A review of the state’s ferry system yielded one recommendation that caught our attention: Let motor vehicles unload before bicycles.
We wrote about this review back in September, but if you have not voiced your concern, now is the time. The Bicycle Alliance has issued a reminder that the comment period on the review ends November 15. The Alliance suggests emailing Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond to voice your opposition to this unresearched, poorly thought-out recommendation.
Here are some of the Alliance’s points:
- Ask them where the Passenger Vessel Association panel of experts found the data or proof backs up the recommendation that bicyclists slow unloading?
- What evidence demonstrates that cars and trucks are faster than a bicyclist when unloading?
- Why make a recommendation that bikes and cars not share the road which is entirely counter to our “share the road” message as authorized by the state legislature?
- Where is the data that proves that safety is improved if bicyclists load/unload last?
- How does this recommendation meet the Washington State goal of increasing the number of people bicycling?