Forest Park ‘road diet’

Posted Wednesday, Dec. 04, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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We recognize the need for recreation and quality-of-life issues for Fort Worth residents. But cutting a major thoroughfare like Forest Park Boulevard from four lanes to three between West Rosedale Street and Park Hill Drive is taking it too far.

Not only is this causing major congestion, it is a waste of taxpayer dollars. And it will cost more to change the road back to four lanes when the city comes to its senses. Surely there are more important uses for taxpayer dollars.

In the three weeks since the bicycle lanes were put in, I have seen one person riding a bicycle, and that cyclist was riding on the sidewalk instead of the bike lanes.

This is a perfect example of placing a handful of people’s desires over the thousands of people who must navigate this major north-south route daily. I hope this ill-advised project was not a result of Mayor Betsy Price’s highly publicized support of bicycling.

— Chet B. Turnock, Fort Worth

I write to express my unreserved approval for, and delight in, the transformation of Forest Park Boulevard. Who knew paint could be so powerful?

I recently turned south from West Rosedale Street onto Forest Park, completely unaware of the changes, and found myself in the midst of something tantamount to a consciousness shift.

I traveled slowly and gracefully in one lane of traffic with a bicycle lane on my right, and a generous turn lane on my left. I was so proud!

I’m a native of Fort Worth who grew up in Ryan Place; I now reside in Fairmount.

I have driven, ridden and walked that road for many of my 57 years.

When I was 16, I was hit by a car while riding my 10-speed bike on Forest Park.

I have carefully shepherded children across it many times to reach the zoo, the trails and the parks.

Now, it is, by virtue of a good plan and a little paint, a much friendlier road than I have ever known. Thank you.

— Jane Kline, Fort Worth

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