Great comment on an article on bike lanes in a local paper
- The comments have of course been dominated by a few hardheaded loudmouths who immediately descend into ad hominems as soon as their unfounded assertions are challenged, but some excellent positive comments such as the one below have also been posted.
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> Subject: New comment on Petition Calls for Figueroa Bike Lanes
> Date: January 9, 2013 11:37:24 AM PST
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> Hi Richard Risemberg,
> GK also commented on Petition Calls for Figueroa Bike Lanes.
> "I remember my first trip to China in 1999. At that time, Beijing's streets had clearly defined areas for cars, bikes and pedestrians. It was an incredible and highly efficient system because the majority of the people were on bike or foot. Only a very small percentage had cars. Traffic flowed. The air was clean. Businesses were flooded with customers coming in and off the street. Now all of that has changed. During my last trip to Beijing I saw the devastation that has come with the masses being able to drive cars. The air was filthy. Streets were jammed with congestion. The noise pollution was astounding. The car lanes have grown while the bike lanes have shrunk. There were fewer people on the streets because everyone was sitting in their cars stuck in traffic. It's now just like Los Angeles (only worse). They traded a superior transportation system for an inferior one that we modeled for them and they're paying the price. Just as we have been paying the price. It's time to ditch the old car-centric transportation model. We need to get out of cars. Bring on the bike lanes!"
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