|WSF Chief Affirms Ferry Loading Plan|
|Written by Dana Berg|
|Wednesday, 01 December 2010 13:57|
Washington State Ferry chief, David Moseley hosted about 20 people, including a large contingent of cyclists, at the Bainbridge Island Commons, Tuesday, Nov 30, to discuss ferry issues. Much of the conversation centered on the looming budget cuts and the report issued by the Passenger Ferry Association. Moseley spent considerable time on cycling issues. including Kirk Robinson who has been on the WSF tariff committee.
Moseley confirmed again, as he had at a meeting last month with Squeaky Wheels vp Gordon Black, that there are no plans to change the first - on, first - off loading of bikes. "This plan has worked well for the last 10 years and we don't see any reason to change it. We will meet soon with Squeaky Wheels and the local biking community to look at any small tweaks which would improve service," he said.
When Moseley asked why more cyclists did not use the bike lane on the southside of the ferry holding area, bike commuter Kirk Robinson, who has served on the WSF tariff committee, pointed out to Mr Moseley that the design did not work and that if WSF had followed the plan put forward by bicyclists, it would have been much more successful. That plan had a ramp that joined the waterfront trail on the south side of the loading area and stayed almost level. Moseley said that this was the first he had heard of the route Robinson described.