As a Westside resident, I have been involved in transportation planning for nearly 30 years. In all that time, we have still failed to create an east-west connector for Westside bicycle users. That connector needs to be safe, direct, and built in a timely manner. Separate bike lanes would make it usable as a Safe Route 2 School, stated as one of the city’s top priorities. Micheltorena Street is the only location where those criteria can be met; Sola Street can never be.
I am sorry for the discomfort that this may cause some people, but we already have a peak of 100 bike riders a day commuting here. There are many more who would use this route if it were safe: commuters, families, and children.
The needs of the businesses can be accommodated with increased side street parking, MTD shuttles, and Easy Lift.
Letʼs work together as a community, and make this happen.