Everytime I hear the term "breathing room" I think of "lebensraum", but I didn't want to title the post that.
- "Commuting by bike may work well for those who can arrive at their jobs dripping with sweat or those not raising children, but people in different situations do not have that option." It's a good point. I mean I have kids, but you can't really say I'm "raising" them. I also want to point to this "I would be remiss not to address the lie used by those promoting the war on cars that CO2 emissions cause climate change. If our elected leaders polled more than the scientists who tell them what they want to hear, the 98 percent consensus figure they claim would drop sharply." Yes, if only they would ask non-experts they would get a different, better answer. I, for one, get all of my medical advice from randomly polled strangers on the bus. Suck on that Harvard Medical School. [Of course, people on the bus still send me ridiculous bills]
- Better letters here.
- "Ellen Jones of D.C.’s Downtown Business Improvement District lauded the addition of bike lanes but said putting them there wasn’t seamless, intrepid Caitlin Emma reports. “DDOT wanted to make this happen, but it was politically dicey,” Jones said at a Green Lane Project briefing during the National Bike Summit. “A lot of people have never seen anything like this before.” The bike lanes act as a cushion while Washington waits for Metro expansion and streetcars, she said. “We’re tapped out, our transit system is at capacity. Bike lanes allow us breathing room while we wait for long-term investments to pay off.”"
- "The bicyling advocates want more federal funding for infrastructure such as bike lanes and for Congress to require state departments of transportation to establish statistical goals to reduce the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed and injured on our streets. "
- From the Summit. "Venerable House Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) said Congress is "being penny-wise and pound-foolish" when it comes to infrastructure spending. Hoyer's personal bike story was that his father was born in cycle-friendly Denmark. "I'm Danish... Where they cycle because it's good for their health and good for the health of their roads. I came from stock that thinks biking is a part of life. It's just how they do things.""
- Just before Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) spoke, I overheard one bike advocate whisper, "This guy saved our ass." He was referring the amendment Cardin successfully passed in the recent transportation bill (MAP-21) that put more federal transportation funds into the hands of local cities and counties — instead of letting the state DOTs hold the pursestrings. "We were successful on MAP-21," Cardin said, "Because of people in the room. There were powerful interests against what we were trying to do. They wanted no federal funds to go toward projects such as bike paths." Now the big challenge, Cardin warned, is to make sure local governments, "Don't succumb to the pressure of the road builders."
- More here.