Letter to the editor: Common sense
To the editor:
Originally the project of converting 21st and 13th streets to bike boulevards was budgeted at $400,000-plus. Now city staff is requesting $700,000-plus for the project. At the last City Commission meeting it was said that the reason for this was because this is the city’s first attempt at bike boulevards, and since this is their first, they weren’t fully aware of what the actual costs would be.
I ask this question: If the city couldn’t properly predict how much it would cost because they have no prior experience with bike boulevards, then what makes the city think it can properly build one?
My problem is the city is doing way more than it needs to. For example, they plan on installing a diverter on 21st and Alabama to keep traffic from cutting through to 19th Street. How do they know this will actually be a problem, especially since they are installing so much other stuff on the street to keep people from using 21st to begin with? Wouldn’t the prudent decision be to wait and do traffic counts on Alabama after the bike boulevard is completed to see if a diverter is actually needed? Why add something that might not be needed, especially if this is your first bike boulevard and you are already well over the project’s budget?
But that would require common sense from the city.