This is the result of a decades-long devaluing of education from the national level on down. When societies don't place a high value on cultivating intellect, they are left with ignorant people making ignorant decisions. And in the long run, stupid gets pretty expensive.
You should run for school board and work towards the changes you are asking for.
WOW somebody is getting so shrill here that my dog holds his ears if I just click on the page
Wonder who the P and C will fire first if they buy the CCP?
Bet the initials are MC
That "good response" included a few glossy pictures of tokens.
"Look at me. I was IN Conde Nast. On a BIKE. In Charleston. So I'm kind of a big deal."
No self awareness.
Good response: http://www.bikelaw.com/2016/05/05/biking-i…
1. We need more bike / foot infrastructure here in CHS. You know, like nearly every other nice city on the planet.
2. To leftists, EVERY cause they agree with is a civil rights issue and they are MLK reincarnate. EVERY cause they don't agree with is Nazism and you're Hitler if you disagree.
If you have attended any of the recent city council meetings, you have heard comments by at least a couple of council members in virulent opposition to the bike lane, but very little from other council members in favor, so...yes, I think it's important that pro-bicycle and pro-bicycle lane folks be heard loud and clear at this point. The City Council often talks about planning fifty years into the future (God forbid, it should be seven generations like our Native American brothers and sisters), and bicycles should absolutely be part of this future in order to promote health as well as reduce the exponential parts per million growth of carbon in our atmosphere (the current graph looks like we are climbing a cliff). Look at cities like Groningen in the Netherlands, where cycling initiatives have been so successful and beneficial to the community, that they are expanding these programs ever further. Somehow, when we look at where Charleston is as far as bicycle initiatives in relation to other communities both to our east and our west, yet our council members still pander to gas hog commuters while approving even more housing developments in their own districts, it starts to feel like a revolutionary tone is appropriate and necessary!
Frankly, the time it takes to get through the light at Folly Rd and onto the bridge from 61 has not seemed to increase at all with lane closure. Unfortunately the total time it takes to get through West Ashley or Johns Island up to Folly Rd has gone up dramatically. It was bumper to bumper on my short-cuts this week!
They've obviously retimed the traffic lights and made a mess of things. I assume the lights were retimed because of the new school start times and bus schedules but who knows. It does mean that any Ashley River Bridge traffic studies conducted prior to the retimed lights are now worthless.
"There are government services on one side of the bridge that people without cars or paying for transit cannot reach safely from the other side - that alone makes this an equity issue. That being said, there was no misrepresentation of motives at the rally."
This cracks me up. After I misrepresent the premise, I will categorically deny that there was misrepresentation. The fallacy in the logic is that the current level of access across the bridge is unsafe. There is a currently a sidewalk that provides access. I would be interested in any stats you have that relate to the number of injuries sustained by either pedestrians or bicycle riders on that particular bridge.
I understand that people need to ride bikes for transportation.
I understand that riding bikes in the street is dangerous mostly because drivers are assholes.
I don't understand why the Ashley River Bridge is unsafe to the point that we need to spend $1-2 million (I think was Post and Currier number) to retrofit a bridge that is already obsolete. Especially when you consider the pressing needs of infrastructure repair in the area.
Finally, this bike lane is not a demand of the poor community. The poor community wants better bus service. This effort is being pushed by rich hipsters appropriating the struggle of poor black people to justify the use of public funds to subsidize their hobby. It's fucking gross.
Chris Clark: I'm interested in the study you mention. Does it contain data that shows the demographics of the injured/killed (i.e., race, income, work/home location)?
'Bicycle infrastructure IS an equity issue.'
This is really the crux of the issue. But if an issue doesn't affect them, the right-wing dipshits that frequent this site will say it is completely irrelevant.
"My commute will be 3 seconds longer" *tears*
"Well, have they considered buying a car?" *laughs*
"Instead of being poor, why don't they just not be poor?" *arms crossed*
We should strive to provide access to all people--public transit, bike lanes, safe pedestrian infrastructure.
Cars are expensive to own and maintain, yet it is almost necessary to own one to access downtown from lower CoL areas of metro Charleston. Maintenance, gas, parking....it's a lot for a janitor at MUSC or a service worker downtown to afford.
Bicycle infrastructure IS an equity issue. People who are minorities and those of low income are disproportionately more likely to ride bicycles. They are also disproportionately more likely to be injured or killed while riding bicycles. If you don't believe me I'll send you an analysis of SC crash data from the past 7 years that shows it very clearly. There are government services on one side of the bridge that people without cars or paying for transit cannot reach safely from the other side - that alone makes this an equity issue. That being said, there was no misrepresentation of motives at the rally. Several council members are still not in favor of the bike lane regardless of the data that supports it - hence a public rally of support. Forty years is how long advocates in the area have been pushing to get the bike lane on the bridge. If you conflate those signs with a civil rights struggle that's on you.
Hey Kaelyn white man here and proud of it with solution for you. First you don't have to be dark skinned to be poor so take your racist attacks somewhere else. Next since you think dark skinned Americans are the only people on bikes and according to you they are all poor how about putting your address out here so those really poor folks can come over to your house for A ride?
Equally newsworthy headline:
White Man Thinks It's Not About Race, So We Should Believe Him, Study Shows
Accessibility of roads for folks without cars is an economic issue, and one that affects folks' career, home life, cultural pursuits, and engagement with the community. And economic issues disproportunately affect non-white people.
It's also brought out the local wingnuts to fight with each other tooth and nail along party lines. It's weird. It's a bikelane.
BTY---Out of the 25 articles today, we have :
1-1 civil rights issue.
2-4 topics on marijuana.
3-2 topics on transgender issues.
4-OH! I forget that Colbert likes "WAFFLES".
No Mat, it's what we call "displaying your right to protest",under the "laws" that "we" so profoundly put on the "books" as another "LAW".
Mat, I like bikes also,but I don't have to live with them.Another right under the "laws" we put on the books.
Down the road, we know that the infamous City of Charleston will require those who decide to travel on "2" wheels to purchase a license to ride their "2" wheeler into "The HOLY CITY". So don't try to turn this into a "Civil Rights Issue" and who even brought up this "TERM". Nobody I know.
No Military. No country. No country. no help.
In reality your liberal ideas have done fuck all. Yet you continue to push the same crap. There is nothing that comes out of your mouth that i didn't spout myself 40 years ago. Its a waste of energy and time. We need different answers and and a postive acceptance that capitalism and the free market are the only things that bring freedom and prosperty.
How about getting some of those empty shipping containers donated and turning them into houses? Several groups are doing just that elsewhere in the state, and it would be so much easier for us since they are sitting here rusting.
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