Ravenna business owners raise concerns about proposed Cycle Track

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on August 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 11:25 PM

 SEATTLE - Some business owners want to put the brakes on a portion of the proposed Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. 

David Katz owns Ravenna Interiors in the 2200 block of Northeast 65th Street, and he is worried that the plan would destroy commercial business in the area. 

"A third of the road will be permanently taken with a barrier for cyclists, and there will be enough room for only one lane each way for traffic," said Katz. 

He is concerned that parking on the street would cease to exist, traffic would become a mess, and it would drive business away.   

However, some cyclists applaud the idea of adding a concrete barrier. 

"It's like physical division between you and the cars which is certainly much more appealing," said Lauren Rebagliati. 

"It would certainly make a difference for safety," added Hernan Rebagliati. 

Rick Sheridan, a spokesperson for the Seattle Department of Transportation, said the plan is just a proposal, and public comments are being considered. The issue still has to go before the Seattle City Council. 

Learn more about the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan here: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm

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