In a weak economy (oh, yes, I've heard that thing are getting better but so far I'm only convinced that true if you are Mitt Romney), when millions are unemployed or underemployed and gas remains and will likely to remain expensive, and many people just can't afford to own a car or to replace the failing car sitting in their garage, why are we (and by that I mean Congress!) still debating whether or not to fund pedestrian and bike infrastructure? I am referring to the bike lanes, bike paths, bike corrals and sidewalks that would make it easier for more citizens, with or without cars, to opt for transportation choices less expensive and usually more enjoyable than dependence the automobile. Well, I guess a significant portion of those elected gangsters (take that anyway you want to because that is the current level of regard I hold them in) are members of the 1% with income above and beyond their generous Congressional salary and benefits.
|Target does its part by placing abundant corrals on their front porch, along with a bench where my husband sat while waiting for me to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy.|
So yesterday, I sent an email to my Congressional "representative" Paul Gosar letting him know that I support continuing funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure and why. Since I grew up in a Republican household, I am well-versed in conservative values and stressed that maintaining and expanding bike and pedestrian infrastructure facilitates the ability of citizens to exercise more personal responsibility for getting to and from work as well as their day-to-day finances. I explained that I use my bike to get to work and that reducing my car use was a form of belt tightening required because we live in an expensive community. I doubt that my email will make much of an impression. The Congressional district lines have been redrawn and Mr. Gosar does not feel he can win so will run in another district - one that he does not currently live in, by the way. Anyhoo, I exercised my civic duty and sent in my opinion and request that as a member of the Transportation Committee he vote in support of continuing the funding. I hope that you, readers, will do the same. Despite the Supreme Court's deplorable Citizen's United Decision last year, equating money with speech, a $1,000,000 dollars does not equal even a single vote. All of us can and should tell our elected representatives where we stand on the issues, even if we know our opinion won't sway their vote. Our collective opinions might just make a dent, however. We can back up our ignored voices with votes.
|Not just for recreation, bike carry some people to work and many accommodate professional dress.|