Comment 93591

By matthewsweet (registered) | Posted October 23, 2013 at 14:36:18 in reply to Comment 93578

With respect, I also take issue with the use of the term "bigot". There was a reason I mentioned the hard working people who use our current auto-centric infrastructure in just the manner it was designed by driving to and from a distant workplace to put food on the table. I don't blame any one of them one bit for doing what the design of our cities tells them they should do. I also don't blame them for thinking it works just fine. As for decision makers, that is a different story. There is plenty of evidence that should convince any decision maker to support active transportation. The thing with decision makers, though, is that they can be voted out if you disagree with them. Example after example has been given in these comments about cities with political leadership that supports cycling making significant investments. These leaders don't emerge out of a vacuum. Enough people vote them in and that gives them a mandate to pursue those cycling investments. If you want the pace of change in Hamilton to increase, the best way to do so is to get involved in the democratic process and find people willing to or planning to run for municipal / provincial / federal office who believe cycling infrastructure is a vote-getter.

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