Washington State Senate Leader worries Spokane road diet will making biking to the U-District bridge more dangerous

The University District Gateway Bridge, connecting East Sprague with the University District, was championed as a victory for pedestrians and cyclists. Which is why state Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig was so disappointed to see that the city was planning to make the section of Sprague Avenue that connected to the bridge less safe — at least temporarily — for cyclists.

The city, possibly with help from $3 million state transportation funding, plans to reduce the number of lanes on Sprague near the bridge from two lanes in each direction to only one.

“I generally support that road diet, but to do so without any accommodation for cyclists, makes that stretch less safe for anyone riding a bike,” Billig says.

If they both have to share a lane, cars can be tempted to squeeze by cyclists with very little room to spare.