This evening the Park Department will conduct a public meeting* on it's Trail Network Plan, including the controversial bike lanes on Linden and Turner Streets, through downtown Allentown. My previous post, Allentown's WPA Bounty, received the following comment: I don't think we have to choose between restoring the key WPA projects OR having a user-friendly bike system throughout the city. Unfortunately, we are not even being given any choices. While grants are pursued and consultants hired for the cycling paths, not a thought or dollar has gone toward the irreplaceable, iconic stone structures throughout the park system. Opposition to the center city bike lanes is widespread. In addition to center city residents, the plan is also opposed by the police department and even the cycling enthusiasts themselves: I feel taking a lane of traffic from Linden and Turner Streets is not only unnecessary but a disaster to the residents of those streets and to anyone who uses them for transportation. Because of the park department's preoccupation with cycling, at the expense and neglect of the traditional park features, I oppose the Trail Network Plan.
produced by Gary Ledebur, Netherfield Studios, Philadelphia
*meeting at 7:00pm, Allentown Library, lower level