We are residents and concerned citizens who oppose the Sutter Street Bicycle path for the following reasons:
- Increase in crime: Theft, noise violations, trespassing, vandalism, gang activity, tagging, unlicensed dogs, and motorized vehicles along river bank.
- Safety-both cyclists and motorists sharing a main corridor through residential area with no marked bike lanes for safety: Due to limited parking along Sutter Street, large delivery vans and park-goers often double park while unloading vehicles, narrowing the space available for cyclists; heavy usage of parking along route forces cyclists to ride closer to center of street; and many side streets feed into Sutter increasing the possibility of a bicycle/motor vehicle collision.
- Increase in traffic: Heavy weekend traffic presently exists due to two churches, three senior complexes, one school, and Oak Park activities (softball, tennis, picnics/parties, ice skating, and swimming) making it unsafe for increased bike traffic.
- No additional policing: City services are already strapped and homeowners and residents (many who are elderly) have no guarantee of additional policing being available to an increase in crime.
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