MTA's bait-and-switch on Polk Street bike project
A reader writes:
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.