The $54 billion plan received mixed reviews Friday at a City Council hearing, where some speakers praised the plan’s goals to widen access for pedestrians and bike users and others complained about the proposals to take away road space for bikes and transit lanes, reduce parking and impose tolls on drivers. Consensus among many speakers was that the plan failed to address how the city would implement the recommendations.
Greg Billing, advocacy coordinator with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, said already the city has made significant strides with new biking facilities that have encouraged more people to commute by bike. But there are still areas of the District where the lack of facilities remains a barrier for biking, he said. The plan would increase the bike access through the expansion of trails and bike lanes, he said.
But alas, the car parking enthusiasts are not convinced
Although pedestrian safety is a central component in the plan, some residents and church leaders said they were concerned about some recommendations to add bike lanes that would take away parking in some communities.
Transforming city owned land from car storage to transportation is probably a good way to improve transportation.
“MoveDC is forcing people to change,” said Larry Werner, who argued the plan was crafted without input from vehicle-owners.
Nope. There were many many opportunities for vehicle owners to give input.
He said the solution to the city’s traffic congestion is not reducing road space and increasing bike lanes.
“Are we really going to increase jobs by making vehicular traffic more difficult?” he said. “I don’t think so.”
Vehicular traffic won't be more difficult. It will be easier for buses and bikes, for example.
AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman Lon Anderson said the plan will make an already rough commute more challenging for drivers coming into the city.
Perhaps. But that is going to happen with this plan or without it. And the congestion tolling should go along way toward reducing those challenges and smoother over the rough parts.
He said the plan is an attempt from the city to make more money from people who live outside its boundaries.
The congestion charge will be paid by everyone regardless of where they live. But shouldn't people who use DC's streets help pay for DC's streets?