Top 10 reasons WHY converting traffic lanes to bike lanes defies common sense

  • Much of the traffic from Cascade will head to heavily congested Nevada.  This is directly against the goals of the ONEN board: “equitable distribution of traffic . . .  so that no one street is excessively overloaded”. (ONEN Master Plan 1991)
  • There are no solid numbers to help decide whether or not to convert Cascade back.  If traffic on Cascade drops by 4,000 and Nevada  traffic increases by 4,000, then the best Ms. Krager has promised is to “look at it.”
  • We’re told that “it’s only paint” and that they’ll monitor the situation and reverse it if narrowing Cascade Ave doesn’t work.  Yet, Ms. Krager has said the flashing lights by the crosswalks at CC  “gives the students a false sense of security”.  The lights have also been hated by a majority of the drivers for years, but the lights are still there years later.  Even if the vast majority of people hate the change on Cascade, it’ll be very difficult to restore it to the better configuration it currently has before our tax money was wasted on this experiment.
  • Cascade still won’t be completely safe with one lane of traffic.  After Kathleen Krager’s presentation to the CTAB board on Tuesday, February 6th, she shared some statistics. She said that the year before she took over as traffic engineer for the Springs, that over 30 pedestrians were killed. The year after she took over, the number of pedestrians that were killed dropped to 6. The point she was making is that changes aren’t always cause/effect.  Then, she said something to the effect that “Even if they have a fatality soon after Cascade is restriped, it is just a fluke.”
    The professional traffic engineer understands: A single lane across Cascade does NOT guarantee that a skate boarder/bicyclist/pedestrian won’t get severely injured again. The ONLY guarantee of NO injuries is to decouple traffic with an underpass. CC and the City’s refusal to do that means that they’re playing Russian Roulette with the CC student’s lives while at the same time proclaiming that the most important reason for this radical change is “safety”! What chutzpah!!
  • The City has polarized the neighborhood by choosing the most controversial way to handle Cascade.  Ms. Krager was told about a win/win solution: A pedestrian light through the CC campus that would allow a student to cross to the median, and then push another button for a second light to finish crossing Cascade.  She told us this compromise is not acceptable.  It’s either win or lose as far as the City is concerned. They seem to be more concerned about what CC wants than to find a solution that all in the neighborhood can live with.
  • There are already abundant options to get from the ONEN to downtown via bike.  Corona is already an “official” bike path.  Two additional great streets that most bicyclists are already using are Wood Avenue and Tejon St.  Since these streets have much lighter vehicular traffic than Cascade does, they’re much safer and more pleasant to ride on.
  • The City wants to “right-size” Cascade.  How about “right sizing” the bicycle lanes?  Does it make any sense to spend money to convert a preexisting lane which is currently used by about 5,500 to 2,500 vehicles per day for the use of about 50 to 20 bicycles?
  • When it snows, bike traffic goes down to almost zero.  This is when a second lane for traffic greatly eases congestion.  Being stuck behind a car creeping along at 10 MPH when the first few flakes begin to fall causes traffic to back up quickly.  Cut throughs on East/West streets will skyrocket then, increasing the noise and danger on the side streets.
  • Cascade is used by many to access I-25.  The bike paths downtown at Cascade and Bijou have already taken away an additional turn lane for vehicles.  This leads to more traffic backups, especially when there’s heavy pedestrian traffic close to the Marian House.
  • There are many other projects which the 2C money would be better spent on.  Among those would be to upgrade the red turn arrows so that they flash yellow when it’s not a busy time of day.  That would increase productivity, help the environment and make traveling easier.

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