Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Kalamazoo Gazette Misses The Point Completely

An editorial in the June 14 Kalamazoo Gazette bears the encouraging headline "Make the roads safer for bicyclists." Upon closer inspection, however, the article supports something quite different. After discussing the benefits of bicycling and the Ride for Awareness, which was inspired by an incident that injured two cyclists, the Gazette suggests
In addition to making motorists more aware of the cyclists at the side of the road, we hope the Ride for Awareness will give those who spend transportation dollars renewed interest in finding more ways to segregate bicycle and motorized traffic.
Wait a minute! How exactly does segregation make the roads safer for bicyclists? The editorial should have been titled "Get those #$%^&* bikes off our roads" because that is what they are really proposing. Here is what they should have said:
In addition to making motorists more aware of the cyclists at the side of the road, we hope the Ride for Awareness will give those who spend transportation dollars renewed interest in finding better ways to accommodate bicycles on new and existing roadways. Toward those ends, the "Complete Streets" program promoted by bicycling and walking advocates should be adopted as part of the new transportation bill working its way through Congress.
Doesn't that make more sense?

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