by MARLA STREB
Uber bike planner Nate Evans and I took a spin down N. Monroe Street’s freshly striped bike lane the other day, which connects Mondawmin mall/metro station to North Avenue. Around lunchtime, there were few cars using this neighborhood artery. In fact, a couple of happy teens on modified BMX rigs cruised down the gentle slope, taking up most of the street. Evidently they hadn’t yet noticed the sweet bike lane (or they just didn’t want to ride with Nate and me). To make way for this important and safe bike route, a lane for the cars was removed. Apparently the driving community is not so stoked about the shrinkage and wants the bike component removed. Bummer for the neighborhood!
With that new bike lane, more and more local folks might realize biking is a safe alternate to getting in that car or waiting for the bus. If the city shows that it respects their neighborhood by providing them a safe and environmental way to enjoy it, then citizens are likely to respond in kind by respecting the rights of cyclists throughout the whole city, as well as their neighborhood.