Bicycle Infrastructure

Roads - Rails - Sidewalks - Bikeways
dajazz
Nicollet Mall
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Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby dajazz » March 16th, 2021, 3:17 pm

I hope it fails, it's a waste of money and our national debt is too high. The costs of these bicycles is decreasing anyhow. So why should taxpayers borrow money to subsidize something people are going to use anyhow? I don't know that demand for these bicycles is elastic enough and that the benefits of increased E-bike ownership are beneficial enough. If I buy one it would be to haul my kid and groceries and stuff and would be instead of buying a car. Most people use them as techno toys
I can't tell if this post is satire or not....but if it's legit then bringing up the impact on the national debt as a reason to be concerned is...funny. I love people are suddenly hyper focused on the debt when now is the exact time we need to be spending. Get the economy rolling, keep people employed, focus on new green initiatives which better position us against climate change. A $400+ subsidy on a $1500 ebike isn't going to grind the US to a halt.

And FWIW I've gone 2,400 miles on mine in 8 months. Not bad for a techno toy.

karlshea
Nicollet Mall
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Joined: July 14th, 2014, 10:28 am

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby karlshea » March 16th, 2021, 8:13 pm

On the topic of e-bikes, the NYTimes Columnist Jamelle Bouie recently was on The War on Cars podcast to talk about his conversion into an e-bike evangelist. It's a good talk with someone who didn't come at the topic from any specific urban transportation expertise.

Link
I've followed him on Twitter for quite a long time and he occasionally posts threads all pissed off about his local city council and how they keep prioritizing parking minimums and then wonder why downtown is so barren so he'd definitely fit in here.

karlshea
Nicollet Mall
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Joined: July 14th, 2014, 10:28 am

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Postby karlshea » March 16th, 2021, 8:15 pm

This! But also for electric scooters and non electric bikes.
I really want a scooter but I feel like it would just get stolen if I actually used it to go places instead of joyriding and always parking it in the house.


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