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Letters to the Editor

Trail network

August 18, 2009

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To the editor:

I salute Chuck Soules and the Lawrence Public Works Department for adding bicycle lanes in their latest improvements to some of our city streets. While these improvements are much appreciated, much more could be done.

Consider what Lawrence would be like as a town that put bicycling (and walking) on an equal footing with cars. We could build a system of trails for bicycles and pedestrians that would make it possible to get downtown or to schools with safe crossings on Sixth Street, 23rd Street and Iowa. People of all ages would be able to exercise while going to work, school or out to a restaurant. Bike trails would put Lawrence on the map in terms of energy conservation and make the town more attractive to a younger generation of innovators.

A commitment to cycling constitutes a radical challenge to the status quo, but if we are serious about considering ways to revitalize our community and encourage healthy lifestyles then we need to find a way to leave our houses without hopping into a car. Sure, it’s hot out there right now, but any cyclist will tell you that it’s much more pleasant riding or walking in the older parts of town than in the newer additions.

I am confident our best and brightest could expand the system of trails so that anyone in town would have access to a cheap transportation alternative with important health benefits. Alternatively, we can coast along and continue to encourage our citizens to drive themselves into an early grave.

Comments

Seamus 4 years, 8 months ago

SettingTheRecordStraight (Anonymous) says…

“We could build a system of trails for bicycles and pedestrians…”

Sure, if you raise the money from private sources. Just don't ask tax payers to fund your latest multi-million dollar pet project ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Right, because the roads aren't funded by taxpayers. It's endlessly fascinating to watch as roads are touted as "investments" while any other mode of transporation is nothing more than a subsidy or "pet project." The cost of motoring far exceeds any sidewalk project, although most Americans seem to be ignorant of that fact. Consider the health problems we have as a society thanks to our car-dependency. And the resource wars that are already underway. The endless carnage. The absolute destruction of our built environment to make things convenient for cars.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 4 years, 8 months ago

"We could build a system of trails for bicycles and pedestrians..."

Sure, if you raise the money from private sources. Just don't ask tax payers to fund your latest multi-million dollar pet project.

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