Ninja wrote:Fair enough. But why, instead of waiting and hoping for the phantom riders to appear in order to justify this at a later date, would it not be implemented in a neighborhood that alraedy has bike riders who are visible to the naked eye, and who are currently riding with an obviously inadequate infrastructure? Is this a Field of Dreams type thing?
This question kept bugging me and I couldn't figure out why.
I think I might have figured it out. Ninja seems to be assuming that if one sees lots of bicyclists in an area it means they need more bike paths and if you don't, then no bike lane is needed.
I believe in serving an existing demand, not just doing superficial things to look cool.
The Overture Center is, in my opinion, a prime example of Madison's tendency to do the latter. There's no need or demand for an "arts district" in this town, but we got one, and the consequences have been significant. Same thing would have happened with a commuter train between Madison and Milwaukee. Same thing will likely happen some day with a municipal public market.
I don't believe that there are enough bikers on Sherman to justify the economic harm that will come from pushing drivers onto Packers. The daily commuter business that's lost will never be made up by weekend day trippers heading to the Frugal Muse on their bikes. That seems quite elementary to me.
And if everybody's okay with that, then go for it. But all I hear is people talking about this isn't going to hurt these businesses much, if at all. Some have even suggested that it will help. That's absolutely ridiculous. There will be costs associated with this change, and they will be levied against a neighborhood that's already facing serious, serious economic struggles.
Again, if you want to let it die so that bikers will have a more comfortable ride, that's fine. But do it honestly and own the consequences of the policy you endorse.