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Your responses are excellent. Thank you. About bike counts, one was taken on a road in Potomac a few years back on a Saturday in January to determine demand for bike lanes. They counted lots and lots of cyclists, so many that the engineers asked if there was some kind of bike event going on. Note that they never question it when counts are too low. (The answer: It was 70 degrees in January. Everyone was out. But why would they even do bike counts in January?).

“Because even if there were a sufficient number of bicycle riders on King Street—which there is not—they would just be driving through. It’s nobody who lives here.”

I live there -- at the top of King St., across from TC Williams High School. I ride up and down King St. almost every day, often several trips per day.

"Our" section of King St. has two lanes each way, and NO street parking. Our driveways accommodate two cars max. Several households, including ours, have more cars than driveway space, so they park on quiet neighboring streets like Quincy. What's so special about the people down the hill that they should deserve street parking?

I see this "don't tell me how to live" argument a lot. People need to get over themselves. I bike for me, and I want my government to provide infrastructure that doesn't kill me, and I really don't care how she lives her life insofar as she doesn't kill me.

@Mike

That type of comment is usually made out of an inferiority complex, it seems to me, and often will be accompanied by the person telling you how to live.

“We have always shared the road. Cars, bicycles, parked cars,” says Goldberg, who has lived in her house on King Street for over 23 years. “There is simply no need to take away our parking spots for dedicated bike lanes.”

Professor Buckley also argues that over 15,000 vehicles use the road daily at high rates of speed, which is too dangerous for cyclists. “Cars speed by, and city buses plow through our red lights at 40 miles per hour,”

If these bozos are married to each other, why can't they get their story straight?

I bet these people would be upset if you rode on the sidewalk (endangering pedestrians) or rode in the center of the lane(delaying motorists)....they should just have the guts to say they don't like bicyclists and want them banned!

We went through exactly this in Falls Church. The result was that the city canned its proposed bike/ped safety plan and instead committed never to do anything that would reduce on-street parking. So overall we took a step backward (and Falls Church is still a crappy place to get around on foot or by bike).

Don’t underestimate these people like we did. They’re a minority, wrong and fighting only from a position of narrow self-interest, but if they’re anything like my neighbors in Falls Church - and they certainly have the same talking points - they are also loud and angry and very effective at intimidating city government officials.

“The neighborhood is experiencing a revitalization that would be totally destroyed if you turned King Street from a small town residential street into a highway where there are just ‘drive-throughs,”

That's what it is now and is the status quo they're fighting for. Bike lanes are not going to make it less of a residential feel--only more. I don't even get where she's coming from on this.

Are they going to get rid of the double yellow line? The painted center line strikes me as a bigger problem than the bike lane/sharrow issue, because there really is not much room.

Isn't this a terrible design anyway? My understanding is that this is a huge hill and the proposals was for 4.5 ft bike lanes on both sides. Does this street have a gutter pan?

Why not uphill bike lane and sharrow in the middle of the downhill lane?


John, The 4.5 foot bike lanes have no parking next to them. Thus, they are an improvement over the typical door-zone bike lane. And, no, there is no gutter pan.

As for the steepness of the road, right now many bicyclists access King St by first riding up Walnut St, which is steeper than King.

The cycling community, as represented by BPAC, by local bike shops, and by numerous individual cyclists who spoke up at both of the public hearings, wants these bike lanes. That a bunch of NIMBY homeowners keep saying it is unsafe proves nothing.

This is the real world, not Fox News. You can't prove something here by simply repeating it over and over again.

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