Whoops, I mean Tilly Mill (although it IS the road where I survived a hit-and-run almost two years ago — this post about that is the most-viewed of any here on TravelingAtTheSpeedOfBike.com). The chair of the City of Dunwoody Sustainability Committee has taken me up on a final offer of a free 15-minute consult (mentioned in this email to city hall earlier this week) and I am meeting him and my neighbor Jason (who is also on the committee) Thursday. I asked Nathan to provide me with his questions prior to that time so we could maximize our impact together in our limited time, which he did. I have been keeping city hall updated and, as always, am sharing (and trusting) the journey. Here is the latest email, followed at the bottom of this post by yesterday’s TikTok from nearby Chamblee Dunwoody Road (which is also what’s pictured above):
Good morning, all. Just to keep everyone in the loop, Nathan Sparks did provide a list of questions as requested, prior to our 15-minute in-person consult Thursday morning. I have sent him and Jason Metzer a number of my blog posts that share related info (for instance, the one last year about wave delineators and also the one including my email to City Hall following my Ride to Lunch with the Mayor, which identifies additional spots for pop-up temporary protected bike lanes). I did want to share this link below from Curbed with everyone so that you can start thinking about the exciting possibility of implementing Summer Lanes, which many other cities across the USA have been doing. Here is my email to Nathan and Jason this morning:
Good morning, Nathan and Jason. This excellent, detailed article from Curbed addresses a number of your questions. Again, we can talk a bit in person about some additional input I can offer, such as the objections that have been voiced by city hall and how to combat them to end the rubber-hits-the-road current reality that is putting lives at risk on a daily basis (not just while riding bikes but by choosing NOT to get recommended exercise for physical and mental health, due to known motor vehicle dangers). The exciting thing is that there is a proven Summer Lanes movement for temporary pop-up protected bike lanes across the USA. I’m a carrot, not stick, person, and believe the opportunity could be presented in a way that neighborhoods could opt in to “adopt” a summer lane, thereby rewarding those who want safe access for their families.
If I am the only person in the City of Dunwoody who wants to feel safer riding my bike to the park or pool, supermarket or school, mall or city hall, or anywhere at all, then we’ll just continue with the subpar status quo. My only request then would be that any and all communication identifying this city as Bike Friendly or including the unprotected bike lanes in any total counts of bike-able miles or as part of our city’s transportation plan be stopped immediately as it is erroneous and dangerous to do so.
Trust the journey,
Currently on Chamblee Dunwoody Road (see here for when these exact types of barriers were on Tilly Mill Road, and what I envisioned):
Leap of Faith (the movie) —