After aggressively pursuing the idea, the city might be ready to start creeping back on its street transformation program – now almost infamously known around Scottsdale as “road diets.”
While some embrace the idea of trading motorized vehicle traffic for bike lanes, others are experiencing what can only be called “road diet rage.”
Last week, Bob Littlefield – a former council member and husband of a current one – sent out a mass mailing with the subject line, “Road diets have become the symbol of citizen distrust of city hall.”
In another email chain, Bob Pejman shared Littlefield’s sentiments, wondering:
“How many council members can resist getting sucked into the Bike Lane Kool Aid push? … Just count how many bikes you see here even in good weather days. Then count the cars and the ever growing traffic.”
Beverly Moore insisted, “If the city of Scottsdale was a dam, one would have to question why the powers that be keep poking new holes into it.”
But proponents insist this is a way to make roads safer for drivers, bikers and pedestrians.
Nearly all the Scottsdale City Council representatives have complained about being deluged with emails from those loving or hating road diets.
“For weeks, council members have been spending way too much time bickering over ‘road diets’ that an overwhelming majority of residents didn’t request,” Councilman Barry Graham said.
“I’ve lost count of how many residents have told council they oppose shrinking traffic lanes and replacing them with bike lanes,” he added.
Graham complained that his colleagues are ignoring “the projects that residents voted for in the 2019 bond election” while spending too much time on road diets.
Graham’s wish that the idea would just go away is not going to happen.
Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield advocated for putting road