From the Alexandria Times
Although the issue was not on the docket at a city council hearing Saturday, residents took more than two hours of the public comment period to air their views on the matter. Afterward, Mayor Bill Euille called it the longest open microphone session for residents that he could recall.
Deputy City Attorney Chris Spera said residents asked for a direct appeal of the decision to city council earlier this month. In return, city attorneys dug up a rarely used provision of city code — added in 1963 — that allows residents to appeal any decision altering public parking to the traffic and parking board, which in turn sends a recommendation to city council.
Some people continue to pretend that this is about safety
King Street resident Louise Welch is happy officials chose to revisit the debate over bike lanes because she fears the addition would make the road less safe. Advocates and officials, though, advertise bike lanes as a traffic-calming measure.
“We hope that’s not just them appeasing us; I hope it is a real chance to raise our concerns relating to safety and so forth,” Welch said. “[The] road is just too narrow. They’re trying to put something there that doesn’t work.”
Narrowness has nothing to do with it since parking will be removed and a bike lane put in its place.
Though most neighborhood residents have driveways, on-street parking needs to be available, she argued.
“Sometimes my husband needs to be picked up to take him to cardiac rehab when I can’t be there, and [without street parking], the car would sit protruding into traffic,” she said. “Or if I have a contractor come, if they have big trucks, they’d have to park across the street … and carry their equipment or a toilet or something across King Street.”
Temporary parking in the bike lane will be allowed, especially for the situation she's described - though why wouldn't their driveway work for either of those? Regardless, we don't need to leave all that parking for the handful of times that these situations come along. It's incredibly inefficient.
The city traffic and parking board will hold its next meeting February 24.