Once You Do The Math, Riverfront Plans Hardly Looks Like a "Complete Street"
|Click to expand the city's proposal to turn Riverfront Boulevard into a so-called "complete street."|
There's nothing equal in the Riverfront renderings. It's a 6 lanes + 2 turn lanes street with glorified sidewalks being developed as "cycle tracks" for shared bicycle and pedestrian use. In other words, its form is:
Pedestrian/Bicycle, Car, Car, Car, Car, Car, Car, Car, Car, Bicycle/Pedestrian
... What are we trying to enable? Pedestrianization of an area, or automotive through-way? When it's far easier to drive than it is to walk or bicycle, why attempt another mode? And who exactly would want to walk, or dine, or bicycle beside a 6 lane arterial? When cities like New York are removing cars completely from major roadways, it's odd that we'd take the opposite stance and shove more vehicles into an area that were trying to bill as people-friendly.