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Bike lanes: Quality of life issue or social engineering?
Here is something that I hadn't heard in Fresno before (though I shouldn't be suprised it came up): In a post last Friday, George Hostetter called bike lanes social engineering. Actually, he called them a" rather remarkable and long-term effort at social engineering."
To which I say: Come on! Really?!
I suppose he could be right. The city is in the midst of implementing its Bicycle Master Plan (and that just sounds like social engineering). The plan will add 600 miles of bike lanes around town, which seem like the city trying to get people out of their cars.
More bike lanes=less room for autos. Duh! It's called a road diet.
One wonders if anyone made these social engineering claims when they put in all these four-lane roads in the first place.
To be fair, Fresno is not a bike town, as George points out. We're not like "leafy Davis, full of college students and professors," though he doesn't spend the time to analyze why Davis is so friendly toward riders. Here's a hint: It's not just because they have a UC.
No, Fresno is a car town, full up on sprawl and bad public transportation. We don't need more bike lanes. We need four-lane roads and George is suprised it's taken people this long to make a stink.
With the way this town seems to love its cars, that's one thing we can probably agree on.