I don't think I'm overstating anything when I say that the following email alert fromConsider Biking is important and may help to set a precedent that guides Columbus bicycle policy for a long time.
Whether you agree with the concept of bike lanes is pretty irrelevant here - we need to show support for ALL bicycle-friendly measures and this is the first big challenge we're encountering.
Consider Biking Action Alert!
November 20, 2009
The proposal to stripe bike lanes on W. Broad Street through the Hilltop Community is at a critical juncture. We need your help now!
Through a public input process over the last year, and in accordance with the City's Bicentennial Bikeways Plan, the Hilltop Community RESIDENTS have OVERWHELMINGLY expressed a desire to have bike lanes striped on Broad St.
However, as expected, some business owners along Broad St. have reservations about the subsequent loss of parking on one side of the road. (Despite the fact that additional parking will be marked on the south side and many more off-street parking alternatives identified.)
This bike lane project could set a precedent for the future of bike accommodations in Columbus. Residents across Columbus want bike lanes, and the Bike Plan reccomends them in many areas. If specific bicycle accommodations aren't included in this critical corridor...our past five years of work to develop and begin implementation of the Plan...will be compromised.
WE MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION:
1) It is critical that bicyclists show up - in person - at the Hilltop Area Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Branch of the Columbus Library - 511 S. Hague. This will be THE MOST IMPORTANT action pro-bike-lane activists can make. This will, in fact, be the most significant call for action for bicycling we'll make in 2009!
2) Please provide written comment to the project planning team here www.hilltopmobility.com as soon as possible. The deadline is Monday, Nov 23 - however, your comments will likley be collected for a brief period afterwards. We encourage you to support the option that recommends bike lanes on BOTH sides of Broad St. Obviously, this is a critical east-west corridor to provide safe accomodations for bicyclists. More importantly, the recommended "road diet" and addition of bike lanes will add to the livability and resurrection of this neighborhood.
More details, with some of the neighborhood input statistics, are available here.
We've opened the post on our website to comments. You might also find a dialogue about this proposal at Columbus Underground.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend the Hilltop Area Commission meeting, and would like to be included in a distribution list of talking points for the Commission meeting.
Consider Biking is the local 501c(3) non-profit, bicycle advocacy organization that works to get more people bicycling. We promote and encourgae all forms of bicycling - sport, fitness, health, touring, andventuring, utilitarian, commuting, kids to school - if it's bicycling,we support it!
And most importantly, we're your representative voice that works hard to advocate for more trails, road improvements, better laws, more support from businesses, etc. We're working hard,so you can just ride.
Also, we'll continue to communicate breaking news and updates on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please use this opportunity to follow Consider Biking on these two social media sites so we can activate our troops quickly to ensure the voice of the cycling community is heard at public meetings, legislative chambers, and in the appropriate judicial systems when needed.
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