The following letter was one of the thousands received by the Ada County Highway District regarding the bike lane experiment currently underway. The Boise City Council is the motivating force behind the experiment and ACHD is conducting the survey as well as switching the traffic patterns.
While “little congestion” has been encountered, it should be noted nearly 20,000 students at BSU are out of school for the summer and there is a natural decline in traffic.
BY JOE CEFALU
To The Mental Giant(s) Who Concocted the Most Counter-Productive, Unnecessary, and Downright Dangerous “Fix” for the Downtown Boise Bicycle “Dilemma”:
First, exactly what crisis existed that warranted the dramatic (and stupid) bike lane project? Why are 98% of the commuters in and out of Downtown Boise being punished for the sake of a scant 2% of bicyclists (a generous estimate)? Is the owner of Jimmy John’s married to the head executive/master engineer/top-genius-in-charge at the ACHD? This scenario is about the only reason I could imagine anything so stupefyingly bizarre as the bike lane project.
Not only is the new plan a stick in the eye to those horrendous, selfish, Mother Earth-destroying, fossil fuel-burning automobile operators, it’s downright dangerous for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists AND downtown business owners (you know, those pesky pains in the patoot who pay TAXES).
Besides it being unnecessary, it cuts down on essential commuting parameters like lanes, space for maneuvering, VISIBILITY AT INTERSECTIONS (now that parking spots are booted way out into the line of sight of a car at an intersection) and, maybe most importantly, a feeling of WANTING TO GO DOWNTOWN. If even ONE of you Einstein’s ever owned your own business, you’d have shot this plan down before it even got past the water cooler at the ACHD offices.
People entering or exiting parked cars will get clipped (possibly on BOTH sides) by other vehicles. Bicyclists will be struck by some out-of-town visitor in a car who’s trying to get to the Statehouse and can’t figure out the convoluted routine. Other drivers will wait behind parked cars that they think are waiting for a light to change. Traffic (and tensions) will increase – and guess what?? Most of the cyclists will STILL be traversing on sidewalks, and/or against the flow of traffic, and/or ignoring stop signs and traffic lights. The situation your trying to improve will get far, far worse – maybe fatally worse.
I have lived in NYC, SFO, San Diego, and LA and even in those bustling metropolis’ (which, no offense, Boise ain’t!) I’ve never seen such a drastic intervention by noble, well-meaning, civil planners as this moronic exercise in enlightened urban engineering.
How about filling some potholes?
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