Re: “Pay attention to streets, not border” (letter, 6-6).
I appreciate the writer’s frustration when the world changes for the betterment of others but not so much for him. But the fact is South 12 Street is not just a thoroughfare. It is also part of a residential area (the Central District), and the added bike lanes have made it a better place for us to live.
Cars passing through may not be going as fast as before, but for the many people who live nearby, that is good. It used to be much more dangerous to cross the street or ride a bicycle (and we like to ride our bikes).
A couple of years back, the city also installed a blinking-light crosswalk there. Before that, pedestrians from Sprague to Oakes had to dash across four lanes of speeding traffic. We have lived here for more than 10 years and have witnessed several terrible automobile accidents on South 12th. That has diminished since the street’s reduction to three lanes.
We are very happy the city added the bike lanes. We use them regularly and we see other people doing so as well. Yes, the traffic has somewhat slowed down. That has been great news for all the pedestrians (many are children) in the neighborhood.