And here is the email directly from the mayor, sent to Streetsblog Thursday evening at 9:30:
The safety of our residents, especially pedestrians and bicyclists, is paramount to me. Following the October 4 City Council meeting I discussed with City staff and Bike Walk Alameda representatives the safety concerns I previously raised about the Grand Street proposal that were never answered. I have now received new information that addresses my concerns, and as a result, am prepared to request, at the October 18 City Council meeting, that Council review this new information at our November 1 meeting. I fully expect to support the protected bike lane proposal when it returns to Council on November 1.
Was this part of some political maneuvering to quell car-brained, reactionary voters for a while? Perhaps. But, as one advocate put it, who cares, as long as the protection goes in soon, so kids and families can cycle safely.
"This sounds like she's now completely on board with protected bike lanes along the entire stretch. (The staff proposal; the one she voted in favor of in June.)," wrote local advocate Drew Dara-Abrams in an email to Streetsblog. "I assume this is still in a bit of limbo, so I for one am only going to thank the Mayor and not nitpick over details until after the next set of votes."
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