By Ryan McGreal
Published November 05, 2013
An eloquent opinion piece published yesterday in The Hamiltonian argues that the fate of the bus lane pilot project on King Street reflects our values as a city.
Adults appreciate values like moderation, education, discipline, even when they are unpleasant. Becoming an adult means, in part, shifting from satisfaction-centred decision making to value-centred decision making.
The author, Jeremy Wilkins, argues that the bus lane project requires us to evaluate the evidence based on "valued-centred decision-making" and to consider the wider implications of a viable rapid transit lane, including: improving the productivity of our buses, shifting more trips from cars to transit, reducing air pollution, reducing demand for surface parking, calming traffic, and making downtown more pedestrian-friendly.
In addition, today's Spectator has an op-ed by your humble editor arguing that the transit lane represents a choice "between the unhealthy status quo and a city that is sustainable and prosperous."
We need to have a healthy, wide-ranging public discussion about the transit lane - and the wider shift toward urban revitalization of which it is a part - and not let the conversation be dominated by people whose only interest is how fast they can drive through the city. It is encouraging to see The Spectator and The Hamiltonian participate in that wider discussion.
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