|Horton Street Traffic Diverted... No Deaths|
Somehow, this was accomplished without conducting
a $10,000 study. If it was done once, maybe it can
be done again... for bikes.
But the street closure proves the point about redirecting traffic without benefit of a study as City Hall staff insists is prudent and necessary. City Hall is maintaining $10,000 must be spent to figure out how to apply temporary bollards the City's Bike Plan calls for to calm traffic for bikes to safely use Horton Street (since there's so many vehicles using the street).
EBMUD didn't conduct a study for Monday's action; they simply obtained an over the counter permit from City Hall and then put up bollards and a couple of street closed signs, all in the same day. It was notable because the diverter was installed without a major study and no deaths or injuries resulted. No fights, hurt feelings or bruised egos. No one got shot and World War 3 didn't happen.
We're pretty surprised City Hall issues permits for construction companies or other governmental agencies to put up bollards and redirect traffic on our streets with so little fanfare and such ease after insisting they can't do it to benefit bicyclists without spending $10,000 to conduct a fancy long-winded study. EBMUD did it in one day while bicyclists have been waiting for ten years for the same thing.
It seems like it's almost as if the City doesn't care about bikes.