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Earlier this fall, Governor Chris Gregoire released a report she requested on the Washington State Ferries Division by experts from the Passenger Vessel Association to review the state’s ferry system. The Governor instructed Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond and David Moseley, assistant secretary for WSF to review the report and by November 15th develop an action plan with implementation recommendations. The documents can be found at these links: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/accountability and http://www.passengervessel.com/
- Ask them where the Pasenger Vessel Association panel of experts found the data or proof backs up the recommendation that bicyclists slow unloading?
- What evidence demonstrates that cars and trucks are faster than a bicyclist when unloading?
- Why make a recommendation that bikes and cars not share the road which is entirely counter to our “share the road” message as authorized by the state legislature?
- Where is the data that proves that safety is improved if bicyclists load/unload last?
- How does this recommendation meet the Washington State goal of increasing the number of people bicycling?
Representatives from Squeaky Wheels and the Bicycle Alliance will be talking with under secretary of transportation, David Moseley on Thursday to strongly recommend that the Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Ferries do not accept the recommendation “that vehicles be unloaded ahead of bikes.” We’ll be taking the message to him that bicycles are vehicles in the State of Washington, and an eleven year old process of loading and unloading bikes works! Send a message to Secretary Paula Hammond: “Don’t mess with success!”