Bike lanes serve the 1 percent

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By Linda Greenberg, Alexandria
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To the editor:

Ninety-nine percent of Alexandria’s residents use cars and buses to go to work, church, favorite restaurants and the grocery store. At the same time, most of the main arteries to and from the city — such as Duke, King and Washington streets as well as Braddock Road and Route 1 — suffer gridlock during rush hours. Even at other times, they are crowded with vehicles, whether cars, trucks or buses.

Why do our city fathers want to reduce road lanes and make it more difficult for the 99 percent of city residents who depend on cars and buses? Why, particularly, when we know that residential and commercial development continues, and there will be more people and more cars to squeeze onto these same roads?

I find it incomprehensible that the city is talking about expanding bike lanes. Why isn’t it talking about expanding car lanes to ease congestion? Why is its priority serving 1 percent of the population?