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Has there been any thought(s) towards making Kingle Road a one lane, one way operation for motorized vehicles and the rest used for other purposes.

Sounds like bikes are being treated like the straw that breaks the camel's back again. The road is okay but the "bike path" adds too much pavement.

Because of the steep hill no bike path on Klingle will be used by anyone. There is already a bike path on Tilden Street, NW. which runs parallel to Klingle. Opening bike paths that are never used do not protect the environment but make WABA appear greedy and useless. No matter how many bike paths you open we are all not giving up our cars and commuting by bikes. Focus your efforts and be more logical and productive.

This isn't just about a bike path. This shows the commitment of city leaders to value recreation, green space, wildlife habitat etc. over automobiles. It might not make a great bike path, but it wouldn't make a great road either. At least this way it adds less impervious pavement, doesn't create water, air or noise pollution and actually raises the quality of life for those living in the area.

"no bike path on Klingle will be used by anyone"

Roberta, would you care to make a wager on that?

I have to say as a WABA member I agree with Roberta somewhat, but from a slightly different angle. I just don't feel this issue was a good use of political capital, and it's a mistake for WABA to become identified with one side of a polarizing issue. There are so many bigger fish to fry.

I'd have to disagree. I applaud WABA's willingness to take the lead on this. Their ability to turn out the number of email responses as well as public comments at the hearing strengthens their political clout, not diminishes it.

I agree with Jeff. WABA hasn't the time or manpower to deal with everything - I get that. But I don't want a group who represents me to turn away from a fight in my interest because they fear getting into a polarizing fight (Besides this assumes that the two sides have equal numbers and I suspect WABA is on the side of the majority). The road planned was a bad fit for cyclists, and the trail is better. WABA should be a zealous advocate for the interests of cyclists. The people who will walk away from this hating WABA and cyclists were probably not going to be lifetime members anyway. They think we want everyone to give up their cars and commute by bikes.

DC City Council yesterday zeroed the mayor's budget request to pursue re-opening the road.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/rawfisher/2008/05/the_last_klingle_road_post_eve.html

That said, it's Washington.

Nothing is ever over.

I don't have a strong opinion about Klingle Road being opened to motor vehicles, but I am a little irritated by some of the arguments put out there.

This argument that the bike path would be too steep is just stupid. I know there's a lot of flatlanders in DC, but give me a break! Further, it's as if a bike lane is the only option. Bikes are allowed on the road in DC, period. It doesn't matter if there's a bike lane.

Also, if there's a transportation need for cars on that road, it makes no sense that there isn't a transportation need for bicycles. To suggest there's a parralel bike path on Tilden is weird - there's a parralel road there too. So, where's the transportation need? I'll say it again - if there's a transportation need for cars, there's a transportation need for bikes.

Supporters of opening Klingle Road to motorized vehicles have been too narrow-minded on this issue - rather then trying to co-opt cyclists in making their case, they've taken WABA's word for it that they represent the entire cycling population, and have decided to alienate cyclists.

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