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Decoro timing off

Posted: September 23, 2009 8:01 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
I want to thank The Signal Editorial Board for their Sunday editorial (“Bike lanes, open ears and the culture of entitlement,” Sept. 6) about Decoro and bike lanes, and for the coverage given to the subject the past few weeks.

Your editorial stated, “The public approval followed some two years of surveys and public-input meetings. Nothing was carried out in secret.”

Also, “There were surveys conducted ... things were reported in The Signal.” And an “... information-laden city Web page (was) devoted to the plan.”

Your editorial insinuated the residents near Decoro were informed about the city’s bicycle master plan, approved publicly in 2008, and should have voiced our opinions then.

I, and none of the many people I have discussed the Decoro re-striping with, were ever surveyed or told abut losing two Decoro traffic lanes prior to the re-striping.

We were not given notices on our homes, in the mail or informed via signage on Decoro of the pending change.  

No neighborhood meetings were held to discuss the plan. We were truly surprised.   

You may not believe it, but not everyone reads The Signal or surfs the city Web site. The Signal editors should not try to lay the blame on the residents near Decoro by saying we should have known better in advance.

The city did not do its job informing us properly before doing the work, and the city is at fault for spending the extra taxpayer dollars.  

However, the city and City Manager Ken Pulskamp should be applauded for listening to us and making the compromise change. That is an example of local government working for its citizens. Their timing was just a little wrong.   

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