Wednesday, October 16, 2019
BIKE LANE DEADLINE ON ARMOUR ROAD!!! NKC LIMITS BIKE/WALK EXPERIMENT AMID COMPLAINTS OF TRAFFIC HOT MESS!!!
A packed house for the NKC bike walk meeting last night mostly included politicos, consultants, newsies and all manner of interlopers who don't live in the neighborhood.
What our KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS noticed . . .
PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY RESIDE IN NKC ARE SKEPTICAL OF BIKE LANES AND ANNOYED BY THE INCONVENIENCE!!!
In fairness, transit activist/consultants are much better at spamming Twitter with their branding efforts.
A quote in support of bike lanes to be really fair:
"We've been way too car-focused, and if you look at the businesses coming up south of Armour, there are will be a lot more pedestrian traffic soon, and that's why we need slower speeds on Armour," a #NorthKansasCity resident who runs and walks in his city.
Brief aside: Credit to Bike/Walk KC for the lead photo that we made our own via fair use and because the operation is City Hall funded so our reader sorta paid for it already.
Meanwhile, more residents voiced the typical bike line complaints:
- Nobody uses the lanes and they're empty most of the time.
- The lanes push seniors out into the street and they have to get out of their car in the middle of traffic.
- Bike lanes are ugly and they create a false sense of security. They only slow down traffic obeying the law and make pedestrians more vulnerable to drivers who are confused by or speed thru the obstacles.
- The bike lanes cut down on driver & pedestrian visibility.
- Bike lanes cost too much money and limit biz traffic.
In the end, the NKC council voted unanimously to give the Armour Road project 6 months and then evaluate the data in the Spring.
If bike/walk activists want to make their case about the efficacy of these lanes, their use will have to be obvious amid what is rumored to be a cold and unforgiving Winter on the way.
Moreover, an insider asks us:
IS THE BIKE LANE FAD OVER??? DOES THE NKC PUSH BACK REVEAL THAT LOCALS NO LONGER ACCEPT THE SKETCHY PREMISE THAT BIKE LANES ARE VITAL TO URBAN GROWTH?!?! IS IT OKAY TO REJECT CYCLIST SUPREMACY???
Most of the NKC politicos seemed eager to avoid any public embarrassment and punting on the issue amid neighborhood complaints was a safe move and a sign that more locals have serious questions about an urban philosophy that makes life harder for all but a few cyclists.
Developing . . .