“Neighbors in Lake City are fighting back against the mayor’s plan to add bike lanes to a big North Seattle hill, eliminating two lanes for cars.
This week, yellow-and-black signs questioning the change to Northeast 125th Street appeared on the hill with the main number for Mayor Mike McGinn’s office.
The Seattle Department of Transportation has recommended the North Seattle road be reduced from two auto lanes in each direction to one between Roosevelt Way Northeast and 28th Avenue Northeast. The lanes would be separated by a two-way left turn lane and both sides of the street would have a bicycle lane.”
Wow, this is disappointing.
I’ve spent the majority of my life paying for roads I’ve never used, or have used on a bicycle while cars have done their best to annihilate me. I would have killed to have had bike lanes on a semi-suburban road like 125th. It would have been the fair thing to do, and it probably would have encouraged more people to bike. You’d be surprised what people will do if they think they’ll live through an experience.
Now, you have SDOT and the Mayor’s office proposing just such lanes, and the community is up in arms because it might take up a few feet of precious automobile space?
I think I’ll call the number on the little signs myself … and express support for the bike lanes.