Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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.
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.