And I don’t want it to be me!
On King Street the goal is to fit trains, cars, trucks, bikes and pedestrians all on the same narrow street. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. In the case of LRT, it’s too dangerous.
It bugs me when bike lanes are used as buffers to protect parked cars but now cyclists are going to be the buffer between a train and automobiles … are you kidding me? The visuals provided by the region clearly show where cyclists are going to get squeezed.
In the King Street visual above, a bicycle traveling north is clearly going to have vehicles on one side and a train on the other (the blue lane is for the train). Below is a present day picture of King Street.
I realize that addressing a growing population, curbing urban sprawl while trying to step away from our culture’s reliance on the automobile will be difficult. There won’t be a silver bullet (the future is indeed multi-modal). We will have to work together, compromise together and build together. Let’s not do it at someone else’s expense.