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Decoro facts twisted

Posted: September 23, 2009 8:00 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
I was amazed by your twist on the facts in the Sunday, Sept. 6 Signal Editorial “Bike lanes, open ears and the culture of entitlement.”

While I do agree with the culture of entitlement, I think you have it exactly backwards. The culture of entitlement comes in by eliminating a lane of traffic for the few bicyclists who use that route. You said the addition of bike lanes to Decoro was approved in spring 2008 and the approval followed some two years of surveys and public-input meetings. The surveys took some 350 opinions of which 15 percent approved. How is this approval of any kind?

You also said, “It’s likely residents off Decoro may have heard of or seen something about the bicycle master-plan meetings, but since they weren’t cyclists they weren’t interested.”

A lot of things happen at City Hall and while I am interested in some more than others, I think as the city newspaper it is incumbent on you to publicize the ones that impact the most people. Talk of adding a bicycle lane sounds fine. Just like they did on Bouquet Canyon and Copperhill.

If the city or The Signal had publicized “city to remove traffic lanes for bicycles” instead of “adding bicycle lanes,” I am sure the issue would have received a lot more attention and input.

Next you said “a handful of residents spoke for the nearly 200,000 people in the city.” No, we did not. We spoke for the 15,000 who use Decoro daily. I have not seen any numbers of cyclists using the route in any of the traffic studies mentioned.

You say, “It is incumbent upon you to pay attention to what your city leaders are doing and where your money is going.” I say it is incumbent on the city and The Signal to be honest with the citizens and be up front with changes that affect so many.

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