Letters

Sharrows to ‘change culture’ – how?
       In the April 7 edition of the Westside Pioneer, recently elected City Councilmember Tim Leigh outlines his proposal for bike/car sharrow. On the surface it may seem innocuous; my concern is the rhetoric used to promote it. In a separate letter that Mr. Leigh has used to promote his idea, he makes a claim of “changing the culture in Colorado Springs so that it will naturally attract a young, creative class.” I would like to know what demographic defines “young” and what he means by the “creative class.” More importantly what does he mean by changing the culture? I was not aware that a lack of bike/sharrow lanes was the signature deterrent hindering the prosperity of this city. As Dr. Thomas Sowell would say “cite your source.”
       I would also like to know if there is a direct correlation with job growth and these bike lanes. Again cite your source.
       In his letter, Mr. Leigh also makes the statement “this is a low cost, simple idea that would make a huge statement about our community's renewing cultural attitude.” I am unclear what the “huge statement” is and again what does he mean by “cultural attitude”? Mr. Leigh calculates the cost for the selected area for the installation of the bike lane to be about $39,000, with $21,000 coming from private funds and the remainder paid by the taxpayer. If this project is the catalyst for economic success, I would think the private money would be able to cover all the cost; after all, it seems that the return on investment is a guarantee.

Brad Collins