Bellevue Bicyclists Upset Over Possible Bridge Ban

Dozens of bicyclists in Bellevue showed up at City Hall upset Monday night they could lose their right to bike on a bridge. The Bellevue Bridge Commission said bicyclists delay motorists from crossing the toll bridge at 370 and Old Towne at a normal rate.

The commission said it also poses several safety concerns, because there is no bike lane.

Bicyclists are upset though because the only other way to cross the river – is six miles away.

Bicyclist Kent McNeil said “I would argue six miles south on a bicycle delays that person a lot more than it delays a motorist to follow a bicyclist across the bridge.”

Supporters of bikes also noted bikes help drive economic stability in Bellevue, allow for lower oil dependency, decrease pollution, and help fight obesity.

The commission said a vote will happen at a later date.

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