Opinion Your Views — 03 April 2014
The high cost of bicycle lanes

By Linda Greenberg, Alexandria
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To the editor:

I am appalled when I think of the money the city is spending to further the cause of bicyclists in Alexandria. I am particularly appalled because the city, in the name of inadequate funds, has cut staff and activities for other needed services.

Think of the time Rich Baier, director of the city’s department of transportation and environmental services, and his staff have spent — not too mention the reports and studies commissioned — to prove themselves right in thinking that bikers have a right to crowd out cars or take away parking places on busy city streets.

We taxpayers are paying dearly for their time and obduracy.

 

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  1. Linda,
    I completely agree that the City (the tax payers) had to spend too much money to overcome the opposition of a handful of neighbors to implement a public project in the public right of way.

    Even though the City’s Master Transportation Plan (http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedfiles/tes/info/tes_tmp_complete.pdf) shows a bikeway on King Street, and staff determined that the on-street parking was only minimally used, and every member of the publicly-elected Council ended up supporting the project, it still took months to move it forward.

    Unfortunately, high costs are a necessity of operating a government in Alexandria. Even with years of policy decisions pointing in the direction of expanding bicycle infrastructure, people still fight tooth and nail over every single project.

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