KUOW’s The Conversation discussed the Bicycle Master Plan update Thursday afternoon. The program is archived online here if you want to give it a listen.
I was among those interviewed. Do I really say “ya know” and “um” that often? Things to work on…
Anyway, it was a good conversation. The only real opponent to the plan was Eugene Wasserman, president of the North Seattle Industrial Association (and active opponent to the Burke-Gilman Missing Link completion). However, he had no clear, legitimate argument against the plan, which has been actively working with freight interests to make sure their needs are included. He pointed to potential issues with placing a bike facility on N 45th Street—issues the draft plan itself points out—and he pointed to the massive funding backlog for bridge repairs in the city, which is essentially irrelevant to a discussion of a Bicycle Master Plan.
Then he dropped this gem: “Somebody has to be the adult and make decisions about what can be funded and what cannot.”
Yes, because “adults” always resort to calling other people children during a debate over public policy. Yeesh.
There are certainly some issues with the plan, and it’s clear that there’s no way it is going to be a perfect document. Once you start drawing lines on a map, things are going to be overlooked, and other community groups are going to see things they don’t feel properly consulted about. I think it is important that everyone understands that each element of the plan will have its own public process if and when it is implemented, and this plan is just a way of setting standards and displaying how individual pieces fit into the larger bicycle route network.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the master plan update, including looks at NE and SE Seattle.