Where's The Payoff For Millions Worth Of Kansas City Cyclist Accommodation?!?!
For years Kansas City cycling advocates claim that City Hall investment in their hobby would yield fantastic returns for this town.
The latest example:
Bike lanes added to Kansas City, Mo., road - Bike-Walk-KC said the Boulevard is a popular route into downtown Kansas City, Mo., for commuters from Kansas City, Kan., and northern Johnson County.
First of all . . . That's a faulty premise and this stretch of land is mostly home to industrial trucks supplying Boulevard Brewery . . . But cycling advocates are quick to make improvements to the neighborhoods of OTHER people and this gentrification initiative doesn't make them much better than the average middle-class urbanist parasite.
But it's deeper than hipsters earning warm-fuzzies for advocating funding for their hobby using skewed data and overwrought claims about helping po'folk who would rather drive a car.
The more important question:
WHERE'S THE PAYOFF FOR KANSAS CITY INVESTING MILLIONS FOR CYCLIST ACCOMMODATION?!?!?
Look around . . . These Kansas City bike lanes go almost completely unused and the MILLIONS in cost overages that turned a local bridge into an alleged bike route is also mostly abandoned.
Meanwhile, irresponsible lobbying for cycling continues to be the favorite hobby of Kansas City middle-class do-gooders too afraid to enter the political fray when it comes to advocacy that REALLY matters.