How incapable are the liberals running the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)? Well, apparently, they can’t even build a bike lane — going the relatively short and flat distance from the new Westlake lane to downtown — on time.
The bike lane was supposed to be open later this year. However, according to reports, SDOT will only be able to complete the lane in 2018.
The delay, ironically enough, jeopardizes SDOT’s ability to spend taxpayers’ hard- earned dollars to expand the “services” of the failed bike share company Pronto services. Apparently, a stipulation involving the goofy plans to expand Pronto was completion of bike lane projects.
City Councilmember Mike O’Brien told liberal blog Publicola:
“When the council approved the purchase of bike share assets, we also made it clear that we would only expand the system if the city is on track for building certain downtown protected bike lane projects. The 9th Avenue project is one of those and the timeline I heard the other day [presented at last week’s Bike Board meeting] is not what we asked for.”
So, just to wrap up the ridiculousness of it all, the city of Seattle decided it was a good idea to purchase a failed bike share company for $1.4 million (not including the millions more it is expected to pump into the company to expand it and keep it alive) knowing full well how incapable SDOT is of, well, doing anything efficiently
Also, did we mention the fact that no one wants to be a member of the failed bike share company… not even its biggest “green” cheerleaders?