A couple of weeks ago, Karla Hailer-Fidelman had a nice op-ed column in the TAB about the need for bike lanes on Walnut Street.
My letter in response was one of three the following week.
This week, there are another two letters, including one from John Bliss, the chairman of the Newton Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force.
A few thoughts:
- That Ms. Hailer-Fidelman wrote and so many responded is a sign that Newton is due better bike accommodations. People want them.
- We really need to find out what's going on with Walnut Street.
- There's an inherent tension between the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. Jeff Hecht cites traffic calming (street narrowing) at Comm. Ave. and Lexington St as removing space for bicyclists. I like the rules of the sea, where rules favor the least powerful. As a rider, I recognize that my needs should yield to pedestrians' needs. What would really be nice is if there were a greater sacrifice by motorists to accommodate pedestrians' needs without impinging cyclists' needs (too much, anyway).