By: Diane Benjamin
Renner didn’t ask to extend the time so everybody could speak, so everybody didn’t get to. Tari did make sure Mike McCurdy of Bike Blono, WGLT radio, and Connect Transit got to speak though.
To hear all of the public comment – just hit play below. Then listen to the second Public Comment beginning at 58:15 during the hearing to annex property south of Bloomington.
Three topics surfaced:
- the couple who wanted the Council overrule the ZBA: https://blnnews.com/2017/06/13/council-fun-part-1/
- the low income housing project in south Bloomington (second hearing)
- bike lanes on east Washington
Almost every homeowner on E Washington is opposed to the bike lanes. Safety is a big problem. Many need to back out of their driveways while dodging heavy traffic. They don’t need the stress of trying to see a bike too. Note the second speaker – Treasea Enyeart. She mentioned Alderman Buragas stated to her that her family will not be using it because it’s too dangerous. She also mentioned her house being used by Bike Blono as intimidation. Her husband mentioned it again a little later. Fast forward to alderman comments around 2:44. I will get back to Alderman Karen Schmidt, but after her Buragas attempts to clarify her statement. Alderman David Sage then stands up for Enyeart against Bike Blono. Buragas is obviously assuming it will pass the Planning Commission.
In case you don’t know, this is what Bike Blono wants to do to the road. Most of the time there won’t be any bikes, but they still get two lanes on a very busy road. Buragas claimed at the Open House the Vehicle lanes would be 11 feet wide – this pic from the City shows 10 feet. The pic really needs a City bus and an ambulance trying to get to St Joe’s. You can click to enlarge it – the lane captions are at the bottom.
I remember when the city began rolling out Master Plans under Renner. Each one spends your money and allows government to decide the future instead of the free markets. Government plans always fail because they are attempt to create demand – think Connect Transit and the Coliseum. MILLIONS later both are still failures. bike lanes will be no different.
The comments by Alderman Schmidt show the course change I expect Bike Blono to use to coerce the Planning Commission. (1) The poor need them. (2) Some people can’t afford vehicles. (3) This is their only transportation. (Grove Street isn’t an opposition!) I’d like to ask Karen how many poor people live in the mansions on the north side of E. Washington or in the beautiful houses on the south side? Why would they ever need to ride on E. Washington? Karen – you voted for every tax increase which made the poor even poorer. Your concern for their welfare now is a farce.
There is another public hearing tonight from 4-6 in the McLean County History Museum. Bike Blono will be there for more intimidation. Those opposed need to be there too. Since Complete Streets wasn’t a suggestion – E Washington is the first step to protecting vehicle traffic from bikers breaking the rules of the road and being invisible even more so than motorcycles. Don’t forget the City wants the State to put in bike lanes on Main and Center Streets if they ever find the money to resurface them.
The Planning Commission will decide tomorrow at 4:00 to proceed or not: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5654/17?backlist=%2f
Think 4:00 meetings is by accident?
It will be telling whether the people who live on E Washington have any property rights. It should be a slam dunk to kick Bike Blono to another road when these lanes would make driving even more difficult for residents.
Mike McCurdy: My son and I used to bike the trail. We DROVE to the trail and then biked. I bet your biggest supports are Orthopedic Surgeons. Your facts smell like Fake News, but soon your members will be needing Fake Knees. I hope you won’t want taxpayers to fund those since bike lanes caused them.
The housing project got tabled. The Public Comment on this issue is very revealing. A lawyer for Unit 5 was the first speaker, it looks like the City didn’t bother to talk to them about the impact of bringing more low income housing to the Cedar Ridge school area. This school is currently 76% low income with very little parental support. The also are forced to hold bi-lingual classes. If this project is approved, it will make conditions at Cedar Ridge even worse.
Does education matter to this Council? Stay tuned.