Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Richard Rush weighs in on Second Avenue, too

Posted on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Yesterday, we wrote about a blog post on Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder’s website, decrying a hackneyed column by the Spokesman-Review’s Doug Clark, in which he dismisses the benefits of bike infrastructure in Spokane. Clark’s column piggybacked on an Oct. 4 Spokesman piece by Jonathan Brunt about installing bike lanes on Second Avenue.

But we overlooked a post on the blog of fellow councilman Richard Rush that same day, in which Rush argues that bike lanes and motorized vehicle lanes aren’t actually mutually exclusive.

He writes: 

This is a false choice, one calculated to pit motorists against cyclists, when the truth is closer to those groups having a common interest on 2nd Avenue. Allow me to explain.

Rush goes on to argue not for eliminating car lanes but for reducing the width of the lanes to a still-safe ten feet, which would make room for a six-foot bike lane while continuing to accommodate parking.

Read his full argument here.

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