Monday, July 22, 2013

MTA's bait-and-switch on Polk Street bike project


A reader writes:

Rob,

In April 2013, the MTA came up with 3 new proposals for Upper/Middle Polk, 3 new proposals for Lower Polk after their fiasco with residents and merchants. Some designs had one, two bike lanes, and sharrows.

In May MTA offered a survey for public input on these designs. None of the designs suggested a raised bike lane. At a June 21, 2013 Policy and Governance Committee meeting, the MTA showed the survey results.

For Upper/Middle Polk St., 49% voted for A) Shared roadway, adding sharrows, no dedicated bicycle lane, and 6% voted for C) One bicycle lane, sharrows in the other direction.

For Lower Polk St., 44% voted for C) Focused safety improvements and adding green mixing zones.

July 17, 2013 MTA came out with a hybrid plan. For Upper Polk, MTA proposes a bicycle lane in one direction, sharrows in the other direction.

For Lower Polk, the MTA proposes a raised cycle track in one direction.

Another bait and switch example from MTA. They didn't like the survey results. Hard to understand why MTA is pushing a plan with only 6% of voter approval.

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6 Comments:

At 11:35 AM, Anonymous sfthen said...

This "hybrid plan" is just the first stake, at some point in the future they'll propose a "trial" for the next leg which will of course be permanent as they'll manipulate the results of any monitoring they claim to do.

Those businesses on Polk St. are doomed.

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger Rkeezy said...

The MTA operates on its own accord. Any attempt to state that they honestly take into account the entire public's wishes is a bald faced lie.

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another bait and switch example from MTA. They didn't like the survey results. Hard to understand why MTA is pushing a plan with only 6% of voter approval.

A "survey" is not an "election". As shown on YouTube by someone filming the meeting in April, several "Save Polk Street" members were seen filling out multiple surveys.

 
At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doomed! Just like Valencia St. They put in bicycle lanes and parklets and now it's a ghosttown/wastland/bad place that no one goes to anymore.

 
At 2:54 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

The bike lanes on Valencia Street were created by eliminating a traffic lane, not by removing street parking as proposed for Polk Street.

 
At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone here see the irony in allowing the public to have so much say on these matters to begin with? It just creates micro-political strife and fighting. There are plenty of places in the United States that make balanced transit plans that aren't labelled "progressive", "bike-nuts", or "anti-car" or whatever kind of label you want to make to cling to your polarized viewpoints. Utah of all places is encouraging bike usage and like you're going to convince anyone they're in progressive-ville. We're just f'ed up here and stuff like this isn't helping.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865559590/Innovative-bike-lanes-unveiled-in-downtown-Salt-Lake-City.html?pg=all

 

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