I am all for going green and caring about the environment, don’t get me wrong. However, while looking out my living room window, I regularly see people’s vehicles being towed for being parked in a bike lane that runs on both sides of 16th Avenue South, just south of Lowe’s.
I have lived here for nearly two years now, and don’t recall ever seeing a bicyclist utilizing this lane. Instead, I see hard working people coming home, parking their vehicle within walking distance to their residence, and then being towed. While this has not happened to me, it frustrates me knowing that the city is taking advantage of working people who live in apartments.
When I visit friends in the more affluent neighborhoods of Federal Way, I don’t see bike lanes in front of their houses from which vehicles are regularly being towed.
There is limited parking in this residential area because of two major apartment complexes, and vehicles could still easily drive on 16th when people are parked safely on the side of the road.
Why is this a thing? Why are we taking away parking space for those who need it the most and why are we towing the vehicles of the people who likely have the least disposable income?
This policy is simply keeping the poor poor.
Please reconsider these bicycle lanes.