Among the many important issues that are current, bike safety may seem like a minor concern. However, it is high time that public officials recognize bicycles as a legitimate transportation means, not just a poor peoples or kids transportation of necessity or fitness fans' sport. So says an Appellate Court decision this week. The city of Olympia has realized this, as has Intercity Transit, and moved to provide safe biking lanes, bike racks, etc.
This should be the model for all cities, particularly a wake up call to the "city" of Lacy Public Works director, who recently stated that College (or another street) was "not safe for bicycle riders due to the many driveways and a bike lane would be too expensive." (They also neglect providing needed, requested signage to the remote Amtrak station on their periphery.) Bike commuters don't depend on bike lanes and can handle driveways. Riders are not going to go blocks out of their way to the one Bike Trail available. We just need good limit strips (white lines) with a little space. (Also, a few drivers' attitude readjustments and bike good riding practices wouldn't hurt.)
As a former bike commuter in Los Angeles, of all places, I concur with the court that outdated, anti-bike transportation officials should see bike commuting (and rail commuting) as important considerations in future transportation planning as well as safe street maintenance.