes is constantly changing.
My guess is there are a 1,000 cars using these roads for each cyclist. This guesstimate survey has about much validity as the data used by our elected officials to go forward with the bike lanes.
When I attend the Masonic Hall on 52nd Street downtown there is no longer any parking on that side of the street. This has resulted in our members who are getting on in years parking blocks away and risking injury. The hall is primarily used in the evenings when there are not any bikers downtown.
When are we going to stop the madness? When did common sense go out the window? Those politicians who supported this insane idea should be fired!
I have heard the comment in Europe they do it this way and it is successful. This is a stupid statement as building lots are about 20-feet wide with no car parking. Here they are double and triple that with off-street parking. People do use bicycles in Europe to commute to their jobs, which are close to where they live.
How can 250 people who signed the original petition dictate to the masses? Let’s stop this insanity now!
R. Dean Cowan