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Paying for it
Perhaps if we thought ahead and built businesses along dedicated bike corridors such as the Springwater Trail, then bicyclists, pedestrians, etc could pay for the trails through the purchases they make via the taxes those businesses pay. A distinct advantage of trails like the Springwater is that there are very few interactions with vehicular traffic.....something I'm sure all motorists and bicyclists can appreciate.
What if, on my bicycle ride to work, I could stop at Starbucks and buy a latte and a newspaper. What if I could drop the kids off at daycare, pick-up the dry-cleaning, do my grocery shopping, get a haircut, drop off the mail, take the kids or the dog to the park for some exercise, buy some lunch or dinner, stock-up at the liquor store and buy my lottery tickets........all without ever having to co-mingle with traffic.
There is a reason why they build gas stations next to the freeway.......that's where the cars are, lets do the same for bikes and peds. Lets build whole new communities dedicated to the self propelled and we'll let the marketplace pay for them. Create the means to reach these people friendly areas and the people will surely find them and they will grow without cars. Does anybody have a neighbor who is too old to drive but can still get around? How about a three-wheeled bike or a nice walk to the store or the Pharmacy for their meds.
On a recent trip to Venice,Italy we walked everywhere we went, it was great ! But we walked not only because we wanted too but because that was the only way to get around. There were no vehicles to be seen or heard (except boats) and everything you needed was within walking distance. And the most amazing thing about Venice........everyone was THIN, except the Americans of course, you can allways pick out the round ones in the crowd!
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