Comment 39240

By highwater (registered) | Posted March 29, 2010 at 09:44:17

You don't have to agree to disagree! You're both right!;-) Yes, by all means we should be investing in ways to increase residential and commercial activity downtown (and parts East, but I digress), but since that is a complex, long-term, and open-ended initiative, we can also be working on smaller-scale, near-term, more finite projects concurrently, such as wandering down to the paint store and slapping some lines on the road.

The reason many activists seem so focused on bike lanes isn't because they want somewhere to show off their fancy bike shorts, or because they think that bike lanes are a substitute for the hard slog of achieving the residential and commercial density that we require, it's because it's quick, simple, has a great bang to buck ratio, and accomplishes public health and environmental goals, in addition to complementing our longer-term economic goals.

Build it while they come.

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