Monday, June 03, 2019
KANSAS CITY BIKE/WALK ACTIVISTS CONDEMN LOCAL CAR CULTURE AFTER LATEST CRASH AND DEMAND HALF BILLION DOLLAR BIKE PLAN APPROVAL!!!
A cyclist crash today has inspired a torrent of conversation with a public policy subtext that could prove costly for local taxpayers.
First, for those who haven't seen it yet, there was a very sizeable emergency response for a cyclist hit by a car earlier today:
KMBC: Car, bicyclist collide near 31st, Roanoke Monday evening
KCTV5: Bicyclist sustains life-threatening injuries after hit by a car
Fox4: Bicyclist in critical condition after being hit by car near 31st and Roanoke
Now the undercurrent of the conversation is focused on danger for local cyclists along with a push for Council to approve the Kansas City Bike Plan that died in committee, just as we predicted, earlier last moth.
Advocacy for the bike plan doesn't just promise to save lives but also hopes to build an economy around car-less Kansas City.
"Economic Impact Analysis shows new bike master plan will save 36 lives every year, add $500 million to the regional economy, and create 12,000 jobs."
Of course Kansas City residents have the right to express skepticism regarding any promise about money.
Let's not forget that these Bike/Walk advocates created a DISASTROUS AND DANGEROUS SITUATION ON ARMOUR BLVD that still struggles to find a fix.
And so, to offer more information and perspective on this habitual debate we ask our blog community tonight . . .
IS IT FAIR FOR BIKE/WALK ACTIVISTS TO DENOUNCE ALL KANSAS CITY DRIVERS AFTER EVERY CYCLIST CRASH IN ORDER TO PUSH THEIR PLAN THAT WOULD COST TAXPAYERS HALF A BILLION BUCKS?!?
You decide . . .