Tuesday, January 07, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY CYCLING ADVOCATES DEMAND BIKE PLAN FUNDING OVER FIGHT AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME!!!
A small special interest contingent of cycling advocates and amateur urban planners are once again displaying remarkably callous attitudes in support of their hobby above far more pressing issues confronting Kansas City.
To wit . . .
SOME SELFISH KANSAS CITY CYCLISTS SEEMINGLY ARGUE THAT THE BIKE KC MASTER PLAN TRUMPS CONCERN FOR VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIME!!!
Today's example . . .
A write-up documenting social media bullying targeting Council Lady Teresa Loar exemplifies a recent bit of "woke" virtue signaling.
Remember, while we don't agree with her on every issue, Council Lady Loar has consistently proven to be the voice of reason when expressing skepticism about NEW KCI. Behind the scenes, her skill was also demonstrated in securing permits and access for important initiatives like the KC Veterans Project.
She's also no fan of bike lanes given consistently negative feedback for the transit scheme in the Northland . . .
Accordingly, this headline deserves more context . . .
Kansas City Councilwoman Loar Under Fire Over Comment On Bike Plan After Cyclist's Death
“We’ve got huge issues in front of us, and I’m very, very sorry and very troubled by the death of the gentleman on the bicycle and certainly don’t want to see that repeated, but unfortunately people die in this city every day and we just have to make sure that we’re keeping everything in perspective,” she told the newspaper.
The remarks, published Saturday, generated backlash from advocates on social media. Some called for her removal as chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee.
Shawn Tolivar, with KC 4 Safe Streets, said the comments were disheartening.
“We should not be writing off anybody’s life in this city,” Tolivar said.
BUT WRITING PEOPLE OFF IS EXACTLY WHAT CYCLING ADVOCATES ARE DOING WHEN THEY PUSH THEIR PRICEY $400-MILLION PLAN AND IGNORE THE COUNCIL LADY'S CLEAR REFERENCE TO THE TRAGIC KANSAS CITY MURDER RATE!!!
More to the point, TKC has spoken with the Council Lady many times about funding priorities and she has ALWAYS noted that money to put more cops on KCMO streets has always been one of her goals.
WHEN COUNCIL LADY LOAR TALKS ABOUT 'PERSPECTIVE' SHE'S MAKING A VALUE JUDGEMENT: KC'S MURDER PROBLEM DEMANDS MORE ATTENTION THAN THE UNPROVEN BIKE PLAN!!!
TKC challenges anyone to claim otherwise.
And so, we can't help but notice the coincidence that recent advocacy for dead cyclists follows last year's SHUT DOWN of the bike plan that was led by Council Loar and supported by the majority of her colleagues.
Nobody wants cyclists to suffer injury but KCMO doesn't have infinite resources and there is no evidence that $400-MILLION for bike lanes & other motorist crackdowns will save lives.
One more quick point of order . . .
SHAME ON KANSAS CITY BIKE/WALK ADVOCATES FOR USING PEDESTRIAN DEATHS TO CHAMPION THEIR POLITICAL CAUSE AS THEY BRAZENLY HIJACK TACTICS OF ANTI-CRIME ADVOCATES!!!
Real talk . . .
Riding a bike doesn't make someone a social justice warrior. We notice that so many cyclists are nothing more than hypocrites who mount $2,000 bikes on luxury SUVS and act like they're doing the world a favor by going on a weekend jaunt in those silly "banana hammock" shorts that look uncomfortable.
More than anything it's important to see this bit of online bullying for what it is . . .
BIKE/WALK KC AND THEIR SUPPORTERS WANT HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS FOR SKETCHY LANES, CONSULTING CONTRACTS AND JOB FUNDING AND THEY'RE WILLING TO RIDE THE CORPSE OF EVERY DEAD CYCLIST IN ORDER TO GET THAT MONEY!!!
Their group has very little support from the urban core outside of a few token employees. Bike lanes don't rank high on the list of improvements that neighborhoods demand.
And more importantly . . .
Again, $400-MILLION for bike lanes might not prevent tragic accidents, crashes and so many other risks that confront every mode of transit.
However, that cash could be used to hire more police rather than stuff the pockets of another special interest group using the politics of victimization as a rhetorical trick on the voting public.
You decide . . .