Bicycle Bullies Part II

Here we go again. Just shy of one year, this coal-rollin’ News Dog editorialized about the hot mess that Bikewalk KC created on Armour Boulevard with the installation of bicycle lanes that makes navigating Armour between Broadway and Gillham much like playing whack-a-mole, only you’re the mole and you’re in a car.

Entering Armour Boulevard from a side street requires the reflexes of a jet fighter pilot in order to quasi-safely cross or enter Armour Boulevard traffic.

Now the bicycle bullies are at it again, attempting to do the same to Independence Avenue.

You heard right folks, Historic Northeast’s major east-west artery is now in the cross hairs of the cycling class who want to take away one lane of traffic in each direction in order to install bicycle lanes in its place.

Anyone who currently navigates the Avenue during daylight hours already knows that it is not a place for the meek or timid driver.

Additionally, ongoing construction projects often close down vehicle traffic lanes creating back-ups that extend for blocks.

Rush hour traffic also does this and anyone going west during the morning drive hours or east during the afternoon drive hours knows that two-vehicle lanes are often not enough to accommodate the amount of commuter traffic that traverses the Avenue on a daily basis.

But the bicycle zealots are bound and determined to have their way and they could care less about what the tax-paying motorists have to say about it.

We just need to dummy up and take our medicine regardless how devastating it may be to vehicular traffic or motorist safety.

The upside of this proposal is that according to some high level city sources, there’s no money in the kitty to pay the freight for the changes.

This Dog, knowing city process like we do, knows that won’t matter and the slush fund that is PIAC will be a bottomless money pit that these spandex-wearing bike bullies will utilize to get the ball rolling.

To that end, this Dog would recommend if you have an opinion on this matter, you may want to attend the Independence Plaza Neighborhood Council’s meeting at the 9th & Bellefontaine Salvation Army building and offer up your opinion on the matter.

The meeting starts at 6:30 sharp this Thursday and is in the lower level meeting room.
Show up. Be heard.

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