by Tim Starback
The following is a copy of a letter to the Davis City Council:
It’s time to rip that Band-Aid off of B Street. No more delays or community meetings.
The problem is not between “bike advocates” and those wanting to preserve parking. The problem is you.
From the few residents of B Street who attended the community meeting Tuesday night, it’s my impression that they were equally frustrated about the lack of communication about parking and green waste containerization.
When the possibility of permitted side-street parking was presented as an option, this seemed to be a surprise to them, which drastically reduced their opposition. Strangely, this is something we’ve been talking about for months. Why was this not presented to them earlier?
It’s also not fair to blame the “bike activists” when all we are doing is reminding you about your own city goals and policies.
- The Transportation Element of the Davis General Plan (p. 22) states “Where limited street space exists, priority should be given to non-motorized modes to protect the safety and comfort of these more vulnerable users.”
- The Beyond Platinum Bike Plan adopted by council in 2013 specifically calls for achievement of a 30-percent bicycle mode share by 2020.
- The Davis Climate Action and Adaptation Plan adopted by the council in June 2010 has goals to increase walking and the use of non-polluting forms of transportation, including bicycles. The transportation sector in Davis accounts for about half (47 percent) of local greenhouse gas emissions, so meeting the plan’s greenhouse gas-reduction goals will require a decrease in vehicle miles traveled — and a corresponding increase in cycling, walking or transit.
Let’s not pit one group against the other. Cite the city code, goals and polices you have in place now for your decisions. Not everyone will be happy with every decision you make, but if we stick to these goals Davis will develop into an even more amazing city.