I just had a furious call from Sarah Fiorito who organized the bike lanes meeting on Monday night. She claims my report completely misrepresented the meeting. I told her that I stick by my report. Anyway, she said they would soon be posting the video of the meeting (I assume she meant audio as I don’t recall there being any video cameras in the room). I told her that was great because then people could make up their own minds.
In her call to me she said there was only one isolated mention of a campaign against businesses and the BIA. That is certainly not my recollection. It is true that she was pushing for a positive campaign to change the minds of anti-bike lane businesses, but she wasn’t the only one speaking and others were more negative in their attitudes.
The only complaint of hers that I take seriously is my mention that “safe for all ages” bike lanes means ugly concrete slabs. I had asked her about that after the meeting and she had indeed said that their preferred method of separation was to have a lane of parking between bike lane and traffic — not the blocks. Fair enough, but my comment about “safe for all ages” being code for concrete blocks (as opposed to painted lines) was based on the general discussion of physical separation methods that predominate on bike lane chats on Twitter and elsewhere.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I have my own concerns about the parking lane separation design on a two-way street like the Drive where buses and bus stops are so important.
Her extremely aggressive tone with me on the phone today certainly got me riled up. However, we are all entitled to our own opinions and views about what happens and what we see. When she posts the audio of the meeting, I will be glad to post a link to it.