In response to the July 23 Point of View “An unjustified expense in Raleigh” by Julie Tisdale: We believe that bike lanes represent a valuable addition to the city’s infrastructure.
The recently-adopted NCDOT and City of Raleigh Complete Streets policies recognize all users and support improving safety for all transportation modes.
Until the past 10 years, Raleigh’s post World War II growth was dominated by urban sprawl with attention to cars but not other forms of transportation. The city’s retrofitting to accommodate multimodal transit is a key component to maintaining a strong quality of life in the face of major growth.
Over the past decade, the transformation of areas including downtown Raleigh, midtown and Cameron Village is indicative of the renewed market-based interest in communities that encourage bicycle and pedestrian-oriented access between work, live and play.
Furthermore there is significant data from the public health literature to support the long-term savings in chronic disease costs thru active transportation, including the Health Impact Assessment conducted in coordination with the Blue Ridge Corridor District Plan.
A cost accounting of the expense of bike lanes should also consider the value of return on investment in both economic development and health.
President, Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance