Deborah Simmons at the Washington Times wrote an article that I don't even really know how to criticize, because, to quote Mr. Leland from Seinfeld, I don't even know what this is supposed to be.
plans for a walkable city and bike lanes that increasingly make the city less and less friendly to drivers are rightly a look to the future for unclogged roads and enhanced mass-transit networks.
So...are bike lanes good because they will unclog roads or are they bad because they're unfriendly to drivers (which we all know isn't true)? I can't tell.
Pushing for voting rights, making a city walkable and more friendly for bicyclists might be quaint urban trends, but such policies are out of sync with the real regional world, which includes commuters from Prince William and Loudoun counties in Virginia, and Frederick, Charles, Howard and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland coming into in the city while D.C. commuters move in the opposite directions.
Driving is the only way most of them can even pretend to have a family life.
OK, so it appears that bike lanes are "out of sync with the real regional world" and that this is bad, even though I don't know what the real regional world is. But, in order for people who don't pay taxes in or live in my city to have a family life I have to give up crosswalks and stop asking for voting rights. Maybe this is like the Higgs Boson and I just can't wrap my head around it. What does voting rights have to do with driving?
Another brilliant article from Simmons whose previous bike article was about balancing the District's budget by cutting Capital Bikeshare.
Her bio calls her an "award-winning opinion writer." Dear God, what award did she win and how can I avoid it?