I would like to refer to the report of the council meeting of Feb. 17 (“City pushes ahead on new bicycle lanes”). The report indicates that only I and another person are against the bike lane. However, many more have voiced their objections. Since we were never included in the “public hearing,” we were hardly able to let the City Council know how we feel.
Anybody who believes that the bike lane is for our safety should take the trouble and spend the weekend seeing the bikers not staying in their lane but instead traveling with 2-4 people side-by-side visiting. If the report is true, then Sgt. Mark Slater will be issuing tickets, which should be a great money maker for the city.
The bottom line is this: The City Council decides what is good for the residents, but has conducted itself without the residents’ input, and that is just plain wrong. City Council members have a responsibility to all, not just a chosen few. Let us all keep in mind that today it is us, and tomorrow it will be you. We should all remember this when we go to the voting polls.