Thursday, July 17, 2008
Are there more bikes on the road, or does it just seem that way?
The Spokesman Review had an interesting editorial today -- even if it is Spokanecentric. (check it out here). They are calling on agencies that have jurisdiction over roads to take increased bicycling into account in their planning efforts. We at KMPO would agree with the SR's editorial, but it's worth pointing out that many jurisdictions are, in fact, already doing this.
Just look at all the development activity around Riverstone and west along the river toward Post Falls. All of that development includes a vast array of trails for bikes and pedestrians. Not to mention the brand new and beautiful Prairie Trail extension of the Centennial Trail stretches just over 5 miles from Riverstone northwest across the prairie to Huetter Road.
Likewise, in Spokane County many of the larger jurisdictions have actively supported the "SmartRoutes" project, and they have also started developing and updating their bicycle master plans. The City of Spokane is also trying to figure out how to incorporate a bicycle coordinator position into its planning and engineering departments.
The STA bicycle rack problem that is mentioned in the editorial is a tough one, but I wonder if the problem could be solved by having the buses pull trailers for the bikes. (Just a thought). I also heard at one time City Link was looking at new buses that could handle more bicycles by allowing the riders to carry them on board. I don't know if they are actually pursuing that, but I'll check into it and let you know.
In the meantime: How would you purpose to fix the shortage of bike rack space on the City Link buses?