Speaking of issues where the opposition refuses to give up, there were some recent letters to the editor about bike lanes on King Street following Alexandria's decision to go ahead with the compromise. The first is from someone who, oddly, views the transfer of public space from one use (parking) to another (bike lanes) as a property rights issue for the people who live near that public space.
my love of cycling does not trump my interests as a property owner in the City of Alexandria.
When one of my bicycle advocacy organizations recently emailed me to support the proposed bike lanes on a stretch of King Street, I immediately shot back that removal of parking spaces in a residential area would devalue the properties.
But two others are supportive of the bike lanes. One, is in support of complete streets and the sacrifices necessary to make them.
The debate is about whether we will achieve the 2008 transportation master plan vision for “a transportation system that encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation, reducing dependence on the private automobile.” Achieving this goal will require removing parking spaces along the north side of King Street for several block
Why not create a board with responsibility “for the safe and convenient travel along and across streets for all users,” rather than retaining a board out of touch with city policies and not aligned with the city’s multimodal transportation and complete-streets objectives?