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NIMBY on Bike Lanes, 2/16
A victory for local democracy
In the community where I live, planners installed experimental bike lines on a major street. I bike a lot, but I had no use for the bike lanes. A lot of people did not like them.
Under most circumstances, left-wing planners would just put in the bike lanes and not ask for any feedback. In this case, the people in the community gave a lot of negative feedback. That probably was not what the planners wanted or expected, but they did agree to nix the bike lanes. Assuming that holds, this will be a story with a happy ending.
I wonder if there is any community where the broader public would voice support for bike lanes on major streets. My guess is that most of the time the lanes are installed, no organized objection materializes, and people just suffer in silence. But because years ago somebody had the foresight to set up a community association in our neighborhood, and because people in the association keep it going, we have an organized political voice.