I like Foster’s. I like it a whole lot. But I don’t go there very often.
Why? Well, when I take my daughter with me, I normally use this:
But this is between me and Foster’s:
There’s a plan in place to add bike lanes to this road, but it’s being held up because several businesses are opposed to it. They want to keep it like it is.
Now, I’ll ride on crummy roads like this when I’m all by myself, but if I’m towing 60+ pounds behind me (40 of which are in the form of a child who I kind of like) the equation changes. I go more slowly. And I have even more interest in not getting hit, so I try to avoid roads that look like the above.
This road is insanely overbuilt. It’s never close to needing five lanes. And people drive way over the speed limit here, because that’s what people do on overbuilt roads.
I don’t mean to be picking on Foster’s, by the way. I don’t know that they’ve expressed a stance on this issue either way. I only mention them by name because I really, seriously, honestly love Foster’s. And I really, seriously, honestly would go there with my family more often if this road had bike lanes.
I understand that business owners need to be conservative when their livlihoods are on the line, and it makes sense that some of them might oppose a change. But I believe this will be a good change for everybody, and I’ve placed one data point out there for you: I promise I will spend more money in this corridor if there are bike lanes here. And if I go to Foster’s more often, there’s a good chance I’ll visit some of the neighboring establishments more often too, and everybody wins.
So, what do you say, business owners? Do you want my business? It’s waiting for you.
If any of my readers would like to be able to bike to these businesses more easily, you should make your voices heard now, because the council must make a decision in the next few weeks or no bike lanes will be added. Talk to the business owners, if you know them. Explain to them how difficult it is to patronize their establishments presently. And if you don’t know any business owners here, you can still speak up; Bike Durham has created a petition at change.org to gather support for these bike lanes.