Gas headed to $4+ per gallon
The ad copy might not have caught my attention if I hadn’t seen two things in the last couple of days
- Gas prices in the $3.89 range in West Palm Beach
- A Missourian story about proposed bike lanes in Cape
Grant for 30-40 miles of bike lanes
A Missourian story Wednesday said that a $253,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health will pay for 30 to 40 miles of bike lanes along seven Cape streets, which officials said will provide a healthy connection to the city’s parks, schools and other recreational areas.
Sounds like a good idea, right? Especially after I wrote a piece praising Cape for looking at bike trails as transportation corridors, not just for recreation back in December
Who could be against that?
There’s a catch, though. “One thing could put the brakes on the project, however — negative public reaction to the proposal’s plan to convert five of the seven bike routes to no-parking streets.”
Well, it didn’t take long for the story to get 40 comments, many mocking the idea of bike lanes. Interestingly enough, I don’t think I saw a single comment about the no-parking issue. Most were of this ilk:
Who commutes by bike in Cape? Last time I rode one was when I was 15. Get a car! Bike lanes are lame.
Where’s THIS message?
Have you seen this World War II message delivered on TV, radio or print or by any politicians?
“Every bit of rubber and gasoline you save on the home front is a contribution to the combat needs of our fighting men on every battle front.
“You can help hasten the day of victory by confining your driving to a patriotic minimum. Use your car only for going to and from work …for needed shopping…for war-time activities like vegetable gardening…for travel to and from places without other transportation facilities.
“Remember, your Government asks you to do your part to prevent a transportation breakdown, asks you to care for your car–for your country.”
The concept of shared sacrifice for the common good just isn’t popular these days, I guess.