Tuesday, March 20, 2007

An hour to speak up for bikes

There's a community meeting tonight about road improvements to SW 104th Street between 147th and 137th Avenues -- a great opportunity to let the county Public Works staff know that you want bike lanes. The meeting runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the West Kendall Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd. The work zone is mapped at Platial, where you can zoom in for a birds-eye view of the street.

This is a part of the county already blessed with bike facilities, so it's reasonable to think your pleas would be backed up by whoever attends. Not that the road improvements are all that popular in the neighborhood, just east of the Hammocks. I found lots of signs expressing fears that 104th would be made into a faster street. Indeed, at 40 mph at midafternoon today I was passed by quite a few cars.

While you're at the library for the meeting, you might put in a word for placing a bike rack there -- preferrably somewhere out of the rain and sun. There used to be one, like the others in the Hammocks shopping center, but according to the library clearks it was stolen -- along with the chained bikes.

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