As a brief response to this letter in today's Spectator, I have to say that every day I see someone with a basket full of groceries from the Farmers Market or local grocery store riding through my downtown neighbourhood.
And every day I see people cycling to work with business attire on.
That's in Hamilton! Not Holland, where cyclists are actually treated like worthwhile human beings.
Rainy Portland OR had no bike infrastructure a number of years ago. Now, with some basic bike lanes, this scene is repeated every day of the week in their fine city.
I'm pleased to hear that the letter writer cycles a lot, but saddened to read how he has allowed the system to get him to the point of actually believing he is second-rate and don't deserve basic transportation infrastructure like everyone else.
Every city that has ramped up cycling infrastructure, whether poor like Bogota, rich like New York, cold like Montreal or rainy like Portland, has seen a dramatic increase in cyclists and people leaving their cars in order to bike as a lifestyle.
Of course, not everyone will. But many will.
That fact alone renders the 'traffic jam' argument useless. Slower traffic + more bike lanes = fewer cars and less traffic congestion.
We've spent decades and billions of dollars trying to ease traffic congestion with more roads, only to find out that congestion gets worse.
Some might like wasting tax money with no results, but I'd prefer us to save tax money by investing in programs such as bike infrastructure and LRT that have been proven time and time again to work in reducing urban congestion.
Of course, doing what is proven to work isn't the strong point of our politicians. After all, Los Angeles showed us decades ago that more traffic lanes results in more congestion, yet that hasn't stopped us from spending endless tax dollars to prove the same thing here in the Golden Horseshoe.
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