Regarding bike lanes.
There was a thread a while back on this, but the city of Arlington, TX is in the process of considering bike lanes, sharrows, etc. as a part of a massive street/"hike and bike" plan. It passed the planning/zoning committee vote and went to the city council last night. I honestly didn't expect it to make it that far, so I was pleasantly surprised. But the city council just talked about it last night and decided to make yet ANOTHER panel to consider the cost/benefit ratio, etc. Never mind the people who have been working on the project for the past year.
Anyhow, the Star-Telegram ran a story on the city council meeting last night and I just found this doozy of a line:
So, a plan to give bicycle riders a little more space and raise drivers' awareness is dangerous? As opposed to say, completely ignoring bicycles and not making a single effort to educate the other road users?Tuesday was the first time the council heard an overview of the plan, and some members raised concerns about the recommended projects.
"We should encourage bikes in our parks," north Arlington council representative Mel LeBlanc said. "I don't want bike paths on our streets. It's dangerous."
Full story: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03...arlington.html