Monday, May 25, 2009

Fuzzy logic

I sometimes listen to right-leaning talk radio. This morning the number one argument I heard against bike lanes on Jarvis Street (before I turned it off due to angered blood) was that four months out of the year it snows and cyclists pack it in for the winter. The logic was that an infrastructure project that cannot be used year round is a poor investment.

So, by that logic, snow removal is a poor investment because the plows sit idle for eight months. Cleaning up the beaches of trash and E. coli is a poor investment because June, July and August are the only swimming months. Public golf courses, landscaping services, tennis courts, splash pads... Most specific-use parks would be a bad investment because they can't be used year-round.

Cyclists do not seek to force motorists out of their cars - high gas prices, congestion and changing views on the environment and on urban land use will do that - they only seek to have some safety on our roads. I don't think it's an unreasonable request, as more cyclists means fewer cars clogging up the roads.

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At 5/25/2009 4:33 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk radio is a breeding ground for idiocy. The comments section on newspaper sites is also bad in this respect.

In real life people are more level headed.

Perhaps it's the anonymous factor that let's them be vulgar and stupid.

From, Anonymous.

At 6/05/2009 9:31 a.m. , Blogger Justin said...

The radio is the perfect medium to express one's view, even if it is misinformed ,and full of lies. The average listener can't be bother to research the fact themselves, and assume what is said on the radio, and posted in paper is the truth, or fact. The right-wing are masters of using radio, and newsprint to spread lies, and misinformation to fuel their agenda.


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