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One of my main peeves about bicycle advocacy is that too many of its practitioners have conceded too much before they even engage in discussion. How many planning sessions include "I know this won't fly but I wish..." or "While that ideal is good, asking for it sends the wrong message".

Can we have dedicated bicycle space on all roads? Of course not, but that shouldn't limit us from asking for it. Can every bicycle space be fully separated and protected? No, but if we don't ask for it we can't complain if we don't get it.

The "current" bike/ped master plan was released in 2005 after a couple of years of work, and it was intended to be a five year outlook. Now we're in the early days of a process to replace it, and we really need to make sure that the bike/ped statements we make are measured as shortfalls from where we wish we could be in 20 years:

"By 2035 all non-residential on-street parking will be eliminated except where its presence has no significant impact on road, bicycle, or pedestrian facilities or traffic."

"By 2025 all traffic controls on the routes identified as components[*] of the city-wide comprehensive non-motorized vehicle priority travel network will favor bicycle travel at 15-20 MPH, including bicycle-only and pedestrian-only signals and cycles."

[*]By 2025 we'll actually have such a network - and to accomplish that we'll reject any street improvements that don't add to it.

Maybe they misconstrued the potential negative health effects of a trail on Oregon?

This was all about the NIMBYs in that neighborhood wanting nothing more than was there. To their chagrin, they had no choice but to accept a sidewalk. This was the choice that will require the minimum amount of change to the existing block, which was the only thing they would accept. A broader perspective ought not be expected.

Not sure there was any way to get any other result here, as there were a lot of residents along the 1.2 miles who didn't even want sidewalks, much less a bike land or shared use trail. Seriously, this part of town does not even want sidewalks because of the potential for all those undesirable pedestrians that might walk up their block.

I would hope that as many cyclists as possible use the new configuration to make these NIMBYs complain incessantly about having to wait behind cyclists so they could drive faster.

As my Chinese-born wife would say, Whah-guy - meaning, "you deserved it,"

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