Narrowing Northwest Eighth Avenue

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Recently, the Gainesville (Florida) City Commission voted by a six to one margin to test a plan to narrow segments of NW Eighth Avenue to one lane in each direction for automobiles.  The plan would add wide bicycle and pedestrian lanes (also known as sidewalks) in their place.

As printed in the Gainesville Sun: “…there are about 15,180 vehicle trips a day in that area and in the range of 250 bicycle trips, according to a city report.”  Anyone who ever had a head cold knows that if the flow slows (congestion), the pressure increases.  And I’m willing to bet that there will be a lot of motorists who will be feeling the increased pressure; blood pressure I mean.

By the way, I would like to acknowledge the Gainesville Sun for printing my letter to the editor (below) on this topic:

Strong statement
The “Today’s Topic” question on May 4 was: “Do you support the decision to narrow Northwest Eighth Avenue?” The answer was a resounding no by a margin of 682 to 65.

Less than nine percent of the respondents want Northwest Eighth Avenue narrowed. While not a scientific poll, it makes a strong statement about how out of touch the Gainesville City Commission is with the wants and needs of local residents.

Does anyone have any doubts as to how it will proceed after the “trial period” is over? How is Main Street working out for you?

But keep making your voices heard, there’s hope. As Mahatma Gandhi said: “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Alan Berkelhammer,


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