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By frank (registered) | Posted May 05, 2010 at 08:31:39

Ryan, you're using numbers versus what people see. You can convince a logical person of a thing by giving them statistics and empirical evidence but the majority of people operate based on emotional decisions hence the success of point of sale merchandising etc. Those types of people want to see something tangible in their own backyard before they take a step. They don't operate in good faith or even faith at all.

You mention ceding individual pieces of the plan... It's much easier to overcome opposition if the bike lanes are as simple to do as possible. I have no doubt that as cycling increases there will still be some fools who insist there aren't enough people cycling to mandate bike lanes however by that time their numbers will be decreasing. It's at that point, as Keily said, that momentum tends to take over.

Comment edited by frank on 2010-05-05 07:35:43

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