October 11th, 2011

The case for building bike paths to nowhere

Build it, and they will come—or, more precisely, build infrastructure and development follows. We know that truth to be axiomatic, when thinking about roads. Widen a road, and viola: subdivisions spring up along it, and the road needs widening yet again. Run a freeway somewhere out the back of Fort Worth, and watch the farmlands fill up with houses.

So why are bicycling advocates so obsessed with linking up neighbourhoods that already exist? I mean, why bother! The people living there seem happy enough with how things already are, with the car dependence, and drive-through cake shops, and all of that car stuff. I don't see mass rallies, anywhere in the world, for more bike paths. It's only people like me, or you reading this bike blog, who really care about bike paths.

It would be better, I think, to build bike paths to nowhere. Then developers can look at the barren land flanking those bike paths to nowhere, and say, "You know, we could build places for cyclists out here." And that's how those places, I hope, would remain, accessible only by bike path. And who would want to live there? Well, queers like myself, who prefer cycling. And what of the people in established parts of town, who we have done nothing to save, by lobbying for them to have bike paths? Let them eat cake. 

Another piece of fine lateral thinking from Dr. Behooving. (Oh, and before I'm hounded about bikes having less reach than cars, the no-where type places to which I refer, are brownfields within city boundaries).