A proposal to keep cyclists off the Bellevue Bridge crashed into the disapproval of the Bellevue Bike Club as well as other groups.
About 50 people attended a Monday night meeting of the Bellevue Bridge Commission to oppose the proposal.
Commission Chairman Don Fenster made the proposal for what he said were safety issues.
The tollbridge that connects Bellevue to Iowa at Highway 370 has only two narrow lanes. Fenster said he has seen cars illegally cross the double yellow line to swerve around bicyclists, creating a hazard for the driver, the cyclist and oncoming traffic.
He acknowledged, however, that he doesn't know of a time that such a maneuver has caused a collision on the bridge.
Traffic on the bridge has grown, with more than a million people a year crossing the bridge, Fenster said.
The meeting's attendees suggested other solutions, such as flashing lights to alert drivers of a bicyclist's presence.
One man suggested signs that say: “Cross the line, get a fine.”
Business leaders said cycling introduces people to Bellevue, and the bridge gives them a reason to come through the city.
“As they come to Bellevue, we hope to take some dollars out of their pocket,” said Jim Ristow, president of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.
The commission did not vote on the issue Monday night. Fenster said the members would address it at a later meeting.