Council Told City Can't Afford Bike Lanes, Which Is Why BFOC's Looking for Donors
|From today's briefing on why the city can't afford bike lanes|
"We are looking for ways to fund that gap," Ramirez told the council. Because right now, she said, "our operating budget does not include money for bike strips."
Which brings me to Bike Friendly Oak Cliff's proposal to privately fund at least some of the Jefferson Avenue Viaduct, at the top of the Bike Plan's to-do list.
I asked Jason Roberts this afternoon if the organization's decided how to proceed in the wake of Israel "Dallas" Torres's accident one week ago. Because, if you'll recall, BFOC met last week to discuss a kick-starter of some kind to help pay for bike lanes or, better still, Jersey barriers to protect cyclists entering the bridge from the Oak Cliff side.
Says Roberts they're actually meeting with city officials tomorrow to see how much City Hall can contribute, after which BFOC will decide how to move forward.
"We're playing catch-up," he says. "So we'll see if there are other opportunities that give us the chance to put some funds out there. Let's see if we get buy-in from the community to shoulder some of the costs and make the numbers work. Like, with the [Margaret Hunt Hill] Bridge, the city puts in X amount and donors put in the rest. Even the [Woodall Rodgers] deck park, it's partially funded by the city and partially funded by donors." (The feds too.) "We just thought: We should follow that model."