Wednesday, August 14, 2019
KANSAS CITY BIKE/WALK SEYZ PRICEY PATHS WILL SAVE EAST SIDE?!?!
Time and time again our blog community has pointed out some conflicting and inconvenient facts regarding this brand of advocacy . . .
Very often, bike "enthusiasts" stridently push for public funding and then provide "consulting" services to accomplish those aims. Of course, we're certain their heart is pure and they're advocating for the greater good . . .
Nevertheless, the argument that cycling access is part of a movement will create urban renewal is questionable at best an also represents part of the same developer & gentrification schemes this town has endured for nearly a decade . . .
Bike/Walk KC: Bike paths aren’t just for cyclists
This isn’t simply a discussion of where crashes are happening . . . These crashes are part of a broader pattern of safe, accessible transportation isolation:
A map of US Census data shows that many parts of the East Side have more than 30% of households without an automobile. Like most maps of disparities and disinvestments in Kansas City, it’s easy to see where Troost Ave is located. The neighborhoods the Star is concerned about are the parts of our city that need more transportation options than most.
The discussion around bike paths should mimic the reality of bike paths: that they are part of a broader discussion of multimodal transportation, and that they mean safer streets for everyone in Kansas City.
You decide . . .