Letters to the Editor

Letter: Buses for us

May 15, 2014

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To the editor:

“It is going to take more than old-fashioned pedal power to make Lawrence into a first-rate bicycle-friendly community. City Commissioner Bob Schumm suspects it will it take a bit of tax increase too,” goes the lead of a story in Wednesday’s Journal-World.

Might I remind Commissioner Schumm that it will take more than a bit of a tax increase.

How many days of the winter 2013-2014 would transport by bicycle have been comfortable? Let alone advisable or safe. How many days this summer, 2014, or any typical Lawrence summer would transportation by bicycle be enticing? Temperatures of 90 to 110 really do not make me want to get a bike and take off around town.

You want to do something for transportation in Lawrence? Get the T back to serving the citizens of Lawrence! Walking three to four blocks to a “designated” bus stop isn’t the way to do it. It’s funny (sarcasm there) how bus stops are being arranged to coincide with student pickup and dropoff points.

Comments

Eybea Opiner 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh, yeah. Let's have a bunch of empty buses patrolling the streets of Lawrence.

Julius Nolan 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Have you ever ridden one full circuit of any bus route and counted how many riders are actually transported?

Leslie Swearingen 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Well, John, the reality is that the buses are for the young and strong. As a senior who will be relying on Senior Wheels for transport after being insulted and humiliated on the bus, I really don't have a dog in this hunt.

As our city ages we are going to need more options for that age group.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Actually there are a fair number in Lawrence who walk and/or bike no matter the elements. Repairing existing resources in addition to more safer and practical means of walking and cycling makes sense.

Some people in this town do not own cars. Some would rather walk or bike than bus. Some would rather take a bus ride over biking and walking.

Fewer motorized vehicles might save millions of tax $$$$$ in street resurfacing annually.

Leslie Swearingen 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Love your comment Richard, I think that some of us, yes, including me, are thinking of what we as individuals need and not the community. Thank you for the reminder that there are many of us here with many lifestyles.

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