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I disagree that "point is not to get bikes out of the way of drivers." A large part of the motivation for the bike lanes/shoulders on MacArthur is exactly that. And once the things are built, under Maryland law cyclists will be required to use them. I have no doubt that there will be tremendous pressure on the county to enforce that law strictly.

I really like cars. I really like bikes, too. I am also very conscious of the environment. When car-only drivers argue that widening of a monster like the ICC or now MacArthur Blvd is somehow detrimental to the environment, then that is the pinnacle of self-serving nonsensical argumentation and just plainly ridiculous. In the case of the ICC it would be interesting to know what mode of transportation the employess use who wrote the environmental impact assessment on the ICC.

In any event, it is painfully obvious, that the general public has some way to go to understand that bikes and bike riders don't just want to spend time on the weekends with their kids on bike paths meandering around but have things to do and places to go and want to get there safe and in a reasonable time frame.

First step should be to not allow deductions of parking fees as is the case today. Make the same amounts provided for car commuters today available to users of public transportation (which I think is pretty much implemented) or non-polluting transportation (biking or walking) which is not available today or only as a proposal with $20/ month.

I benefit myself from the subsidy (I can only bike 2-3 times a week on average) but the only way this ship is going to turn is through the breeze called economic incentives...

[stepping off soap box]

Maybe when they built the Clara Barton Parkway they should've outlawed cars on MacArthur Blvd. To use the lady's language... unless the county plans to enforce some sort of law that drivers must use the parkway, you can rest assured its cost was $$$ million down the drain.

I can tell you from experience that the transportation planning field is still very biased against non-motorized modes. (big surprise there, I know) Most engineers view pedestrians and bicyclists as something they have to engineer "around" in order to meet performance objectives. Also, the environmental impact process is very flawed. The people who work on these projects do not read this blog and more than likely think of bikes as something that interfere with the "real" transportation planning process.

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