Property values trump bike lanes

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By Steve Young, Alexandria
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To the editor:

I have read about the controversy on King Street (“Road warriors,” December 5). I have been an avid cyclist for more than 35 years, but my love of cycling does not trump my interests as a property owner in the City of Alexandria.

When one of my bicycle advocacy organizations recently emailed me to support the proposed bike lanes on a stretch of King Street, I immediately shot back that removal of parking spaces in a residential area would devalue the properties.

Removing on-street parking, despite the city parking board’s justification that residents have off-street parking available, will deprive the residents of parking for other family members, guests and service vehicles.

If I am in the market for a home, I certainly want parking available on the street for those reasons.

If they could do this on King Street, a major thoroughfare, they could certainly do it on my street — which will remain nameless because I don’t want them to get any ideas.

In this case, my fellow cyclists, I’m sorry to say you’re wrong.