I cannot believe there are people who support this bill. Why give anyone who can't balance a checkbook, has no knowledge of engineering, and probably only knows what muniple planning is by watching Nova.
Why trust politicians with anything? It is time to clean house with people who care more about balancing the budget rather than how to screw the people out of more tax money.
2) Re: 2011 House Bill 1071 (Creating a complete streets grant program) by mthinx on April 25, 2011
There are many many roads that have excess motor vehicle lane capacity - it is past time to re-engineer and right-size our roads, increasing their productivity and return on investment by serving more users. There are many cities where freight vehicles and bicycles coexist. Freight can be distributed on bikes: http://www.transalt.org/files/resources/blueprint/chapter15/chapter15b.html. I suggest that it is time to stop perpetuating the myth that the current system serves us perfectly and start retooling to make sure the infrastructure is functioning at the highest level of productivity for the greatest number of users. There is not "one right solution" to the transportation system - our approach must change with the times. Complete Streets is one part of that retooling. The system is in service to all - not the other way around and equity must be a component of its design. It must ensure that costs to clean air, clean water, and the taxpayer are as low as possible. Freight movement is only one aspect of the service the infrastructure must provide. We are presently struggling with a changed economy and are moving into a future ture burdened by a costly outdated system. And finally - the American highway system is one of the world's largest and most expensive examples of social engineering - with a great many failures among its touted success.
3) Re: 2011 House Bill 1071 (Creating a complete streets grant program) by jtortorelli on April 14, 2011
Complete streets concept is excellent for quality of life factors on where people choose to live as long as it does not reduce the amount of motor vehicle lane capacity. You cannot distribute freight on a bicycle and freight trucks and bicycles do not mix well on our streets. Complete streets are best designed for streets with little or no commercial traffic. Commercial and industrial activity is what generates the tax base so we can afford to build and repair our roads (and build pathways). Tax funds should be utilized proportionately based upon use of modes and not to social engineer how we travel. I am not apposed to spending funds on bike/ped as I bike over 2,000 miles per year but it should be as a compliment to our vehicle transport system. Joe Tortorelli
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