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The Bike lanes are another "Solution" that causes more problems than it solves.
Thank God! I almost got in a head on collision last week on that street because another driver decided to drive down the middle of the road instead of driving in the bike lane while I was trying to pass a biker. I had to blare my horn at the other driver. Worst engineering design ever.
The city says they have these lanes in Europe - as if that's a reason to do it here. There are a lot more bikes in Europe too, and I bet these lanes are not on roads as busy as Wooddale. Not a good solution for that road.
How convenient that the temporary markings went in just before the re-election of the Mayor. Don't expect them to stay because Transit for Livable Communities is calling all the shots. And they don't want a center line because it diminishes the "primacy of the bikers". And that is what they are all about. Check out their website. Residents of Edina did you know that if any changes to Wooddale Ave are made for 10 YEARS we have to pay back the entire federal grant????. $250,000!!! Call Mayor Hovland and the city council they know all about it. Keep up the pressure! Let common sense reign over agenda politics.
There was a meeting tonight at Wooddale church for the few Edina residents that got wind of the meeting. It is important to know that with the exception of the respresentative from the Board of Transit for Livable Communities who was there to answer our questions and Jennifer who is on the transportation committee, there was not ONE resident that had ONE positive thing to say about the mess on Wooddale. It needs to be made clear that the city of Edina, approved the project and received a $250,000 grant. Now, unless the committee that gave us the grant decides that the project is not safe or is not working, in their opinion, that we must keep the bike lanes for 10 years or repay the $250,000 to the committee that granted it. It was my understanding that the fact the EVERY SINGLE RESIDENT in attendence was against the project is of ZERO consequence to this committee. They will set up a "video survey" ONE Tuesday and Wednesday, on Wooddale, and this will determine how successful the project is. Every resident feels that they have been disrespected and they were uninformed about this fiasco. BUT, the residence have little to no influence on changing this. There is a possibility of a dotted yellow line being put down the street but we would need a variance. The person from the Board of Transit for Livable Communities was not open to this. We also asked for one bike lane and the other to be eliminated. He suggested eliminating parking. So, cars are of little to no concern to these people and bikes should have all the right of way!! Edina needs to stand up to this before a tragic accident takes place and the $250,000 seems like a drop in the bucket!
You can tell when a city council has to much money,bored and tired of trying to keep the city infrastructure from falling apart. And has over paid city engineer who is also bored with doing his job and likes to play with half baked ideas
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