The Mercer Island City Council is meeting on Monday March 7th 7:30PM at the Council Chambers at City (9611 SE 36th Street Mercer Island, WA 98040). Agenda items include the following:
AB 3964: Report Back on Design Alternatives for North Mercer Way Adjacent to Sound Transit Park-and Ride Project (Approx. 45 mins.)
AB 3966: Public Hearing: Planning Commission Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments (2nd Reading) (Approx. 2 hrs.)
At the 11/15/04 City Council meeting, Councilmen El Jahncke opposed a new bike lane that was included with the Sound Transit Park & Ride project. Published meeting notes (http://www.ci.mercer-island.wa.us/Ag...nutes&AMID=989
) include the following excerpts:
"Councilmember Jahncke stated that bicycles need to be addressed island-wide before putting a bike lane on North Mercer Way. This is a policy issue and should not be driven by the City Engineer. He proposed that the Council addresses the broader issue on bicycles on Mercer Island by ordinance. This issue needs to be addressed and implemented not just discussed.
It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:
Be understood that all improvements to North Mercer Way (on City owned right-of-way) between 77th Avenue SE and 80th Avenue SE, including lane configurations, sidewalks and landscaping and excluding the Park-and Ride lot, are a matter of City Council policy and staff is directed to take no further actions to approve changes to North Mercer Way without City Council review and approval.
The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 4-3 (Deputy Mayor Cairns, Mayor Merkle and Councilmember Pearman dissented)."
At the 2/7/05 City Council Meeting, the "bicycle issue" was discussed. The City Council is concerned with large groups of cyclists impeding traffic by riding 2 abreast on the island and occasionally insulting passing motorist. Unfortunately the feelings of at least one council member were very negative toward cyclist.
At the 2/25/05 City Council Meeting, the same negative feelings were expressed by El Jahncke who stated "We do not need a bicycle lane in front of the P&R, because the bikers will ignore all the rules of the road". On 3/3/05, when Jim Hunt (a Kirkland resident who commutes on Mercer Island) contacted El Jahncke to express his concerns about the negative statements toward cyclist and he was told by El "If you do not want to hear the negative comments - you do not have to come to the meetings".
On Monday March 7th, the City Council will reconsider the proposed Park & Ride and review amendments to the MI Comprehensive Plan - Transportation section (http://www.ci.mercer-island.wa.us/fi...tion122304.pdf
It is true that you do not need to come to the MI City Council meetings, but if you are interested in a safe bicycle route in front of the new MI Park & Ride - we need your help! If you are interested in seeing the MI City Council promote bicycle street improvements - we need your help!