"Road Diet." The name says it all.
In spite of the city's assertion that the goal of modifying Alabama Street is to reduce collisions, I believe the agenda is to again reduce road capacity in order to be more "green," the result being to cripple the movement of people and vehicles through a busy, yet well-functioning, commuting and business corridor.
Need proof? All you have to do is look at all the other bike lanes, bulbed-out crosswalks, traffic calming devices, concrete medians, and other "improvements" forced upon us as proof-positive that Bellingham's roads have been increasingly "bottlenecked" in order to create a "one-lane-each-way commuting hell" in a city that keeps growing.
Let's make roads more crowded so we can reduce collisions? Get real.
I am not interested in a car-free utopia. I have to show up for work and school -- with my stuff clean, dry, presentable and on time -- in a city that is cold, dark and wet most days.
City planner Chris Comeau states: "We're not selling anything to anybody... we're conducting a study." But then he says: "Keeping Alabama the way it is not an option..."
The public is not misinformed; we know that Bellingham doesn't need any more road diets.
We need the city to leave Alabama Street alone, and start using our tax dollars to repave our deteriorating roads.