Comment 31964

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted June 20, 2009 at 10:01:03

This argument comes under Number 2 in Ryan's article above:

There is another group of individuals who would benefit a great deal from an increase in opportunities to cycle safely. Many intellectually handicapped adults (remember there is a range of capabilites in this group) are able to ride a bike to their destination of choice, some with support workers alongside, some completely independently. Any way that they can get themselves to meaningful activities (including employment programs) without being driven by support workers, for those who are able, is a boon to their self-esteem, good for their health and even a savings where taxpayer dollars are concerned (and yes, I do think saving taxpayer dollars is also a legitimate goal-- it's just that sometimes this goal is achieved more effectively for the long term if some money is spent in the present).

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