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Bicycle lanes hurt business

Published January 2, 2010 5:55 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2010, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

After reading Jody Wilkinson's "Bike lanes and business" (Forum, Dec. 23), I was shocked and surprised that The Tribune actually printed an anti-bicyclist letter. For the past 15 years, bicycle lanes have systematically shut down lanes of travel throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Most of these "bike lanes" just wind up being on-street parking for people who had none before.

Bicycle lanes do not bring commerce to any area; they simply pinch off streets to the point that motorists choose to travel away from downtown and into the suburban shopping areas because it is faster, results in less time idling, and does not involve following some spandex-clad Lance Armstrong wannabe riding in the only remaining traffic lane because the bicycle lane is full of parked cars.

I would love to see one of these elitist cyclists, who constantly complain about having to observe traffic laws and the need for more bike lanes, actually carrying a month's worth of groceries, or half a dozen two-by-fours as they travel in their own special lanes. Bicycle lanes are anti-commerce and anti-business, plain and simple.

Hugh Johnson

Salt Lake City