Bike Lanes

In 2015, the city of Raleigh, NC spent $4.62 million on on-road bikeways. The city hired a Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager with a salary range of $45,000-$76,000. Yet, despite millions of dollars spent on infrastructure, bicycling in North Carolina has barely grown at all over the last decade. Government at all levels should meet the population’s infrastructure needs, not drive the population to change its behavior.  Leaders at the N.C. Department of Transportation and in North Carolina’s cities should rely on demonstrated widespread demand for bike infrastructure before spending tax dollars on these projects.  They should weigh that against the negative impact on the vast majority of employees, business owners, and consumers who choose to travel by car.  Bike lanes reduce the number of lanes available for cars and parking, increasing congestion and travel times.  Money spent on that bicycling infrastructure reduces the money available for improving roads used by the vast majority who are travel by car.  Building lanes for which there is little demonstrated demand in order to promote a ‘green, healthy lifestyle’ puts government preferences above individual choices.

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