Jim Walden’s False Choices
“…we are spending a lot of money building lanes that few people use when we are making really tough choices about cutting education and social-benefit programs that give access to food, health care, and job training.” – Gibson Dunn Attorney Jim Walden.
I thought I’d update this post with a quote from this recently published article by Ben Adler at The Nation:
It’s certainly true that many of the bikers pedaling around the hipper city precincts appear to be of the bourgeois-bohemian persuasion. But take a look across the country and bicyclists are a diverse lot, including immigrants who lack the documentation to get a driver’s license and people who are too poor to own a car. These are disproportionately minorities. According to a 2006 report by the Brookings Institution and the University of California, Berkeley, 19 percent of blacks live in households without a car, compared with 13.7 percent of Hispanics and 4.6 percent of whites.
Adler writes that “Bike lanes are not inherently liberal or conservative; they are just good, pragmatic governance.”