Well, alternatives are good and I sure hope Ann's right that this slows traffic and makes 6th more bikeable. But if I were a 4th Ave merchant with any sense I would be greatly saddened at the potential loss of pass-by bicycle traffic. They are SO missing the boat by not getting behind us big-time on eliminating car parking along 4th Ave. Is the Downtown Links project going to make the 6th Ave underpass easier to bike through (and emerge from)?
@Suzanne I agree that the 4th Ave Merchants abandoned us cyclists when they fought against removing car parking in the streetcar planning process. I support the overtly bike friendly businesses on 4th still, but the whole streetcar thing makes me far less likely to use it as a primary route and with 6th opening up a better connection I foresee far less bike traffic on 4th.
@Mtngoat I foresee increased auto traffic on 6th Ave. in avoidance of the cluster on 4th Ave. Cars won't be able to pass the streetcar, but will always attempt to pass bikes-safely or not. If the proposed profile for 6th Ave. was implemented on any other connector, say Glenn or Tucson, where parking was allowed and the stripe replaced with sharrows, it would ruin the route for bikes. Cyclists are unsure of the rights a sharrow is supposed to provide and the presence of sharrows is too intermittent and subject to deterioration for cars to pay much attention. Part of the deal for 6th Ave. should be continuity...like it is north of Drachmann. No parking and a bike lane. The current plan creates a squeeze that is just asking for trouble.