Walk — Don’t Park?

I am writing with concern about the Micheltorena “leg” of the BMP. The plan would eradicate five blocks of on-street parking.

I am in favor of a bike plan and of biking. In fact, I am in favor of walking as well. My son lives in Brooklyn and walking, well, get a life. I often walk to my office — a 4.5 mile very enjoyable round-trip. But what about other “walkers,” the residents of the Micheltorena neighborhood? Walking, it’s not just about willingness; it’s about feasibility.

If the plan is passed, the neighborhood will need to walk a great deal. Imagine this in everyday life. The on-street parking is jammed, and the area lacks a public parking lot. Many residents do not have off-street parking. These walkers will need to trek several blocks to their cars then home. In the daytime, are they supposed to tow their groceries over these blocks? Walk their kids over blocks to take them to school, lessons, sports practices? Even parents with means would be put over the top, and many families on this street do not have means.

Then there is the nighttime. For work or leisure, these people will need to walk home over blocks in the dark. No one should be asked to do this. Accepted wisdom would advise against it. This involves teenagers as well. Think about teens returning home late at night walking on dark streets.

Then there are those unable to walk. Under this plan, are the disabled supposed to jump on bikes or get up and walk? The effect on these people would be unconscionable. They would simply be left out.

Other, more viable and less detrimental routings exist. I would urge City Council to move with caution. Walk — don’t run.


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