May 8, 2012 > Letter to the Editor: Bicyclists and pedestrians underserved
Letter to the Editor: Bicyclists and pedestrians underserved
My name is Jaren Feeley, I am an Ohlone student currently living in Fremont. I have been commuting to school on bike and foot my entire life, and over the years I have faced continuous danger and inconvenience trying to navigate the pedestrian and bike routes of Fremont. I was speaking with a fellow Ohlone student, Joshua Yang, and we agreed that citizens who commute without a car are seriously under-served in Fremont. As we begin talking with more people, it became clear that there are many who feel that Fremont can improve transportation infrastructure for pedestrians, and especially bicyclists.
We speak with the support of the Ohlone Green Club when we urge Fremont to prioritize transportation that will benefit the health and safety of all of our residents; we urgently need bike lanes and bike routes that don't place our own citizens in mortal peril.
We have read the Fremont Bicycle Master Plan of 2005 and 2012 and are amazed by the slow progress being made. The plan contained a list of high priority projects ("Tier 1" recommendations) that would serve strong community demand and have the best cost/benefit ratio, though very few of those projects have been completed or even started.
We respect that Fremont recognized the need for better bicycle and pedestrian transportation, and believe that the Master Plan did an excellent job of suggesting the most economical improvements that would benefit the most people. This year, like every year, too many bicyclists will be hit by automobiles in Fremont as they try to commute in a healthy, eco-friendly way. We urge Fremont to take into consideration the needs of its citizens and create safer, more pleasant pedestrian and bike routes.
Jaren Feeley and Joshua Yang