SIDEWALK MANAGEMENT MISCHIEF

Posted: March 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

By Lisa Fay

On March 7th, several R2S members attended the Sidewalk Management Meeting. I found it very flustrating hearing how they (the city), justify spending $20,000 plus, on signs to explain that anything other than walking on sidewalks is prohibited. Then, they want to spend another $70,000 to provide upkeep for these signs.

There was also talk about where there should be more areas where we will no longer be able to stand or sit. Some areas they talked about were around the Skidmore Fountain Max stop, Pioneer Square, and the Burnside Corridor. Many of these areas are used by the homeless to sell newspapers and by street musicians.

The biggest outrage of the meeting came when city planners announced their plans to create covered bicycle stations! Two examples were passed around. One estimated a need to cover bikes in the rainy weather at a cost to the city & taxpayers between $27,000 to $48,000 per structure. They couldn’t in any terms justify to me covering bikes & moving people along. Bicycles dry, people wet, people wet, and bicycles dry. I just can’t grasp the reasoning behind their way of thinking.

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