Bye, bye bicycle path

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I didn’t even have the time to rejoice for the news of a bicycle path connecting College Place to Walla Walla, when I heard a petition from a few against it has already changed the mind of the Walla Walla City Council.

Why not start a petition from those who actually like the “green” idea? What about the hundreds of college students in town who can’t afford a car or need to save on gas? What about safety for families having their children riding on a nice bicycle path in town?

And, last but not least, what about the trust on the engineering expertise behind the original project in first place?

I wonder, where does the expertise of those who actually signed the petition come from? I have full trust on the knowledge and experience of the engineers of the city. I am proud of them. They have all my support in this project.

I applaud them for coming up with such an intelligent proposal. Walla Walla is a very special place.

More than once, I’ve seen it mentioned in outdoor and travel magazines as one of the best places in the U.S. to live. Check this, with the rise of gas prices this town will regret not having this great opportunity to save on gas and in the end, well, people will blame the city for that.

Lidia Friederich

Walla Walla

Comments

barracuda 11 months, 1 week ago

There will be a bike path on the side of the road. Just like Poplar Street, Whitman Dr. (behind Home Depot) and Dalles Military Rd, just to name a few.

One side of the road will have a normal sidewalk, and the other side will most likely have a much wider sidewalk that doubles as a bike path.

I am guessing it must be safer, as the bikes are not out in the traveled way.

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oldguyonabike 11 months, 1 week ago

Again, the 3-lane option is safer than 4-lanes and has the capacity requirements for Walla Walla. The bike lanes are a nice addition but this change was proposed on the professional opinion of road designers using best practices to improve safety. Bike lanes would make Rose St. useable for bicycles which currently is only for the truly brave with puncture proof tires.

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barracuda 11 months, 1 week ago

Puncture vines are a seperate issue.... Lets not spend money of rebuilding/redesigning roads just because it aids in stopping puncture vines. If you are worried about these vines, call the city and ask for someone to spray for them.

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oldguyonabike 11 months, 1 week ago

Puncture vine is an issue that is resolved with street sweeping which is already required under storm water management rules. Separated paths will not receive the same level of maintenance. Clean one road for all users and use any additional funds to fill in potholes.

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barracuda 11 months, 1 week ago

The very large sums of MY money spent to redo a design, Change curb designs, change the paint stripping, installing the extra traffic lights etc. is not prudent judgment from the city. When we are literally talking about a gallon jug of premix spray to cover and eradicate some weeds. Plus the added safety of getting the bikes off of the traveled way. Cars, semi-trucks, busses, and bike's don't mix safely, as we already see almost on a daily basis on the news.

FYI ... Once a month street cleaning will not get the weeds roots removed, it takes weed killer not a steel broom for literaly 3 seconds once a month....

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oldguyonabike 11 months, 1 week ago

It is our money and it is being invested to build community.

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