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Because parking is a right, not a privilege. Dang socialist entitlements.

But seriously, there's some evidence starting to emerge that bike facilities increase property values. The first letter writer should rejoice.

Just offer him the historic perspective. It's a city (well an "Old" town) not known for parking. If you want parking, then live in Fairfax County on quiet cul-de-sac.

I mean, it's like he's complaining about rodens in a 18th century OT home. Damn homes weren't built to modern standards--yes, of course not!

In nearly every public improvement project, some people will suffer a diminution in value, and others--usually a greater number--will see an increase, and the net result will be positive. This project will undoubtedly follow that rule. The letter writer focussed on less than half of the equation, and so painted a misleading picture.

Off topic: Is m street done?

I think we have found the new regional coordinator for the "Drive Your Bike to Work Day" campaign.

JJJJ, not sure. The part near my office (by the evil church) was painted with the lines, but not the green boxes. I also haven't noticed the plastic flexible post-like bollard things on blocks right past us or before us (obviously they're not doing it by the hotel or church per DDOT capitulating to whiney brats).

Thanks T. I wonder what the delays are.

Apparently they've lined King with signs about "no bikes on King". I wouldn't know because (a) was on vacation until Sunday (b) bike chain was frozen solid until today.

So I guess this is aimed at getting the drivers thinking that they're about to take away a travel lane (rather than the parking lane) to gather support for...what? Isn't it done? Or are they suing?

Thanks for the coverage and comments. Unfortunately this isn't done yet. I am told to expect bike lane opponents to come out to the next City Council public hearing on Saturday January 25, 9:30 am (City Hall, 301 King St).

There is nothing up for a vote, but each City Council public hearing opens with a "Public Discussion Period" during which citizens can speak about anything they'd like. Bike lane supporters plan to show up in force to thank the City Council for their leadership on this issue.

Please attend if you can, even if you do not wish to speak. We will invite supporters to stand up and be counted. And please stay tuned.

the signs, mostly, read "bike lanes unsafe". however, if you pay close attention to the sidewalks there are signs and very narrow sections that would make pedestrian and bike use extremely unsafe. what's even more confounding is that several of the signs are posted on the side of king street devoid of any parking spaces at all. add to that the occasional garbage can and old christmas tree ON the sidewalk, and you really don't have a contiguous open avenue of travel that isn't the actual traffic lane.

Right, jamie. that's why the parking "lane" will be removed, the double yellow line re-centered so there is room for bike lanes on both sides of the road.

The opponents are fighting to keep the status quo, because they like having dedicated parking in front of their homes, all of which have driveway and/or alley parking. Of the 30-some spaces slated for removal (there is a section where 5 spaces will be retained), on average, 3 are in use at any time.

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