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How about focusing on the benefits to seniors?
1. Senior's wont have to compete with bikes on the sidewalk
2. Seniors can now feel safe enough to get on their own bike. What a great retirement activity!
3. Seniors need to face the fact that THEY will soon be unable to safely drive, and need to think about alternatives. Keeping everything car focused is bad for seniors
4. Seniors on fixed incomes need to watch their budgets. Giving up that expensive steel box is a great way to economize.
5. Most seniors have kids and grandkids. Don't you care about their safety too?

AARP is very active on complete streets policies, better sidewalks, bike lanes or trails, transit. They're an important ally -- stranded suburban seniors with no mobility options a big concern, which is why we need to focus better infrastructure for non drivers in the burbs too.

When Shallal is talking about "seniors" in ward 5, he is not talking about the average AARP member, but a subset in the District that has specific issues with change. Seeing some 60 YO white guy from MoCo come cruising down the CCT on a carbon bike is going to make them identify with biking. Similarly, sure they want their grandkids to bike safely - but this isn't about bike lanes in PG or Prince William County.

That said, Evans answer was not bad. Shallal's, for someone with no chance of winning, but with a chance to use his campaign to try to build a broad progressive coalition, was either ignorant or pandering (or out of context? One can hope) Something to think about before heading into BB&P again.

"is not going"

I suspect that Shallal is making a mistake that a lot of politicians make. He hears the extremely loud (for their size) bike-hater minority and, having done almost zero research, thinks bike-hating is a popular stance.

Republican former (sadly) Congressman Steven LaTourette of Ohio did something similar a few years back. After dismissing bike lanes as a waste of money, he got an earful from his constituents. What he heard from them was compelling enough that he became a reliable supporter of bicycle facilities.

I was thinking about the mayoral race today, and it occurred to me that Jack Evans has been on the council for over 20 years, and I can't associate a single policy with him. Sure there have been big projects -- the convention center and the baseball center come quickly to mind -- but that's not indicative of any particular governing philosophy.

So in a way this empty answer is the perfect encapsulation of Jack Evans.

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