In this editorial in today’s Spokesman-Review, Bicycle Advisory Board member Bradley Bleck challenges City of Spokane leaders to ‘Do Second Avenue Right’ by striping bike lanes and possibly trying something new such as ‘bike boxes.’
I work with both planners and engineers on a daily basis. Not to perpetuate stereotypes, but the old joke is that engineers see everything in black and white and the planners see all rainbows and butterflies and unicorns when it comes to the future of transportation infrastructure. Several planners I’ve talked to, all who support bike and pedestrian facilities in general, say they (at least somewhat) agree with City engineers on this one and don’t support putting bike lanes on Second Avenue. Instead, they would like to see them on a less busy downtown street so they would be utilized by more people, including those who may not be comfortable riding near so much traffic.
What’s your thoughts on this topic?