Sharks with lasers, dammit.
Elan's not wrong. He's just an asshole.
Today, on Things That Are None Of Your Fucking Business...
This does nothing to address my complaint of people that crawl up my ass when I am trying to park. They sit there for a minute, backing up traffic, while I, with my blinker on, and reverse lights on, wave at them to go around. Then, they honk. Then, they get mad that they are too impaired to understand how parallel parking in the "big city" works. It blows me away how many people don't realize what's going on.
I hope you enjoyed having your car keyed. Chode.
@Stu: I don't know. Assuming it wasn't a rhetorical question, start here:
Even if they instituted a fee, I have a feeling it wouldn't come close to covering the damage. Because, you know, like the rest of America, we don't feel like paying for shit that we think we're entitled to.
This may sound anti-bike, but it's not. I think the BTA is throwing up a straw man in this argument, which is "Bikes don't damage the road system." Of course they don't. No one will argue that. If we assigned costs by the amount of damage done, studded tire owners, commercial truckers, and TriMet would be paying over half of the state's road maintenance costs, I suspect.
There are real costs associated with building a better bike system. Beyond the cost of maintaining bike facilities, which needs to come out of that pot of money somehow, there is also the cost, in some cases, of changing our street system to accommodate more bicyclists. If you take a look at a number of streets around Portland, like N Williams for example, you will find areas where travel lanes were removed to accommodate bikes.
There is a cost to increased congestion in these areas. It could be time, it could be increased air pollution, it could be frustrated drivers getting aggressive with bicyclists. For the most part, when I look around Portland, I agree with the choices that have been made to accommodate bikes, but we're fooling ourselves if there aren't costs beyond pavement wear associated with these changes.
And, one last cost to consider, when these changes are put in so ham-handedly, as they often are, it only reinforces the political opposition to bike facilities and turns it into another left/right divide. Because, you know, we need more bile in our political discourse. In my opinion, organizations like BTA only fuel this fire and never want to concede or address legitimate gripes that are raised. Because, as Graham says, BIKES!!!!!!:!!!!!
Nonsensical? The petitioners are spreading false information to gather signatures. I encountered one at the Convention Center who gave me the same spiel: Lower my water rates, protect the Bull Run Reservoir from being privatized, keep fluoride out of my water, etc. It's bad information. If the proponents want their position to be taken seriously, then they should present their side accurately.
If Craford wants to be taken seriously, he should stop talking like a Tea Party activist. This initiative is hardly about returning power to the people. We're back in that territory where the far right and far left are circling around to combine a set of conspiracy theories to enact public policy. In this case, its the businesses that Craford represents who are among some of the biggest ratepayers in the City combining with the Occupy folks who think that 7 elected PUD board members are going to be different somehow than 5 elected City Commissioners, because they are the "People's Utility District." *Twinkle Fingers* if you like this.
What we get from Craford are boogeyman arguments about "City Contractors" filing complaints because somehow they are in bed with the City. Audobon Society, a "City Contractor?" Bob Sallinger has more experience as a thorn in the City's side on environmental issues than he does as a shill for them.
Just when we thought we were done with the insane debates we had about fluoride, here comes another one. And no, I don't have a dog in this fight, and am not a City employee or contractor.
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