I’ve been very fortunate to live in a location where I am able to commute to work using means other than an automobile. This has had the health benefits you can imagine from doing so for the last eight years, losing over a hundred pounds. The only weather condition that really hampers that resolve is rain. Once you get wet, you are wet for the rest of the day. Some of the other benefits that I am now recognizing is perspective.
When you’re walking on a sidewalk in -20C temps that is barely passable, barely cleared of snow you begin to question the motives of the people hired by the city to clear such infrastructure. I wonder how much the driver of the sidewalk plow cares how good of a job he is doing. If you spend most of your life using particular infrastructure (like driving your car on roads) but then are told to go clear some infrastructure that you really don’t use (like sidewalks or bike Lanes) how much do they care how good of a job they are doing? I would guess that they will care more for the infrastructure they use (like roads) than the infrastructure they don’t (like sidewalks or bike lanes).
I just read this article
Where a local #Halifax politician Matt Whitman stated, in defense of not doing a good job of clearing sidewalks and bike lanes of snow:
“…it’s important the city focuses on clearing roads for “the other 99 per cent of us to use.” ”
Well there lies the problem, because Mr Whitman does not use sidewalks or bike lanes, the importance placed on that infrastructure is very low. To think this guy wants to be Halifax’s next mayor is appalling.
Being someone who has driven an automobile to work, so fully understanding and appreciating the efforts applied to clearing roads and keeping them in a good state now wonders why the same care and importance can’t also be applied to sidewalks and bike lanes? In my mind all it takes is hiring people who’s job it is to clear and maintain such infrastructure actually be ones who utilize it.
Maybe as a condition for local political positions, in an effort to improve everyone e perspective on this, it be stated that they participate in all forms of transportation and in a more serious position than just for photos ops like the mayor’s yearly bike ride. Here is my suggested 4 year plan:
- Year 1 drive everywhere they need to go
- Year 2 be given a bus pass, utilize bus infrastructure to get where they need to go
- Year 3 be given a tax-payer funded bicycle and use that to get to wherever they need to go
- Year 4 walk/bus everywhere they need to go
Any one person who can say they have done anything like this would in my opinion be more than worthy of a mayoral role in this city. Mr Whitman and Mr Savage for that matter are not worthy imo.