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Decoro bike lanes OK

Posted: September 1, 2009 5:21 p.m.
Updated: September 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
I support the new bike lane on Decoro Road in North Valencia.

This lane is just one small part of Santa Clarita's Non-Motorized Transportation plan, which was approved on a 5-0 vote by the City Council on June 24, 2008.

While creating the plan, the city conducted a survey of residents to find out what prevented them from biking and walking around the SCV more.

Some 51 percent of those respondents said that a lack of bike lanes, paths and routes kept them from this enjoyable and healthy activity.

Lanes like the new one on Decoro are meant to do just that: make it safer, easier and more fun for residents to bicycle around town.

Few may be riding the lane on Decoro now, but give it some time and you'll see many using the new bike lanes, which will reduce vehicle trips, pollution and noise in the Northbridge neighborhoods.

Some have complained that the new lane is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

On the contrary, the city receives money from state and federal sources on the basis that new road projects accommodate both bicycle and vehicle traffic.

Others complain that vehicle traffic has been slowed, but is this really a valid complaint? Do Northbridge residents really want vehicles to travel 50 or 60 miles per hour in their neighborhood?

Finally, Northbridge residents should consider that having a well-marked bike lane in their community is something that may increase the value of their homes and the attractiveness of their community.

Bicycle sales increased to $6 billion last year as Americans returned to two wheels both for recreation and transportation.

Communities that have cycling-friendly amenities are more attractive to future buyers.

For all these reasons and more, residents in the Northbridge neighborhoods should embrace the new lanes.

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