Originally Published: April 17, 2008 10:11 p.m.
The city needs to revise the current striping on Sixth Street to the three lanes plus bike lanes originally proposed several years ago.
This is clearly the safest solution both for bike riders and the cars on this vital connecting street.
As a vehicle driver, I see a definite risk for collisions as someone tries to turn left from the left-hand lane, or turns left from a business into the left lane. A center turn lane would be much preferable.
As a cyclist who commutes daily by bike and uses this street as a connector, I would appreciate the extra buffer from passing cars. Traffic also would slow which is beneficial to both cyclists and drivers.
Finally, as a surgeon, I see daily the negative health effects of obesity and our sedentary lifestyle. I think the city has a responsibility to promote healthy lifestyles to its citizens. Part of this is the simple act of promoting bicycling as a means of exercise and transportation by providing safe roads for cyclists.
This does not mention the impact cycling as transportation has on the environment and traffic congestion. No doubt, that as gas prices continue to increase, more and more folks are seeing their bicycle as a viable means of transportation.
Eric Nelson, MD, FACS