To the editor:
I read your article in the Buckhead Reporter [“New battles revving up over bicycle lanes,” Buckhead Reporter, Sept. 4-17] with great interest because I have been driving the affected stretch of Peachtree for 25 years. Everything the bicycle advocates and the state planning engineers claim is wrong.
Nobody cycles to and from work regularly on Peachtree, so we won’t reduce the number of cars on the road. We will have the same number, but they will move slower and extend rush hours considerably.
The bike lanes on Pharr Road are not inducing cyclists to use that road. Pharr is flatter and straighter than Peachtree, thus it is much more bike friendly. But no surge in bike use. So the theory “if you build it, they will come” is nothing more than a childish dream.
Atlanta is not a bikeable city. It’s hilly and hot, and the rain is torrential. The two cyclists we see in an average week on Peachtree are back in their cars when the summer squalls soak the streets each afternoon. Bike lanes for October and April is an extravagance Atlanta cannot afford.
Atlanta was built by people who drive cars for people who drive cars, and no amount of wishing we were Portland, Ore., will make it so.
If urban planners want bicycle lanes in Atlanta, they should take it from the land that lines our streets not from the lanes that are our streets.
To the editor:
I come from Portland, Ore., the land of bike lanes, bike boxes, bike accidents…. people killed on a regular basis due to bike riding. The entire population of the state is half of our metro population. The weather is totally different. The mindset of the people is different!
If Atlanta really wants to spend its money wisely, it will standardize Peachtree’s turn signals and turn lanes in order to have a consistent flow up and down the overly traveled street. It will pay attention to the horrible and rapidly deteriorating road conditions.
Bike lanes are not the end-all solution.
If a greener city is desired, there are many fine programs that have their origins in Oregon. Biking lanes are not one of them.